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Connelly Top Ten – Red Sox Don’t Deserve Chris Sale

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Connelly Top Ten – Red Sox Don’t Deserve Chris Sale

1.Red Sox are so tough to watch

* With two outs in the 9th in a 1-0 game and tying run on first – you really march Panda up there hitting .208 and he chases two balls in the dirt

* Boston’s whole summer was resting on Sale not blowing out his hamstring hustling out his double

* Sale doubles, tags up to third and Pedroia can’t put the ball in play

* Sale works a lot harder out of the batter’s box than Hanley

* That was the Red Sox 5th game this year under 2:45 – as compared to their five games over 4:00

 

2. In honor of Lebron – most contrived, packaged and fake athletes:

* A Rod

* OJ

* Reggie Jackson

* Roger Clemens

* Tiger Woods

* Nuke LaLoosh

* Magic Johnson

* George Foreman

* Michael Strahan

 

3. Patriots Quarterback Durability:

* Brady out of 157 potential games since 2008 – he played in 157 games

* Garroppolo out of 4 potential games – he played in 2 games

 

4. Is there any question that Mookie Betts is better than Bryce Harper – last two years:

Betts……150 RBI / 42 HR / .308 AVG / 37 SB / Gold Glove

Harper… 135 RBI / 40 HR / 264 AVG / 23 SB

 

5. Brandin Cooks versus Antonio Brown the last two years:

* Receptions over 40 yards – Cooks 11 / Brown 11

* Receptions over 60 yards – Cooks 5 / Brown 0

 

6. Thank God for interleague play – Red Sox are 157-81 since 2005

 

7. Sox ruined another prospect – Blake Swihart is hitting .216

 

8. My annual report on the median house prices of towns in the Eastern Mass Lacrosse Semi Finals:

* Needham – $818,600

* Lincoln – $1,200,000

* Sudbury – $711,400

* Hamilton – $900,000

* Acton – $544,900

* Winchester – $957,700

* Duxbury – $799,000

9. Just a Little Bit Outside –

Isaiah Thomas of Boston before Isaiah Thomas (I’m not talking the racist one) – Was the first public orator to read the Declaration of Independence. Wrote about the battle of Lexington and Concord.

10. Randomocity

* American hostage released by North Korea in a coma reminds me of the scene in Planet of the Apes when Charlton Heston finds the other astronaut and he had a lobotomy

* According to profootballreference.com – one of the Tom Brady’s nicknames is – Pharaoh

* Congratulations to local players Packy Naughton and Johnny Adams – both drafted this week in the MLB draft

* It is time for Charlie Baker to step in – Traffic has now hit an all time crisis. Every day now is 25 mile back up on 128 South – thats five times worse than the Sagamore on 4th of July weekend

* Remember when I asked if it was possible that BC High threw their star pitcher 140 pitches in a game – guess what – they brought him back on one day’s rest out of the bullpen – hello wake up Vassils

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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