Friday, September 4, 2015

FN Poll: Best 2016 OF Position For Jackie Bradley, Jr.?

What is Jackie Bradley, Jr.'s Best Position?

Assuming JBJ is our best 2016 OF, which position should he play?

  Current Results

Minihane: NESN Asked Orsillo To Say Parting Mutual

Kirk Minihane of WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show is reporting that NESN asked Don Orsillo to tweet that he was not being fired—and that their parting of the ways was a mutual idea. According to Minnihane, Orsillo refused to participate in the ruse. While we think that, substantively, replacing Orsillo with the brilliant Dave O'Brien is a net upgrade for fans, we do agree that the process of Orsillo's firing was ham-handed. Minihane's new information further reinforces that view. The NOG and NESN continue to completely misperceive the mood of their fan base on sensitive issues like the Orsillo dismissal. For a bunch of guys who like to consider themselves "politically-correct", they sure are tone-deaf on many of these issues. Curious.

Sox Offer Fenway September 11th Blood Donation Event

On September 11th, the American Red Cross, Boston Red Sox and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are partnering to provide a blood donation opportunity at Fenway Park to honor the memories of those who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The local groups will be joining with the national 9/11 Day—the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks. You can donate blood on 9/11 at Fenway Park to help local hospital patients in need. The particulars are: Fenway Park Gate D, Yawkey Way, Boston: Friday, Sept.11—7 a.m.–7 p.m. All attendees can take pictures with the World Series trophies, visit with Wally the Green Monster mascot and enjoy a cup of Legal Sea Foods chowder. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative t-shirt, souvenir, a discounted Fenway Park tour and a chance to win Red Sox tickets! You can find out more information on how you can donate HERE or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Kudos to the Red Sox owners, the Red Cross and Beth Israel for providing this opportunity to do good on 9/11.

Schilling Latest Victim Of Rampant Political Correctness

Schilling With A Fan (FenwayNation Photo)
Be careful what you re-tweet, America! Red Sox legend Curt Schilling has been suspended by ESPN for the remainder of the baseball season for re-tweeting something someone else created. Not something he created, mind you, but something someone else created. We can all debate the propriety of the material itself—but that's really beside the point. That our society now accepts the idea that merely sharing information is itself a punishable offense is absurd and dangerous. However, in the eyes of the Thought Police in Bristol, Connecticut, this was was enough to dump Schilling from his announcer's gig on Sunday Night Baseball. With self-righteous pomposity, ESPN stated the following: "At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt's actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game." Isn't this the same network that allowed one of their NFL trolls to tweet out blatant lies about Tom Brady—lies that set the whole phony Deflate-Gate fiasco in motion? ESPN, heal thyself!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rosenthal: Ben Cherington Not Pursuing GM Spots Yet

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, former Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington is unlikely to actively pursue any of the currently open GM positions in major league baseball. At least in the near future. The non-Boston GM spots that are currently available include: Seattle, Anaheim and Milwaukee. And, there are likely to be additional openings soon in D.C., Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Cherington is probably wise to take a 'wait and see' attitude—and then make a reasoned choice for his own future down the road. We wish him the best.

City Will Show Sox-Rays Game Live On Boston Common

The Highland Street Foundation, the Red Sox and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, will hold the second annual "Out of the Park" event, on Boston Common on Sunday, September 13th. "Out of the Park" is a free, family-friendly program that will present that day's Red Sox/Tampa game live on a big screen on the historic Common. Attendees can meet Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster, chow down on authentic Fenway Franks and participate in face painting, caricatures, balloon art, and "Steal Home Challenge". The event will be held at the corner of the Common where Charles and Beacon Streets meet.

Henry Owens Meltdown Leads To 13-8 Evil Empire Win

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After impressively setting down the first four batters of the game, rookie left-hander Henry Owens let the next eight Evil Ones reach base. By the end of the second inning, it was 8-1 Yankees. Despite a valiant comeback (after being down at one point by 11 runs), The Carmine Hose fell short yet again, 13-8. The only bright light was the three more hits by Xander Bogaerts (including his 5th HR). Travis Shaw and Blake Swihart also each added two hits in the losing effort. Boston takes on the Phillies on Friday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Porcello Has Solid Outing, Takes Hard-Luck Loss, 3-1

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Rick Porcello had his second very solid outing since coming off the disabled list in a crushing 3-1 loss to The Evil Ones. An error by first-baseman Travis Shaw opened the door for The Bronx Embalmers to score two runs on a two-out double by the usually offensively-challenged ex-Carmine Hoser Stephen Drew. Drew's hit wiped out a 1-0 Boston lead—and the deficit grew to 3-1 on Porcello's only real mistake (a slider to Brett Gardner that ended up in the right-field grandstands). Porcello threw eight brilliant innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out a career-high 13. Boston's only run came on a Pablo Sandoval single driving in Jackie Bradley, Jr. (who had two doubles). Luckily, the Blue Jays won, so The Pinstriped Posers could not gain any ground in the AL East. We'll take it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Moncada Named South Atlantic League's Top Prospect

Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada has been named the Most Outstanding MLB Propsect in the South Atlantic League. The 20-year old second-baseman was also named to the league's All-Star Team. Currently playing for the Greenville Drive, Moncada has had a spectacular 2015—hitting .287 with 8 HRs and 36 RBIs in just 74 games. He's also had 18 doubles and 45 stolen bases. It seems pretty clear that the 6'2", 205 pound Moncada is on the fast track to Fenway Park. Just another in the long line of emerging young stars in the Red Sox organization.

Was John Henry's Globe Guilty of Orsillo 'Delete-Gate'?

A mini-controversy is swirling around the Red Sox 'house organ'—otherwise known as John Henry's Boston Globe. According to a report on Forbes.com, a Monday on-line column by Dan Shaughnessy referenced a report that Fenway employees were instructed to "confiscate" pro-Don Orsillo signs at the park last night. An hour later, the reference was gone (first noticed by Barstool Sports Jared Carrabis). The 'party line' out of the Mausoleum On Morrissey Boulevard is that the report was pulled because it could not be 'confirmed'. Even Shaughnessy is toeing the line. So, what do you think is the truth? Something about 'Caeser's Wife' comes to mind.

Cook, Ramirez, Craig And Leon Are September Call-Ups

In addition to trading Alejandro De Aza to the Giants, the Red Sox also announced several September call-ups. They are: pitchers Ryan Cook and Noe Ramirez, OF/1B Allen Craig and C Sandy Leon. The teams's active major league roster now stands at 28, while the 40-man roster now sits at 39.

Sox Trade Alejandro De Aza To Giants Just Under Wire

Just under the August 31st waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox have traded Alejandro De Aza to the Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla and cash considerations. San Francisco needed outfield help in the wake of the lingering Hunter Pence injury. De Aza did great in Carmine Hose— with a .292/.347/.484 slash line, 4HRs and 3 SBs.

Ortiz And Bradley Named August Co-Players Of Month

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For the third time this season, the editors of FenwayNation have named shared 'Player Of The Month' honorees. David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley, Jr. have been named co-winners of the title for the month of August. Both players hit over .350, both slugged over .730 and both posted an OPS over 1.160. Ortiz hit .352, with 9 HRs, 8 doubles and 22 RBIs. Bradley, Jr. hit .354, with 5 HRs, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 23 runs scored, 3 stolen bases and 23 RBIs. Both players played in 26 games during August. Congratulations to David and Jackie—co-winners of the FenwayNation Player Of The Month Award for August 2015!

FN's August Dalton Jones Average Rises Dramatically

Participants in our Dalton Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) seem to have begun focusing on 2016. After drops in the Index every month since April, the August DJIA rose dramatically (up 26.6 points—after plummeting 30.1 points in July) The new August Index score stands at 63.8. The rise in the Index was fueled—mostly—by huge jumps in confidence with the team's offense and defense—with a modest rise in evaluations of starting pitching as well. For perspective, we need to keep in mind that—even with this jump in the Index score—it sits well below the normalized 100.0 level set at the start of the season. FenwayNation offers its readers this monthly reading of "The Mood Of The Nation" through our exclusive Dalton Jones Industrial Average—which 'crunches' all of those raw scores into a single Index Value. Named for the all-time Red Sox pinch-hit leader, the average is a composite index of four key metrics: starting pitchingrelief pitchingtotal offense and total defense. The editors invite readers from around the world to weigh in every month on the state of the team. The Index number—and its fluctuation up or down—has proven, over the years, to be a pretty accurate bellwether of actual team status.

Ortiz And Mookie Go 'Yard' As Sox Smite Evil Ones, 4-3

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Jean Machi has to be sent to his room without supper—and without any more opportunities to blow saves. He almost blew another one last night, but Boston hung on for a 4-3 win over The Bronx Embalmers. The Red Sox offense was defined by two home runs—a two-run blast by Mookie Betts (his 13th on the year) and the 495th career HR (a solo shot) by David Ortiz. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (now hitting .277) added three more hits—and threw out a runner at the plate. The Carmine Hose had a 4-2 cushion entering the ninth, but Machi did his best to hand The Evil Ones a win. Eduardo Roriguez pitched the first five innings for the win, giving up just one earned run and striking out four. All in all, a satisfying win—denying The Pinstriped Posers a chance to gain on the first-place Blue Jays.

Monday, August 31, 2015

2016 Red Sox Outfield Plays Tonight Against Evil Empire

Here is tonight's Red Sox lineup: Mookie Betts CF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Xander Bogaerts SS, David Ortiz DH, Travis Shaw 1B, Rusney Castillo RF, Brock Holt 2B, Ryan Hanigan C, Jackie Bradley, Jr. LF. Eduardo Rodriguez will take to the hill for The Carmine Hose.

Abraham: Sox Will 'Figure Out A Way' To Trade Hanley

The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham appeared today on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" radio show and stated that Dave Dombrowski would "figure out a way" to trade Hanley Ramirez. Abraham made the comment while citing the likelihood that the youthful outfield of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo would be the starters in 2016.

Red Sox Looking To Put A 'Dent' In Evil Empire's Plans

The Red Sox will host The Bronx Embalmers for a three-game set starting tonight. As The Evil Ones sit 1.5 games out of first, Boston has a great opportunity to bury them even deeper into the AL East standings. While recently putting up football-style offensive numbers, The Pinstriped Posers have been on a fairly long downward slide—relinquishing what seemed like a comfortable first-place lead just a few weeks ago. The Rangers and Twins (both red hot lately) are even challenging them for the two AL Wild Card spots. Of course, there would be nothing sweeter than a three-game sweep putting the Yankees closer than ever to 2015 playoff banishment. The Carmine Hose will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the hill tonight, followed by Rick Porcello on Tuesday and Henry Owens on Wednesday.

Bullpen Lets Down Red Sox Again, Lose To Mets, 5-4

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In a recurring 2015 theme, the Red Sox bullpen gave away another win—yielding a tie-breaking run in the seventh inning in a 5-4 loss at Flushing Meadows. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (RBI double) and Mookie Betts (RBI triple) had tied the score at four—before the 'pen let the game slip away. David Ortiz clouted his 494th career HR—allowing him to pass Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff on the all-time list. Quick-working lefty Wade Miley pitched sort of OK again—going six innings and giving up four earned runs. The loss robbed the Sox of their first road sweep of the season. Boston returns home for a three-game "spoiler set" against The Bronx Embalmers.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Grudging Support For NOG's 'Re-Energizing' Of TV Crew

O'Brien, Remy, Orsillo
As loyal readers of FenwayNation know, we are not big fans of the NOG (New Ownership Group). However, when Tom Werner explained the recent ouster of TV play-by-play man Don Orsillo, it did resonate with us. Werner—speaking with The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley—stated that the broadcast needed to be "re-energized" after 15 years of Orsillo and Jerry Remy making the calls. Moreover, the opportunity to go with Dave O'Brien—perhaps the finest baseball broadcaster in America—was too good to pass up. The confluence of these two ideas—the need to refresh and the chance to get O'Brien—proved too much of an enticement. Grudgingly, we have to agree. Orsillo is a capable, extremely affable local guy. O'Brien is extraordinary, also affable and also local. O'Brien's current Red Sox broadcasts are "must-listen radio"—insightful, dynamic, Ned Martin-like. Hopefully, Dave will have Jerry doing color next season—although NESN seems to be hedging their bets on that commitment as well. All in all, not seeing Don and Jerry next year will take some getting used to—we will miss the banter, the uncontrollable laughter and the general goofiness. But, in the end, the NOG made the right move.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

'Cy' Kelly Wins Sixth Straight, Sox Top Metropolitans, 3-1

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Joe Kelly needs to keep that 1970s adult film mustache. The right-hander today won his sixth straight decision—going 7.1 innings and giving up just one earned run in Boston's 3-1 win over the Mets. This, after struggling through the first inning on 30 pitches. The victory was the third straight by The Carmine Hose, whose sixtieth 2015 win moved them—incredibly—to seven games out of a Wild Card spot. Of course, they'd still have to pass six teams to reach Playoff Nirvana. What's becoming increasingly clear is that the youthful core of players really can play. Today, Mookie Betts (2-5, including his12th HR) led the way among the youth—but, the entire crew has been making these recent games worth watching. This, of course, begs the question of what the 2016 team will look like—assuming Dave 'The Mad Trader' Dombrowski doesn't send all of our young guys out of town.

'Thirty-Four' Has 'Thirty-Four' Games To Get Seven HRs

David Ortiz (#34) has thirty-four games left to hit the 500 career home run mark this season. After clouting his 493rd career round-tripper yesterday, Big Papi will get roughly 135 more at-bats to nail seven more 'taters'. That's a home run every twenty at-bats. This is now well within the realm of possibility—and would salvage some degree of dignity for the 2015 season. Last season, Ortiz hit a home run every 14.8 at bats—for a total of 35. He has 27 right now. And, as we all know, Ortiz holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54—set during the 2006 season. Hey, this could be a fun last month!

Bradley, Jr., Swihart, Owens Pace Sox Over Mets, 6-4

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Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a 2-run HR and Blake Swihart had an inside-the-park HR in the 10th inning to propel the Red Sox to a 6-4 extra-inning win over the Flushing Metropolitans. Rookie starter Henry Owens pitched five strong innings—giving up just one earned run, while striking out six. David Ortiz clouted his 27th HR of 2015 and the 493rd of his career—while Xander Bogaerts had two hits and an RBI. The Boston win halted a 7-game winning streak by the Mets—who welcomed back David Wright to Ctiti Field for the first time since April. The Carmine Hose are now 7-3 in their last 10 games.