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Connelly Top 10 – Red Sox Anemic – Spieth Good – Insurance Commercials

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1.Red Sox

* Wow 2:13! I’ll take a loss for that game time

* Don’t look now but Porcello has 13 losses with 13 starts to go

* Who is this guy from the Angels Valbuena who did a bat flip on a line out to second and then hit a home run and took 29 seconds to get around the bases – (say something, Sandy Leon). By the way he is hitting .184 and his pimping every at bat.

* Hanley batting average by position he played: DH .286 / SS – .304 / 1b – .276 / 3b – .248 / left field – .246 / Pinch hitter – .220

* John Farrell is to Pete Rose as Steven Wright is to Ray Fosse

* Red Sox at the 100 game mark – 10 games over .500

* Chris Sale is already 26th all-time in most strike outs in Red Sox season with double digit starts remaining

 

2. British Open

* Amazing technology on the practice range with the scoreboard instantly providing the golfer’s distance, apex, spin rate, etc

* With the microphone on Jordan Spieth, he comes off as a whiny head case

* Has anyone won a major with 36% of fairways(4 of 14)  hit and 5 bogey’s on Sunday

* Was 4 over in the first 13 holes / 5 under on the last 5 holes

 

3. Around the MLB:

*Would you invest hundreds of millions of dollars in brats like Harper or Machado (hitting .240) or lock up Mookie Betts

* Saw a stat the other day that said the White Sox now have eight of the top 68 prospects – Red Sox have one – Jason Groome at #20 (Sporting News)

* Dodgers pitchers in July – 14-3 / 2.79 ERA / 161 K to 33 BB

* Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo has 4 hits in 24 at bats – three of those hits are triples

 

4. ESPN’s worst programming:

·         WNBA – (anyone watch the all-star game?)

·         Poker

·         Hot dog eating

·         Major League Soccer

·         There pathetic Sunday night baseball broadcast

 

5. Red Sox lefties galore – Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriquez, Brian Johnson – reminds me of 1984 Red Sox with John Tudor, Bruce Hurst and Bobby Ojeda (37-31) – How about top lefties in Red Sox history:

1. Mel Parnell……………..123 wins

2. Chris Sale – yes already…13 wins

3. Jon Lester……………….110 wins

4. Bruce Hurst………………88 wins

5. Babe Ruth……………….89 wins

6. Lefty Grove…………….105 wins

4. Bill Lee………………….94 wins

 

6. People actually mulling Paul Pierce versus Larry Bird (hahaha – like this is even close):

MVP……………Bird – Three / Paul Pierce in the Top Ten in MVP voting once

Championships – Bird – Three / Paul Pierce One

Stats…………….Bird 24 pts – 10 rebounds – 6 assists //// Pierce 20 – 6 – 3

All NBA………..Bird 9 / Pierce 0

 

7. Amazing Stat – Tiger Woods hasn’t won a major in over nine years

 

8. Old School – As a team, the 1945 Red Sox only struck out 490 batters for the season – led by David Ferris with 94 strike outs (Last year’s Red Sox pitchers struck out 1,362 batters)            

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Worst insurance ads:

1.      General – animated fat general is annoying

2.      Geico – I want someone to step on that Gecko

3.      Liberty Mutual in front of the Statue of Liberty

4.      Progressive with Flo

5.      All State with JK Simmons

10. Randomosity
* Saw Dunkirk – a complete miss – B- / really disappointed

* Tim Tebow on fire – no need for me to say he is a winner – its self-apparent

* Logan Airport overnight parking fee of $55 is obscene

* Nothing better than Sunday newspaper to gobble up every stat and fact in the box scores – except the Globe only providesFriday’s box scores – how could they provide up to date box scores in the 70’s but not in today’s technology?

* I would trade Isaiah Thomas and the Lakers pick for Kyrie Irving and the right to switch first round picks in 2020

* Dice K is 50th in Red Sox history in wins with 50.

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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