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LHP Henry Owens To Make MLB Debut for Red Sox Tuesday

By on August 3, 2015 at 7:47am
owens Henry Owens set to debut on Tuesday, August 4th at Yankee Stadium. (Photo Credit: http://www.imgarcade.com)

Henry Owens will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Owens was called up after Rick Porcello was placed on the 15-day disabled list with sore triceps muscles.

The Red Sox organization has been slowly promoting Owens since 2013 when he went from single A Greenville Drive to the Double A Portland Sea Dogs. It seems management made a concerted effort not to rush him up to the major league level, preserving his ability to mature at a reasonable rate. The 22-year old has been in Pawtucket this season and is 3-8 with 3.16 ERA and 103 strikeouts. Continue reading LHP Henry Owens To Make MLB Debut for Red Sox Tuesday »

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Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz at Fenway

Fans at Fenway Park had the opportunity to see Pedro Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers not only in Red Sox history, but in Baseball history get his number 45 retired during a pre-game ceremony Tuesday night. The event took place just prior to the Red Sox facing the Chicago White Sox.

The recent Hall of Fame Inductee was honored at the ballpark and fans were given a miniature Hall of Fame plaque detailing some of his career statistics as well as player history. During the event a video highlight was shown on the jumbotron giving fans, players, and coaches a chance to admire Pedro’s supremacy on the mound and his charisma in the dugout and clubhouse. The video also featured Martinez career stats, which got the crowd roaring before he even took the field. So many of the numbers are staggering however a few that got a rise out of those spectating included the following: The 313 strikeouts in 1999, which was Pedro’s single-season career-high and a Sox franchise record. His 1.74 ERA in 2000, which was ridiculous, keeping in mind the juiced-up players he was fanning on a nightly basis. Then, last but not least, the .760 winning percentage (117-37) with the Red Sox between 1998-2004, best in the majors in that time span.

Martinez, accompanied by his wife and children, waited excitedly as Red Sox legends came out to congratulate him on his accomplishments. It all started with a video message from Nomar Garciaparra, who recalled being inducted into the Latino Hall of Fame with Martinez, he was asked to use two words to describe the sensational ace and said, ‘The Best,” which may simply be the most accurate description.

The ceremony was led by the voice of the Red Sox, Joe Castiglione, who called on Sox greats such as Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Dennis Eckersley, and Carlton Fisk to present Pedro with gifts and memorabilia. One unique gift was a bronze mold, covered in gold, of Pedro’s huge hands and freakishly long fingers. It was, after all, these fingers that allowed him to force righties out of the batters box, waving at that up and in, high-rising fastball and then make most who faced him look foolish with a one of a kind change up. Martinez was also presented with a laptop computer full of video highlights of his career from teammates Curt Schilling, Trot Nixon and Orlando Cabrera. A special thank you and a call to review ‘El Tiante’ Luis Tiant all-time numbers for further accolades was made by Pedro during his speech. He also thanked former Expos manager Felipe Alou as well as Ralph Avila, the scout who first discovered Martinez at a young age in the Dominican Republic. Sox favorite Tim Wakefield made an appearance and presented the Martinez family with a donation to his charity. Pedro also took time for heartfelt gratitude aimed at all the fans in Red Sox Nation.

It was David Ortiz that set in motion the unveiling of #45, which will now forever be a part of Fenway Park and the Red Sox organization and never again be worn by a Sox player. Ortiz spoke to the Fenway Faithful to address Pedro’s amazing career but also his genuine personality that New England came to fall in love with during his time in Boston.

Before Martinez could finish his speech, he brought out his catcher Jason Varitek to share the moment with him calling it “his moment, too.” This was apparently off script as Varitek was to come out for the first pitch, to this Martinez said, “Hey, this is Pedro,” and, much to the delight of the crowd, referred to the celebration as “my party.” The Hall of Fame pitcher took the mound for the final time in front of a standing ovation as he threw out the first pitch, high and tight of course, to his battery-mate Varitek.

In Pedro’s career he was voted onto eight All-Star teams, and won three Cy Young Awards while piling up 3,154 strikeouts, 219 wins, and a 2.93 career ERA. Pedro recently received 91.1 percent of the vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining this years class of baseball legends. Whether it was blowing away the side or taping a player to a post in the dugout, Martinez was as integral a part of the Red Sox as there was at the turn of the millennium. Pedro dazzled all those who watched him with his electric fastball, majestic change-up and infectious smile. His dominance as a pitcher and his leadership in the clubhouse helped Boston reverse the curse and win the 2004 World Series. Pedro’s role on that team, and the greatness of his Red Sox career will never be forgotten, and now remembering is just as easy as turning your head toward right field.

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Price waits for Ortiz to touch 'em all (Jim Davis/Boston Globe)

The 2015 season has highlighted the harsh reality of the Red Sox pitching staff: it lacks an Ace, or really any time of frontline starter. This is the need that Ben Cherington seriously needs to address in the immediate future, either at the trade deadline or in the offseason. There is absolutely no way the Red Sox can expect to contend in 2016 if they still have anything resembling their pitching staff in 2015. Several options exist to make that reshaping a reality, though some options are better than others.

There have been rumors over the last year and a half of a potential deal for Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, but it now seems that he is likely off the table for the Red Sox. Despite their insistence that they are contenders, the Tigers have been allegedly considering a trade of David Price before he hits free agency after the season. Some have speculated that Price would be a good target for the Red Sox, assuming they could keep him beyond the 2015 season. Price is a very good pitcher, but he is not a match for the Red Sox and should not be pursued under any circumstances.

Continue reading (David) Price is Wrong for Red Sox »

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Brock Holt could be moved before the trade deadline. (Photo Courtesy of the Boston Herald)

With the trade deadline action in full force, the Red Sox need to take a serious look at the players on their roster and their roles in the 2016 season. Shane Victorino was the first Sox player to be dealt, but there are more moves to be made in order to best develop a functioning team for the spring.

While flexibility is a great tool for any team, opportunities exist for Boston to deal All-Star utility player Brock Holt to a contending team. Holt can fit on any roster, and with the Royals taking Ben Zobrist off the market, the only similar trade option is Martin Prado. The Sox could attempt to capitalize on this unique market by exchanging the 27-year-old for a low-level prospect, which may be a better move long term. Continue reading Small Deals Can Make a Big Impact on the Red Sox »

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Troy Tulowitzki can leave that Colorado Rockies uniform behind after the Toronto Blue Jays landed him in advance of the 2015 MLB trade deadline. (NY Post)

Where to even start? I’d been awake for less than an hour when my phone told me that the Toronto Blue Jays had swung a trade for Troy Tulowitzki, sending Jose Reyes and a package of pitching prospects to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for the five-time All-Star shortstop.

Good morning, AL East, indeed! Continue reading So That’s Happening: Blue Jays Swap Reyes for Rockies’ Tulowitzki before Trade Deadline »

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The Boston Red Sox stink. The Chicago White Sox also stink.

Now, that shouldn’t be breaking news to anyone in Beantown or the Windy City. Both teams have wildly underachieved after making big splashes this past offseason to bring in high priced free agents. The Red Sox, of course, brought in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to bolster their lineup, and used band-aids and bubble gum to “fix” their starting rotation (I wonder if anyone still wears an “I’m the Ace” t-shirt?). Continue reading Red Sox Trade Shane Victorino, Begin Series That Features 2 Bad Sox »

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Hanley Ramirez, Sox defense (Getty Images)

There is no denying that the Red Sox have been generally awful in 2015 and have fallen well short of expectations. The lackluster pitching staff has taken most of the blame, most of which it deserves. However, there is an interesting chicken-or-the-egg scenario that the Red Sox should ask themselves: is the pitching bad because of bad defense being played behind it, or are the defenders getting worse because of how bad the pitchers are? Either scenario shouldn’t be used to explain the failure of a certain area of the team, but it is interesting to consider if the defenders/pitchers could be making each other look worse.

Continue reading Could the Red Sox Use Some Defense? »

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