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  • January 13th, 2009

    January 13, 2009:

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:40 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    After 14 tries, apparently the 15th time is the charm: Former Red Sox Superstar, and current NESN analyst Jim Rice was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This vote was the last time he would appear on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot, and would have had to wait for the Veteran’s Committee to see if they would elect.

    But none of that matters anymore, as Jim Ed, with 76.4% of the vote and his Red Sox Hat, and Ricky Henderson in who know WHOSE hat, on his 1st try, will be honored with the late second baseman Joe Gordon, in either a Skankee or Indians hat (Gordon was elected by a Veterans Committee in December), on that stage in Cooperstown New York on July 26th to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame…Whoo Hoo!

    What shocked me was that Mo Vaughn did not get enough votes (5%, or about 27 are required) to stay on the ballot. He only got 6, which is 1.1%. Others not returning next year include: Mark Grace, David Cone, Matt Williams, Jay Bell, Jesse Orosco, Ron Gant, Dan Plesac, and Greg Vaughn.

    And, in case you were wondering, Mark McGwire is still hanging in there, although his votes dropped from 23.6% in his 1st year, to 21.9 % this year.)

    Speaking of alleged cheating, seems Fat Boy Roger is in trouble again: Apparently, a Grand Jury is being convened to determine if there is enough to indict Roger Clemens for lying under oath. The potential charges are stemming from his deposition and his testimony at the House Hearing, that he did not take any performance enhancing drugs. This indictment is being sought after an 11 month investigation by the FBI, and is similar to the charges that Barry Bonds is being tried for in March…

    Two big pieces of this case, former trainer, Brian McNamee, who 1st came forward with the accusations of the drug use, and Andy Petitte, who corroborated alot of what McNamee said, have not yet been subpoenaed…

    Looks like the contract extension of Jason Bay is on the agenda of the Red Sox, despite the fact that they still have him under contract for $7.5 million for the 2009 campaign. If an agreement cannot be reached, Bay would venture into his 1st time at arbitration and being a free agent…I think a 3 year, $19 million contract would not be unreasonable…

    Today, the Sox announced that they and veteran pitcher John Smoltz have agreed to a 1 year, $5.5 million contract with incentives up to $10 million. The unveiling will probably be this week sometime. Oh, and in case you were wondering–John Smoltz will be a starter for the Sox–he said so himself: “It’s going to be a starter. They’re going to make sure that I’m ready to not only pitch, but pitch strong down the stretch and into the playoffs because that’s what I like to do.” He is expect to be able to pitch by June.

    So, the starting 6 look to be: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke, Smoltz, Brad Penny, and Tim Wakefield. Niiiiiiiiice…..

    And there is also a case to be made for Justin Masterson as a starter, which would make SEVEN…

    So, Theo, get rid of Clay Buchholz and get something for him, (like a CATCHER) before he has another 2-9, 6.75 ERA season and is worthless…

    Coming up: The Hot Stove continues–and I am VERY interested to see how this Michael Young wanted a trade from the Rangers thing will play out–getting him as out Shortstop (as much as I love Jed) would be WAY cool!

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