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Connelly’s Top Ten – Can Anyone Beat the Fighting Farrell’s?

1.Red Sox update

* On a pace to go 162-0

* Sox players with salaries over $10mm: 2017 – 6 / 2016 – 8 / 2015 – 5 / 2014 – 4 / 2013 – 9 / 2012 – 6 / 2011 – 8

* Jackie Bradley – I have never seen a batter have his bottom hand come off the bat so much in his follow through

* International Players: Dominican – 3 / Venezuela – 3 / Aruba -1 / Puerto Rico – 1

* Chris Sale is lightest on roster at 175 pounds / tallest at 6’5”

 

2. Bruins and Celtics

* Did Marchand get a game suspension for each “boy”?

* I think Brad Stevens had to go Harry Sinden on his team Wednesday night against Cleveland – out talented is one thing – outworked is in excusable

* Al Horford in sixteen games against East playoff teams: Toronto, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago – 10.8 points / 6 rebounds – yikes he’s Brad Lohaus  

* Celtics are 27th in rebounding / 23rd in blocked shots / 3rd in Technical Fouls

 

3. Odds to win their championship (Vegasinsider.com):

Bruins……….25-1

Celtics……….20-1

Red Sox………15-2

Patriots……….4-1

 

4. Biggest off the hook moments in Boston sports (Buckner should sue)

* Tim Wakefield allowing home run to Aaron Boone

* Tuukka Rask giving up two goals in 17 seconds to Chicago for the Stanley Cup (watching the highlights – Lucic should have been cut that night – lost both battles and was coasting around)

* Danny Ainge for trading Kendrick Perkins for Green – 2011 loss to Lakers  

* Yaz for popping up to end the 1978 playoff and 1975 World Series

* Kevin McHale for dropping a rebound out of bounds giving LA the ball back for Magic’s baby hook

* Bill Lee for giving up the Tony Perez moonshot

* Gostkowski for the missed extra point in Denver

* Hagler for “coasting” in the first three rounds against Sugar Ray (then he disappeared and became an Italian actor but didn’t speak a word of Italian – things that make me go hmmm)

 

5. A stat that reader Jerry M read and shared – there were 109 drives in the NFL that were first and ten from the other team’s 22-yard line in 2016 – Falcons were the only team to punt

 

6. Players given up in trades for Ace’s – below supports the position – always go get the Ace:

* Lefty Grove……..1933 – From A’s for Rob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000

* Ellis Kinder……..1947 – From the St Louis Browns for Same Dente, Clem Dreissewerd, Bill Somers, $65,000

* Dennis Eckersley..1978 –From Cleveland for Bo Diaz, Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Ted Cox

* Pedro…………….1997 – .From Montreal for Tony Armas Jr and Carl Pavano

* Schilling…………2003 – From Arizona for Brandon Lyon, Mike Goss, Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa

* Josh Beckett……..2005 – From Florida for Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Harvey Garcia, Jesus Delgado

* Chris Sale………..2016 -From White Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz

 

7. Amazing Stat – Patriots are only the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and have three different quarterbacks win games during the season – below is teams with at least two quarterbacks winning games during their championship season:

2015 – New England – Garoppolo, Brissette, Brady

2014 – Denver – Osweiler / Manning

2005 – Pittsburgh – Batch / Roethlisberger

2002 – Tampa – Johnson /Johnson

2000 – Ravens – Banks / Dilfer

1999 – Broncos – Brister / Elway

1993 – Cowboys – Aikman / Garnett

1990 – Giants – Simms / Hostetler

1989 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1988 – 49ers – Montana / Young

1987 – Washington – Rubbert / Schroeder

1985 – Bears – McMahon / Fuller

1984 – 49ers – Montana / Cavanaugh

1980 – Oakland – Plunkett / Pastorini  

1976 – Oakland – Stabler / Rae

1975 – Pittsburg – Bradshaw / Gilliam / Hanratty

1972 – Miami – Griese / Morrall

1971 – Cowboys – Staubach / Morton

1970 – Colts – Unitas / Morrall

1969 – Chiefs – Dawson / Livingston

1967 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

1966 – Packers – Starr / Bratkowski

 

8. Old School – One of the most under-rated seasons in Boston sports history – Ken Hodge – 1973-1974 – 50 Goals

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Al Horford makes how much more than the following:

* Tom Brady………$16,000,000 more than five-time Super Bowl champ

*  Tommy Chang… $29,740,516 more than the Boston school Superintendent

* Carol Meyrowitz..$1,461,464 more than the CEO of TJ Maxx (2014 #)

* Isaiah Tomas…….$23,412,868 more than his teammate that averages 15 more points a game

 

10. Randomocity

* I have a TV series recommendation on Netflix – 13 Reasons Why – every teacher, coach, guidance counselor and parent of a teenager should watch it – and fast

* Smart move by the NHL not going to Olympics – it makes them look bad every four years when people watch the fast pace, up and down product of international hockey and big ice surfaces

* When people take the left turn, why do they stop at the beginning of the intersection – move up to where you are taking the turn and let cars going straight get around you and cars behind you get their nose in the intersection

* Working from home is the biggest scam in employment – really that’s nothing more than checking emails and doing the Price is Right showcase

* When someone puts something sad or tragic on Facebook – are you supposed to hit Like?

* Two biggest hits of the Super Bowl – Edelman’s head butt of Amendola after the two point conversion and Edelman sticking his chest in Brady’s face after the game winner

* Was there a sadder indictment of today’s sports than the Phoenix Suns celebrating Booker’s 70 point game and losing?

* Don Rickles understated acting job in the movie Casino – RIP

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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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John Farrell

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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