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

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 Name Alex Cora As The New Manager

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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

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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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