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Over the Monster 9 mins ago
2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Starting over with a changed, depressed farm system

2017 Red Sox top prospect voting: Starting over with a changed, depressed farm system

There’s been a lot of subtraction from the farm this year to benefit the major-league roster. So, let’s figure out how to rank this new-look system. We’re now a few weeks into the new year, and spring training is closer than you think. That means it’s time to start our annual top prospects poll. Over the next 10 weeks, you the readers will be voting on the top-20 prospects in the Red Sox farm system, one spot at a time. Before that, though, it’s worth taking a look back at the results of last year: Yoan Moncada Andrew Benintendi Rafael Devers Anderson Espinoza Michael...
Fenway Nation 1 hour ago
POLL: Clear Preference For Porcello On Opening Day

POLL: Clear Preference For Porcello On Opening Day

A vast majority of readers think that 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello should toe the rubber for Boston on 2017's Opening Day. As the chart shows, fully 72% support Porcello, followed distantly by new acquisition Chris Sale (20%). Even further behind are David Price (5%), Steven Wright (1%) and Drew Pomeranz (1%). No votes were given to Eduardo Rodriguez—but that may be because of lingering injury concerns about E-Rod. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Over the Monster 1 hour ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley, Chris Sale, Manny Ramirez

Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley, Chris Sale, Manny Ramirez

Today’s links look at Jackie Bradley’s next step, the delay in signing the young core to extensions, and Matt Barnes’ performance last year. Jackie Bradley has finally adjusted to life in the majors, and now he’s looking to take the next step. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) Bradley is one of a trio of young stars with whom the Red Sox will likely wait to start negotiation a long-term deal. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Chris Sale was recently ranked as a top-ten pitcher in all of baseball, surprising no one. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) Cam Ellis takes a look back at Matt...
Fenway Nation 16 hours ago

POLL: Who Should Be The Sox Opening Day Starter?

Who should be the Red Sox Opening Day starter?Drew PomeranzRick PorcelloDavid PriceEduardo RodriguezChris SaleSteven Wright pollcode.com free polls
Over the Monster 19 hours ago
One Big Question: Can Joe Kelly dominate in a full season of relief?

One Big Question: Can Joe Kelly dominate in a full season of relief?

Joe Kelly was great last September and October, but can he carry it over a full year? Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers. Today,...
Call to the Pen 20 hours ago

Boston Red Sox All-Time 25-Man Roster

We continue our off-season project with a look at the Boston Red Sox All-Time 25-Man Roster. The Boston franchise that would become known as the Red Sox came into existence in 1901 when Ban Johnson declared the Western League as the equal of the already existing National League. Johnson changed the name to the American […] Boston Red Sox All-Time 25-Man Roster - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Over the Monster 22 hours ago
Rick Porcello should start Opening Day

Rick Porcello should start Opening Day

It’s a symbolic gesture more than anything else, and Porcello deserves it. The Red Sox have a lot of important questions to which they need answers by the end of spring training. Is Pablo Sandoval really to be trusted with a full-time role? Do they have enough backup plans? Which two of Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz will fill out the rotation, assuming everyone stays healthy through March? How is John Farrell going to juggle his lineups, particularly against left-handed pitching? These are the sort of things that will contribute to the ultimate outcome of Boston’s...
Over the Monster 22 hours ago
Red Sox Winter Weekend wrapup

Red Sox Winter Weekend wrapup

Winter Weekend, the Red Sox version of a fan fest, took place for three days and unofficially kicked off the 2017 season! As they do every year, the Red Sox headed to Foxwoods for Winter Weekend to celebrate with fans, reminisce about the past, and look ahead at the upcoming season. Current players and coaches, Boston legends, and Wally converged in Connecticut for a weekend of fun. Welcome to #RedSoxNation!#SoxWinterWeekend has begun! ❄️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/rKDXNr2LbD— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) January 21, 2017 John Henry made a further commitment to “America’s most...
Over the Monster 23 hours ago
Red Sox Arbitration Update: Drew Pomeranz & Fernando Abad

Red Sox Arbitration Update: Drew Pomeranz & Fernando Abad

Pomeranz should settle before going to trial, Abad probably won’t. Ten days ago marked the deadline for teams and players to exchange figures for potential arbitration trials. It was also the day many arbitration-eligible players agreed to one-year deal to avoid the hassle of a hearing. The Red Sox were no exception, with the majority of their players agreeing to a deal. After the deadline, just two holdouts remained: Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad. As of this writing, neither of them have agreed to a deal. Pomeranz was the most interesting case at first, given how far apart the two...
Over the Monster Jan 23, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, David Ortiz, Yordano Ventura

Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, David Ortiz, Yordano Ventura

Today’s links look at the recent trend of new acquisitions struggling in their first year, the team’s window, and a tragic day for the sport. Chris Sale got his first taste of Red Sox nation at Foxwoods this weekend. (Stephen Hewitt; Boston Herald) The new star is going to try to buck the trend of new acquisitions struggling in their first year in Boston. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Pedro Martinez fed some fires this weekend by predicting David Ortiz will be back. (Nik DeCosta-Klipa; Boston.com) Matt Kory tries to find a plan after the team’s current three-year...
Fenway Nation Jan 22, 2017
Red Sox To Discuss Broadcasting Role For David Ortiz

Red Sox To Discuss Broadcasting Role For David Ortiz

Among a raft of other opportunities with the team, the Red Sox will discuss a broadcasting role with retired DH David Ortiz. Sox President Sam Kennedy stated that team executives will meet with Big Papi in the Dominican next week to talk through several possible roles. It's know that Ortiz is already interested in some media involvement, so locking him up for some sort of NESN role would be a smart idea. Said Kennedy, "He did say after the season, 'Let's just talk in January.' He was so overwhelmed and tired. It's a good time to start that conversation. I know he has a lot of plans —...
South Side Sox Jan 21, 2017
White Sox caught in between the unfamiliar and too-familiar

White Sox caught in between the unfamiliar and too-familiar

While waiting for SoxFest, watch Chris Sale put on a Red Sox uniform I hadn’t realized until Friday night that we hadn’t seen Chris Sale in a Boston Red Sox uniform. We’d seen the traditional MLB.com cap switch and some attempts at Photoshopping a facsimile, but we hadn’t seen the equivalent of Yoan Moncada taking swings in White Sox gear. That came to my attention, of course, because the Red Sox were very proud to show off Chris Sale in a Boston Red Sox uniform at their Winter Weekend fan festival on Friday night. #RedSoxNation, meet Chris Sale. Chris Sale, meet Red Sox...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2017
The Red Sox at the first World Baseball Classic

The Red Sox at the first World Baseball Classic

And some relevant lessons for today Two Red Sox will play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Hanley Ramirez, who will suit up for the Dominican Republic, and Xander Bogaerts, who will play for the Netherlands. The small contingent is a reflection of what the once-domestically promising WBC has become — an international exhibition existing in America mostly to sell dope caps — when, for at least a few hours in 2006, it looked like the greatest sporting even in the world, chock full of once and future Sox. When the WBC was first announced in 2005, just after baseball was dropped as...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2017
One Big Question: Can Brian Johnson get back to his 2015 form?

One Big Question: Can Brian Johnson get back to his 2015 form?

Brian Johnson had a rough year on and off the field in 2016, and we hope he can get back to his old self in both regards. Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group,...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2017
Red Sox players avoid World Baseball Classic

Red Sox players avoid World Baseball Classic

A number of Sox considered playing in the WBC but only a handful are going through with it. The fourth World Baseball Classic tournament will take place in March and MLB players are finalizing their decision to play or sit this one out. Red Sox players from David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Adam Stern to Wily Mo Pena and Lenny DiNardo have played for their country in the past. For Matsuzaka, the 2006 tournament was his introduction to most of the baseball-watching population of the planet. He took home MVP honors in both 2006 and 2009 helping Japan win the first two...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2017
Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts not yet talking extension

Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts not yet talking extension

This was not the answer we wanted to hear, though it’s not entirely unexpected. With the roster basically set and locked up for the next couple of seasons, there’s not a lot of transaction talk around the Red Sox these days. The one big discussion, and one that figures to continue for a long time, is whether or not the team will negotiate and agree to long-term extensions for Mookie Betts and/or Xander Bogaerts. The two 24-year-old budding stars (I suppose you could argue that at least Betts is already a star) are both going to be in attendance at this weekend’s Boston Baseball...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers

Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers

Today’s links look at the competition at third base, Rafael Devers’ progression towards the majors, and Sam Travis’ recovery. John Farrell had plenty of praise for Pablo Sandoval, but he acknowledged there will still be a position battle at third base. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) No surprise here: Mookie Betts was named the team’s MVP. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com) Rafael Devers is being prepared for major-league life, and is on a similar trajectory to that of Xander Bogaerts at a similar age. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Brian Johnson is someone we should all be...
Fenway Nation Jan 19, 2017
More Good News: Mookie Betts Not Playing In WBC

More Good News: Mookie Betts Not Playing In WBC

According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts will not be competing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Given the risks involved in playing in the tournament (smack-dab in the midst of Red Sox Spring Training), this is very good news. In our view, the fewer the number of Red Sox players that participate in the WBC, the better.
Fenway Nation Jan 19, 2017
FenwayNation—Fenway Seating Chart, Papi, Pedroia, Betts, Bogaerts—Founded 1/27/2000—8-Time Champs

FenwayNation—Fenway Seating Chart, Papi, Pedroia, Betts, Bogaerts—Founded 1/27/2000—8-Time Champs

According to The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox are not allowing Eduardo Rodriguez to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. In 2016, Rodriguez injured his knee and could only pitch 107 innings that season. Recently, he re-injured the same knee and the Red Sox are understandably cautious about his recovery process. E-Rod—if healthy—will likely compete for the fourth and fifth rotation spots along with Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz.
Over the Monster Jan 19, 2017
One Big Question: Can Heath Hembree continue being a multi-inning weapon?

One Big Question: Can Heath Hembree continue being a multi-inning weapon?

Heath Hembree was an effective long reliever last year, despite that not being his profile. Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers....

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