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  • January 20th, 2017

    January 20th, 2017:
    Raines, Bagwell and Rodriguez make the Hall…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:46 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Not sure any of the 3 candidates for the Hall are a huge surprise. As part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), I voted for all 3 of them myself. But getting to the required 75% is a huge deal; just ask Tim Raines, who didn’t get there until his final year on the ballot, garners 86.0% of the vote, a big jump from his 69.8% last year. Jeff Bagwell, in his 7th year on the ballot, and how narrowly missed last year with 71.6%, had the highest vote count this year at 86.2%. Rounding out the 2017 class is Ivan Rodriquez in his 1st year on the ballot, with 76%. Don’t call him Pudge, won’t call him Pudge, there is only ONE Pudge as far as I am concerned…

    Trevor Hoffman (74%) and Vlad Guerrero (71.7%) narrowly missed this year, so we will see if they garner enough voted in 2018 to get the call…

    As we know, players getting less than 5% of the vote in any given year are removed for further consideration. A number of Red Sox players, including Jason Varitek (.5%) Tim Wakefield (.1%), and Orlando Cabrera, JD Drew, and Freddie Sanchez (All 0%) were in this grouping this year. Shockingly, so was Jorge Posada, who only garnered 3.8% of the vote in his 1st year on the ballot.

    Curt Schilling had a concerning drop this year to 45% from the 52.3% he had in his 4th year. I think his vocal stance on many topics has affected his chances to get in the hall. Hopefully he can rebound, but we’ll see…

    And in case you were interested, Manny got 23.8% of the vote…You can see the whole list here.

    The Boston Baseball Writers has their dinner last night, and gave out their annual awards of distinction. No surprise to anyone, Mookie Betts was honored with the MVP of the Red Sox award. And the 24-year olds response? “Try to be the same guy”, because he feels that if you try “to be better” that can put too much pressure on, which can backfire. He hopes he can continue his trend of excellence. Amazing maturity for such a young guy–and it is wonderful to watch this superstar in the making…

    Also given awards were old friends Terry Francona and Theo Epstein, for Manager and Executive of the year, respectively. Both were in attendance, and were witty and erudite, and bit surprised they are still as beloved as they are in Boston. Not sure why. Theo and Tito will always be Red Sox royalty…

    So apparently, Eduardo Rodriquez’s knee is a thing again. You may remember he tweaked it last month during Winter Ball, now he will not be pitching in the World Baseball Classic. John Farrell is couching it as more precautionary/exploratory than anything else, but yes, this is the same knee he hurt in Spring Training LAST year, which lead to him starting the 2016 campaign on the disabled list…

    Confirmed Red Sox players for the WBC are Hanley and Xander, for their home countries of the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands, respectively. Craig Kimbrel is still up in the air as to whether he will pitch for the US, as is Pablo Sandoval for Venezuela. The whole Panda thing should not happen especially with the whole season-ending injury of last year. He is now healthy, in shape, and should not risk injury for exhibition games….Not to mention that he needs to go through a normal Spring Training to get ready for the season–not be gone for 3 weeks…

    Coming up: Less than a month to Pitchers and Catchers, and I am still waiting for the date where the rest of the Red Sox tickets go on-sale. Cannot find it ANYWHERE…I suspect it’ll be next week, which means I will need to forgo my camping out with my coffee at 10:00, as I will be running around, preparing for my daughter’s 5th Birthday…

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