by Mark Lawrence, FN International Editor
Sydney, Australia. In the wake of recent proposed changes to the National Pastime, I’m left wondering if Commissioner Manfred bumped his head climbing out of the limo on Park Avenue and had some kind of misguided epiphany: “I know! I’ll Make Baseball Great Again.”
I don’t have any idea why this painful Pace-of-Play initiative seems to have taken on the same level of importance as defeating ISIS – for as long as this scribe can remember, baseball games have averaged around three hours in length and that’s been the way (uh huh, uh huh) I liked it. So, how in the world can shaving off a quarter of a minute from an Intentional Walk have any real, significant effect on reducing game time?
Saturday, February 25, 2017
the acquisition of some former Red Sox pitchers and coaches. First of all, Juan Nieves is the pitching coach—and he thinks he's figured out how to make Junichi Tazawa a dominant force again. Don't forget that in his seven years in Carmine Hose, Tazawa owned a 3.58 ERA (2.86 in the 2004 championship year). For a long time he was a real contributor. A few mechanical tweaks and an innings limit could turn the former Boston set-up man into a key bullpen resource again. On top of this, the Marlins added Brad Ziegler—who had a terrific 1.52 ERA in his short stay in Boston. Keep an eye on Miami's pitching this year—it could be interesting.
Friday, February 24, 2017
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Mitt Romney is looking to buy a big chunk of The Bronx Embalmers. After failing to buy into the Marlins and Dodgers, Romney is inexplicably seeking an ownership share of his favorite team's mortal enemy. What's up with that? Hopefully, this is just bad reporting by the NYC rags, but it sure looks for real! Romney did own a piece of The Pinstriped Posers back in 2007—but that was through his blind trust. This time, he's going in with eyes wide open. If this goes through, we're hoping current Governor Charlie Baker revokes Romney's passport to Red Sox Nation.
and it's your current Red Sox right-fielder. At a team gathering for Yankee minor-leaguers, the former pinstripe captain was asked who he likes in baseball today. His response was, "I love watching Mookie Betts play. Anyone who goes and plays the game hard." This high praise for The Mookster is understandable, since Betts brings the same respect for the game that so characterized Jeter's career. Pretty cool.
building to the point of near certainty as people like team President Sam Kennedy have explicitly floated the idea. Said Kennedy, "He's got a lot of different interests. Broadcasting is certainly one. It'd be interesting to see if he goes into national broadcasting. We'd certainly love to have him part of our local broadcast team on a limited basis." Ortiz is scheduled to make an appearance at Red Sox Spring Training soon, so there will be an opportunity to confirm or deny this information directly with Big Papi. Ortiz did a credible job as a commentator on FOX during its coverage of the 2014 World Series. Stay tuned—literally.