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Life Without a Skipper

So here we are again, looking at a disappointing year and facing managerial decisions. Last year Terry Francona was given the boot and fans went nuts. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Sox fans as frustrated and angry with the administration than they were at that moment. People argued it wasn’t Terry’s fault and that it was the fault of the players. With Bobby Valentine though, it’s an entirely different case. Why? Well fans were pitted against Bobby from the start. How on earth could a guy who hadn’t managed in the major leagues since 2002 possibly turn the ship around? In my humble opinion, all things considered, he did a fair job. He was a lineup card genius. Bobby didn’t have a whole lot to work with especially with injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, and Will Middlebrooks, yet the lineups still produced. Another problem was the pitching. When your ERA leader on the team has an ERA of over 4, that’s a problem. Yes Bobby clearly had a problem with his media suave. That’s obvious. However I would argue not that Bobby was a bad manager, but that he wasn’t the right fit for Boston. It was a chemistry issue. He couldn’t get the respect needed from the players or the staff. This isn’t the important part though. The important thing is looking ahead to the way to fix this team. We as fans have become accustomed to winning. We certainly didn’t expect to look like the Houston Astros this year. However there still is hope in Boston. Ben Cherington has already started his managerial search which we all can be glad about. So far names such as DeMarlo Hale and Brad Ausmus have come up. DeMarlo could be a good option since he has had experience with the Sox before as a base coach and a manager in the farm system. Ausmus on the other hand has never managed before but was one of the better catchers in his era. Ausmus could offer some valuable wisdom when it comes to pitching, but again he’s never managed. Maybe that’s what the Red Sox need though, something fresh. As the search continues, keep your eyes on both of these guys, they just might be what the future holds in Beantown. read more

Beckett Pitches Well, Bullpen Doesn’t

The Red Sox lost…again. After starting off last season 2-10, though, this season seems like a breeze. The Red Sox already have 4 wins, but they collected their 8th loss tonight against the Texas Rangers. It really should come as no surprise though considering the Rangers’ prolific offense and the Red Sox general lack of pitching. On the bright side, a 6-3 loss feels so much better than the 18-3 loss they suffered yesterday at the hands of these same Rangers. read more

Beckett To Have Thumb Evaluated

In the latest news from the 2012 Red Sox pitching rotation, Josh Beckett is headed to Texas. The pitcher has an alleged thumb injury that needs to be evaluated, and he will have it done in San Antonio. Apparently this came up about 10 days ago, but there were no negative effects on  his pitching, so nobody was worried. This is just a matter of putting Beckett at peace with the situation. read more

Bobby V Sets Red Sox Rotation

Just four days before the beginning of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has finally settled on his starting rotation. The final decision came down just moments ago on who the 4th and 5th starters would be.

Here is a look at our Boston Red Sox starters this season – and a quick look at their pitching numbers from last season. (Please take note that Felix Doubront’s pitching numbers are his minor league stats from last season and Daniel Bard’s pitching stats are all from relief appearances) You can study stats with the best sports books. read more

Fenway to Host Henry’s Liverpool

In a bit of news indirectly related to the Red Sox, John Henry is bringing his second love, Liverpool Football Club, to this side of the pond this summer. This doesn’t exactly raise eyebrows around Red Sox Nation except for the minor fact that Fenway Park will be the site where one of their preseason friendlies will be played. read more

Sox Option Iglesias to Pawtucket

Red Sox Nation can rest easy today knowing that an important bit of business has been finalized prior to Opening Day 2012. Jenny Dell, better known as Heidi Watney 2.0 to Red Sox fans, tweeted minutes ago that the Red Sox have optioned potential starting shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket. Given that the Red Sox are a little short on shortstops, this move can only mean one thing, Mike Aviles will be manning the middle infield alongside Dustin Pedroia. Aviles got a good amount of action last season, so he should be good to go once the season starts. Look for Iglesias, who was rumored to potentially be the starting shortstop this season, to get called up here and there to get some action. Also, you can pretty much guarantee that he’ll be a September call-up. read more

Just A Bump In The Road

The Red Sox have hit a rough patch of late and after losing two out of three to both the lowly Seattle Mariners and rival Tampa Bay Rays the Sox find themselves trailing the New York Yankees by a half game in the A.L. East.  Ironically it has been the Red Sox bats and not the pitching that harvest the blame for their recent struggles.  Ellsbury has been the only bright spot of late, continuing his push for MVP and a new paycheck.  Adrian Gonzalez has been doing his best Tony Gwynn impression, dominating the average department while only collecting one big fly since the All-Star break (I am as concerned as others are with that) and has gone a season long eight games with out collecting an RBI.  Carl Crawford is still no help  continuing  his miserable  season and I have officially given up hope that he is going to turn it around (shipped his .200 avg off my fantasy squad last week),  Pedroia has cooled down of late and with Youkilis hitting the D.L. today and Ortiz out for at least a week it looks like the offense will continue to struggle in the immediate future. read more

Sox In 1st Again and Continue To Make The Yankees Their Daddy In 2011, Yawn

The New York Yankees came to town Friday tied with the Red Sox atop the A.L. East, but left Sunday finding themselves looking up at the Red Sox once again.  The Red Sox relinquished the top spot in the division for the first time since the middle of June after Jon Lester and the boys lost the first game of the series Friday night.  However their time in second did not last long as the Sox, behind their sticks and solid outings from Lackey and Ace Beckett, took back first place by winning the next two against the Yanks.  The series victory continued the Sox success over the Pinstripes in 2011, improving to 10-2 against the Bombers and clinching the season series.  Here is a quick look at the series: read more

Manny being Manny….Still?

BY: Wild Thing

As I was driving to work earlier this week, I was listening to Dennis & Callahan, and Jerry Callahan brought up the question, “Where is Manny Ramirez?” That question made me crack up, and I pondered what Callahan said.

Since being out of the game for several moths now, I wondered, could Manny be done with his antics and be “Manny being Normal” instead of “Manny being Manny?” What can a 2x World Series and 9x silver slugger award winner be doing? I’m not 100% sure but I do know he is getting paid. read more

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