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David Price Labors, Leaves Ballpark Early Without Speaking To Media, In Rehab Outing With AAA Pawtucket

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David Price Labors, Leaves Ballpark Early Without Speaking To Media, In Rehab Outing With AAA Pawtucket

David Price had his second rehab appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight in their game against the Cincinnati Reds AAA affiliate, the Louisville Bats. He went 3.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 K’s (1 looking) and 1 wild pitch on 89 pitches (61 strikes). Price had his velocity tonight with his fastball sitting between 93-96 mph.

Yes he did have the velocity tonight but he was laboring throughout his outing. He threw 28 pitches in each of the first 2 innings. In the 1st inning, Price was very fastball and cutter friendly. He gave up 4 runs, but only 2 were earned due to an error by 1st basemen Matt Dominguez. In the 2nd inning, Price focused on his changeup and curveball, giving up 2 runs (1 earned run) in the process.

Overall, Price labored in his 2nd rehab outing. He had a Drew Pomeranz like outing with it taking 89 pitches to go 3.2 innings. But he was getting a lot of swing and a misses on his changeup and didn’t have a lot of hard contact. There was only one hard hit ball which was a 1st inning leadoff ground rule double hit by Phil Ervin.

There was a lot of soft contact for base hits off of Price. It is difficult to image that Price could make a major league start next week in Chicago for the Boston Red Sox, considering that he had trouble getting though the 3.2 innings against AAA hitters.

Price struggled with his command all night, especially with his fastball. That tells me that Price will need Tommy John. He needs to lose fastball velocity to gain control. That’s what Price was doing during the 2016 season.

Following Price’s outing, he wrapped up his arm and was told to go to the weight room outside of the Paw Sox clubhouse by the Paw Sox PR staff to talk to the media. He said “I’m going this way” and went out the door. No members of the media were able to ask him any questions.

Following the game, Manager Kevin Boles said this about the David Price outing:

“Price said that he felt good after his outing. Obviously he burned through his pitch count. The command is not what he was looking for, I think if you asked him that. But overall, he said he felt good. I thought the stuff was actually pretty good, it was just the command and the location which is to be expected when he is coming off injury.”

When comparing Price’s outing to his last rehab start in Buffalo, manager Boles said:

“Same type of deal. We saw some pitches that were elevated. He wasn’t able to finish and kill counts. I thought he worked ahead in the count a few times but he wasn’t able to finish hitters off and they were able to extend AB a little bit and run up that pitch count, but the way the ball is coming out of the hand looks pretty good, but I think that the command needs to get a little bit better and it will get there. Boston is going to make those final decisions as far as where he’s at. If you talk to David, he’s pretty upbeat as far as far as how he’s feeling physically, and that’s what we are taking from this.”

Manager Kevin Boles was positive about Price’s outing because he has been able to get off the mound feeling good about himself. With Price leaving the game early without talking to the media, it’s difficult to tell if Price feels the same way, but the organization is very positive with how Price is coming along in his rehab outing.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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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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Red Sox Fire John Farrell

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On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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