Rumor Mill: Why Cole Hamels to Boston Makes no Sense

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have been scouting Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels, with possible intent of constructing a deal to acquire him. “Hamels is Philly’s most tradeable commodity. They would have to score huge to make a deal. The Phillies have been scouting Boston heavily all season. At […]

9/30 Online Seats Game Thread: Closing September Down

Boston Red Sox (87-71) @ Chicago White Sox (85-73) Jon Lester (19-8, 2.96) @ John Danks (14-11, 3.74) 8:10 PM EDT | U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago, Ill.) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150 GAME NOTES: The Boston Red Sox seem determined to let the Chicago White Sox match them in their season record. John […]

9/13 Online Seats Game Thread: A Little Further Up

Boston Red Sox (79-64) @ Seattle Mariners (55-88)   Jon Lester (16-8, 3.26) @ Doug Fister (5-11, 3.84) 10:10 PM EDT | Safeco Field (Seattle, Wash.) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150   GAME NOTES: After narrowly avoiding the sweep by the Oakland A’s, Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox will head north […]

9/6 Online Seats Game Thread: Labor Day Labor

Tampa Bay Rays (83-53) @ Boston Red Sox (76-61)   Jeff Niemann (10-5, 3.97) @ Jon Lester (15-8, 3.27) 7:10 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, Mass) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150   GAME NOTES: After a crushing series against the White Sox, the Boston Red Sox will have to turn the page […]

9/1 Online Seats Game Thread: Turning the Page on August

Prev. Gm:  Boston Red Sox (74-58) @ Baltimore Orioles (49-83)  Jon Lester (14-8, 3.12) @ Jake Arrieta (4-6, 5.10) 7:05 PM EDT | Camden Yards (Baltimore, Maryland) TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1150   GAME NOTES: The Boston Red Sox are staring down a three game losing streak, after dropping last night’s game to […]

Game Calling, Pitch Sequencing, and Reading Hitter’s Timing

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during an interleague game at Coors Field on June 222, 2010 in Denver.          UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom

Without a doubt, one of the best perks of working for a baseball team is the access to players, coaches, scouts, and countless others with intimate knowledge of the game.

I can’t say enough kind works about the Sky Sox staff who have, over the last six months, imparted a great deal of their knowledge to me about how the game is played.

Recently, I sat down with Sky Sox catchers Paul Phillips and Michael McKenry – as well as a number of scouts and coaches – to pen an article on game calling and pitching sequencing; discussing both the basic and the finer aspects of calling a game from behind the plate…

6/10 Online Seats Game Thread: The Hangover, Masterson Edition

Justin Masterson routing Clay Buchholz to embarrass his former team was a forgone conclusion? Say whaaaaaa? After a stunningly, shockingly, horrifyingly inane loss last night, the Boston Red Sox will scrape up their shattered dignity and finish an otherwise strong series in Cleveland. And what better man to slam the door than Jon Lester? Certainly not Boof Bonser… that’s for sure.