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  • January 12th, 2009

    January 12, 2009:
    The Day we have all been waiting for…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    But no one has been waiting more than Jim Ed, who will hear about 1:30 today if the 15th (and final time) is the charm. Then, the formal announcement to the rest of the world will happen at 2:00pm. Good thing they tell them in advance. It would suck if they had to sit and watch it like the rest of us… Jim Ed was at 72% last year, only needing 16 votes, and historically, when someone has been over 70%, they get in. Let’s hope the writers have done the right thing, and put him in the Hall…

    Just for fun, here are some Jim Ed stats: A 16-season Player who spent his whole career with the Red Sox, the left fielder has 4 seasons with more than 200 hits, was the AL MVP in 1978, and All-Star 8 times, and led the AL in homers 3 times. Oh, and did I mention that he had 2,452 hits, 1,451 RBI’s, and 382 homers, while maintaining a career BA of .298?

    Old friend, Ricky Henderson, whole holds the records in steals and runs, is pretty much a lock to be a 1st ballot inductee…

    The induction ceremony, at the Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY, will be held on July 26th…

    Over the Weekend, as the Sox were making the Brad Penny Acquisition (1 year, $ 5 million +$3 million in incentives), Theo also decided to add another arm in the bullpen, acquiring former Dodgers reliever Takashi Saito, with a 1-year, contract, with a base salary of $1.5 million, but, you guess it, he can make up to $7 million with incentives. The contract also has an option for 2010. In 180 appearances, the 39-year old Saito has a 1.95 ERA and 88 saves…This should make things even more interesting when the Spring Training bullpen wars begin…

    Something from the rumor mill: Big Papi has been doing some pretty intense off season workouts, including strength and cardio training, as well as TONS of batting practice. Best part of all? No pain, no discomfort in his left wrist–Whoo Hoo!

    Coming up: The expected finalization of the contracts of John Smoltz and Mark Kotsay–of the Hall of Fame Announcement…

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