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Boston Red Sox And The Postseason

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Boston Red Sox And The Postseason That Is Unlikely To Happen At Current Rate They Are Going

What exactly is success in sports?

Is it winning championships?

Having fun?

Or is it something else?

Since the Patriots 2002 Super Bowl, Boston has been blessed with an abundance of league championships. A luxury that many cities around the country have yet to experience. Every major sports team has won a championship.

Patriots: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017

Boston Red Sox: 2004, 2007, 2013

Boston Bruins: 2011

Boston Celtics: 2008

Boston Red Sox Championship Unlikely In 2017

Now, I am not here to tell you that this era of success is coming to an end. Because as well all know, good things come to an end. But this is about something different.

We have a baseball team in town that had an 84-year drought. The Boston Red Sox played 84 seasons without winning a league championship. An amount that almost seems unfathomable right now. But according to my elders and the internet, it happened.

Many of you likely remember those times well. While the chances of this happening again to the Red Sox are small, it has a better chance of happening than this years team winning the World Series.

Now things can change, players can improve, moves can happen, but at the moment I am out on this year Boston Red Sox team. They are a talented squad with a good core of young talent. But they lack what it takes for October baseball.

This has been a running theme for me, questioning their mental toughness and ability to win when it counts. But the revealings of the David Price airplane incident have confirmed my suspicions.

You have a ballclub that lacks the toughness needed to win games in October. One that cheers for the ambush of a Hall of Famer who made a fair comment about a player. Issues like that and a serious lack of consistency at the plate will be the downfall of this years team.

The pieces are there, but the puzzle has yet to be put together. With two full months of baseball to go, there is still time for a revival, a rebirth if you will. But at the moment, it seems unlikely that this team can do that. Or if management even knows how to do it.

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Offensive Woes Continue Deep Into July

The Boston Red Sox have a 3.34 earned run average in the last 17 games but have lost 11 times because the offense is averaging 3.1 runs in that stretch.

The current team’s lineup is built for quality at-bats and not the long ball. But the issue for the team has been actually putting together quality at-bats.

“We’re not built around the home run; we recognize that,” Farrell said. “We know this has to be quality at-bats up and down the lineup. That has shown itself to be the case in some innings but in others it’s not.”

Boston happens to be one of the few teams in Major League Baseball who isn’t hitting home runs. Home runs in baseball are on a historic pace. But the Red Sox seem to have missed the home run announcement.

Last season, the Boston Red Sox finished ninth in the majors in home runs, first in runs, and first in OPS. This season they’re 27th in homers, 11th in runs, and 19th in OPS. If you think they are a doubles ball club like last year, you are wrong. Boston ranks 11th this season compared to their major league leading double number last season. This and the lack of power makes them the 23rd ranked team for extra base hits this season. They have also hit into 96 double plays, which ranks second in the majors.

They have also hit into 96 double plays, which ranks second in the majors. Not a great category to be near the top off.

For a ballclub that can’t hit the long ball, they sure seem to be ineffective at doing everything else as well. The one saving grace for the 2017 Boston Red Sox has been their pitching. Thier 3.72 ERA entering Tuesday is the 2nd best in the American league with both their starters and relievers being one of the tops in the Majors. Without their elite pitching staff, this team would be lucky to be in 4th in the AL East.

As it sits right now the Boston Red Sox are a first place team. But the gap between them and 2nd place has shrunken. The call-up of Rafael Devers is a desperation move. A necessary one though for Dave Dombrowski and company. But for the moment, Boston’s chances of a title are looking slim to none.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up

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Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell

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John Farrell

On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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