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Red Sox Surrender Game 1, Defeated from the Start



Chris Sale was not wearing his usual expression of professional ferocity. His whole body sighed as he stepped back onto the mound, totally deflated. A powerless John Farrell frowned as he gazed from the dugout, his chin resting apathetically in his palm. It was the portrait of defeat.

The crestfallen ace, Chris Sale, had just given up another home run to Jose Altuve. Houston now lead by 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th. At this point it was preordained: The Astros would win the first game of the 2017 ALDS. They ended up shellacking the Red Sox, on Thursday afternoon, 8-2.

It wasn’t the score that was the most disheartening element of this game; it wasn’t the severe underperformance of the starter Chris Sale. No, what was most unnerving about this Game 1 loss was the hopeless atmosphere that surrounded Boston during entire the contest.

Right out of the gate, it was apparent that the Sox did not have the resolve necessary to get the win, nor the tenacity to find it. This can be attributed to the reverberating absence of a leader in the clubhouse.

The only good news: There’s still plenty of time for somebody to step up. A lot can change over the course of a 5-game series.

The Blind Leading the Blind

This question has dogged the Red Sox, like a phantom predator, all season long: Who leads this team? It’s not a matter of statistics; leadership deals with the qualitative not the quantitative. Which one of these guys has the audacity to pick his teammates up when they’re on the verge of surrender?

Dustin Pedroia vehemently asserted that he was “right here”, when the Red Sox were searching for a captain earlier in the season. But he’s certainly not walking the walk, now that October has arrived. In the midst of an “0 for” day, he meandered about the dugout, distraught and abstracted by personal frustrations. Pedroia delivered no inspirational speech. And it didn’t seem as though that any Boston player would have been susceptible to such a turn-it-around moment.


It has become a hackneyed topic, but we now realize what the players meant when they spoke about the “intangibles” of an inveterate leader like David Ortiz.

Without the infallibility of a cold-blooded veteran, this postseason game turned out to be a 9 inning long concession made to the Houston Astros.

Boston: David Ortiz is gone. The guy that we called “Papi” is no longer here to give this team a piggyback ride to the finish line. A personality like his is so singular and so inestimably rare. To expect a player on this Sox roster to suddenly mutate into an Ortiz impersonator is completely absurd. However, it is not too outlandish to hope that someone, be it a pitcher or a position-player, can grab the reigns of this series before the Fat Lady starts her song.

A strong individual performance could be enough to kindle the spark. One pivotal play is all it takes to ignite the fire in the proverbial belly of a team. Presumably, such a play will have to come from a younger guy like Jackie Bradley or Mookie Betts. This Red Sox team has glaring on-paper potential: They just need a heavy-handed slap in the face to materialize it.

If it’s any consolation, every returning member of the Boston Red Sox is currently having nightmares of yesteryear. Hopefully that will prove to be sufficient motivation for somebody to rise up.

Columnist operating out of Manchester, NH. Retired pitcher (unprofessional not amateur). Voracious consumer of all things Celtics and Red Sox. Sometimes I produce content as well.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up



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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