Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. When asked by reporters about the move, he said he was “disappointed” in himself. The truth is the Red Sox should be disappointed in themselves for not handling this player better.
The mishandling of Bradley began last season when the Red Sox had him play in the first games against New York in April 2013.
Over a year ago, it all seemed to make sense. Bradley had a phenomenal 2013 Spring Training season, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Through the middle of March 2013, he was hitting .436/.551/.564 in 39 plate appearances. He was the talk of the town all month long. All of the newspapers, radio and television broadcasters asked, ‘should the Red Sox wait and let him play in Pawtucket to ensure his maturity once he arrived at Fenway Park?’ or ‘should they bring him to the opening series in New York?’ When the first days of April arrived, Bradley was in a Red Sox uniform playing centerfield in the Bronx. Continue reading The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr. »
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A month and a half remain in the season, and it’s a good race. Both leagues have new leaders. Four divisions are within 3.5 games. Winning and losing streaks are shaking things up. The questions now is whether or not all this will paint a new postseason picture, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, August 19, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19 »
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Ted Williams. Carl Yastrzemski. David Ortiz. Does he belong in the same sentence with the other two Red Sox legends? Well, after a two-HR night on Saturday, Ortiz has certainly entered the conversation:
Continue reading Video: David Ortiz Hits 400th (and 401st) Home Run(s) with Red Sox »
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Koji Uehara wants to continue, and quite possibly, finish his career as the Red Sox bullpen’s closer. It is up to the likes of Ben Cherrington and the rest of the front office to make this happen soon. Uehara becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.
Even though his command has been a bit off this season, he is still playing well above par for the ballclub to the tune of 5-2 and a 1.32 ERA. The Red Sox would be crazy to let him go, right?
Continue reading Should the Red Sox Make A Deal with Koji Uehara? »
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We’re in the middle of August, and the NL race is still close, despite the divisions opening up a bit. Oakland and Anaheim continue to hold sway in the AL, but look out for Baltimore and Kansas City all of a sudden. Detroit and San Francisco are among the better teams falling off, while the likes of Pittsburgh are working their way up. The waiver wire could also provide some interesting roster moves in the final month and a half, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, August 12, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 18 »
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The never-ending scandal surrounding the Major League Baseball(MLB) and illegal use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and other steroids has once again resurfaced.
Charge the mound: As recently as Tuesday morning, several less known but key players who were target of a massive federal investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration were charged with federal drug conspiracy. The most notable being Anthony Bosch, the former owner of Biogenesis, who was responsible for supplying numerous professional athletes with Performance Enhancing Drugs(PEDs). Bosch pled not guilty to the charge, and received a $100,000 bond as a result. Bosch could potentially face up to 10 years in prison, but will likely not serve that much if he is found guilty and comes to some sort of plea agreement with the U.S. Attorneys. Continue reading More Biogenesis Suspensions Likely: What Will Happen Next? »
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The Red Sox traded away four starting pitchers at the trade deadline last week in hopes that their young prospects could begin to develop at the Major League level, and Henry Owens did his part to reinforce their decision in his Triple-A debut.
The lefty from Huntington Beach, CA took the mound for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night and dazzled from start to finish. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 9 and allowing only 2 hits. He showed tremendous poise on the mound, throwing 70 pitches for strikes out of his 100 total. Continue reading Red Sox Prospect Henry Owens Dominant in First Triple-A Start »
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