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  • November 15th, 2012

    November 15, 2012:
    Various and Sundry Randomness

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:33 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    So once again, Marlin’s owner, Jeffrey Loria, screwed his fan base, and held another fire sale, getting rid of a bunch of the high profile and expensive players they acquired in the last year or so, and shipped them all off to the Blue Jays. This time, there is the added wrinkle that he got the taxpayers to foot the bill for about 80% of the $634 MILLION it cost to build Marlins Park in Miami to house this new and improved team with the high profile and expensive players. So, he screwed them too. Jose Reyes? GONE. Josh Johnson? GONE. Mark Buehrle? GONE.

    And the AL East just got A LOT more interesting…

    And for the record, we bitch and moan about Red Sox ownership, about King Larry, and an oblivious, soccer-loving John Henry, but hey, it could be worse: We could be Marlins fans…

    Torii Hunter signed a 2-year $ 26 million contract with the Tiger’s yesterday, so he is out of play. Frankly, I am relieved. That’s the same money that the Sox got David Ortiz for–and I think Big Papi is FAR more valuable…The Sox need to get younger, not older…

    …and they also need to sign Cody Ross, but I digress….

    Andre Lower, author of the book Auditioning for Cooperstown: Rating Baseball’s Stars for the Hall of Fame, I mentioned earlier in the week, was kind enough to provide me with some rankings for Sox players, based on his website: Baseball By Positions. He has over 2800 tables he uses to compare players across league, position and season. And there is a TON of info there…if you’re a stat geek, you will LOVE it…

    Based on the abysmal 2012 Red Sox Season, here is how they stacked up…

    That Clay Person was the best starter on the staff, ranking #32 among AL Starters. Jon Lester, despite a pretty crummy season (for him anyway), ranked 37, and pleasant surprise, Felix Doubront ranked #42.

    Sox pitching needs to improve–from within, and via trade/signings, etc, or the horrible trend with continue….

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia ranked #11 among catchers in 2012, and David Ross, ranked 16th among catchers in the NL in 2011…

    Dustin Pedroia ranked #3 among 2nd basemen, behind, no surprise, Robinson Cano and, big surprise, Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis

    Will Middlebrooks, despite only playing a short time due to injury, ranked #7 among 3rd basemen

    Among outfielders. Daniel Nava was #12 in Left, and Jacoby Ellsbury was #14 in Center. I expect Nava is about where he should be, as he shouldn’t be an everyday starter. Jake will improve, if he is healthy…

    Big Papi ranked #3 among DH’s, which would have been higher if it weren’t for his injury., I expect if he can stay healthy, he will at least gain #2, of not #1 status again…

    Apropos of nothing: Cody Ross was 9th among Right Fielders, Mike Aviles was ranked 10th as a shortstop, and Adrian Gonzalez was #3 among 1st basemen…

    Finally: The Cy Young Award Winners were announced yesterday, with David Price winning for the AL, and R. A. Dickey for the NL. As part of the BBA awards, David Price was my selection for the AL. And, while I was unable to vote in the NL, my selection would have been R.A., and I am THRILLED he given the award. There is not a more deserving player in all of baseball, and his brilliant season was justly rewarded…and the fact that he is the 1st knuckleballer to win the award is very cool as well…

    And the Baseball Writers chose Miguel Cabrera as MVP, rather than Mike Trout, by a margin of 22 1st place votes for Cabrera, 6 for Trout.  I think Trout is the more well round player, and more valuable to his team.. Yeah, Cabrera won the Triple Crown, and is a great hitter, but he is a less than spectacular 3rd baseman, having moved their from 1st when the Tigers signed Prince Fielder..Just seems like the “easy” choice–not necessarily the smartest or the best one…

    Coming up: Well, as the Sox have released some of their Spring Training Schedule, I DO know that the official Pitchers and Catchers Date is 5 days EARLIER than I thought, or February 12th. Which means that we are at 89 days until P & C…less than 3 months…let’s hope the 2013 version is worth the wait…

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