// Kelly Shoppach

Hey Bobby V, Why Such a Heavy Reliance on the Red Sox Bench?

Another season, another horrid start, and a lot of concerns surrounding this year’s Red Sox squad. Mark Melancon’s ERA is higher than Jamie Moyer’s age, the DL has a higher payroll than the San Diego Padres, and Jacoby Ellsbury won’t be throwing the javelin anytime soon (let alone play the outfield). One trend that hasn’t […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/19-25): Lester to Start Opening Day, Jenks Charged with DUI

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Spring Training Player of the Week! With a .571 batting average, three runs, four doubles and an RBI in four games, Mike Aviles takes over. Hopefully this award propels him to a fantastic season, finally giving the Red Sox some stability at shortstop. In other Spring Training news, […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/12-18): Ciriaco Continues to Shine

Non-roster shortstop Pedro Ciriaco gave the Boston Red Sox some pretty good reasons to keep on the squad come opening day. After winning SoB’s inaugural “Spring Training Player of the Week,” Ciriaco followed it up by batting .538 with two doubles and a home run in six games this week. He scored four runs and […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/5-11): Offense Clicking Early

One thing is clear a week into Spring Training: this Red Sox team can hit. In going 4-2-1 this week, the Red Sox averaged over five runs a game. Even with Jose Iglesias missing Sunday’s “B” game with a strained right groin, this crop of hitters look just as formidable as the league-leading 2011 Red […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Catchers

This is the second installment of a series of positional previews that began last week with the infielders. This week, we focus on catchers. The Red Sox enter spring training with four catchers on the 40-man roster: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Lavarnway, and Luis Exposito. Projected Boston Red Sox Jarrod Saltalamacchia Salty will be […]

Red Sox Sign Albers, Shoppach… Say Goodbye to Varitek?

The Red Sox have signed backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, a former Sox farmhand, to a one-year, $1.35 million deal. With Shoppach, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway and Luis Exposito as catchers on the 40-man roster, it likely means the Red Sox will not re-sign longtime catcher and captain Jason Varitek, who played just 68 games last […]

Price Silences Red Sox as Rays Take Rubber Match

One shudders to think how good the Tampa Bay Rays might be if they ever built an offense as good as their starting pitching. The Red Sox got a taste of that scenario Wednesday afternoon at Fenway. David Price pitched eight innings of three-hit baseball, and the Rays homered twice off John Lackey to beat […]

Lester Dominates, Ellsbury Homers to Give Red Sox Game 1 Victory in Rays Doubleheader

The Red Sox only hit against Rays starter James Shields in one inning Tuesday afternoon at Fenway, but sometimes one inning is all it takes. Jacoby Ellsbury‘s three-run home run capped a three-hit third inning, and Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings to pick up his 12th win. The Red Sox beat the […]

Life on the Trade Block

On any given day, a Major League Baseball player could be traded away from his ball club and sent halfway across the country. This can be relieving for some players, who get traded away from cellar dwellers and sent to contenders. Some players are promising young prospects who get traded away because a big name […]

Sox Offseasons Often Disheartening for Prospects

As Shane Victorino grounded out to give the Yankees their 27th World Championship, the 2009 season officially ended and the off-season began. Players will sign with different teams, extensions will be inked, trades will be made and arbitration cases will be heard. Undoubtedly an exciting time for fans can become very stressful for the forgotten […]

Should the Red Sox Sign Jason Varitek?

Introduction Jason Varitek filed for free agency last Thursday. It’s not time to panic yet, and the Red Sox still have 15 days of exclusive negotiating rights with their captain. But, is it time for Jason Varitek to go? After a very difficult season offensively, should Varitek seek employment elsewhere? Or…should the Red Sox still […]

Fantasy Wrap-Up: Week 24 (9-8 – 9-14)

The Fantasy Baseball finals are here! Yahoo! leagues have started league championship matchups. These two week duels have been known to kill many men and leave those who survive wishing that they were among the deceased. A bit too dramatic for you? Too bad! You’ve got to show no mercy, take no prisoners, do whatever […]

Fantasy Wrap-Up: Week 18 (7-28 – 8-3)

The trade deadline has come and gone. Several big names such as Jason Bay, Manny Ramirez, and Mark Teixeira have found new homes. I was very happy to see that Pat Burrell was not traded to the Red Sox because now I don’t have to trade him in my leagues (I hate having Sox players). […]