The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents. Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
By: Scott Lauber (ESPN.com) FORT MYERS, Fla. — Andrew Benintendi stepped out of the batting cage, knocked the dirt from his cleats and began to head to the next activity on the Boston Red Sox’s workout schedule. But first, his hitting coach wanted to give him some love. “Those were some sexy swings,” Chili Davis said. Indeed, when Benintendi turns up his left-handed swing...
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For the Red Sox, the big league games are ready to start Friday, and the hope is that they don't end until late October.
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Yankee legend Derek Jeter has one guy in major league baseball he likes watching—and it's your current Red Sox right-fielder. At a team gathering for Yankee minor-leaguers, the former pinstripe captain was asked who he likes in baseball today. His response was, "I love watching Mookie Betts play. Anyone who goes and plays the game hard." This high praise for The Mookster is understandable...
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The Red Sox won't send their big three to the mound in Grapefruit League games for roughly another week, manager John Farrell said Thursday morning.
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I believe it was Billy Madison who said “It takes more than two to tango… or something like that”. Well “something like that” is exactly what the Boston Red Sox have behind the plate going into the 2017 season. Last season the catching situation in Boston was hazy until Sandy Leon emerged as the clear starter. This was due in part to Christian Vazquez’ lack of offensive...
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(Getty Images)If you're looking for a true sleeper candidate on the 2017 Red Sox, Sam Travis may be your guy. Don't be surprised if Travis gets FenwayNation's 2017 'Under The Radar' Award (for under-recognized contributions). Way back before last Thanksgiving, we profiled Travis as a potentially big contributor this year. The 23-year-old had a monster Spring Training last year, hitting...
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The options seemingly are endless for David Ortiz as he considers myriad post-retirement options. And comments from Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy indicate Ortiz’s first job may be a role on the Boston Red Sox broadcast team.Kennedy discussed the retired icon’s future during an interview this week on Boston Herald Radio. While nothing is set in stone, Kennedy, who previously...
Elaine Steward's path as a pioneer for African-American women in baseball began in one of the most chance ways imaginable. As a teen, Steward was hired by Mets outfielder Felix Millan as a babysitter.
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Bust (transitive verb): to ruin financially Rusney Castillo has once again reported to spring training with the Boston Red Sox, ostensibly ready to “compete” for another chance in the big leagues. He enters the fourth season of a seven-year contract that pays him $72.5M. This year, he will take home $11,271,428 – to whatever lodging he has acquired since becoming a permanent...
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The Red Sox made a huge splash in the offseason, trading a boatload of prospects to acquire dominant lefty Chris Sale to anchor their rotation. Boston knew it had the best outfield in baseball, and the biggest weakness was its starting rotation, especially at the top. The 2016 playoffs exposed the Sox for not having a dominant pitcher they could rely on each game. Rick Porcello finished...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Carmine’s time as the sometimes infamous information center of the Red Sox — caricatured on occasion as a sort of HAL 9000 run amok — is coming to an end. But the development is far from a sign that the Red Sox are pulling the plug on their analytics department. To […]
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Red Sox hope adding Chris Sale to a rotation that already included Rick Porcello and David Price will boost the team to its first World Series title since 2013. ''Boston's like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball,'' New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said during the offseason. Porcello is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and Price...
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(Photo: Pete Abraham)Eric D. Schabell Contributing WriterAnyone who has ever played the game of baseball knows the value of a good glove.Pitcher, catcher, infielder or outfielder, they all have deep thoughts on the matter.Most will not change gloves for all the tea in China, but when you decide to trade in your old one for new, that's almost a matter of life and death.Players agonize...
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I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the fact that Chris Sale is in the Red Sox rotation. It will probably require me seeing him pitch in a Red Sox uniform for it to fully sink in – the beat writers’ grainy, from-a-distance Spring Training videos of bullpen sessions don’t count. I mean, this guy has been one of the five best pitchers in the American League over the...
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What originally was a trip to see the Boston Red Sox at spring training turned into a totally different experience for the Woodburn family.Angie Woodburn was waiting in line with her kids Saturday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., hoping to get some Red Sox players’ autographs when her 7-year-old Makenna spotted someone whose signature she really wanted. But it wasn’t a player...
Spring Training 2017 is underway, and in addition to the 40 players the Red Sox have on the 40-man roster, they’ve invited 15 non-roster players to hang out in Florida for a few weeks. From journeymen relievers to top prospects to guys I promise you’ve never heard of, it’s an eclectic group. What follows is a very, very serious breakdown of their abilities and is in no way...
David Ortiz seems to be enjoying his retirement.While the rest of the Boston Red Sox are gathered in Fort Myers, Fla., for the beginning of spring training, the former designated hitter reported to the beach and shared a look at his new spring training via Twitter. Although Ortiz claims it’s “so good to be retired,” that hasn’t kept his name from coming up frequently at Red...
The Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about catcher Blake Swihart showing signs of Mackey Sasser Syndrome in spring training.Swihart, a 2011 first-round pick by Boston who has seen MLB action the past two seasons, has struggled with his throws back to the pitcher during spring training.CSN New England has provided the video evidence. The first clip comes from Friday: And this was...
Despite Hanley Ramirez’s best efforts, David Ortiz is done playing baseball for the Boston Red Sox.But you still could see Big Papi floating around Fenway Park in the near future.When the legendary slugger retired last season, he hinted that he might be interested in taking an off-field job with the club down the road. The Red Sox, obviously, said they’d welcome him with open...
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria appears to have quite the sweet gig lined up.The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the White House and State Department are in conflict over some ambassadorships. Within the article — which was mostly about the political battle between the sides — was a nugget saying that Loria is heading to France to be an ambassador for the Trump administration...
Former player and long time Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy announced on Monday that while his present diagnosis seems positive, lung cancer has returned to his body. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski passed his best wishes along.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry, and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon,” Dombrowski said, via CBS Boston. “Jerry...
Welcome to BP Boston’s second annual Roster Recap series. Over the next few months, we’ll be analyzing every player on Boston’s 40-man roster and many of their top prospects in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the Red Sox roster’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as what we can expect moving forward. From MVP-candidate right fielders to reserve relievers, we...
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