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Boston Red Sox; JBJ in clutch, Offense unstoppable and Sale dominating



Boston Red Sox; JBJ in clutch, Offense unstoppable and Sale dominating

Being in 1st place? Not a big deal. Winning games and showing competitiveness? Now that’s a big deal. It’s a big deal because it shows how important it is that each teammate wants to win, and that’s exactly what the Boston Red Sox wanted to do in Friday night’s defeat over the LA Angels.

The Sox showed just how important that game was. First off, they came out strong on offense. Second, the team showed their defense. Last but not least, Red Sox starter, Chris Sale was on the mound Friday night, showing his opponents no signs of defeat or tiredness.

On offense, the Red Sox came together as a team and were able to put up a total of five runs in just the first inning. Benintendi singled to left field, allowing Mookie Betts to score, making it a 1-0 lead. Then, Mitch Moreland singled and Benintendi score from second, on a wild throw earlier, allowing him to advance from first to second, making it 2-0.

After that, Moreland scored on Hanley Ramirez’s single but was able to advance to second, on another wild throw, making it 3-0 at this point. Later, Xander Bogaerts singled and Ramirez scored as they advance the score to 4-0. Finally, making the score 5-0, Bradley Jr. doubled to right, which allowed Bogaerts scored, giving Chris Sale and the Red Sox some room to work with for the game and helping themselves to start the game strong.

On defense, CF, Jackie Bradley Jr. showed how important it was for him to be starting the game in the outfield. He made an incredible wall climbing catch robbing Escobar of extra bases. Los Angles 3rd basemen, Yunel Escobar hit the ball deep to right-center field, hoping for a double or triple but, Bradley Jr. had other plans. By showing off his speed he was able to catch up to the ball and record an out for his team.

Pitcher, Chris Sale pitched six solid innings grabbing just nine strikeouts, on two walks. He gave up only four hit but did not allow anyone to score. All three factors were the reasons why the Red Sox proved they wanted to win that night game against the Angles, and they sure did.

PawSox pitcher Kyle Martin was called up to Boston on Wednesday and made his MLB debut as a reliever on Thursday night. As well as pitching on Friday night. During his debut, Martin pitched a solid 1.0 inning and giving up just one walk on one strikeout. Not too shabby in your debut start as a reliever. However, on Friday night, Martin pitched 1.1 innings allowing one run to score on two hits and a walk. Of

Of course that one run was a solo shot which was crushed by LA’s catcher, Martin Maldonado. Even though it was just one run, the Red Sox were still ahead 6-1 and Martin still pitched a solid inning. Coming up to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket, he showed his team, his fans, his family and most importantly, himself how important it was for him to be at Anaheim Stadium on Friday night. But let’s face the facts, the atmosphere between the majors and the minors is completely different. Some people come up and show their strength, like former Red Sox outfield Daniel Nava and current outfielder Andrew Benintendi, and have a great season. Let’s look at Benintendi, the Boston Red Sox brought him up in September 2016 and had a great season, until he got injured. But before he was

Let’s look at Benintendi, the Boston Red Sox brought him up in September 2016 and had a great season, until he got injured. But before he was at Boston, he was playing for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs where the Boston Red Sox made sure they kept an eye on him, when their decisions came later in September on call-ups. Whereas, Martin came up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Now, without a doubt, Double-A and Triple-A are very different from each other. But the bottom line is the atmosphere between majors and minors can impact a player either in positive or negative ways. Unfortunately, it affected PawSox pitcher, Brian Johnson a few years ago. He was brought up in 2014, to make his MLB debut start. However, during the

He was brought up in 2014, to make his MLB debut start. However, during the game he struggled throwing the ball his way and was hurting, physically and emotionally. He was having a hard time adjusting to the change in atmosphere. He even lost his first game during his MLB debut. After the game ended, reports interviewed Johnson, asking him how he was felt to be in Boston, the adjustments he’s had and all that other information other journalists are curious about. His response was that he would rather be down in Pawtucket facing his anxiety and other problems than to spend his time in Boston having a hard time finding himself. However, in just two games, reliever Kyle Martin showed that the atmosphere hasn’t bothered him one bit. Despite the home run he allowed, he showed what an excellent pitcher he just was.

Another reliever, Matt Barnes had an excellent night as well. He gave up just one run on one walk and one strikeout. However, during the 9th inning, Barnes was showing signs of him struggling, after he just got one out. He was struggling because he made many mistakes. His first was when he walked Martin Maldonado, then he allowed Maldonado to advance on a passed ball and lastly, he allowed left fielder, Ben Revere to reach first and allow Maldonado to score. With just one out, the score changes to 6-2, and still the Red Sox were ahead, but Barnes wasn’t focused. He needed to refocus. He was definitely shaken up by his mistakes, but Farrell stuck with him. After calling time and having a mound visit, Barnes was refocused and ready to close out this game. He struck out pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena and Yunel Escobar grounded out to Mitch Moreland, leaving Revere on base unable to score. Farrell was right and kept him in the game as the Red Sox walk away with a W.

Despite the hiccups, the Boston Red Sox were faced with, they were still able to walk away with their heads held up high as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 6-2 at Anaheim Stadium Friday night.

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Red Sox Name Alex Cora As The New Manager



Since the firing of John Farrell, the rumor mill has pegged former player Alex Cora as the clear frontrunner. Over the weekend it was being reported that Boston had decided on Cora but was waiting for the right time to announce the decision.

On Sunday the naming of the 47th manager in team history was made official.

“We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex,” said Dombrowski. “He came to us as a highly-regarded candidate, and from speaking with him throughout this process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity. He is a highly respected and hardworking individual who has experience playing in Boston.”

Cora played in Boston from 2005 to 2008, and is currently a bench coach with the World Series-bound Houston Astros.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity,” Cora said. “Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.”

“In Alex we have found a natural leader to guide our clubhouse,” said Henry. “He is extremely smart with a dedication to what it takes to be successful in today’s game on the field. His baseball acumen and his ability to think strategically are uncommon for someone his age. We could not have found a better match for our players, our front office and for where we intend to go over the coming years as an organization.”

“Alex also has a full appreciation for the use of analytical information in today’s game and his ability to communicate and relate to both young players and veterans is a plus,” added Dombrowski. “Finally, the fact that he is bilingual is very significant for our club.”

The official press conference on the hiring will take place after the conclusion of the Fall Classic.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up



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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