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  • January 14th, 2009

    January 14, 2009:
    Welcome to Red Sox Nation, John Smoltz!

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Despite the fact that I have never liked the Atlanta Braves (always considered them to be the Skanks of the National League) There were always certain players I liked on their team: Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine (and not only ’cause they were in the greatest…commercial…EVER)  Chipper Jones, and John Smoltz. I remember being very intrigued when he went from being a starter to a closer in 2001–and then back again in 2005–pretty much without missing a beat (he is, after all, the ONLY player in baseball history to win at least 200 games (210) as a starter, and save at least 150 games (154) as a reliever. Oh, and did I mention the 3,011 strike outs???

    From the man himself at his unveiling yesterday (he will wear #29): “What you’re getting is a guy who loves to put on a uniform, loves to compete. I think the only thing that held it up was that I can’t hit anymore. Obviously that’s a joke. But I’m excited to be here, and certainly this city is surrounded with a ton of history and a ton of players and a ton of fans…”

    And Smoltz’s replacement in Atlanta? None other than old friend, Derek Lowe, who has agreed to a 4-year $60 million contract with the Braves, pending a physical. And while I am bummed Lowe will not be coming back to the Sox, I am glad he is not going to an AL team. And as far as comparing Lowe to a healthy Smoltz–no question which deal is better…None…

    So now that Jim Ed is a Hall of Famer–what needs to happen to get #14 on the right field wall at Fenway with everyone else?

    The quarterly Owners Meeting begins today, and I am sure there will be a ton to talk about… Also part of the 2-day gathering, there will be 2 rule changes up for vote–rules that very much effect the postseason, and how teams get there. The 1st is to ratify the infamous rainout rule during game 5 pf the World Series (which, for me, was the only interesting part of the series…) Basically saying that there will be no rain shortened games in the postseason–all games will be played for at least 9 innings. The original rule states that after the losing team gets 15 outs, the game can be called, and the leading team wins…

    The other rule is getting rid of the coin toss to determine who hosts any 1 game tie breakers needed to get into the postseason, and replacing it with using the teams head to head records, and other such stats…While there has only been 8 one game tie-breaker games in history (1978, yeah yeah yeah) 2 of those 8 have happened in the last 2 years. In 2008 Twins vs Chicago (Chicago won) and in 2007 Padres vs Colorado (Colorado won)…

    The latest new on the catching front is the Sox are looking at Arizona’s Miguel Montero. I am not super impressed with him. He has only been in the bigs 3 years–and that was not even full time (414 AB). And his career numbers in that span are .239 with 15 homers. Yes, it’s a very small sample. But if he is not good enough to play full time for the Arizona Diamondback, how can he play for the Boston Red Sox? Yes, Jason Varitek sucked offensively last year, but I don’t see this kid being any type of upgrade…And, sad as it is, it looks more and more likely that Jason Varitek will not be returning to the Red Sox. And right now, it doesn’t seem like he will be playing anywhere…

    I want Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Rangers, and although it will be until September until I can actually spell his last name–Theo needs to dump Clay Buchholtz and make this trade happen…

    Got this from my friend Ian at Sox and Dawgs, the Top 10 List read by Jim Ed and Rickey Henderson. If you did not see it live, check it out, it’s pretty funny (I like the squirrel one the best…)

    Coming up: 4 weeks tomorrow (29 days) until pitchers and catchers report! Hopefully the Sox actually HAVE a catcher by then…

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    Welcome to Red Sox Nation, John Smoltz!”

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