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  • November 2nd, 2006

    Very little Red Sox Baseball to Talk about…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:18 am in General Comments (2)

    Hey Theo! Would you so something, please? Its been 5 days since the WS ended….what are you waiting for? And hiring another Kansas City Castoff (although Kyle Snyder did work out) is not my idea of a big event…

    Ben at Top Prospect Alert sent this along this morning: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospect List. Some folks we have already seen: # 3 Craig Hansen and #8 Dustin Pedroia…Also on the list is 23 year old catching prospect at #9. George Kottaras…This should be good for something, as long as management is smart about it.

    Random Baseball News:

    Barry Zito, 28, filed for free agency this week. Touted as the most sought-after pitcher in this year’s free agent pool, (tho I have NO idea why…_ was 16-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 34 starts in the 2006 campaign… Take an aging star (don’t think he every reached “super” status), mix in Satan himself as his agent (aka Scott Boras) and I think we are looking at 4 year, 60 million dollar contract…WHY anyone would pay that is beyond me…Hey! Georgie! Gotta a pitcher for you…

    Joey Cora (Alex’s brother) was promoted to bench coach by the Chicago White Sox and Razor Shines was hired as the third base coach to replace him.

    On Wednesday, one day after filing for free agency, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota became player #3 to be suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. “I have no one to blame but myself,” Mota said in a statement without specifics. “I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable…I truly regret what I did and hope that you can forgive me…I feel terrible and I promise this is the first and last time that this will happen. I am determined to prove to you that this was one mistake.” His suspension will start at the beginning of next season…

    Isn’t it interesting to note that the 3 players who have violated the new stiffer drug policy have all been pitchers? C’mon guys–you KNOW they test some many times a year, and you can be tested at any time–so what exactly goes through your head “Oh, I’ll take this, and for some inexplicable reason, I won’t get caught; the drugs won’t show up in MY system…” Uh…..OK…..

    Roger Clemens and his heterosexual life partner Andy Pettitte will both be filing for free agency, and both are unsure if there is any more pitching in their future…Now, we expect this annual ” I think I am going to retire/No wait! I’ll pitch again if I get a skajillion dollars, concubines to fan me in between innings, and a papal blessing…from…the pope….” from Fat Boy Roger–he is a mercenary…As a matter of fact, I bet Lucchino is right now rehearsing the complex but poignant dance number for Roger’s “please comeback” video–I hear they are going to do a collection of Lerner and Loewe tunes–promises to be quite stirring…

    But Pettitte? “I’m just not sure if I want to play, so I’m just trying to take some time back.” said Pettitte recently. “Obviously for me to feel that way, I have some serious burnout…”I know I’m young…Just right now, I don’t know exactly what I want to do. I just need to take some good time away and I’m trying not to think about baseball…”

    As the free agent market heats up, a name we are all going to hear until we puke is right handed Japanese Pitcher, Daisuke Matsuzaka. His numbers in 2006 with the Seibu Lions ARE compelling: 17-5, 2.13 ERA, 186 1/3 IP,200 K, 50 BB. But holy buckets! What a team has to go through to even TALK with him! Since he is not a free agent until April of 2008, he is being posted by the Lions. Interested teams will then submit blind bids to the commissioner’s office, and the winning bid is given to the Lions, for the right for 30 days to reach an agreement with Matsuzaka. If an agreement cannot be reached, (and its quite possible, given that Satan is his agent as well…) the team’s bid will be refunded and Matsuzaka will return to Seibu. The Red Sox are probably going to get in on this deal, along with the Skanks, and the Cubs, the Mets, and many others. An important caveat to this process, at least for some teams: the winning post is not calculated towards the luxury tax threshold, and the winning team won’t have to surrender draft picks as compensation.

    As a point of reference with regard to how high the bidding could get: when outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was posted 6 years ago, he earned the Orix Blue Wave more than $13 million. Predictions are the post for Matsuzaka will more than double that amount…

    Apparently, Matsuzaka has command of as many as five pitches. His fastball routinely is in the low 90′s, and he features a devastating changeup, an effective split-fingered fastball and a slider hybrid that has come to be known as the Gyroball. But there is the concerns of he being smaller than most American pitchers (just under 6′ and 185 lbs), as well as the cultural adjustments, not to mention that he would face more powerful lineups than he is used to, especially in the American League.

    I’ll make a prediction: He’ll go to the Skanks for 80 million ($35 Million bid, $45 million for for a 4 year deal)and stand on that podium with the Skankee Jersey on over his shirt and tie and go on about how he always wanted to be a Yankee…UGH…and hopefully will pull a Jose Contreras and totally melt under the glare of the spotlight…

    Silas Simmons, left-handed pitcher/outfielder in the Negro leagues died Sunday, two weeks after his 111th birthday. (no that is not a typo–he was born in 1895–the same year as Babe Ruth!) Simmons, a Tampa Bay Devil Rays fan, was said to be the oldest living professional baseball player. He played for several teams from 1912-29, including the New York Lincoln Giants of the Eastern Colored League, the Cuban Stars and the Blue Ribbons of Germantown. Wow..in 1912, my GRANDparents were 1 year old…

    2 Responses to “Very little Red Sox Baseball to Talk about…”

    1. Peter N says:

      Great post Christine. Everything. All in one! And no wonder Mota was so spectacular with the Metsies. Stay well…love your writing.

    2. Laura says:

      “given that Satan is his agent as well…”

      Oh man, I know! How much do we hate that Boras tool? I’m afraid that he’s going to NY, just because of Boras..

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