Tuesday, October 17, 2017

POLL: Nearly Six In Ten Prefer Free Agent J.D. Martinez

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll indicates that almost six in ten readers (58%) would like to see the Red Sox sign free agent J.D. Martinez this offseason. As the chart shows,  Kansas City first-baseman Eric Hosmer is the second choice among the top free agents on the market (28%), followed by Hosmer's teammate Mike Moustakas (12%) and Cleveland's Jay Bruce (2%). No one has yet voted for Justin Upton. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

Maddox Is FenwayNation's 'Under Radar' Award Winner

The Editors of FenwayNation have named Red Sox relief pitcher Austin Maddox as their 2017 'Under The Radar' Award recipient—for under-recognized contributions to the team. The 26-year old right-hander was stellar when utilized out of the Red Sox bullpen—posting a 0.52 ERA over 17.1 innings of work. Maddox walked just two batters and struck out 14 in the 13 games he worked in. The 6'2", 220-pounder delivered a WHIP of 0.87 and held opposing batters to a .200 average. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.00) was third best on the 2017 team—trailing only Craig Kimbrel (9.00) and Chris Sale (7.16). Previous award winners in this category were: Heath Hembree (2016) ; Tommy Layne (2015) ; Alex Wilson (2014) ; Daniel Nava (2013). Congratulations, Austin,you are FenwayNation's 2017 'Under The Radar' award winner! (Getty Images)

POLL: Which Top Free Agent Should The Sox Pursue?

Which ONE of the following top free agents should the Red Sox pursue?
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Red Sox Interview Former Tabby Skipper Brad Ausmus

According to multiple reports, the Red Sox interviewed former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus yesterday for the vacant skipper's job. Realistically, the field has been narrowed to Ausmus, Astros bench coach Alex Cora (the odds-on favorite) and Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire. The 48-year-old Ausmus is a Dartmouth alum, who was hired as Tabby manager by current Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. Stay tuned, this could happen quickly.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Help Award A Ninth World Series Title To The Red Sox

1904 Red Sox
In 1904, the National League Champion New York Giants refused to play the upstart American League Champion Boston Red Sox in that year's World Series (you're surprised a New York team would pull something like that?). A year earlier, in 1903, the Red Sox had embarrassed the Senior Circuit by winning the first ever World Series. For years, we have battled this miscarriage of justice and advocated that Boston be awarded their ninth World Series Title—given the clear forfeiture by the National League. Now, you can sign a petition to MLB Commissioner Manfred to help right this wrong. You can sign HERE.

Weather The Long Winter With SportsCrate Red Sox Gear

It's a long, long time until the Equipment Truck trudges out of Yawkey Way down to Fort Myers. Nothing will fully ease the pain of the early 2017 playoff exit, but you can take some solace in joining up with SportsCrate—and getting a bi-monthly fix of exclusive Red Sox stuff. Once you subscribe, you get fresh and new official team gear, collectibles, and more year round. Starting as low as $29.99, the benefits include: officially licensed team gear, unique apparel, access to a FREE Sports Illustrated annual subscription, special discounts on limited edition player crates—and your automatic entry into the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes. So join up—and dream of Spring! You can subscribe HERE.

Chris Sale Named FenwayNation's 2017 Player O' Year

Clearly, 2017 was a disappointing season for the Red Sox and their fans. While the team shored up its starting pitching, the power vacuum left by the departure of David Ortiz was just too much to overcome. Nevertheless, winning the American League East was significant—and many players contributed to that achievement. Mookie Betts suffered a drop in average, but still posted an .803 OPS—along with 24 HRs and 102 RBIs. Andrew Benintendi delivered a solid rookie campaign—hitting .271, with 20 HRs and 90 RBIs. And, Dustin Pedroia battled through injuries to lead team regulars in hitting at .293. Christian Vazquez played 99 games and hit .290. And, 20-year-old Rafael Devers whetted our appetites by hitting .284, with 10 HRs and 30 RBIs in just 58 games. On the pitching side, Drew Pomeranz and Craig Kimbrel both had outstanding years. But, the clear and overwhelming choice as Player Of The Year has to be Chris Sale. The tall, lanky lefty started 32 games for his new ballclub—going 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA. In 214.1 innings pitched, he gave up a paltry 165 hits. Opposing batters hit just .208 off Sale, and he delivered a WHIP of 0.97. Most amazingly, his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 7.2:1—with an incredible 308 Ks under his belt. Congratulations, Chirs—you are the 2017 FenwayNation Player Of The Year. (Getty Images)

REPORT: Cora Is Dombrowski's Top Choice For Skipper

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According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, Astros bench coach (and former Red Sox infielder) Alex Cora is the top choice of Dave Dombrowski to be the next manager of The Carmine Hose. While several candidates remain to be interviewed, it's not surprising that Cora is regarded highly. Even as a player here in Boston, he was viewed as a cerebral guy who would one day ascend to a managerial role. Other names mentioned in the managerial mix are: Brad Ausmus, Ron Gardenhire, Bo Porter, Charlie Montoyo, Terry Collins, Eric Wedge, DeMarlo Hale, Brad Mills and Gabe Kapler. Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

POLL: Two-Thirds Want Sox To Use Free Agency For Bat

Results from our latest FenwayNation Poll show that fully two-thirds of readers (66%) think the Red Sox should use the free agency route to obtain a big bat like J.D. Martinez. Alternatively, just under one-third (31%) believe that Boston should instead trade away some key players to get a big bat like Giancarlo Stanton. Only a scant 3% think The Carmine Hose should promote a big bat from within their current organization. You can still vote in the poll HERE.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Empire Of Blights: Evil Ones Lose Again In Houston, 2-1

Just two more losses and The Bronx Embalmers will take to the links for the balance of October. Today, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa teamed up to smite The Pinstriped Posers by the same 2-1 score they put on them yesterday. Altuve smacked a ninth-inning, one-out single on a 100-MPH fastball from Aroldis "I'm Not On the Cubbies Anymore" Chapman. A gap shot by Correa—coupled with a missed cut-off by Aaron "K" Judge—led to the winning run scored by the fleet better-be AL MVP Altuve. A throwback complete-game performance by Justin Verlander (124 pitches) set the tone for the 'Stros, who take a commanding two-games-to-none lead back to The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street. It's just a matter of time. (Getty Images)

POLL: How Best To Fill The Red Sox Power Vacuum?

Should the Red Sox fill their power void via trade (giving up key players) for someone like Giancarlo Stanton, or via free agency (giving up just money) for someone like J.D. Martinez?
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Empire Lies Three Games From Golf, Fall 2-1 To 'Stros

Lefty Dallas Keuchel fanned ten Bronx Embalmers over seven innings—leading his Houston Astros to a 2-1 win and 1-0 series lead in the American League Championship Series. The 'Stros pushed across two runs in the fourth—on speed, guile and execution—which was enough to hold up for the victory. The true AL MVP—Jose Altuve—went three for four and made a stellar play in the field. The Evil Ones got a solo shot from Greg 'Don't Call Me Larry' Bird (#33 on the Yankees), but it wasn't enough. Former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury whiffed to end the game. Yankees in the DH spot this postseason are 0-22 with 8 Ks. Three games to Yankee Elimination Day! (Getty Images)

Friday, October 13, 2017

POLL: Near Seven In Ten Want To Keep 'Sweet Caroline'

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that nearly seven readers in ten (69%) want to stick with the current eighth-inning sing-a-long at Fenway Park—Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'. As the chart shows, 17% would rather switch eighth inning harmonics to the late Tom Petty's 'Won't Back Down'. Interestingly, about one reader in seven (14%) would prefer that the Red Sox dump any singing at all in the eighth inning. You can still vote in the poll HERE.