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Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox For Sale?

Red Sox Ownership: Werner, Henry, Lucchino (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Taking a break for two weeks so I gave an extra Mosi Tatupu effort on this edition of Top Ten: Two things

* Blanket Dinner is 10/9 at Doubletree/Hilton in Cambridge featuring speaker Jeff Idelson – President of the Baseball Hall of Fame – $60 includes three course dinner, speaker, auction – its a bargain!
* Have a book called NBA List Jam, which I co-authored with Orlando Magic Excecutive President Pat Williams, coming out in 30 days:

1. Red Sox:

* When a company is laying the groundwork to sell – they have to reduce expenses to improve cash flow and make the team more appetizing to buyers. Sox just got leaner! By February 1st, Henry sells!
* I would have given the Red Sox a standing ovation Saturday when they took the field – to tip my hat to managment for ridding the team of Josh Beckett
* Every time Padilla, Ortiz, Buchholz and Salty come on the field – fans should give them a standing O for attending the funeral and to let the other players know what is acceptable in Boston
* Red Sox who played Sunday that were not on roster two months ago: Breslow, Beato, Melancon, Ciriaco, Loney, Lavarnway, Gomez, Posednik
* Speaking of the funeral – I know Nomar became Greta Garbo – but hats off for being present
* Isn’t Aaron Cook a little old for a mohawk?
* I’ve never seen so much laughing in a dugout from a losing team
* Is Aceves going to join the all nut list of Boston athletes: Carl Everett, Eddie Shack, Uggie Urbina…
* Pedro Ciriaco is at 136 at bats and is hitting .360 – I think you make a low ball offer to Aviles and if says “no,” trade him and hand the job to Ciriaco next year
* I also offer Ellsbury $15mm a year for 5 years and if he says no, trade him tomorrow with Matt Barnes and Jose Iglesias for Felix Hernandez
* I would release James Loney and not waste any at bats on him
* Infield next year: Pedroia, Middlebrooks, Ciriaco / Outfield Kalish, Ellsbury, Ross, Posednik, Bradley (midway)
* This series 2:54 / 4:31 / 3:36

2. The Trade:

* Closest Popeye Chicken to Dodger Stadium: 2000 E. Marengo Street – 1 mile
* They say that the National League ERA is one point lower, which would drop Beckett to 4.23
* Stop going after free agents and just commit $20mm in signing bonuses each year in the draft. Money spent on signing bonuses by year: 2012 – $7.2mm / 2011 – $10.4mm / 2010 – $10.00mm / 2009 – $5.5mm / 2008 – $9.5mm/ 2007 – $4.5mm / 2006 – $8.3mm (
* Do you think Adrian has texted the Dodger owner yet?
* Watching Nick Punto all giddy looked like he just got to hang out with the cool guys at the party after the high school football game
* Hats off to Ben (must be killing Larry) – I said he should have quit in February – he has this window to save his career
* Watch how the media start killing the players that left (and Red Sox management) but wouldn’t share these stories with us while they were here

3. Fantasy Football:

Players who have caused people to shift rankings: Tom Brady (won’t be standing for long), Russell Wilson, Michael Vick (injury)

4. One of my favorite topics, Pitch Counts:

From Wikipedia – Most pitches in a game since 1990 – Tim Wakefield with 172

Number of times a MLB pitcher has thrown over 125 pitches, a season:

2011 – 40
2010 – 24
2009 – 26
2008 – 19
2007 – 14
2006 – 26
2005 – 31
2004 – 46
2003 -70
1998 – 212

5. Around MLB:

* Does Dusty Baker deserve more credit as a manager – five times top 2 in Manager of the Year and has the Reds on the way to the playoffs
* Good article on Mike Trout in Sports Illustrated
* RA Dickey hit the knuckleball wall like Tim Wakefield did in 1995 – Dickey 13-1 on July 19th – 8 starts later 16-4 / Wakefield in 1995 was 14-1 on August 13 and ended up 16-8

6. Greatest Seasons:

Some people have been talking about LeBron’s season being the greatest ever – not close to Bill Russell in 1956, when he won the NCAA’s (back to back), Olympic Gold and an NBA championship in one year.

Here are the best seasons by a local athlete from the Great Book of Boston Sports Lists:

1. Yaz – 1967 Triple Crown
2. Russell – 1956
3. Bobby Orr – 1970 – Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, Norris, Art Ross, Hart trophies
4. Bill Rodgers – 1977 – Boston, NY and Fukuoka
5. Pedro – 2000 – 18-6 / 1.74 ERA / .167 average against
6. Ted Williams – 1953 – 39 missions in Korean / hit .407
7. Cam Neely – 1993 – 50 goals / 44 games
8. Doug Flutie – 1984 – Heisman
9. Larry Bird 1985 – MVP – 28.7 pts / 10 rebounds 6.6 assists
10. Jim Rice – 1978 – 406 total bases – 25 doubles/ 15 triples / 46 HR

7. Amazing Stat:

Little League World Series:

* Tennessee – California game was insane with California scoring 10 in the sixth to tie it but still lost
* Boulevard Theatres sold out both theatres (500 seats) every game at $5 a ticket to watch California’s team
* Giants and Oakland A’s donated $15,000 to California for travel
* The Baseball Factory has video and scouting report on every player in the tournament – trip

* Assuming Dustin Pedrioa is no taller than 5’7 – California has four players bigger than him, including Bradley Smith, who is 6’3″

8. Old School:

Speaking of Mike Trout – Mickey Mantle hurt his knee in the 1951 World Series as a rookie, changing his career forever:

1951 – Rookie Stats – 96 games / 13 home runs / 65 RBI / .267 average

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Signing bonus for Red Sox draft picks made who made it to bigs:

2000 – Manny Delcarmen (2nd round) – $700,000
2001 – Kelly Shoppach (1st round ) – $737,750
2001 – Kevin Youkilis (8th round) – $12,000
2002 – Jon Lester (2nd round) $1,000,000
2003 – Jon Papelbon (4th round) $264,500
2003 – David Murphy (1st) $1,525,000
2004 – Cla Meredith (6th) $135,000
2004 – Dustin Pedroia (2nd) $575,000
2005 – Jacoby Ellsbury (1st) $1,400,000
2005 – Clay Buchholz (1st) – $800,000
2005 – Jed Lowrie (1st) – $762,500
2006 – Daniel Bard (1st) – $1,550,000
2006 – Justin Masterson (2nd) – $510,000
2006 – Ryan Kalish (9th) – $600,00
2006 – Josh Reddick (17th) – $140,000
2007 – Wil Middlebrooks (5th) – $925,000
2007 – Anthony Rizzo (6th) – $325,000
2008 – Ryan Lavarnway (6th) – $325,000

10. Ramdomocity:

* The shaving cream in the face during interviews is getting old
* When I heard that Condelizza Rice was accepted as a member at Augusta National Country Club I immediately thought of the All in the Family episode when Archie needed to diversify the lodge he was a member at so they recruited an individual from work to fit into two demographics at once: Solomon Jackson (Jewish and African American)
* John Tomase has worked himself back to a more-than-suitable sports writer in this town following the Patriots problem
* Part of me says Jose Iglesias is completely over-rated the other part tells me that he could be better in the pros
* American heroes? Lance Armstrong, OJ Simpson, Roger Clemens, Tiger Woods – How about Dan Roundfield who just died trying to safe his wife in a riptide.
* Where will Tito be coaching next year?
* Did you see Heidi Watney on the 18th green to congratulate her cousin Nick Watney?

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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2 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox For Sale?”

  1. Flutie over Brady’s 2007 year?

    REPLY – MPC – Slightly – I thought Flutie’s year was magical that comes along once a generation ie. Ftorek, Yaz 67, etc- Brady was amazing but it was a 15% differntial to past years

    Posted by Bob | August 27, 2012, 8:04 am
  2. Pet Peeve – Media kissing players and teams butts or covering for players or owners they know are bad apples while on the team then blasting them when they leave town.

    Manny Ramirez – as long as Manny was putting up huge numbers media remained quiet. Just Manny being Many!

    Andrian Gonzalez – clubhouse lawyer.

    Jerry Sandusky – media knew in 1998 this guy was a pedophile but remained silent to protect the Penn State mystique.

    What other examples are there?
    REPLY – MPC – Thats a good list – I remember being shocked when Nomar was a problem when alls you saw was smiles and good articles then he leaves and you find out he was difficult??

    Posted by NoBama | August 27, 2012, 2:42 pm

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