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  • November 19th, 2012

    November 19, 2012:
    Hot Stove Continues…Ho Hum…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:58 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    As we are 85 Days until Pitchers and Catchers, and about 2 weeks before the Winter Meetings in Nashville start on December 3rd, the Sox aren’t really doing much of anything, except for interviewing a million and 15 people for the hitting coach job. Latest on the list is former big leaguers Craig Counsell and Greg Colbrunn. There is even talk of doing the Hitting Coach and his assistant thing–although hitting really hasn’t been the Sox problem as of late–pitching and injuries have…

    I get it. If you have good hitters for the majority of your line-up, you can have some weaker hitters as well, as long as they contribute defensively. The whole “saved runs” theory. But is there really any line-up the Sox can construct that can support their shortstop hitting 80 points BELOW the Mendoza line?

    I know Jose Iglesias is a phenom with a glove, but in 68 at-bats at the end of the 2012 campaign, he hit .118–yeah, like a dollar and eighteen cents…Ben Cherington seems to think there is such a construct: “I think we’re going to see where we are. We think Jose is ready to help the Major League team, depending on what the rest of the team looks like. If we feel like we need to build some protection in that area, as the offseason goes on, we’ll consider that…Nobody is going to be given anything. If he’s given an opportunity to win the job in Spring Training, then he’ll have to win the job.”

    I personally like Xander Bogaerts more–better hitter (potential for 30 homers a year), good maturity, good arm, descent range at short, although there is some rumblings the Sox will move him to 3rd base, or left field, where he may be better suited. But in 92 AB’s with the Sea Dogs in 2012, his batting average was .326 with 5 homers…

    I say bring them both to Spring Training and let them battle it out…

    And Toronto just keeps that payroll going up, up up, signing embattled Melky Cabrera over the weekend. Good, that means someone over at the Red Sox won’t get the stupid idea of doing it…

    Hardware Shut Out: For as long as there has been an MVP Award (93 years since its inception in 2011–awards were not given out in 1929-1930, or 1915-1921) there has been a Red Sox player represented. Until 2012. As if we needed another reason to forget last year…

    This year is the 10th anniversary of Christmas at Fenway, which is scheduled for next Saturday, December 1st. Online registration for the chance to attend starts on Thanksgiving at noon and ends on Monday, the 26th at noon. If selected, you can go and hang at Fenway, buy tickets, get autographs, and see roundtable discussions…

    If you don’t get picked, or can’t get there on the 1st, individual tickets to select home games, or Sox Pax, (which includes four games and up to four tickets per game) will go on sale that day, starting at 10:00am online, or by phone.

    I don’t think there has been so much controversy about an MVP, since A-Fraud won in 2003 when he was playing for the last place Texas Rangers. But holy buckets, people are downright incensed that Miguel Cabrera beat Mike Trout for the honor. While, I agree, Mike Trout was more deserving, as he is a more well-rounded player, and I think the writers probably voted more on his whole body of work, rather than just 2012, it’s not like he was some schlub that is completely undeserving. He won the 1st Triple Crown since Yaz in 1967–45 years ago! That’s a pretty compelling argument…and there is no disputing he is one of the best hitters in the game…

    Holy Hell, Josh Hamilton is looking for 7 Years, $175 million?? Oh what freaking planet? There are VERY Few teams with the resources to pay that–and I think it’s interesting that the Rangers, who KNOW what they are getting, won’t go beyond 3 years. Yes, Josh Hamilton is a great player–when he’s healthy, and a great story–when he’s not relapsing….

    Finally, The 2013 Red Sox Spring Training schedule has been released, and tickets will be on sale starting Saturday morning, December 8th at 10:00am. First games up are February 21, with the annual doubleheader drubbing of the Northeastern University Huskies and the Boston College Eagles. Also available are tickets for all Grapefruit League games and as well as exhibition game with the Puerto Rico World Baseball Classic team. Tickets range from $10 to $46 and can be purchased online or by phone…

    Coming up: Thanksgiving week–the week very little, if anything, happens with the Sox–unless its turkey at the Schillings in 2003…

    One Response to “November 19, 2012:
    Hot Stove Continues…Ho Hum…”

    1. Kurt Smith says:

      I agree Christine…how are you gonna argue giving the MVP to the first Triple Crown winner in 40 some years? Even the MLB channel guys are upset about this, come on.

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