Hunter Golden peels back the complexities of this year’s market for starting pitching and makes a shameless plug for the player he’d most like to sign.
After a long anticipated day off, the Boston Red Sox are back in action against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, who will hand Ian Kennedy the ball to face Clay Buchholz.
This decade has been the most monumental in the franchise’s history. Not only did new ownership arrive, but Fenway Park was revitalized, a Nation was born (in the media, that is), a new generation of stars (Nomar, Manny, Pedro, Big Papi, Papelbon, Pedroia) put their stamp on their team… oh, and there were those two World Championships as well.
All this was done thanks to the incredible work that Theo Epstein and the rest of the baseball operations put in to give us the players that we root for every day. They are, to be certain, the reasons why we have our first two rings since 1918.
But let’s not count out Lady Luck. Lady Luck is a fickle mistress; you never know when she’ll turn on you.
The other half of the best rivalry in sports, The New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers “only” ended up with 89 victories last season. And the key players they inked this past off-season, have them looking incredibly strong on paper for this upcoming 2009 season.
The philosophy about building a strong farm was basically put on hold for a year. But Brian Cashman made some nice maneuvers, and the result–whether it was intentional or not–allowed the Yankees to lose their first three picks this year. And that is better than losing a first-round pick in three consecutive seasons, of course.
Much like this year’s political campaigns, Yankee fans want change. Ever since the Luis Gonzalez bloop single fell into shallow left field, ending the Yankee reign atop the baseball world, the franchise has seemingly never been the same. And Çƒ˙never been the sameÇƒ˘ in Yankee terms equals zero championships won. Each year since 2001 the [...]
Here’s your Wednesday post from The Bottom Line. You can get more Red Sox news and analysis from The Bottom Line here. Last season Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia overcame a .182 April batting average and finished the season at .317, beating out Tampa Bay
Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein meet at a trendy Boylston Street Italian restaurant to discuss baseball operations, their deep and passionate friendship and to trade Joe DiMaggio for Ted Williams. Before the bill came, the two rival GM
Ever since the news exploded onto the scene that the Red Sox were highly interested in acquiring Mark Buerhle, the fervor has been tempered somewhat. Immediately after the Chicago Sun-Times ran that explosive piece that all but assured a deal was imminent, the Boston Herald has been on top of that story. The first report [...]