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Red Sox remain also-ran

There remains much the Red Sox must do The following may not be fair, and in some minds may reside in a universe at least a million miles away from reality, but here goes: The Red Sox have traded their best ballplayer for someone most of us have never seen so much as hold a baseball bat. Xander Bogaerts for Masataka Yoshida. An accomplished big-league shortstop for a Nippon Professional Baseball outfielder. As their prime competition in the American League East bulked up, the Red Sox nabbed a man whose accomplishments are borne from NPB. At last ...

December 9, 2022|Categories: Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A few random thoughts

Thoughts on Red Sox, Pats, Bruins Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, pondering how much praise Cam Neely deserves for acknowledging the Bruins' handling of the Mitchell Miller fiasco … Whether Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom is frank or just blowing smoke on Xander Bogaerts' future in Boston remains to be seen. It can only be hoped that Bloom is serious about keeping Bogaerts here. To restate the obvious: A team is highly unlikely to improve after losing its best ballplayer. And that doesn't even take into account the likelihood of Rafael Devers jumping ...

Seeing red as crunch time arrives

Time has come for Red Sox to deliver Attention, please, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls … Red Sox Feel Good Week is officially over. That adrenaline rush, fired by taking two of three from the Yankees, sustained by winning two against the Pirates, elbowing their way into the wild-card conversation, is doused. Taking a thumping by the half-Bucs on Thursday night could be sloughed off. On any given night, a good baseball team can lose to the Bad News Bucs. Friday night’s 15-10 derby, won by the reborn Baltimore Orioles, reminded us that the Red Sox’ ...

August 20, 2022|Categories: MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bloom needs to understand reality

Bloom needs to understand reality Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom speaks of the trade deadline as a possible opportunity to improve a club that believes it can compete for a playoff spot and, from there, a shot at winning a championship. He has to. Any Red Sox general manager has to take the public position that a championship is a reasonable, immediate goal. To do otherwise is to risk a public flogging, at least rhetorically. Well, the 2022 Red Sox are not going to win a championship. The only reason they are in even a remote ...

July 29, 2022|Categories: MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Time to make a deal

Red Sox should be looking for trade-deadline bounty As the trade deadline approaches, it is an annual rite of sizzling weather season to speculate on what the Red Sox might, or should, do. After Friday night, there are only three remotely reasonable answers: Find someone who can throw a baseball 6-feet, 6-inches without it being returned on a 440-foot flight at well more than 100 miles per hour; Do absolutely nothing and hope the four spots below the Yankees in the American League East remain sufficiently muddled to hold a backdoor to the playoffs; See what the ...

July 23, 2022|Categories: MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Bumbling baseball

How low can Red Sox go? These words are not written casually, mostly because it makes the writer feel like an old man. Well, this codger simply can't think of another way of prefacing this. In more than five decades of watching big-league baseball, I don't remember seeing a baserunner score from first base on a single to right field with no error charged. Under normal conditions, the right fielder would have to toss the baseball into the upper deck, or perhaps chomping on the ball before throwing it. Well, in yet another example of how the ...

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