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Old 03-12-2019, 04:11 PM
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So your answer still is you have no fuckin clue. Defending world champs and the highest payroll in MLB and 2 weeks from opening day, nobody knows who the closer is.

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Old 03-12-2019, 04:23 PM
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So your answer still is you have no fuckin clue. Defending world champs and the highest payroll in MLB and 2 weeks from opening day, nobody knows who the closer is.

Thanks for giving me the answer I knew I would get
For that matter even if the Sox had designated a closer by now, no one knows how he will do for sure in any case.
What's the big deal here?-if Barnes or Brasier or one of the guys was designated to be the closer, is that in itself mean anything as to how well they will do in that role?
Whether it be closer, starting pitcher or just a plain everyday position player or even DH, all teams including the Sox have question marks and uncertainties and make adjustments as the season progresses.
Other than how the question marks perform, one of the keys to winning is which GM/FO and manager is best able to make the necessary adjustments and keep team in contention with the player himself or finding someone else to fill the role.
It seems to me that DD and Cora did a great job last year in that regard.

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Old 03-12-2019, 04:31 PM
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Does every answer have to be an essay? I see them and I'm like ...... Nah, not reading that one either.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:38 PM
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Sorry if you don't care to read more than "See Spot Run" responses.
Thankfully that is not the manner in which my mind and thought processes operate.
Is that short enough for you? lol
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:43 PM
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Well when i say please give me a first and last name for a closer and nothing else, it's a pretty simple request. Shouldn't be 37 sentences long. If you asked me that question i would have said Ryan Brasier. It wasn't a difficult question. None of them are.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:50 PM
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Well when i say please give me a first and last name for a closer and nothing else, it's a pretty simple request. Shouldn't be 37 sentences long. If you asked me that question i would have said Ryan Brasier. It wasn't a difficult question. None of them are.
Understood-In retrospect I should have said the names Barnes and Brasier first, and if you or anyone else cared to stopped right there before I went on with the rest of my "essay" then fine.
In the future I will try to answer your questions more directly FIRST before commenting further.
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:43 AM
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Red Sox announce first wave of spring training roster cuts

Here is crazy thought:
What if the Sox starting pitchers overall do pretty well this season but Price seems to start off well but falters after a few innings.
If this occurs and Barnes, Brazier and the other two clunkers can't get the closer role it done with any consistency, whether there is a possibility that Price could be given a shot at it.
I am not advocating this but just tossing it out as a possibility.
Maybe he could become another Eck if they tried it.

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Old 03-13-2019, 10:29 AM
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They refuse to pay Kimbrel 15 million/year to close but they are going to put Price and his 31 million/year in that role and leave a hole in their rotation? Do you even hear yourself at times? SMH
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:52 AM
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It is results that count, not how much they are paid, and I clearly stated that I was only talking if Price faltered after a few innings as a general rule and the rest of the starters did well.
Also, although I didn't state it, I was thinking in terms of games being lost because the other guys failed in the closer role.
One of the reasons that team succeeded in playoffs and WS was because of the flexibility in thinking utilized by Cora when it came to pitching.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:56 AM
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Flexibility came with Eovaldi not Price. David was lights out as a starter and Eovaldi great in relief. You watched the games so you should know that.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:03 AM
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Flexibility came with Eovaldi not Price. David was lights out as a starter and Eovaldi great in relief. You watched the games so you should know that.
No one said it was Price.
Does that mean that Price couldn't relieve if asked to so and he was successful at it and it helped the team?
It seems to me that if it came down to that, knowing that he was being asked to get three outs only rather than pace himself as a starter, his stuff and knowledge just might help him succeed.
Anyways it was just a thought and I have to go out for now.
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Old 03-13-2019, 01:45 PM
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One last thing re: :Price.
Lets not forget that even though it was more for health reasons, Price has relieved and even closed for the Sox before and did quite well.
Based on this all I am saying is that imo in the eyes of DD and Cora, it is at least a possibility that he could be used this way again if it was felt that overall it was in the best interests of the team to do so.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:46 PM
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Pigs will probably fly over Fenway on opening day too. And maybe you will see a unicorn tomorrow.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:24 PM
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Pigs will probably fly over Fenway on opening day too. And maybe you will see a unicorn tomorrow.
Speaking of Fenway, all I know is that there is a 2013 WS Banner hanging in the rafters there, when the overwhelming number of folks and Sox fans said/thought what you just said about their prospects for that season before it began.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:16 PM
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What would happen if the unthinkable happens this year with the Sox such as not only the closer and bp being a disaster, starting pitching horrendous, the offensive tails off with some or all of the players who contributed so mightily last year, and the team finishes dead last just like they did in 2014 after winning the WS so unexpectedly the year before?
Well personally as a Sox fan I won't be happy, but I will put it into perspective with much more important matters such as hopefully continued good health, financial stability, a continued good marriage and hopefully happiness not just for me but for all in our country and the world.
In short the sun will rise and set as usual, and life will go on hopefully for the better just as it has since 1952 since I became a Sox fan.
That said, I am looking forward once again to the start of baseball season and the Sox as I am sure no matter what transpires, they will make my favorite season of the year by far just that more enjoyable.
Sorry for those who aren't interested in above but I just had to get it off my chest.

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Old 03-18-2019, 10:26 AM
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Pedroia's status.
Personally I believe that at best a 50/50 proposition that Pedoria will ever return on a full time basis and/or be even close to the player he was in his prime.
I wonder if there is any thought some day of trying the shaky defensively speaking Devers over to second base.

Red Sox Announce Dustin Pedroia Will Begin 2019 Season On Injured List | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

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Old 03-18-2019, 06:13 PM
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Subject to change, right now my overall assessment is that if the Sox don't win the division, they won't be a wildcard either and will win between 86 and around 92 games or so.
For the most part beginning in 2011, the September collapse season, it has pretty much been feast or famine.
In 2012 they finished last with Bobby Valentine at the helm.
In 2013 they shocked the world by winning the WS.
In 2014 and 2015 they finished dead last.
In 2016 and 2017 they won the division but were eliminated in first round.
In 2018 we all know what happened.
Thus my opinion is at this juncture is that it may be just time for a mediocre season in between, where they are ok but not great and simply are beaten out of the wildcard spot by teams like Tampa, Oakland and/or by some other team.
I will go one step further and predict that after around 40 games if they are at around 500 or even below, they will be inconsistent for the rest of the season.
I just have an overall general hunch at the moment that they are not going to cleanup against the weakling teams this year as they did last year nor improve their overall mediocre regular season record last year against the good teams.
Sure the departures and the bp especially the closer role are part of the reason for my thinking, but even with that I just get a general sense of the team's coming back to earth for at least this sentence.
If I am wrong and in spite of their horrible record in st games so far, goes on a tear to open the season, I will be right back here admitting my error in judgment and happy to do so.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:28 AM
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I just posted this in the Sox Forum to which I now belong, all of which expands upon/clarifies what I said in previous post:

For me what would be hypothetically interesting is this scenario.
All of the teams including the Sox have the exact same rosters as they did on the day the WS ended going into the new season and what the results would be.
My gut feeling is as it regards the Sox that things would even out a bit and that everything would not go anywhere as near well as they did last year when virtually the Sox and Cora did turned to gold.
Conversely some of the other teams who underachieved last season would do quite a bit better and in this case would not be so completely dominated by the Sox as they were last season and/or good teams like the Y*nkee$ would do at least as well as they did against the Sox last season and perhaps do a bit better than they did last season against the weaker teams, which was one reason that the Sox pretty much ran away with everything.
To be blunt while I was elated that the Sox won 108 regular season games and breezed through the playoffs last season, imo as stated/implied above, based on the overall roster, my perception is this is a very good team but simply not an 108 win team-more like in the vicinity of around 96 games, which in most case would put them in the hunt for the division and playoffs.
In this sense the same situation occurred in the 2013 season where the outlook and results were even more fluky and surprising but most importantly with the great results which virtually nobody expected.

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Old 03-21-2019, 09:20 AM
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Even though I obviously want Mookie and the Sox to do well this season, all I can say is that if he has a so so season compared to last one or heaven forbid becomes injured and his value goes down, for me it will serve him right for not accepting the $200 million extension offer from the Sox, and I will have ZERO sympathy for him!!

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Old 03-21-2019, 09:54 AM
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Red Sox star Mookie Betts should lock in a contract extension immediately
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:27 AM
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At the very least this gives food for thought about whether they should move Leon or not:

Report: Red Sox shopping catcher Sandy Leon
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:19 AM
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Although the st games don't mean much, I will say at the very least it is nice to see that of late that the Sox have begun to win some games and in impressive fashion.
I would say the same thing about any team whether I was a fan of that team or not with the official start of the new season less than a week away(not counting the two games played in Japan).
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:47 PM
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For those who are interested, here is a good article re: the current Mookie Betts contract situation and how he should be regarded from a writer/fan who has followed the Sox since 1953.
I disagreed with a portion of this and you can read why under the commentary-my real name is Paul S.

Red Sox and the Mookie Betts salary conundrum

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Old 03-25-2019, 01:47 PM
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Red socks homers suck
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Old 03-25-2019, 02:10 PM
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Red socks homers suck
Yeah-I agree with you if you mean that a homer whether it be for the Sox or any team is a person who simply lavishes praise upon praise about their team and players without EVER saying anything negative and/or raising doubts and concerns about them.
As I have clearly shown in this thread with specific posts to back it up, the term "homer" in the above sense does not, never has and never will apply to me.
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