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Old 12-15-2018, 07:30 AM
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I just came across this piece re: what the Sox offered Joe Kelly.
Fwiw it appears that my thinking and the amount offered and the amount of years was in line with what DD/FO believed also:

Red Sox' offer to Joe Kelly comes into focus | WEEI
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:32 PM
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While I be a bit biased in my agreement with this, on the other hand considering what was at stake here, imo it would be difficult to find another candidate for Play of the Year.

Benintendi ALCS Game 4 catch is AP's play of the year | NBC Sports Boston
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:04 PM
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Imo this would be a great move if Sox can pull it off.
I have always liked and respected this guy, and believe he would be a big addition to the Sox bp with the loss of Joe Kelly.
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Old 12-28-2018, 09:58 AM
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Good article on Sale re: the 2019 season:

The Red Sox need to manage Chris Sale better in 2019
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:59 PM
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Imo whoever "wins" the Machado Sweepstakes should change to worse odds rather than better to win the WS next season-bad karma is a bitch!!

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Old 01-15-2019, 10:58 PM
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All I can say is what an "honor" for the Sox to be invited to the White House to meet this "exemplary" President and "model" human being. lol
It would be more fitting actually if Pinocchio was to meet the President as the two have a "few things" in common and I am sure would get along fine.

Boston Red Sox to visit White House February 15

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Old 01-18-2019, 09:39 AM
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Using recent history as a guide, meaning that no one has repeated as the WS Champion since 2000, I believe that the chances of the Sox repeating next season ae unlikely and that they will not win 108 games next season no matter what moves they move.
That said, I get a chuckle out of reading some of the posts stating that the Sox bp is in shambles simply because Joe Kelly left(hmm-how about Eovaldi still being there for whatever multi role he is used for?), the Yankees added this pitcher, that player, etc., and on and on and on.
Perhaps some of these folks should consider that the Sox did in fact win 108 games last season and pretty much breezed the playoffs and WS.
Also, and most importantly the season has not started yet, meaning that Dombrowski who did an A+ job or assembling the right players at the right time, still has plenty of time to do what he deems as necessary to shore up the bp and fill other needed voids.
And lets not forget also what Alex Cora did last season.
Again I am not expecting/anticipating that the Sox will repeat this season, but still imo historically speaking, in general teams which succeed are NOT the ones who try to keep up with or exceed what the "Jones's" are doing by adding one high priced FA after another in the hopes that great talent alone will get them to the Promised Land/winning the WS-io lots of other things have to be considered and work well, loosely called team unity/cohesion and those intangibles which lots of folks don't believe are important also
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:02 AM
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It remains to be seen in what capacity Eovaldi will be used-imo how much he is paid is irrelevant.
All Sox fans know that Tim Wakefield was used in several different roles and overall did quite well.
We saw the great fad wise handling of Eovaldi in the BP by Cora during the playoffs, and I fully anticipate and hope that the same flexible thinking will exist during the season to come.
That said, imo DD is not done yet, and that moves may very well be made prior to beginning of next season which may define more clearly what Eovaldi's role will be at least to start the season.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:11 AM
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I agree with those who think that the closer role would be in trouble without Kimbrel and that the guys cited by DD without an adequate replacement for Kimbrel could not be counted on such as Barnes, Wright and Brasier to fill the role adequately.
However along the same lines all things considered I don't think recently departed Joe Kelly could get it done either over the entire season despite what he did in the playoffs.
Imo based on what I saw over the entire season(s) and using Barnes as a comparison, imo Kelly is overall no better or worse.
To be honest, I hope that Kimbrel signs or at the very least the Sox shore up the bp with at least one addition prior to Opening Day.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:20 AM
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For those who rely on the opinions of so called analysts to arrive at conclusions as to how a team is going to fair, I would remind them back in 2013 that all things considered, the Sox were considered to be so weak in so many areas and coming off the disastrous year of 2012, that they were considered 100-1 odds to win the Ws.
We all know what happened. lol
Conversely the allegedly loaded Blue Jays who tried to fill each position with the best and highest player available they could afford, and who were picked to win the division by most, finished DEAD LAST!!
Draw your own conclusions about certain types of analysis and using a one dimensional approach to try to win the WS.

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Old 01-18-2019, 10:44 AM
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Apparently there is some misunderstanding by some in this forum as to what constitutes a "Pink Hat" Sox Fan.
From what is stated here, the term sure as Hell doesn't apply to a devoted diehard Sox fan like myself since 1952 and in fact is just the opposite:

Why is this pink Red Sox hat so hated? | Boston.com | Boston.com

ps If the definition of Pink Hat has changed over the last ten years since the article was written, well then Sorry-I was unaware. lol

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Old 01-18-2019, 10:50 AM
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One has to understand what a Sox Pink Hat is by DEFINITION before accusing one of being one! DUH! lol
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:59 AM
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Shocking that some folks who don't know what a Sox Pink Hat is by definition will level an accusation that someone else is one,and who won't take up his(my)challenge to try to prove it by what I have said OVERALL in this thread about the Sox, which includes the good, bad and the ugly RATHER than just that which serves their allegation.
Very telling to say the least!
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:33 AM
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One thing which needs to be mentioned here, and I am not saying it is right or wrong:
Now that the Sox just won the WS in impressive and enjoyable style(along with the other three they won beginning in 2004), ownership/management while still spending a lot of money to put out a competitive team, may simply not be as motivated to win it all this year again as we as fabs are because as I have stated and historically speaking, the odds are against it.
In short the profit angle may be more important to them for this season anyways.
They have already stated publicly that they want to cut down on salary-letting Joe Kelly walk is one indication of this.
This makes sense especially with the contracts of the likes of Betts, JD, etc coming up for renewal soon.
If it turns out that Kimbrel doesn't return and they don't sign anyone else(although I think they will try to), then from my perceived point of view of THEIR point of view, I can understand their thinking.

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Old 01-18-2019, 11:52 AM
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Whether one wants to admit/acknowledge or agree with it, baseball and all sports for that matter are a business first from the perspective of ownership rather than a sport which is how most fans view it.
Thus it is not surprising that after a magical year such as the Sox and their fans just enjoyed, at the very least the possibility exists, like it or not, that the modus operandi for the coming season will be focused more upon the profit motive than on winning another WS,and especially so when ownership/management have worry about the longer term,and important business decisions have to be made with such as with Betts, JD, Sale, etc.
Again I am not defending this if this is the case but rather just giving an opinion as to what MIGHT be going on here.

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Old 01-18-2019, 04:55 PM
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If I was going to place a wager on how many games the Sox win next year I would gives odds that they will win fewer than 100 games next season.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:51 PM
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Even though neither the Sox nor Yankees are probably not dealing/signing FA's, imo as is stands down, the Sox an Yankees and even possibly the Rays are going to engage in the dogfight to win the Division next season, that many folks thought would occur in 2018.
In all fairness and judging by past history, the Sox have had some pretty awful years after winning the WS or just making the playoffs the year before.
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:33 PM
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Hopefully the Sox mean what they say here:

Boston Red Sox have made it ‘crystal clear’ to Mookie Betts they want him longterm, Sam Kennedy says | masslive.com
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:46 PM
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Sox play and defeat LA in the WS and now another other New England/Mass based team takes on another LA team in SB.
If I recall correctly, there have been one or more times since Brady started playing that Sox won WS and the Pats also won SB that year or at leas came close.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:26 AM
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Here is an article I just found re: possibilities for Sox BP:

Red Sox Free Agency: Boston in discussions with Shawn Kelley, among others - Over the Monster
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Old 01-22-2019, 06:56 AM
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Sox players chime in on the Pats success moving forward:

Red Sox Players Bring Back ‘#BeatLA’ After Patriots’ Win Over Chiefs | New England Patriots | NESN.com
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:20 AM
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Two quick comments for now:
1) Although it would be nice to have Kimbrel, I have no problem with the Sox current roster going into the season and with DD using a wait and see strategy as to how thing are going before making any changes.
After all they ae the defending champions and won a total of 177 games last year.
2) Re: Manny Machado imo at least for the Padres $300 million committed or ten years is a colossal waste of money and amounts to a huge gamble on their part even with the top notch prospects they have.
Even take into account their age differences, if JD got "only" 110 million for five years($22 million a year because of brilliance of DD in patiently playing the waiting game) and with a PROVEN record with his team which resulted in a WS Championship, imo Manny Machado isn't worth a penny more than that.
For me the maximum that any team should have offered him is about 150 million for seven years-let him prove his worth with a new team before signing him into an absurd and unwarranted contract).
Based on my overall perception of the deal and the LOSER Padre Franchise from the top down, if Vegas put out and over/under of 1/2 as to how many World Series will win during Machado's 10 year stay there, I would bet UNDER without even thinking.
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:30 PM
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Very sad news-imo he was an excellent analyst. reporter and commentator.
RIP:

Nick Cafardo, Longtime Boston Globe Red Sox Reporter, Dies At 62 | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:59 PM
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Welcome back Savage. Spring training, an exciting time for all baseball fans.

Cautiously optimistic about our Sox
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:16 PM
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Welcome back Savage. Spring training, an exciting time for all baseball fans.

Cautiously optimistic about our Sox
Thanks ebro.
Yes baseball and the Sox are back again(boy that seemed lightning fast to me).
The above are, have always been and will always by far my truest love in all sports.
Imo the Sox will be on it all of the way, but imo it would be a far fetched to think that they are going to win 108 games again and breeze through the playoffs and win WS.
History is not on their side as far as repeating as the Yankees were the last team to do it back in 2000.
There are lots of very good teams out there including of course the Yankees who are intent on winning the Division this year.
They will of course have to get by not only the Sox but Tampa to do so.
Keep in mind also that the Sox have not fared all that well in the season following their winning a WS, and some of those seasons have just downright awful.
In short all I hope and expect is a good competitive, exciting and enjoyable season to make summertime all that much better than it already is on its own.
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