In our third installment of ranking the AL East it seems only natural to look at third base. If you missed last week’s post of second base you can check it out here. Spring training has officially started so baseball is ever closer and what better way to get in the mood than ranking some players? Here we go!
1. Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays: Coming into the 2013 season there were questions swirling around about Longoria’s health having averaged just over 100 games the past two season. Well Longoria answered those questions with authority as he set career highs in home runs (32) and games played (160) all while playing his usual stellar defense. On a down note, Longoria had a career high for strikeouts (162) and matched his rookie season for a career low OBP (.343). At 28, Longoria’s best seasons are ahead of him especially with Wil Meyers around to take some of the pressure off.
2. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles: If it were not for concerns of how he’ll rebound from a serious knee injury, a serious case could have been made that Machado belongs in the top spot. A natural shortstop the 21 year old is the best defensive shortstop in the AL East and should he continue to improve he may become the best in the Majors. There is no question that this kid can hit (Major League leading 51 doubles), but he still has to work on his plate discipline (only a .314 OBP). If Machado can put the injuries behind him and mature as a hitter, he will wreak havoc in the AL East for the next decade or more. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Third Base »
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One week to go to Blanket Dinner – awesome panel
1. USA Hockey:
* How about the insane shot blocking by the Americans specifically McDonough and Kessler
* if the NHL learns one thing from Olympic hockey – no commercials adds to the flow to the game and maximizes the advantage of the sport that is “the fastest on feet” – increase time between periods
* I like Ryan Miller over Quick in the finals versus Canada – better chance to steal one
* Shoot out rules favored the Americans – Russia was loaded with shooters (they didn’t even use Ovechkin)
* The punk that was in the box for the Russians twice for power play goals looks like a cold war holdover with gold chain and demented teeth – Alexander Radulov
* The Russians were much better when they knew Siberia was their destination if they lost Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Oshie Should Go To Blanket Dinner Week from Monday »
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According to a report from Fox 25 Boston’s Ted Daniel, Aaron Hernandez’s former barber, Robby Olivares, could be called to testify against his former client and friend.
Two days before Hernandez was arrested, Olivares made a house call to Hernandez’s North Attleboro home. Now that relationship and loyalty is being put to the test as Olivares could become a key witness for the prosecution.
Hernandez has been behind bars since June on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd. Although the case against Hernandez seemed strong at first, the case has since weakened a bit as the credibility of Carlos Ortiz, one of the prosecution’s key witnesses, was called into question since his story of the night of the murder has changed several times. Prosecutors are now looking to another key testimony to solidify their case against the former Patriot. Continue reading Aaron Hernandez’s Former Barber Could Become Key Witness for Prosecution »
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Ladies and gentlemen, spring training is here, the 2014 season has begun, and the Boston Red Sox title defense is underway.
Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Meyers. Dustin Pedroia has already taken batting practice. Ryan Dempster decided he could do without $13 million and took a sabbatical. And true to their word, the Red Sox have shed their beards for the upcoming season.
Jonny Gomes, the Original Beard, turned his iconic beard into a strange promo for Philips Norelco before taking the whole thing off on Fox & Friends. Even Mike Napoli, who seemed like he would hold strong a month ago, now is having second thoughts. So with the beards scattered to the seven winds, what should be this year’s team identity?
Well, we at SoB have some suggestions, ranging from the “been there, done that” to the “now we’re getting somewhere”:
Continue reading What Will Replace the Beards for the Red Sox in 2014? »
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia and all the syllables in his last name are off to Miami. His replacement is AJ Pierzynski, and while he does not have nearly as many syllables, he does well for himself. Pierzynski is expected to get the bulk of the playing time and World Series hero David Ross will have his chances as well. This veteran tandem should serve the Red Sox well in 2014, giving them roughly the same production from catcher as last year. Beyond 2014 is a different story as Pierzynski (37) and Ross (37 in March) are merely serving as a stopgap to two young and exciting Red Sox prospects: Blake Swihart and Christian Vasquez.
Continue reading Catching On: A Look at Red Sox Prospects Swihart and Vasquez »
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In the heels of winning the World Series, the Red Sox entered the 2014 season with six starting pitchers for five spots, a good problem to have. Well, now we can consider that problem solved.
Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will turn 37 in May, has told Ken Rosenthal that he will definitely not play baseball in 2014.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. Continue reading Ryan Dempster Retires? Pitcher Won’t Play for Red Sox in 2014 »
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Have the New York Yankees bought their way back to the top of the American League East? The money has been spent on all the right names. This off-season the Yankees paid $471 million for talented players like Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, among others. Will it be enough?
Continue reading Will the Yankees Give the Red Sox a Run for Their Money? »
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