Author: Thomas Howland

Chris Sale Is About To Get A $35 Million Per, 7 Year Extension. He’s Worth It.

According to Forbes’ Mike Dowling, Chris Sale is on the verge of signing a $35 Million per year extension for 7 years. The gut reaction of many fans is ‘Woah woah woah, he’s got a 5+ ERA in the playoffs!’. While that is true, he’s also on the road to a Hall Of Fame career. Here are some reasons why, despite the risk, he’s worth it. All Time Leader This guy is historically great. Baseball Reference is a beautiful collection of any baseball stat you can imagine. Chris Sale’s page has two rare commodities: gold stats. They might as...

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All We Are Saying, Is Give Brock A Chance

Brock Holt is an awesome enigma. He was an All Star on a last place team, averaged .255 or lower in half his seasons, and had the only Cycle in the long history of the MLB playoffs. Holt’s story is one of perseverance, major highs, and frustrating lows. What can we look forward to in 2019? A Parade Of Obsticles & Injuries Here is a list of names that the Red Sox have put in Brock Holt’s way since he came over in 2013 from the Pirates: Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Brandon Snyder, Jonathan Herrera, Ryan Roberts, Pablo Sandoval,...

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Changes For Pedroia? Cora’s Got This

Cora has said that he’s looking for around 120 games for Pedroia this year. Before this winter, Pedroia would be fighting back, insisting he could play 150. But Alex Cora has the same touch with players coming back from injury that he does when making winning moves in the postseason.

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Review – Alex Cora: The Making Of A Champion

It was an in depth and poignant piece on our manager, a tremendous watch. The story starts and ends from his home town of Caguas Puerto Rico, from his childhood straight through to his current place as the first Big League manager from Puerto Rico. Oh, and through that incredible Red Sox season in 2018.

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Get Ready Red Sox Fans

It’s here. Spring training baseball is ramping up and seam-heads across the land are readying to descend upon waiting tourist traps in Florida and Arizona. The Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers officially report on Wednesday, February 13th. Let’s get ready to defend the title. Sights and Sounds Snap. Crackle. Pop. #LGM pic.twitter.com/22LLQ2ELbo— Brodie Van Wagenen (@GMBVW) February 8, 2019 The Mets GM gets it. It’s the sights and sounds. When I flip through the files as I’m working on my taxes I hear the snap, crackle, pop of baseballs hitting gloves. Boy would that long haired dude look...

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Meet Matt Barnes: Red Sox Closer

While wandering eyes look for a free agent, there’s a stalwart right in front of us. Matt Barnes is the most reliable, time tested, experienced, and talented holdover whose time has come. Matt Barnes should be The Closer for the Red Sox.

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The Patriots Get Their Mojo Back

It’s happening again Patriots fans. When that familiar feeling comes back, when what was old is new again. Do you remember, after the tuck rule game, before the match-up with the Rams? When Vegas thought so little of the Patriots they installed them as 14 point dogs in the Super Bowl? This was when the Patriots were at their ‘us against the world’ best. They lost that mojo, after trainers and spending time with family seemed more important than football. After Jimmy G and Gronk and going up the back stairs to the owner. But the Patriots have it back, and it will carry them to another Championship.

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Forget Kimbrel, Sign Kelvin Herrera

Mainly due to a lack of suiters, there is plenty of speculation that Craig Kimbrel is bound to come back to the Red Sox. But Kimbrel’s weaknesses haven’t disappeared. He will still be pricey, even at a reduced rate. Kelvin Herrera, however, is also sitting out there. And his experience and value could be priceless to the Sox.

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Patriots Finally Have The Motivation They Need

The sky is falling for the Patriots.  Just as people have started to come to terms with the loss to the Steelers, Josh Gordon is taking his ball and going home.  In fact, this bad news is finally enough to get Belichick’s bedrock philosophy back in vogue.  Bulletin board material is back, and just in time too.

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Red Sox Hot Stove And Related News

The Red Sox Hot Stove has burned out.  Dave Dombrowski recently noted that the free-agent market has slowed down significantly the past two years.  He’s in favor of a free-agency deadline of some sort to spurn action.  Dave Dombrowski is right.  With that in mind, here is some recent interesting MLB news, and how it affects the Red Sox.

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Curt Schilling Belongs In The Hall Of Fame

The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings are happening, and there are rumors about deals and free agent signings everywhere.  Beneath all that buzz, the Hall Of Fame vote lurks.  On January 22, 2019, the 2019 Baseball Hall Of Fame class announcement occurs.  Curt Schilling will not be matriculating.  Schilling is the equal of John Smoltz.  Smoltz sailed in on his first chance in 2015, while Schilling is still waiting.  Why is that?

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Nathan Eovaldi Is Back

The Red Sox have re-signed Nathan Eovaldi to a 4 year, $67.5 Million deal.  The Postseason horse is back in the barn.  Because of the lack of home grown talent, and a shallow free agent pool, this was a move the Red Sox needed to make.

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Get Noah Syndergaard On The Red Sox

The Mets are a little off their rocker, the Winter Meetings are coming up, and the Cardinals have stolen some National League thunder with the Paul Goldschmidt trade.  Nathan Eovaldi is back!  Now is the time for the Red Sox to strike.  Bring Noah Syndergaard to Boston.  A quick reminder: So…..Fenway was a sureal ballpark to pitch in…..from a childhood dream perspective……As visiting pitcher on a team and city I love…..#dontfreakout — Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) September 15, 2018 The Mets The Mets are in win-now mode with their strange reliance on 36 year old, recently PED suspended, Robinson Cano.  They...

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2019 Red Sox Free Agency: Get Cody Allen

The Red Sox bullpen is in flux for 2019.  Craig Kimbrel is out there asking for a 6-year deal, which the Red Sox will never give him.  Joe Kelly is also a free agent, and his performance doesn’t exactly inspire.  Because an already bloated Red Sox payroll, it’s looking like a budget bullpen piece is the answer.  The place to go is Cody Allen. Cody Allen Performance Between the years of 2014 and 2017, Cody Allen was one of the best closers in the game.  He averaged 32 saves a year as the anchor of a star-studded bullpen that...

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Pete Rose Should Be Back In Baseball

Gambling has become more and more acceptable in society in light of the Supreme Court decision to strike down the 1992 law that prohibited sports betting in many states.  In light of this, and Major League Baseball getting into bed with MGM Resorts, it’s time to welcome back Pete Rose into Baseball’s good graces.

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Vote Roger Clemens Into The Hall Of Fame

When we pull out the winter coats and see our heating bills rise, the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement is soon to follow.  This year is year 7 of 10 for Roger Clemens.  This is a man with 7 Cy Young awards and 354 wins.  So why isn’t he in the Hall Of Fame right now?

We all know the answer to that question.  His PED use.  Or his alleged PED use.  That story is so overdone and convoluted I’m not going to dive into it here.  Instead I’m going to go through a Red Sox fan’s journey to acceptance of The Rocket.

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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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