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  • November 30th, 2016

    November 30, 2016:
    Can we turn the heat up a bit on the Stove?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:57 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I know, it was just Thanksgiving, and we still have like 3 1/2 months until Pitchers and Catchers, which is pretty much a lifetime in baseball time. And the Winter Meetings are next week, and thing usually really start moving then…

    But as the days get darker, and colder, and we’ve got like 15 minutes to Christmas (the hell???) a nice trade would do a lot to warm the cockles of my heart.

    But holy crap, If the rumors are to be believed, I really would rather NOT be trading JBJ for Chris Sales. Yes, Sales is a great pitcher, but he also acts like a freaking two year old (cutting up uniforms because he didn’t get his way last year–really??? Who DOES that???) And we have all seen how quickly the Red Sox degrade with malcontents in the clubhouse…and the last time it happened, they were our own guys who went rogue. Now, they want to trade a guy who is electric to watch for someone who cares only for himself? I know he’s a great pitcher, but noooooooooo…..

    So there are rumblings Panda may be returning to San Fran? Really? Holy Buckets that would be so cool. Because despite the fact that he has been supposedly working really hard rehabbing his surgically repaired left shoulder, and may have even lost a pound or 10, I really do not think he is a good fit for Boston. And you know as well as I do the weight thing is always going to be an issue for him, which certainly impacted his game–at least last year… the Giants seem to manage these issues better…

    So Rick Porcello continues to rack up the hardware, winning MLB’s 2016 Comeback Player of the Year Award, and he is certainly deserving of the honor, going from 9-15 with an ERA just under 5 (4.92) to 22-4, with a 3.15 ERA, being the first Red Sox 20 game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007, and WINNING THE CY YOUNG.. So yeah, his case for the award is compelling…

    Although, I also thought a good argument could have been made for Hanley Ramirez who actually did a complete overall of both his skill and more importantly, his attitude from 2015 to 2016. I know I was super concerned that first base would be another disaster, but there were moments this season where he put this team on his back and carried them. And now with David Ortiz officially retired (sniff), I expect we will also see him DH-ing a bunch more. But the nice thing about a DH who is also a good defender is we don’t have to hear all the nonsense that occurs in NL ballparks when the DH goes away…

    And they’re out: Of the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, that is. And while his bat is certainly worth a second, and even a 3rd look, a long-term contract for a 33 year old is risky at best. Even The Large Father didn’t get a long-term contract, and I think Dave Dombrowski is trying to go younger with this team, not older…

    Some old friends join the HOF ballot for 2016. Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and Manny Ramirez join Curt Schilling, et al for a chance to be elected into the greatest and most exclusive club in the world. Unfortunately, I really don’t think ‘Tek and Wake have an impressive enough body of work–while its impressive to Sox fans, it’s just not enough, compared to all the other greats that have been enshrined. Now, Manny, if he hadn’t been busted like twice for PED’s, with the last one, a 100-games suspension, ending his playing career.

    I cannot believe these guys haven’t played in FIVE YEARS–seems like just a year or two has past. But then again, by daughter turns 5 in January and I have no idea how that happened, either…

    The 2017 Class announcement will occur on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00pm, and the induction into the hall will be on July 30th in Cooperstown…

    Image Created by the Sporting News Staff Exclusively for Graham's ArticleFinally, Graham Womack from Baseball Past and Present wrote a great article before Thanksgiving as a follow up to his 2014 article where people voted on the 25 most important people in baseball history. This time its the 40 Most Important People in Baseball History, and its based on his own extensive baseball knowledge. Check out the list of players, executives, media members, and other figures he believes have helped make baseball what it is for more than 150 years. Always a good read

    Coming up: Winter Meetings start Monday and go to Thursday. Let’s hope we get a pitcher who is not an obnoxious CHILD for Christmas!


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