Sunday, November 29, 2015

Will Hanley Be Headed Out Of Town By Winter Meetings?

Bye-Bye, Hanley?
There is a growing belief that the Red Sox may try to trade the riddle that is Hanley Ramirez before the December 6th Winter Meetings in Nashville. The rationale is that this would allow Boston to pursue a real first baseman—like Chris Davis, Justin Morneau or even old friend Mike Napoli—in free agency during the meetings. The kerfuffle over whether Ramirez was going to play Winter Ball has further exacerbated the shaky relationship between the team and player. Clearly, Dave Dombrowski would have to eat a huge part of Hanley's remaining contract, but clearing the deck at first might be worth it. Stay tuned.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Red Sox Could Outbid On David Price By $30-$40 Million

(Getty Images)
UPDATE: Red Sox could spend $200M On David Price
According to multiple media reports, the Red Sox are prepared—if necessary—to outbid the competition for David Price by a margin of $30-$40 million. This astounding willingness to over-spend for Price is indicative of how desperate Boston is for a legitimate ace at the top of their rotation. As credible a source as Hall Of Fame writer Peter Gammons quoted an NL GM making reference to that "price for price margin". Is the 30-year old lefty "over-Priced"? It sure would seem so—given his dismal post-season numbers (2-7, 5.12 ERA). Stay tuned!

Former Red Sox Player Otis Nixon Arrested Again

Otis Nixon played just one season in Boston—but back in 1994 he did hit .274 and collected 42 of his 620 career stolen bases. For some reason, the Red Sox have employed a bunch of players with the name "Nixon". In addition to Otis, there was Willard, Russ—and, of course, Trot. Otis was traded away from The Carmine Hose in December of 1994 for (amazingly enough) Jose Canseco. Now, news out of Atlanta indicates that Nixon is in trouble with the law again. Back in 2013, he was arrested at a traffic stop for possession of crack cocaine. Now, he's been arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released from jail on a $2,500 bond. Hopefully, Nixon can get his life straightened out.

Talks Are Underway To Bring MLB Games To London

Major League Baseball is engaged in "advanced negotiations" to bring MLB games to London's Olympic Stadium. The target date for the first MLB game in England is the 2017 season. The Olympic Stadium venue (built for the 2012 games) will seat about 55,000 upon renovation and can be reconfigured to accommodate baseball (with some limitations). In the past, regular season MLB games have been played in Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia—but never in Europe. Of course, the deep origins of baseball reside in England—with games like rounders and even cricket. 'Repatriating' the game would be an exciting historical exercise for all involved. And, with the success of NFL games in London, it makes sense to export our better game across the pond.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Red Sox Are One Of Five Teams Now In On David Price

According to multiple reports this Thanksgiving, the Red Sox are among five teams bidding for the services of David Price. The other four are: the Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants. Most pundits—including ESPN's Buster Olney—think Boston is the favorite to land the left-handed starter. Of course, Price first gained notoriety in 2008 as an effective young reliever against the Red Sox in that year's ALCS. Also, he has maintained a real or imagined "feud" with Red Sox DH David Ortiz. This bidding could move very quickly, so don't be lulled into a tryptophan-induced sleep due to too much turkey.

Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful For Red Sox Fandom

As we do every Thanksgiving, we pause to reflect on our good fortune as Red Sox fans. While The Carmine Hose have had a rough couple of years, we are still among the luckiest fans on Earth. Now, it's a really thin list year, but, here are the Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful For Red Sox Fandom:

10. We don't root for a certain benighted team in The Windy City.
  9. Mocking Yankee fans for blowing their last chance to win anything.
  8. The chance to place a long-term lease on last place in the AL East.
  7. Again witnessing the stadium-building skills of Larry Lucchino.
  6. Peace of mind in Dombrowski's track record of bullpen-building.
  5. Comfort that—basically—everybody but Toronto sucks in our division.
  4. The opportunity to misspell "Dombrowski" up to 365 times in 2016.
  3. Waiting for first San Diego radio call citing a pitcher "having a meeting with himself on the mound".
  2. One Word: KimbrelMania.

And the number one reason to be thankful for Red Sox Fandom:
  1.  Not having to wait around for Manuel Margot's first MVP season in the major leagues.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Latest Chatter Has David Price Headed To The Red Sox

(AP Photo)
UPDATE: Sox made highest Price offer?
The baseball cognoscenti (among which we do not count ourselves) seem to be thinking that David Price is coming to Boston as a free agent. This, despite a recent report that the left-handed ace wants to stay in Toronto. Multiple reports (FOX Sports/SI) suggest that Dave Dombrowski is hell-bent to be the high bidder on either Price or Zack Greinke. Of course, this type of "chatter"—and $150—will buy you a crappy seat at Fenway Park. Nevertheless, it's clear that Dombrowski needs to land one of the premier aces sitting on the free agent table. Stay tuned!

Slimmed-Down Hanley Will Play 1B In DR Winter Ball

Slimmed-Down Hanley
UPDATE: Ooops! No Winter Ball For Hanley!
An already much fitter Hanley Ramirez will head to the Dominican Republic this winter to play first base. The soon-to-be 32-year old has been told he will play first base for The 2016 Carmine Hose—and in anticipation of that—needed to lose "15-20 pounds". Having already handled the weight part, he will now try to hone his old infield skills at a new position. The decision to move Ramirez to first is certainly understandable—but it's also fraught with danger. Despite the common perception that first is an "easy" position, it is a critical part of a solid defense. Hold your breath, Nation!

David Ortiz's Good-Natured Response To SNL Parody

David Ortiz responded to SNL's Kenan Thompson regarding his spoof of the Red Sox DH. In a Monday tweet, Big Papi put on display a picture of an iguana as "the first member of our new gym". The reference is to Thompson's parody of a gym sponsorship by Ortiz of the fictitious "IguanaNox". As of this morning, the tweet got 1,600 "likes" and 644 re-tweets.

Monday, November 23, 2015

WEEI Radio Negotiating New Red Sox Broadcast Deal

WEEI (93.7 FM) is near the end of its 10-year deal to broadcast Red Sox games on their radio network. The last several years of that pact have been a real loser for the talk-radio station—as The Carmine Hose have finished last three out of the last four years. Needless to say, if WEEI is to keep doing Sox games, the new deal will have to be much more station-friendly. And while there is talk of paying the team nothing (and giving John Henry all the ad revenue)—a traditional, structured deal like the last one is much more likely. It just won't be one in which the station hands over $17-$20 million a year to the NOG. Stay tuned—literally.

Red Sox Hero Dave Roberts Is The New Dodger Manager

His stolen base in Game Four of the 2004 ALCS turned the tide for the eventual World Series Champions of that year. Dave Roberts now faces a new challenge—manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Roberts had been a finalist for the job along with another former Carmine Hoser from that year—Gabe Kapler. In his 45 games with the Red Sox, Roberts hit .256 with 5 stolen bases. Earlier in 2004, he swiped 33 bases for the Dodgers. Of course, the biggest steal of his life came against Mariano Rivera. We wish Dave all the best!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Zack Greinke May Stay In National League To Hit

(Photo Credit—Ron Cervenka)
While multiple reports have suggested that Dave Dombrowski is focusing on Zack Greinke as his prime free-agent pitching target, it appears the righty wants to stay in the Senior Circuit. In fact, the San Francisco Giants are reportedly making Greinke their #1 priority—and, since the Cy Young runner-up still loves to hit—they may be the favorites to land him. If Greinke insists on wielding the lumber in the National League, Boston will have to re-focus on David Price, Jordan Zimmermann or Johnny Cueto. Stay tuned.

Blake Swihart Has Jersey Retired At NM High School

Blake Swihart (Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)
He is highly sought-after in off-season trade talks. He had an accelerated run to the majors last year, and performed more than adequately. He is one of two elite catching prospects—along with Christian Vazquez—in the Red Sox organization. And, recently, Blake Swihart had his jersey retired at Cleveland High School—his Rio Rancho, New Mexico High alma mater. The 23-year old backstop hit .274 in 84 games last year. His "caught stealing" rate was a more than acceptable 28%—the league average being 32% in 2015. Hopefully, the Red Sox will move forward with both Swihart and Vazquez as part of their future—possibly moving one or the other to different position down the road.

Ex-Red Sox Hurler Rich Hill Signs Deal With Athletics

(USAToday Sports)
Left-handed starter Rich Hill—who had a magical run with the Red Sox last September—signed a free agent deal Friday with the Oakland Athletics. The 35-year old inked a one-year, $6 million deal to pitch at The Concrete Bunker On the Bay. Hill re-invented himself as a starter and—after beginning the year in the Nationals organization—hooked up for his second stint with the Red Sox. He went 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts for The Carmine Hose. Since the Red Sox are likely to add one or two starters to their already crowded (but not quality-laden) rotation, there was really no spot for Hill in Boston. We wish him the best of luck with The Boys Of Billy Beane!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Time Running Out To Get 2016 FenwayNation Calendar

OK, it's almost Thanksgiving and you have no idea what to get your quirky Red Sox fan friends. They've pretty much got every piece of Sox memorabilia ever produced. Ah, but they don't have the 2016 FenwayNation Calendarchock full of new and exclusive photos of Fenway and environs. It is a truly unique Red Sox gift. And whoever gets it will use it for 365 days—and on each one will recall the memory of the wonderful person who gave it to them. So, order it today HERE!!!!

Two Ex-Red Sox Players In-Line For Dodger Skipper Gig

Kapler (L); Roberts (R) (Getty Images)
Two former Red Sox players—both members of the 2004 World Series Championship squad—are vying to be the next manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both Dave Roberts and Gabe Kapler have made it through the early stages of interviewing and are the finalists to skipper The Boys Of Chavez Ravine. According to's Ken Rosenthal, the decision is likely to come either Sunday or Monday. Either one would be a terrific manager—as both possess the intellect and passion needed to bring an obviously talented team further along toward a championship. Whichever former Carmine Hoser nabs the job, we wish him the best!

Sox Are Reportedly Interested In Signing John Lackey

Beckett And Lackey
Wait a second! According to's Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are among six MLB teams that have "checked in" on John Lackey. As you may recall, Lackey had one his best seasons last year for the Cardinals—pitching on the $507, 500 contract arranged by Boston. The  free-agent posted a 13-10 record in 2015—with a stellar 2.77 ERA. The 37-year old workhorse started 33 games—most in the National League. So, is it worth him re-joining The Carmine Hose? While the chicken and beer budget has been slashed since he left, we should not forget how brilliantly he pitched for us in the 2013 post-season. Stay tuned—you never know with this team!

Clemens Would Wear Red Sox Hat Into Hall Of Fame

We're not sure we like this news, but Roger Clemens says—if he were elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame—he'd go in wearing a Red Sox hat. Clemens clearly had a stellar career in Carmine Hose—including two 20-strikeout games and three Cy Young Awards. Over his entire career, he logged 354 wins and a 3.12 ERA—fanning 4,672 batters. In his "tainted" times for the Blue Jays and Evil Ones, he won the Cy Young four more times. But PED allegations have dogged him since he left town for The Great White North and beyond. Realistically, he probably will never reach Cooperstown. But—if he does—we're not sure we want him wearing our laundry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

David Ortiz's Retirement Announcement Video

Red Sox Great David Ortiz Turns Forty Years Old Today

The Editor-In-Chief And Big Papi
One day after news that he will retire at the end of next season, David Ortiz turns 40 years old. The following nondescript entry appeared in the transactions section of Baseball Prospectus back on January 25, 2003: "Signed RHPs Ramiro Mendoza, Chad Fox, and Mike Timlin, 1B-L David Ortiz, INF-R Damian Jackson, DH-L Dave Nilsson, and 3B-B Bill Mueller to one-year contracts." A couple of pretty auspicious signings on that day—not the least of which was that of Big Papi. He was claimed off the Minnesota Twins "scrapheap" for $1.25 million. Twelve years later, Ortiz has played in 1,802 games in Carmine Hose—clouting 445 HRs and knocking in 1,403 runs as a member of the Red Sox. He is the face of this Red Sox team, and one of the most beloved players in franchise history. A hearty Happy Birthday!