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Red Sox Acquire RHP John Cornely, Another Arm for Minors

By on May 22, 2015 at 4:42am
cornely RHP John Cornely joined Red Sox franchise on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo Credit: http://www.baseballprospectus.com)

The recent acquisition of right-handed pitcher John Cornely from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations begs a big question. Why are the Red Sox content to purchase pitchers only to place these players in the minors?

1) Would it not be better to spend money on pitchers that can help the team at the major league level? 2) If Major League Baseball had a salary cap like the National Football League, would the same decisions be made about pitching acquisitions? Continue reading Red Sox Acquire RHP John Cornely, Another Arm for Minors »

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Why the Wait on Bruins GM?

May 19, 2015 at 8:24am in Bruins, NHL, Opinion
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It has been over a month since Peter Chiarelli was fired as the Bruins general manager. Since then, Chiarelli has been hired by the Oilers and the Devils have also filled their general manager vacancy with potential Bruins candidate Ray Shero. The Bruins have still yet to hire a new man to run the front office behind team President Cam Neely despite several interviews. Rumors and reports have suggested that Don Sweeny, the current Bruins assistant general manager, is a likely candidate. But if that is the case, why has he not been named to the post yet?

There is one potential candidate that could be holding everything up: Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton. Gorton is no stranger to Boston, he was the assistant general manager under Mike O’Connell in Boston and was the interim head during the 2006 offseason before Chiarelli left Ottawa to take over.

As the assistant general manager, Gorton built a substantial part of the 2011 Bruins Stanley Cup Champion team, helping draft both David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron as well as signing Tim Thomas to both his initial deal and his extension. His 2006 offseason as interim general manager was one of the best of the last decade for the Bruins. His first three draft picks were Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand, a haul that any front office executive would be jealous of. He also helped sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard that offseason, although Chiarelli and Jeremy Jacobs also had strong influence on those two moves.

Currently in his post as the number two man behind Rangers top man Glen Sather, Gorton has helped build a Rangers team that is in the Eastern Conference Final for the second year in a row. The team advanced to the Stanley Cup last season as well. The Rangers have a strong core of defensemen and a plethora of speed up front, two things the 2015 Bruins were sorely lacking.

The trouble with Boston hiring Gorton is that because the Rangers are still in the playoffs, he is not available to even be interviewed yet and if they advance to the Cup Final he may not be available for another 4-5 weeks, a long time to wait for a team at a crossroads. It is not a sure thing that the Rangers will make Gorton available to interview even then, as Sather is 72 years old and may have Gorton in mind as his eventual replacement.

Gorton would be the best hire, in this writer’s humble opinion, but the Bruins cannot wait around too long to nab their man. If hired Gorton may want to change coaches, a process that gets more difficult as the offseason continues. He also would have little time to evaluate the roster before the draft in late June and free agency in July. Until the Bruins make a decision the Bruins will remain a front office in flux, which is not good for anyone.

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“More probable than not.” “Generally Aware.” Those two phrases are the most important elements of Ted Wells’ report on his investigation into the alleged manipulation of football air pressure by the Patriots prior to their AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

“More probable than not”

It is, as the report states, “more probable than not” that the Patriots deliberately changed the air pressure and that Brady was likely  “generally aware” of the activities. If true, as it seems it is, these revelations are both head-scratching and concerning for the Patriots. The concern is obvious, both Brady and the team could face fines and the star quarterback could face a suspension if Roger Goodell so chooses.

The head scratching part is simple: why bother? Continue reading DeflateGate: What “More Probable Than Not” and “Generally Aware” Mean »

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The Patriots added eleven players over the weekend during the NFL draft. They also added several undrafted free agents after the conclusion of the draft Saturday night. Early on, the Patriots went with a defensive focus with their first four picks (and seven out of eleven total picks) were on that side of the ball. New England spent all of their offensive picks on day three, picking two guards and a tight end. One long snapper was also picked by the team.

With the loss of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason, the Patriots have chosen to invest more in their front seven and hope to generate pass rush to force turnovers instead of forcing coverage sacks and turnovers due to lock down secondary play. This shift began with Revis and Browner leaving, continued with the Jabaal Sheard signing, and was added to on draft weekend. Three of the Patriots first four picks were defensive lineman or pass rushers including first round pick Malcolm Brown. Brown, a behemoth defensive tackle out of Texas, should instantly contribute to the Patriots interior pressure on both passing and rushing downs. Dominque Easley is a bit of a wild card, if he can come back healthy in 2015 he and Brown could combine to create a young, formidable defensive tackle duo. Defensive end Geneo Grissom, a third round pick, is somewhat comparable to Jamie Collins, a high level athlete who couldn’t quite find a niche on a college defense. He is not as talented as Collins, but could add some depth behind the Patriots budding star linebacker. Trey Flowers could end up being a steal at defensive end as well. He was picked at the top of the fourth round and very well could end up going at the end of the second or in the third. Continue reading Patriots 2015 Draft Picks Review »

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Congratulations on your MLB debut, Blake! Now, here's some unsolicited advice from an unqualified advisor... (Boston Herald)

There is nothing positive about losing the top two catchers on your depth chart. Christian Vazquez lost the 2015 season to Tommy John surgery, and his replacement as the starting catcher, Ryan Hanigan, will be out until at least the All-Star break.

But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that Boston Red Sox fans get to see the anticipated debut of top prospect Blake Swihart in the major leagues. After watching his first career start against the New York Yankees, though, I do have a piece of (unsolicited) advice for the rookie if he wants to have a successful career with the Red Sox.

Dearest Blake…

Continue reading A Piece of Advice for Swihart after his Red Sox Debut »

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A-Rod took advantage of the Red Sox bullpen to hit home run #660 to tie Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list and give the Yankees a 3-2 win. (NY Daily News)

Sitting at 659 home runs for his career, Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in the initial lineup to start Friday night’s game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It appeared he, and the rest of the baseball world, would have to wait another day to see him tie Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list.

It didn’t seem like it would change much when A-Rod pinch-hit in a tie game in the top of the eighth inning either and quickly was ahead of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa 3-0. But with a green light (I guess that’s the case when you have over 600 home runs for your career) and one long swing, A-Rod is tied for fourth in MLB history with 660 home runs.

Though A-Rod’s is certainly the headline of last night’s loss to the Yankees — not only historically but also as the go-ahead home run in the 3-2 win over the Red Sox — the real story is in the tale of two bullpens.

Continue reading Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: A-Rod Ties Willie Mays on All-Time HR List in Tale of Two Bullpens »

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Brock Holt's walk off home run on Friday was just another reason for him to be in the everyday lineup. (GAIL BURTON/AP)

I’ve done my absolute best to be optimistic about this pitching staff. Of course we all know how unproven the entire rotation was coming into this season, but it seemed like the five of them would be able to put it together. Each pitcher has had success in the past and the thought was they would all be serviceable enough to give the offense a chance to win games. This week we saw Wade Miley get shelled in just 2.1 innings of work and Joe Kelly imploded in the sixth inning to literally hand Tampa Bay a win. Thankfully it’s only April and there is still plenty of time for the rotation to put it together but I don’t think it’s outrageous to be slightly worried about what we’ve seen. Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitching Continues to be Woeful »

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