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Support Rob Manfred: Contact The MLBPA About Pace Of Play

Rob Manfred is about to get a contract extension to remain The Commissioner of Major League Baseball for another 5 years.  That is outstanding news for all baseball fans, because Mr. Manfred is a man on a mission to save our beautiful game.

And why does our game need saving?  Because ratings and attendance are down, more every year.  How is it that the World Series between Boston and LA, two historical franchises, had reduced ratings of 20% over the prior year?  Because people hate the Red Sox.  Oh, and it takes too long.  The game simply takes too long.

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Red Sox Free Agency 2019: Does Charlie Morton Compare to Nathan Eovaldi?

One of the surprises of the 2019 Free Agency crop in Major League baseball is that Charlie Morton is available.  The Astros did not sign him before he hit free agency and they did not extend him a qualifying offer.

Why does that matter to the Red Sox?  Because Nathan Eovaldi is suddenly starting to attract attention in the market.  A quick google search will show the Yankees’ interest.  And shockingly, curve ball enthusiast Lance McCullers is going to miss the 2019 season for the Astros due to Tommy John Surgery.  According to many, this puts Eovaldi on the Astros list.

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Red Sox Free Agency 2019: Is Marwin Gonzalez A Fit?

When last we gazed on the 2018 Red Sox, the view was majestic.  But the 2018 season is over, and second base is a need.  Could Marwin Gonzalez meet that need? On The Roster Now For over 10 years, Dustin Pedroia was the guardian of second base and the second spot in the batting order for the Red Sox.  Before the dark times, before Manny Machado. But let’s not be too harsh.  Machado’s spike and the aftermath, it could be argued, ended with the Sox getting Alex Cora.  That’s a great thing! Pedroia is making a lot of money. ...

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The 2019 Red Sox Bullpen: The Craig Kimbrel Question

There are changes coming to the 2019 Red Sox Bullpen.  Yesterday I took a look at Joe Kelly.  The biggest piece, closer Craig Kimbrel, is today’s focus..  Is he worth paying to keep and what are some options out there? Craig Kimbrel In 2017 Craig Kimbrel was the 800 lb gorilla of all time Red Sox closers.  5-0 with 35 saves and a 1.43 ERA.  If he had been given more opportunity I’m sure he would’ve had even more saves. Using a 3 year average is an attempt to have some perspective, but in Kimbrel’s case the 2017 season...

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The 2019 Red Sox Bullpen: Joe Kelly or David Robertson

Kelly had an indelible stamp on the 2018 team.  He started the year by blowing game 1.  He became Jim Buchanon and started a Joe Kelly Fight Club faze when he called out Tyler Austin of the Yankees.  Then he became an afterthought and albatross around the neck of the bullpen as the summer dragged on.

But then, in the playoffs, the mid-bullpen became a strength, because he became a strength.  In six innings in the World Series he had a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts.  That is domination.

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Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Game 5 Recap

The 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 and cemented their status as the most dominant team in baseball. Steve Pearce This was a win that felt inevitable from the first pitch.  Thanks to World Series MVP Steve Pearce it pretty much was. Over 3 at bats at the end of game 4 and the beginning of game 5 Pearce was unstoppable.  2 Home Runs, a Double, and 6 RBI.  He threw in another homer in the 8th to put the cherry on top of this Championship. Turns out that kind of performance puts you shoulder to shoulder with MLB Legends.  Here’s a couple of facts that stand out. Steve Pearce joins Babe Ruth in 1927 and Lou Gehrig in 1928 with at least one home run and three RBI in back to back World Series Games. Pearce, Ruth, and Ted Kluszewski are the only players in history to have a multiple home run game at age 35 or older in the World Series Pearce told Andrew Benintendi before the series started that he wanted to win World Series MVP so he could go to the owners’ box at a Patriots game and sit with Bob Kraft and Bon Jovi.  Mission accomplished my man. I thought this World Series would invoke Legends, little did I know Steve Pearce would join them. David...

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Alex Cora, Right Again

It’s Alex Cora’s world.  We’re all just living in it.

Cora continues to absolutely dunk on his managerial opponents, including in the 2018 World Series.

This game is a prime example of his managerial domination.  By the time the 7th inning was over, Dave Roberts had used all of his bench players and the game was effectively over.

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The Red Sox Dodgers Preview Extravaganza

The LA Dodgers just dispatched the upstart Brewers and cashed their ticket to face the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.  Cue the grainy black and white photos of The Babe in a Red Sox uniform.  Cue The Dropkick Murphys grinding rendition of Tessy.  Cue fans using the Brooklyn Robins in barroom and water cooler talk and the million google searches for ‘Red Sox Dodgers world series’ landing on the 1916 World Series page on Wikipedia.  Cue every old Brooklyn Dodger fan coming out of the woodwork and slightly less grainy photos and videos of Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.  Cue a mountain of content on the 1988 LA Dodgers World Series winners.  Cue the Fever Pitch scene where the old guy counts off the string of Red Sox world series wins in 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918.  Cue Dave Roberts making his fateful steal in the bottom of the 9th in game 4 against Mariano Rivera.  Cue pictures of Alex Cora in an LA Dodgers uniform. The cue rating of this series is through the roof!  It’s an old school, original 6 type of World Series that will be chock full of intrigue and potential controversy at the very least.

With a resounding thud all the doubting and putting down of the 2018 Red Sox has been pushed off the desks of commentators nationwide

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Raising a Glass to Rick Porcello

Let’s take a minute to appreciate Rick Porcello from the ho hum, nothing to see here, game 3 of the ALCS in Houston.  He comes in to start the fourth inning and proceeds to give up a pesky pole special, 326 foot homer to Mookie’ Betts’ best pal, and number 9 hitter, Tony Kemp.  Tony Kemp.  What a gnat.  If the script was flipped and Houston wins in 5 it might’ve been him instead of our beloved JBJ being the ALCS MVP.  Then he faces the daunting top of the Astros lineup.

Just imagine: The roof is closed on Minute Maid park, the smell of leather and the Jackson Street BBQ and Taco Trio in the air, the awesome noise of the Houston fans pounding on his amygdala.  It’s Alex Bregman up to bat looking to atone for inciting the Sox with his Instagram post before game 3.

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