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  • December 6th, 2011

    December 6, 2011:
    Winter Meetings, Day 2…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:49 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Some random thoughts while we wait to see if the 2011 Winter Meetings will be as productive as the 2010 Meetings were…

    Remember Ryan Westmoreland? The Red Sox prospect who looked like he was destined for great things, only to be sidelined in March 2010 by what surgeons called a “cavernous malformation” in his brain? Well, there were days where it didn’t even look like he would be able to live a normal life, much less every play baseball game.  But through sheer determination, a ton a hard work, and a miracle or two, Ryan will take his first at bats against live pitching in an actual game situation his week, as he DH’s in a Dominican instruction league game. While he will only bat, not run the bases or field, this is a HUGE step for the outfielder, who even lost his eyesight during his recovery. How cool would it be if he could make it all the way back? He was once touted as one of, if not the, #1 non-pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization–so anything is possible…

    So Daniel Bard wants to be a starter? Interesting. Unfortunately, while that might actually work better, especially when he gets in those “give up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning” funks. But, unfortunately, the Sox are currently without a closer, so, by attrition, he is it. Apparently the plan is to have him start the process to be a starter, then, if the Sox do not pick up a closer in the offseason, they could always convert him back…

    Speaking of closers, Bobby Jenks is having his back surgery next week. After pretty much a lost season with the Sox, will be back to form for 2012? If he is, he could cover the closing duties–but that is a HUGE if…

    Has anyone heard about Hot Stove Cool Music? Are they doing it anymore because Theo is gone to Chicago? I know it¡¯s in January, but they usually start talking about it around now…And I guess Theo and brother Paul’s charity “A Foundation to be Named Later” will be going as well?

    So Manny gets 50 days shaved off his suspension because he quit last year to avoid the full penalty. How nice for him…Let’s hope no one signs him….

    The Golden Era Committee of the Hall of Fame announced their only selection for the 2012 Class: The late Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Santos. The HOF explains the committee: “The committee selects players, executives and baseball contributors who have not been previously selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The players would have been on the regular BBWAA ballot for 15 years, so this is a “second-look” at those players and their accomplishments.” Unfortunately, the committee again overlooked  Luis Tiant, despite his impressive resume, including doing better in many statistical categories than a number of current Hall of Famers….

    Despite the fact that he is only about 1/2 through his rehab for the Tommy John Surgery he had last season, Daisuke is working hard to get back, throwing 3 times a week in Boston. And the fact that he Sox new manager spent a good deal of time managing in Japan understands the cultural stuff–AND speaks the language should not be discounted. I think a lot of Daisuke’s issues with the team were based on the fact that he felt he was at odds with the team, and what he wanted to do…so maybe this will help…

    And how bout Tito pretty much taking Bobby Valentine’s place as ESPN. The former Sox skipper will be an analyst for Baseball Tonight and Sunday Night Baseball. How cool is that? Glad he landed in a good spot…and it will be nice to see him on TV again, as I think he did a great job in the Postseason on Fox…

    As I did with the Penn State sexual assault scandal, I need to weigh in on the additional accusations levied against late Sox clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick, who allegedly molested a number of former clubhouse attendants, dating back to the early 70’s. 2 more came forward this week, saying they were assaulted in the clubhouse at Fenway Park in the early 90’s and are suing the Red Sox for $5 million each… Fitzpatrick died in 2006, as he was serving a 10 year suspended sentence and 15 years probation for convictions on some of the earlier victims, who were allegedly assaulted at Spring Training in Florida…

    I am sick and saddened this happened to these men, and that any Red Sox organization allowed it to happened. What Fitzpatrick did was disgusting, and if the powers that be in the Red Sox organization at that time knew about it, they should be held accountable, but Fitzpatrick died almost 6 years ago, and the ownership group during the 1991 incidents is long gone. So why go after the current ownership group? I applaud the fact that they have come forward to bring this awfulness into the light of day–but I am a firm believer in punishing the guilty–and I am not sure how this lawsuit will do that…

    Finally, Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times wrote an article yesterday about the Sox’s new fearless leader. Contains some great analysis of the different aspects of Valentine’s managing game. You can read all about it here

    Coming up: The Winter Meetings continue–and hopefully the Sox will do something more interesting than just resigning Andrew Miller…

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