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What Good Is A "Firstbaseman" Anyway?

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow.  Something is terribly wrong.  I don't write this to alarm you but only to let you know, as my friends (cause really, who else reads this blog when posts appear magically only every quarter).  So I'm sorry to break this to you.  But what else could explain my excitement for the Red Sox 2013 season?

I mean, their current first baseman is a player to be named later, their shortstop is optimistically supposed to hit .150 next year while routinely catching everything between the Fens and Worchester, they have one outfielder and he's got Boras glasses on for 2014, and John Lackey is their forth starter.  But come on...

I'm excited because I knew Valentine was going to be a disaster and they've gotten that out of their system.  I'm excited because Iglesias may hit less than a tee ball player getting an at bat in the Babe Ruth league but he might be the most exciting defensive spectacle to hit Boston since... ever?   Will Mi…

Gonzalez Traded for No-Beckett and Sans-Crawford

In one of the largest trades in Red Sox history, star firstbaseman Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Dodgers in exchange for the Dodger letting us trade them Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.  In addition the Dodgers wanted Nick Punto to which the Sox apparently said "why would we care" and the Sox somehow convinced the Dodgers to throw in two quality pitching prospects and James Loney to play firstbase for the next month.

First off, the reporters ripping into A-Gon and Crawford as people and teammates should be ashamed.  A-Gon has been a great player in two years with the Sox.  He's on pace for an off year this year: .300, 20 homers, and drive in 114 runs.  He also plays gold glove first base and by all accounts is a stand up guy.  In a nauseating article by ProJo's Jim Donaldson, Gonzalez is described as a "whiner" "who went running to ownership to complain about Bobby Valentine behind the embattled manager’s back."  So Gonzalez communicated to th…

The Bard

In case you've been in a cave or came to this post by your desire to read Merchant of Venice, here's the situation: the Sox have started the season terribly (albeit against the best teams in the league), their ace starters have sputtered, the outfield doesn't look like a champion's lineup, and mostly, their bullpen might be better off with Bob Stanley and Calvin Schiraldi trotting in (literally).  Meanwhile, our 5th starter is a 26 year old who can hit triple digits but can also have trouble hitting the glove.  A dominant reliever who moved to the pen after walking 78 batters in his first 75 professional innings, Daniel Bard has been a dominant set up guy for 3 years and now he's being Papelboned.

With the Sox bullpen looking like Franklin Morales might be the best closer candidate -- I joked about that in the last post, I mean it this time - that's how bad it is! -- should the Sox move Bard to the pen and bring up Aaron Cook to start before he turns into a pum…

Season Opens

This Red Sox season really could go any way. It's fashionable to pick against the Sox this year. But there is still a ton of talent on this team and a chip on their shoulder. That said, I think Bobby V. could backfire and fight fire with gasoline in the inferno that is the Boston baseball universe. Additionally, the Sox need some health and it already feels like we're going the wrong way on that front.

The Sox seem like a forgotten team. They were good last year until injuries spurred an epic late season collapse. This year there is reason to believe that they will be as good or better than they were last year. They should expect solid years yet again from Beckett and Lester. Meanwhile, Buchholz can only do better this year than he did last when he was basically a non-factor. If he gives you anything you're better than you were last year and if he's healthy he's a Cy Young candidate. Meanwhile, Lackey, Wakefield, Andrew Miller and Dice-K are replaced in th…

Playing Catchup

As the Sox start swinging bats later today against the college kids, it's time to play a little catch up. A lot has happened this off season, and a lot remains unanswered as we enter spring training. Let's try to cover a lot of ground here and now, and then delve deeper later.
Playoff Format - I love the new playoff format. I didn't write it down then but I can say with a straight face that this is exactly the format I wanted (the extra wild card with a one game playoff, not the home-away format issue). This will re-energize divisional races because it will matter so much more to teams that they win their division outright. That's the way it was for almost a century and it's the way it is supposed to be. It has been too easy for wild card "winners" - including the Sox - to glide into the playoffs and start the postseason on basically even footing with teams that bested them in the regular season. The new format will force teams to try harder to win…