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  • January 9th, 2012

    January 9, 2012:
    Hall of Fame Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Well, the Hall of Fame Results were announced today at 2:00pm, and Cincinnati’s Barry Larkin, in his 3rd Year of Eligibility, was the sole candidate to be elected from the 2012 Class of nominees. The shortstop garnered 86.4% of the vote, over 24% more than his 2010 results. The best of the rest with over 50%: Jack Morris (66.7%) Jeff Bagwell (56%), and Red Sox pitcher Lee Smith (50.6%) Players who will not be on the ballot again, as they did not receive the 5% needed ti remain on the ballot are: Juan Gonzales, Vinny Castilla, Tim Salmon, Bill Mueller, Brad Radke, Javy Lopez, Eric Young, Jeromy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Terry Mulholland, Phil Nevin, Ruben, Sierra, and Tony Womak. Larkin will be inducted into the Hall with the others honored on July 22nd in Cooperstown. Congratulations Barry!

    So, the newest member of the Red Sox right field sweepstakes, Ryan Sweeney, was actually a pitcher in high school, and when he was drafted by the White Sox in 2003 his contract actually said “outfielder/pitcher”. But since he was a good hitter, the pitching fell by the wayside, and he has been an outfielder every since. Good to know that the Sox can go to him, instead of Darnell McDonald, if they have a need for extreme mop-up duty. And it’s always been a dream of Ryan’s parents to see him pitch in the majors….

    And in more completely non-shocking news, Bobby Jenks has to have back surgery–again–and will not be ready to play until mid March sometime. Of course, the way he is going, about mid -February, expect news that he is going for a complete back transplant, and will be out for all of 2012. Hey, at least then we won’t be wondering if he’ll ever come back. I know there is still hope, but I think I am going to chalk up the Bobby Jenks Era in Boston as a Semi-Epic Fail…

    There has been some discussion about Adrian Gonzales lower home run totals in 2011, compared to his previous hit totals. I am sure part of that is because of the shoulder surgery he had in the off season last year. Even if you are healed in 6-8 weeks, there is still at least a year or so until you have full strength back. But I think the biggest factor was the home run derby. But not how you think. I am not a believer in the whole “Home Run Derby messes up your swing” idea, but I do think that the extra work/stress on Adrian’s not 100% from surgery shoulder, DID impact his strength down the stretch….And I also think we will see more power from him this year–although I really didn’t have an issue with his .338 BA, 27 homer, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger outcome for the 2011 Campaign….Honestly, what more can you ask for??

    Glad to see Alfredo Aceves getting his props: He will be honored by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA at their dinner on January 19th, with the “Pitcher of the Year” and “Unsung Hero of 2011” awards for his stupendous season, going 9-1 with a 2.03 ERA, mainly out of the bullpen…

    And the Sox have made another tiny baby step in the offseason, signing former Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league contract this week. Many of you may remember Cook as the losing pitcher in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series against the Sox. The starter, with a 72-68 record with 4.53 ERA in 206 Starts, and 32 relief appearances, was plagued by injuries in 2011, limiting his effectiveness, but if he can get his groove back, he could help as a decent 4th or 5th starter…..

    Finally, 30 years ago today, beloved Red Sox outfielder Tony C, at age 37, suffers the near fatal heart attack that was the beginning of the end for one of the greats, and 60 years ago today, Ted Williams was recalled to active duty to serve in the Korean War. Chris Jaffe from the Hardball Time meticulously breaks down everything baseball that happened this day, here

    Coming up: Pitchers and Catchers is 41 Days Away! Whoo Hoo. And I was reminded today that the Season Opener at Fenway is on Friday, April 13th–My favorite Day!

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    Hall of Fame Day…”

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