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Fenway Nation 13 hours ago
Red Sox Scouting Yet Another Japanese Pitcher

Red Sox Scouting Yet Another Japanese Pitcher

(Photo by KYODO)It's pretty obvious that the Red Sox are scouring every available starting pitching option for 2015—be it via trade, free agency or the international posting process. With their current options limited to "Kelly And Clay, And Look Skyward To Pray", they need all the warm bodies they can get. So it's not surprising that reports out of Japan have The Carmine Hose scouting soon-to-be 31-year old right-hander Chihiro Kaneko of the Orix Buffaloes. The 5'11", 170-pound Kaneko posted a 1.91 ERA this past season for Orix, and has a career mark of 2.69 over nine years. He is...
Fenway Nation 15 hours ago
Rays Manager Joe Maddon Is Leaving Tampa

Rays Manager Joe Maddon Is Leaving Tampa

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Rays Manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract and will immediately leave the Tampa organization. Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said the club "tried diligently and aggressively to sign [Maddon] to a third contract extension prior to his decision.". This news comes on the heels of Tampa GM Andrew Friedman leaving for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It remains to be seen whether the Dodgers remove current manager Don Mattingly in favor of Maddon. Stay tuned.
Fenway Nation 17 hours ago
REPORT: Sox Looking To Trade For Bryce Harper

REPORT: Sox Looking To Trade For Bryce Harper

Coming To Fenway?According to a report quoting "major league sources" on BaseballHotCorner.com, the Red Sox will try to acquire Bryce Harper this Winter in a trade with the Washington Nationals. Reportedly, Mookie Betts would be the centerpiece of any package to get the 22-year old Harper, along with one or two of Boston's top pitching prospects, and/or Allen Craig and Blake Swihart. The theory behind this deal is that the Red Sox need left-handed power and Harper has had "immaturity issues" while with the Nationals—which the team (and primarily its manager Matt Williams) are fed up with....
Fenway Nation 17 hours ago
Grady Sizemore Re-Signs With Phillies For 1-YR

Grady Sizemore Re-Signs With Phillies For 1-YR

(Boston Herald Photo By Matt Stone)Former Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore re-signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on a one-year, $2 million contract. Sizemore had a great Spring Training with the Red Sox—winning the starting CF job on Opening Day. After faltering, he was released by Boston and signed with Philadelphia. He hit .253 with 3 HRs in limited action in The City Of Brotherly Love.
Over the Monster 17 hours ago

Let's relive the Red Sox 2004 World Series: Bloody Sock 2 in Game 2

Curt Schilling takes the mound for the last time before he gets non-experimental surgery on his ankle. Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is probably best thought of as the moment it became likely that the Red Sox would finally win it all. It would not have felt that way. It would have still felt like an amateur tightrope walk, where the winds always had the power to knock you off at the last moment, as they had done so many times before. This time, they had been conspiring to keep you upright, and now were easily at your back, and the clouds had parted. It had looked like this before. Shea...
Fenway Nation 18 hours ago

FN POLL: Solid Support For MLB Pitch Clock

The early results to our latest FenwayNation Poll indicate that almost four in five readers (78%) support the idea of a 20-second pitch clock for Major League Baseball. As the chart shows, just under one-quarter (22%) take the the opposite view—opposing the clock idea. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Over the Monster 18 hours ago

Taking a look at the second-tier of free agent starting pitchers

While most of the focus has been on who will be Boston's next ace, here are some names who could fill out the middle of the rotation. The offseason is still very young (and hasn’t even started for a couple teams), but there is already a clear talking point that will likely dominate the entire winter. Who is going to top the rotation next year? Will the Phillies come down in their demands for Cole Hamels enough for the Red Sox to pony up? Will Boston be willing to shell out the commitment it will take to land Jon Lester or Max Scherzer? Is James Shields good enough to be comfortable with...
Over the Monster 20 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Yoenis Cespedes, Junichi Tazawa, Shane Victorino

Today's links look at Yoenis's potential, Tazawa's morale and the chances that Shane Victorino can come back and contribute. Chili Davis thinks Yoenis Cespedes could be great. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) And he makes John Farrell happy, even if he has a longer contract than his manager. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Junichi Tazawa is just happy to be here. Which is to say, he's just happy to a shutdown middle reliever. (Ricky Doyle; NESN) Which pitcher(s) will be joining him towards the back end of the bullpen remains unclear, but there are some ideas (and a whole lot of stats) flying around...
Over the Monster Oct 23, 2014

Red Sox announce hiring of hitting coach Chili Davis, retain Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach

The hiring of the new Red Sox hitting coach is official. The Red Sox have found their replacement for former hitting coach Greg Colbrunn. The team announced the hiring of Chili Davis as the club's major league hitting coach. The team also announced that assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez will return for his third season with the club. The club's hiring of Davis was previously first reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Davis returns to the Red Sox organization, where he served as the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. A three-time All-Star and World Series Champion during...
Fenway Nation Oct 23, 2014
Breslow Is Realistic About His Return To Sox

Breslow Is Realistic About His Return To Sox

(FenwayNation Photo)Craig Breslow is a wicked smart guy. After all, he went to Yale, you know. So, it's not really surprising that he's showing some dispassionate realism regarding a possible return to The Carmine Hose. The Red Sox will have five days after the World Series ends to pick up Breslow's $4 million option for 2015. In the words of Cosmo Kramer: "Not bloody likely". The 34-year old port-sider is philosophical about all of this, "If they were to decline it I would be a bargain for somebody and I’€™ll pitch to the value of the contract." Probably true. Despite his disappointing...
Fenway Nation Oct 23, 2014
Pedey, Yoenis And JBJ In Gold Glove Finals

Pedey, Yoenis And JBJ In Gold Glove Finals

Three Red Sox players are finalists in 2014 Gold Glove voting. Dustin Pedroia (2B), Yoenis Cespedes (LF) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (CF) are among the three finalists at their respective positions. Pedroia will be up against Robinson Cano and Ian Kinsler. Cespedes will contend with Alex Gordon and Michael Brantley. Bradley will vie with Adam Jones and Adam Eaton. The winners will be announced on November 4th—which also happens to be Election Day in the real world.
Over the Monster Oct 23, 2014

Dustin Pedroia, Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley Jr. named Gold Glove finalists

Three Red Sox have been named finalists for Rawlings Gold Glove awards. The Red Sox will have three shots at a Gold Glove this year, with Dustin Pedroia, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jackie Bradley Jr. being named finalists for second base, left field, and center field respectively. For Pedroia, this is nothing new. He's constantly in the mix, and should probably win more often than he does, even with three already to his name. If he wants to make it four, Pedroia will have to beat out Ian Kinsler and Robinson Cano--strong competition when you consider that these awards tend to only be about 30%...
Fenway Nation Oct 23, 2014

POLL: 20-Second Pitch Clock for MLB?

MLB Pitch Clock?Would you favor or oppose a 20-second pitch clock? FavorOppose  Current Results
Fenway Nation Oct 23, 2014
Players Not Crazy About New Pace-Of-Play Rules

Players Not Crazy About New Pace-Of-Play Rules

Major league Baseball is testing out a range of new "pace-of-play" rules in this year's Arizona Fall League. It's safe to say that many of the young players in that league are not too thrilled with the new initiatives. The three basic rules being tested are:• a 20-second pitch clock;• a 2:05 break between innings;• a limit of three mound visits per nine innings.Said one young player, "It was a little rushed, getting on and off the field, getting your stuff done in the dugout and in the box mainly because you only have 20 seconds between pitches. You swing and then get right back...
Over the Monster Oct 23, 2014

Reliving the 2004 World Series: Mark Bellhorn's dinger wins Game 1

Game 1 of the 2004 World Series was the most back-and-forth contest of the series and also its highest score game. It served as a reminder that there was still work to be done even after the incredible high of the ALCS comeback. The 2004 Red Sox had already done the impossible. They had defeated the Yankees in the ALCS after falling behind 3-0. It felt miraculous. It felt incredible. It was more like magic than mere hits and walks and outs. But it wasn't enough. Not yet. That historic feat might have exorcised some of the demons that haunted Fenway Park, but by itself, it would not ease 86...
Over the Monster Oct 23, 2014

Christian Vazquez vs. the Mendoza line

As it stands, Christian Vazquez will be Boston's starting catcher in 2015. Can they afford to sacrifice offense in the name of superlative defense? From 1974 to 1982, Mario Mendoza played in 686 major league games for the Pirates, Mariners, and Rangers, collecting 1,456 plate appearances. Those plate appearances established what is today known as the Mendoza line: .215/.245/.262, presented as the low point past which no amount of defensive excellence can justify keeping the bat in the lineup. Christian Vazquez probably doesn't have to worry about that line. While he has long been known as a...
Over the Monster Oct 22, 2014

David Ortiz's shoes sure are covered in spikes

Big Papi's wardrobe is fascinating and amazing. David Ortiz is either punk rock as all get out, or he thinks Bowser is a snazzy dresser. Big Papi bringing it with the kicks tonight. @MLBonFox pic.twitter.com/MdBZdd6VWd — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 22, 2014 Honestly I don't even care which it is I just love the big man and his style decisions so much. Remember the pink pants? Remember when he wore his amazing suit in the ALCS last year because he knew he'd have interviews to do afterward? You won't remember this because it's happening now, but look at the suit he has on...
World Series 2014: A Game 2 loss would be the end of the Kansas City Royals season

World Series 2014: A Game 2 loss would be the end of the Kansas City Royals season

After a tough Game 1 loss, Game 2 has become a must-win for this Royals team.
Over the Monster Oct 22, 2014
Is James Shields still worth $100 million to the Red Sox after his playoff implosion?

Is James Shields still worth $100 million to the Red Sox after his playoff implosion?

James Shields was a mess in Game 1 of the World Series, and his postseason track record is not strong. Should the Red Sox care? James Shields has been one of baseball's best pitchers since 2011, when his career went from good to great following some adjustments to ensure that 2010 never happened again. He'll be a free agent for the first time this winter, and is set to sign a deal that will likely fall in the $100 million range as the third of three aces on the market. It might even end up being with the Red Sox, who need to plug some massive holes in their rotation and are already...
Fenway Nation Oct 22, 2014

FN Is Proud To Promote Non-Tobacco Chew

As you all know, we have a lot of advertisers on FenwayNation—and we are proud of them all. But we are particularly proud of our newest advertiser—Jake's Mint Chew. This non-tobacco product is all natural, USDA Certified Organic and has no nicotine. And, on top of everything, it's made right in our own backyard—in Danvers, Massachusetts. Recently—most notably with the tobacco-related illness of Curt Schilling—the dangers of chewing tobacco have been spotlighted. We hope that the availability of products like Jakes's will encourage all current and future baseball players to avoid...

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