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Connelly’s Top Ten: Yankees Costing Fans Sleep

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Yankees Costing Fans Sleep

1.Red Sox

* Red Sox – Yankees played eleven hours over a 26 hour period

* I was wrong about David Price contributing this year – he looks fresh and sharp

* Why would anyone throw anything but a slider to Hanley?

* Don’t look now by Rick Porcello is on a pace to lose 21 games – see #7 below:

* Team has to give Dennis Eckersley a Godfather offer to do 80% of the games – he was still great in the 15th last night

* Do people really have five plus hours to give to sitting at Fenway in one helping?

* Tampa Bay is the best team in the East

* Dustin Pedroia at 1,770 hits he needs 2,300 and another two Gold Gloves for the Hall of Fame – that’s three solid seasons

* I’m seeing Judge as much as Connor McGregor

 

2. From 1967 to 1975 – Bobby Orr won every Norris trophy and finished in the top 4 of the MVP – winning it three times

 

3. Around the MLB:

* From Sports Illustrated – Mike Trout has never won a playoff game

* Dodgers are on pace for 112 wins

* Parity – Eleven teams have win totals between 44-47

 

5. How about some Inside the Park home run stuff: On July 25th, 1956 – Roberto Clemente is the only player in baseball history to hit a walk off / inside the park / grand slam – to beat the Cubs 9-8 in front of 12,861 at Forbes Field in a game that took 2:20 (from reader Bill O)

 

6. The last player to have two inside the park home runs in a game – Greg Gagne of the Twins on October 4, 1986 (one was lost in the white roof at the Metrodome)

 

7. Amazing Stat – From Cy Young to potential 20 plus losses for Porcello – who holds Red Sox record for losses – how about Red Ruffing who lost a combined 47 losses in 1928 and 1929:

 

8. Old School – In the Yankees home opener in 1961, the lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-0 in front of 14, 607 fans – for the rest of the season at home they went 65-15.

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Matt Siegel (36 years) has been on the air for more years than Jess Cain (34 years) and almost as long as Dave Maynard (40 years)

 

10. Randomocity

* What’s more irrelevant – the Revolution or the WNBA?

* Still furious over the casting of Thornton Mellon’s son in Back to School

* I give the nod to the gum in baseball cards over Bazooka

* Who left a worst legacy on this earth – the designer of the car the Pacer or the script writers for One Day at a Time?

* A sinkhole in Florida – what a state?

* What’s this thing about half-way to Christmas being celebrated every where?

* Game of Thrones – B+ – good opening show

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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How Can We Make Baseball Watchable Again

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How To Make the Game Of Baseball More Entertaining

Over the years baseball has been a sport that is getting longer and longer. This is why I do not watch baseball anymore. I will watch if I am with a friend.I have watched the Red Sox 5 times. Now people might think this means that I know nothing about the sport, and should not say how to fix it. In the past, I would watch almost every game of the season from beginning to end.

I have watched the Red Sox, maybe  5 times this season. Now people might think this means that I know nothing about the sport, and should not say how to fix it. In the past, I would watch almost every game of the season from beginning to end.

Then the sport seemed to change, or maybe I changed, but I lost interest in baseball, mainly due to the pace of play. Just This year the Red Sox have played a few games that reached the four-hour mark. That is same time it takes to play a round of 18 walking the course. Then in the past couple of weeks, I have been watching the Little League World Series and I have loved every minute of it. These kids play ball like it should be played.

Then in the past couple of weeks, I have been watching the Little League World Series and I have loved every minute of it. These kids play ball like it should be played.

These games seem to go by really fast, then it hit me the kids only play 6 innings. This got me thinking what if the MLB shortens the number of innings in a game. Maybe not down to six but even one inning could save 1 hour of play on the high end.  I understand that the 6 innings is to protect the pitcher’s arms from injury and the kids themselves. Now the pitchers themselves have a pitch limit. The kids can only throw 85 pitches in a game, if they reach that mark mid count then they finish with that

Now the pitchers themselves have a pitch limit. The kids can only throw 85 pitches in a game, if they reach that mark mid count then they finish with that batter and have to be replaced, no buts. Then after the kid is not allowed to pitch for another 5 days again no buts. This is to prevent injury.

What if the MLB does something likes this and makes the game of baseball even more about strategy. Say all starting pitchers can only throw 90-95 pitches. If the pitcher gets shelled and only lasts three innings then too bad. Then other the other side he could pitch the whole game. Yes, this could hurt the bullpen guys like 8th inning guys and so on. This would also eliminate those guys and get rid of the bring one pitcher in for one batter potentially due to the shorter game.

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Connelly’s Top 10: Red Sox Looking Up

1. Red Sox

* Love the game time 2:36

* I guess it is almost time to start giving Dombroski his due – Sale, Pomerantz, Kimbrel, Nunez, Young, Moreland

* The ball Bradley hit Friday twenty rows deep over the bullpen – tells me that the ball is more than wound tight something has allowed the flight of the ball to go farther

* Sox on pace for 91 wins

* I get pumped up when Vazquez pumps his fist

* Sale, Price, Rodriguez, Pomeranz = 14 losses / Porcello = 14 losses

2. Patriot QB’s with winning record

* Brady 183-52

* Grogan 75-60

* Bledsoe 63-60

* Parilli 44-32

* Eason 28-21

* Cassel 10-5

* Flutie 8-5

3. MLB not going to have a pitcher win 20 – Only Clayton Kershaw is on a pace for 20 wins – but he is hurt

4. Kimbrel on pace for 39 saves which would be 6th in Boston history

* Gordon 46

* Lowe – 40

* Papelbon – 41

* Reardon – 40

* Urbina – 40

5. In 1970-1971 – John Havlicek averaged 45.4 minutes out of 48 minutes a game

6. Ray Bourque had more power play goals for the Bruins than Phil Esposito – 164 – 153

7. Amazing Stats – Steve Grogan threw 208 interceptions compared to Brady’s 152 – how do their attempts match up – Brady 8,224 / Grogan 3,593

8. Old School – In 1966, brothers Felipe and Matty Alou were one / two in baseball in hitting – .342 / .327 (side note – the brothers along with Jesus combined for 5,094 hits)

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – I can’t think of David Price mouthing off to Eck and not wish Will McDonough was there – September 9, 1979 –

* Raymond Clayborn started elbowing reporters who were near his locker

* Yelled at McDonough to move or he would bury him

* McDonough promised him “you’re not going to bury me”

* Grabbed McDonough ripping his shirt and then scratched the reporter’s eye

* McDonough then laid out Clayborn into his locker

* Clayborn was fined $2,000 by the NFL to add insult to injury

10. Randomosity

* Four weeks from Labor Day

* Panda was booed in his return to San Fran

* London Bridge was the finish line for the World Championship marathon this weekend – just weeks after terrorists murdered innocent people

* Washington National’s announcers – home run call straight from Ralph Kramden- “Bang – Zoom”

* Bad stretch for NESN – Eckersley verbally accosted, Steve Lyons involved in domestic abuse charges, ratings are plummeting, their sideline reporter got a concussion

* I’m so sick of Kapernick – why not Tebow – Miami chose Cutler over him – ugh – swim with losers you are a loser

* Hats off to the bike riders this weekend!

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Connelly Top 10: Devers, Ted Cox Reincarnated

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Connelly Top 10 – Rafael DeversTed Cox Reincarnated

  1. Red Sox
  • Porcello should be fined for walking a lead off hitter after the Red Sox gave him a 6-2 lead
  • Devers home run looked like a fly ball to left and it left the park
  • White Sox look like a double A team
  • Your basic 3:26 game – or seven Seinfeld’s
  • Mookie Betts started the season on a streak of not striking out in 29 straight games / in his last 28 games he has struck out in 15 of them
  • I think (Xander) Bogaerts is getting to fewer balls – move him to third – (Rafael) Devers to first – go get (Jose) Iglesias

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  1. Astro Jose Altuve
  • Finished July hitting .485 (48-99)
  • Multi hit games so far this year…………20 – two hit games / 15 – three hit games / 4 – four hit games
  • Ted Williams in 1941 when he hit .406 – 30 two hit games / 12 three hit games / 4 – four hit games
  1. Boston College has had 227 players play in the NFL
  1. In 1964 – Notre Dame beat Navy 40-0 – the coaches in that game Ara Parseghian of the Irish and Wayne Hardin of Navy both had Hall of Fame career and both died in the last month at 94 and 91 years of age respectively
  2. Neymar leaving the shadow of (Christiano) Ronaldo at Real Madrid is the same as Kyrie Irving leaving Cleveland to get away from Lebron (James).

       6. Devers vs Sandoval:

  • (Pablo) Sandoval…….32 games / 21 hits – 99 at bats (.212) / 4 HR / 12 RBI
  • Devers……….8 games / 13 hits – 32 at bats (.406) / 3 HR / 6 RBI
  1. Amazing Stat – In 1977, 37-year-old Yaz was 11 out of 12 stealing bases
  2. Old School – In honor of Rafael Devers fast start – how about rookie Ted Cox start in 1977:
  1. Just a Little Bit Outside – Fast and Furious franchise has grossed $1,516,556,816 – that’s billion everyone
  2. Randomosity
  • Pete Rose statutory rape discussion has to be like finding out about Santa for Cincinnati fans
  • In the same month – Sports Illustrated has a cover of fashion and ESPN has a cover of naked athletes
  • In 1975 World Series year – Red Sox averaged 21,000 fans a night
  • Are pickles under-rated?
  • Did not realize that the old guy in the hut in Young Frankenstein was Gene Hackman
  • Can’t drink Corona out of a can

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