Batting ninth…not a second leadoff batter

We often hear teams explaining that they like to place a batter in the nine slot “because in essence, it gives us two leadoff batters.” Well, the truth is that you don’t really want a guy who hits .235 with an OBP of .291 as your leadoff batter, which is what the 30 batters hit […]

Earl Averill, Jr., the batter who reached base 17 straight times

According to the Seattle Times, Earl Averill Jr., a seven-year major league veteran, died last Wednesday in Tacoma. He was 83. Unlike Jackie Bradley, Averill’s “Junior” is well deserved to be noted when speaking about him in a major league environment. Averill, the senior, was a Hall of Fame centerfielder who was inducted into the […]

The Overcrowded Red Sox Outfield

It is simple, you can only have three outfielders in the game at any given time, and the Red Sox now find themselves with nine legitimate players to field those spots. With Jackie Bradley, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Bryce Brentz, Mookie Betts, and Brock Holt all currently on the 40-Man roster, […]

Red Sox Position Players: As of Today

If you haven’t heard by now, the Red Sox have been negotiating deals with both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval that would bring them to Boston for the next 5 years. Assuming the rumors are true, this would leave a significant surplus of position players.  So let us take a look at the Red Sox roster, […]

Peter Gammons: Cherington, Red Sox Faced With Long Winter Ahead

Ben Cherington left Sunday for Phoenix because it is his turn to chair the General Manager Meetings. He was able to enjoy his final day before the trip seeing Amherst beat Williams and spending the day with fellow Lord Jeffs, Dan Duquette and Neal Huntington, and when the meetings begin Monday, he can begin to […]

Coffee and Clippings: What went wrong with Xander Bogaerts & Jackie Bradley?

Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe talks about what went wrong with Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley… The fight is over, at least for this season. The last-place Red Sox threw in the towel on Bogaerts’s fellow rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., sending him back to the minors Monday, and only stubbornness seems to have […]

Peter Gammons: The struggles of top prospects in MLB

Baseball America’s Pre-season Top Ten Position Player Prospects and 2014 Numbers BA’s Preseason Top 10 Position Players, 2014 AVG OBP SLUG HR RBI 1. Xander Bogaerts, BOS. 21 .225 .294 .336 8 30 2. Oscar Taveras, STL. 22 .224 .263 .298 2 14 3. Javier Baez, CHC. 21 .231 .265 .492 5 9 4. Gregory […]

Peter Gammons: Peavy deal initiates 2015 Hot Stove season for Red Sox

The Jake Peavy deal was the official opening of the 2015 Hot Stove season. For all but $2M remaining on Peavy’s contract, Boston got two high end arms on which to dream, and develop. Lefthander Edwin Escobar, 22, had been the focus of several teams’ interest earlier in the season, although his success has been […]

Coffee and Clippings: Don Mattingly can’t answer Yasiel Puig questions

Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times writes that Don Mattingly can’t answer Yasiel Puig questions… The Dodgers returned home Friday for the first time since the story broke Sunday, and Mattingly was again left to meet the local media, cameras and newscasters at Dodger Stadium vainly attempting to gain any insight on Puig’s story. They received […]

Young center fielders to watch this spring, Danny Espinosa, Tanaka’s transition, and Brewers

Important, Young CFs to Watch this Spring Three of the most important young players to watch this spring are center fielders, who are vital to each of their teams’ seasons. –The first is Jackie Bradley, Jr., replacing Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston; the Red Sox have signed Grady Sizemore, but John Farrell says Bradley is his […]