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Conneley’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Sergio at the Masters and Patriot Trades

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Conneley’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Sergio at the Masters and Patriot Trades

1.Red Sox update

* Clean innings for Kimbrel as a Red Sox 32 of 61 (no Eckersley)

* Red Sox catchers have thrown out all four base stealers

* Sandoval last 100 at bats as a Red Sox .160 / 1 HR

* Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez = Wasdin and Rapp

* Outfielder dance at the end of wins – goofy – go back to taking the picture – not seeing much rhythm from Benintendi

* Jackie Bradley should be handed the Golden Glove before the season

 

2. Why Marchand shouldn’t be an idiot:

* 2017 – Pasternak and Marchand’s 73 goals were 31.5% of team total

* 1971 – Esposito and Bucyk’s 127 goals were 31.8% of team total

 

3. Masters

* Great golf down the stretch – Garcia’s iron play was amazing

* He putted that putt on 18 in regulation right where he was aiming

* I find myself rooting against Sergio – must be Ryder Cup hate

* Ricky Fowler and his Oompa Loompa spray-on-tan-pant color refused to win the Masters

*Was Fred Couples separated at birth from David Duchovny or Garth Brooks

* Masters still on the bucket list!

 

4. Patriots trades using draft picks in Belichick era:

* Brandin Cooks………2017 – 1st Round pick

* Dwayne Allen………2017 – 4th Round pick

* Eric Rowe………….2016 – 3rd Round pick

* Martellus Bennett…..2016 – 4th Round pick

* Talib………………..2012 – 4th Round pick

* Ochocinco………….2011 – 5th & 6th Round pick

* Albert Haynesworth..2011 – 5th Round pick

* Deion Branch……….2010 – 4th Round pick

* Derrick Burgess…….2009 – 3rd & 5th Round pick

* Randy Moss………..2007 – 4th Round pick

* Wes Welker………..2007 – 2nd & 7th Round pick  

* Doug Gabriel………2006 – 5th Round pick

* Andre Davis………..2006 – 5th Round pick

* Duane Starks……….2005 – 3rd Round pick

* Corey Dillon……….2004 – 2nd Round pick

* Ted Washington……2003 – 4th Round pick

 

5. NFL rule change suggestion – all field goals of 60 yards or more should be uncontested

 

6. Quotes from the Globe leading up to the David Ortiz signing:

1/1/03 – Ortiz, 27, appears to be the most appealing option to the Sox, and he has helped his cause by tearing up the Dominican winter league. A 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pounder, he is batting .351 with four homers, 23 RBIs, and a .422 on-base percentage in 20 games for Escogido. He has served primarily as a DH over six seasons with the Twins, though he appeared in 132 games at first base, committing nine errors.

1/1/03 – Epstein’s prime target appears to be free agent David Ortiz, who hit .272 with 20 homers, 75 RBIs, and a .339 on- base percentage last season for the Twins. The Twins released the left-handed-hitting Ortiz in part to avoid going to salary arbitration with him after he earned $950,000 last season. He has drawn considerable interest, and the Sox are among several teams jockeying for his services.

1/10/03 – “We’ve talked to them about it,” said Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza. “It would be a good fit. David would love to play there. He would do some damage at Fenway Park, and he would be great in the clubhouse.”

1/23/03 – Ortiz, meanwhile, passed a physical in Boston Saturday and has agreed to a one-year deal for a sum in the vicinity of $1 million. Ortiz, a lefthanded hitter, batted .272 with 32 doubles, 20 home runs, and 75 RBIs last 1/23/03

 

7. Amazing Stat – In the 1980-1981 Celtic season, long distance shooter Chris Ford attempted 36 three pointers / this year’s Celtics attempts 33.3 a GAME

 

8. Old School – What do Oscar Robertson’s and Ted Williams Triple Crowns have in common? Neither won the MVP:

* 1962 NBA MVP – Russell 1st (18.9 pts / 23.6 rebounds / 4.5 assists) Chamberlain 2nd (50.4 points / 25.7 rebounds / 2.4 assists) / Robertson (30.8 pts / 12.5 rebounds / 11.4 assists)

* 1942 MLB MVP – Joe Gordon 1st (18 HR / 103 RBI / .322 AVG) / Williams 2nd – (36 HR / 137 RBI / .356 AVG) – robbery

 

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Red Sox have the flu – what other illnesses have they had over the years:

* Racism-itis

* 25 Cabs – 25 Players-itis

* Triple-itis – slow big slugging right handed hitters (Danny Cater, Beetle Bailey, Bob Watson, Dick Stuart, Wily Mo Pena – all meant no speedy runs from home to third

* Popeye Chicken addiction-itis

* Joe Kerrigan’s phobia of holding runners-itis

* Carl Everett mania-itis

* Wally-phobia

 

10. Randomocity

* If you haven’t seen the Warren Buffet documentary on HBO – I recommend – simple but interesting

* Applications for the Harvard class of 2020 – 39,041 / accepted 2,106 (5.4%)

* Wow – Fortune Magazine ranked Theo Epstein the greatest leader in the world – the world!

* Boston Globe had a feature on the Huracan Spyder Lamborghini – cost $241,295 / or can lease for $20,048 down payment and then $3,199 a month

* Francis Ford Coppola wanted to fire Al Pacino throughout Godfather until the restaurant scene

* If you love baseball – MLB Network is amazing

* I used to love the salty popcorn at Fenway in the upside-down cone for yelling “we want a hit”

* Winter Olympics in South Korea – yikes – that could be an opportune time to send a missile

* Don’t look now but Tim Tebow on pace to hit 50 home runs

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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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