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Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Rivalry Might Be Alive Once Again

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Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Rivalry Might Be Alive Once Again With A Series Opener That Had The Key Big Game Feeling With Joe Kelly Going Toe-to-Toe With New York Slugger Aaron Judge

On Tuesday another series in the long history of the Boston Red Sox vs the New York Yankees kicked off. The last couple of years the long-time rivalry has been diminished to the point where many baseball fans and players alike call it non-existent. But this time around it feels different, because it is different.

This time both the Red Sox and the Yankees are battling it out for the top spot in the American League East, and for the first time in a long-time, both teams have young and talented rosters. Tuesday’s game had a different feel to it, it had a Yankees-Red Sox feel. The starter for Boston was Drew Pomeranz and the starter for New York was Masahiro Tanaka.

Pomeranz went five innings in a 5-4 win for the Red Sox allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits and struck out seven Yankees batters. Tanaka for the Yankees went five innings as well, but he allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits.

Tanaka’s big mistakes came via the home run with Boston taking the Japanese pitcher deep 3 times courtesy of home runs by Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramirez, and Andrew Benintendi.

The Red Sox bullpen allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in four innings of work with John Farrell going to Robby Scott, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and the closer Craig Kimbrel.

Kelly’s night was an eventful one though, the the hard throwing reliever pitching the seventh inning for Boston and faced a monster in Aaron Judge with two-outs and a speedy Brett Gardner standing at second base with the lead on the line for the Red Sox.

Kelly was flaming on Tuesday night and his duel with Judge is something that should be remembered as we get deeper and deeper into the season. His first pitch was a 102 mph fastball that Judge fouled off, second pitch was 101 mph with a hesitation style delivery the went for a ball up high. The third pitch was a 93 mph slider that Judge fouled off followed by a 101 mph fastball that Judge also fouled off.

The fifth pitch of the at-bat was one many in Boston will remember, Kelly reached back and tossed a 104 mph fastball, a Red Sox record in-fact, that Judge proceeded to foul off for the fourth foul ball of the sequence. Kelly with Judge on his heels threw a slider for his sixth pitch to get Judge flailing for strike 3 to get out of the inning and preserve the Boston lead of 5-3 at the time.

With the win, Boston moves to 32-25 on the season and sit just one game back of the Yankees for first place in the AL East with the chance to tie New York on Wednesday night in the Bronx. Wednesday’s matchup features reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello against veteran Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.

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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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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