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Connelly’s Top Ten – John Wasdin has Possessed Rick Porcello

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Connelly’s Top Ten – John Wasdin has Possessed Rick Porcello

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* Rick Porcello – I was seeing a lot of fastballs 88 mph to 90 mph

* Don’t see this often – Pedroia (23 BB to 21 K) / Betts (32 BB to 26 K)

* How come Vazquez has played in less games than Leon: Vazquez hitting .316 to Leon’s .225

* Sam Travis and Chris Sale have as many hits in June as Panda 4 to 4

* Jackie Bradley hitting .321 in June – trade him

* Hanley .188 in June

* Rick Porcello 67th in ERA in baseball – that’s not really good

* Approaching the Half way mark in two weeks and Porcello and Price have combined for $50mm in salary and 4 wins

2. Celtics – Love the trade

* You have enough guards – Isaiah, Bradley, Smart, Rozier

* Maybe stockpiling first round picks that can be packaged for an impact player

* Fultz played on a college team that didn’t win ten games

3. Patriots – Five weeks to Bill Belichick swinging his whistle around – can’t wait

4. Little man power – under 5’10”

Pesky – 5’9” – first three years – 620 hits / 87 K’s
Altuve – 5’5” – last three years – 641 hits / 190 K’s

5. He wouldn’t play for Bill – Sam Bam Cunningham fumbled twelve times in 1975

6. College World Series average game times (Omaha World Herald):

1969 – 2:10

1982 – 2:46

1995 – 2:50

2002 – 3:25

2009 – 3:40

2015 – 3:20

7. Amazing Stats – At age 15 – Bobby Orr had 29 goals for the Oshawa Generals

8. Old School – Yaz led the league in scoring runs more than Wade Boggs (3 to 2):

1967 – 112

1970 – 125

1974 – 93

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of Flounder passing this week – some Animal House stuff:

* People say the Oscar voters are racists – how about anti-comedy-ites – greatest comedy of the last fifty years and not one nomination

* Best acting careers after Animal House – Tom Hulse (Larry Kroger) won Oscar for Amadeus

* Per Wikipedia – Chevy Chase turned down role of Otter / Bill Murray turned down Boon / Dan Ackroyd turned down D Day / Brian Doyle Murray turned down Hoover / Jack Webb turned down Dean Wormer

* Donald Sutherland turned down a percentage of the gross for a set pay of $25,000 costing him $14,000,000

10. Randomocity

* How long before Congress dusts off the Sherman Anti-Trust act as Amazon takes over the world

* What a comeback Michael Milken has made from White Crime to turning baseball uniforms blue

* Kool and the Gang – are JV to Temptations, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Spinners, O’Jays and Four Tops

* Is it in MLB’s best interest to have Red Sox – Astros for the Saturday game of the week and the Sunday game of the week

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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