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  • November 7th, 2012

    November 6, 2012:
    Let the Games Begin!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:07 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Or, as they are also known, the General Manager’s Meetings. Started today in Palm Springs, there is one notable difference for the Red Sox for this year: Ben Cherington actually seems to be running the show.

    Now, if King Larry can keep his mitts off of things, I think we will see a much better and productive offseason than last year.

    After all, When Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer did the “Co-GM Thing” 7 years ago, they signed 2 players you may have heard of: Josh Beckett, and my beloved Mike Lowell…

    Big Papi’s presser was on Monday, which was completely anticlimactic, as everyone knew everything at least 3 days before that. Remember when we actually found out about the news when we were “supposed” to, as opposed to days before?

    But it was a great opportunity for Big Papi to return the favor, and throw Bobby Valentine under the bus–and it was golden: “…he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things. I did not respond to the message and I said to myself, this guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something? I said, I am dealing with someone crazy and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.” Too fracking funny…

    Now let’s hope the 2-year, $26 million deal is it, that he doesn’t decide to not retire at the end, and start whining about “respect”. But for now, I am glad the Larger Father is still with the Sox–and not headed to the Rangers

    As you may have noticed, I have been posting the BBA results for 2012 Awards, and I thought I would look at how Boston Red Thoughts stacked up against the membership:

    BBA Results:

    Stan Musial (Best Player): Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim

    Walter Johnson (Best Pitcher): Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

    Goose Gossage (Best Reliever): Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay

    Willie Mays (Best Rookie): Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim

    Connie Mack (Best Manager): Bob Melvin, Oakland A’s


    BRT Results:

    Stan Musial (Best Player): Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim

    Walter Johnson (Best Pitcher): David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

    Goose Gossage (Best Reliever): Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays

    Willie Mays (Best Rookie): Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim

    Connie Mack (Best Manager): Bob Melvin, Oakland A’s

    As you can see, Boston Red Thoughts and the BBA pretty much agreed on everyone but best pitcher. And I don’t disagree that Justin Verlander is a great pitcher–I just don’t think he was the best this year…And it’s interesting that the BBA also selected Mike Trout for the Stan Musial Award–I know the “easy” choice was Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, winning the 1st Triple Crown in 45 years, and breaking Yaz’s record. But I think (and obviously, so do others) that Mike Trout is a better overall player…

    So the Sox have let Cody Ross go to free agency–DUMB MOVE, and are apparently looking at Torii Hunter. UGH. Really?

    And the discussion about bringing Melky Cabrera to the Sox? Needs. To. Stop. NOW…

    John Farrell continues to add to his staff. In addition to Bench Coach Torey Lovullo, and Brian Butterfield from his staff in Toronto to be his 3rd base coach, today he named Juan Nieves from the White Sox, as his pitching coach. Next up, the interviews for Hitting Coach begin. And with the exception of Gary Tuck (who has a mutual option due soon), everyone else has been told there is not a place on Farrell’s staff….

    Hardware Alert: This year marked the 1st Annual Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, which is awarded to 1 member of each team, based on Sabermetrics, rather than voting. Sounds like a “purer” way to select the best on each team. This year’s winner for the Sox was Dustin Pedroia, who had never made more than 7 errors in a season (he made 5 in 2012), and is ranked in the Top 3 2nd basemen in the game…

    Coming up: The General Manager’s meetings continue through Friday, although not much of not usually happens during these gatherings, but it’s not completely unheard of. More likely to see action at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, in the beginning of December…

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, approximately 102 days to Pitches and Catchers…

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