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David Price Is Likely Out Until Some Time In May

David Price Is Likely Out Until Some Time In May

In typical Red Sox medical team fashion, David Price's elbow was assessed as showing "improved strength" in his latest test—meaning he'll be out until sometime in May. Translated from the 'Yawkeyese': you might see him before the All-Star Break. Price will continue with "light catch" (whatever the hell that is), and we're sure that—in a few weeks—we'll hear that a lack of improvement will push the lefty's debut into August. Get prepared for a "Price-less" 2017.
Mar 24, 2017
Big Papi's Post-Retirement Role With Sox Still Unclear

Big Papi's Post-Retirement Role With Sox Still Unclear

With Opening Day just ten days away, the role of David Ortiz on the 2017 Red Sox remains undefined. While multiple sources have suggested things like broadcasting, roving instruction or marketing—nothing has been solidified. Apparently, the main reason is that Ortiz is so busy with a multitude of non-baseball activities. Team President Sam Kennedy recently stated, "We will continue to chat and put something together when the time is right for him". It seems clear that Big Papi will not be a ubiquitous presence around the clubhouse—at least not at the start of the season. Stay tuned.
Mar 24, 2017
POLL: Panda Inches Ahead As 'Most Pleasant Surprise'

POLL: Panda Inches Ahead As 'Most Pleasant Surprise'

In a see-saw battle, Pablo Sandoval has nudged ahead of Kyle Kendrick as the most pleasant surprise of the Red Sox spring. As the chart shows, The Panda now draws the support of 34% of readers—marginally ahead of Kendrick at 33%. Far behind the two leaders are Marco Hernandez at 11%, Sam Travis at 10%, Mitch Moreland at 7%, Blake Swihart at 3% and Brandon Workman at 1%. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Mar 24, 2017
Twinkies, Moncada And The Ultimate Question Of Life

Twinkies, Moncada And The Ultimate Question Of Life

In Douglas Adams' brilliant Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to the 'Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything' is the number 42. For former Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada that number has clearly more than doubled to 85. That's how many Twinkies Moncada once ate in a single week—clearly dealing with one of the ultimate questions of life. Of course, he also bought a $500,000 Lamborghini with part of the $31.5 million the Red Sox handed to him. Despite that windfall, Moncada could not be bothered by taking mandatory English lessons. Between this kind of attitude and...
Mar 23, 2017
POLL: Kendrick Catches Sandoval As Pleasant Sox Surprise

POLL: Kendrick Catches Sandoval As Pleasant Sox Surprise

Updated voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that Kyle Kendrick has caught The Panda as the 'most pleasant surprise' in Sox camp. As the chart shows, each player now pulls 32% of the vote, followed by 11% each for Marco Hernandez and Sam Travis. Next up are Mitch Moreland at 9% and Blake Swihart at 4%. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Mar 23, 2017
POLL: Four In Ten See Panda As Most Pleasant Surprise

POLL: Four In Ten See Panda As Most Pleasant Surprise

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that four in ten readers (40%) select Pablo Sandoval as "the most pleasant surprise" of Red Sox Spring Training this year. As the chart shows, P Kyle Kendrick gets the next highest share of the vote (23%), followed by IF Marco Hernandez (20%), 1B/DH Sam Travis (7%) and C Blake Swihart (3%). No votes have yet been recorded for pitchers Matt Barnes or Brandon Workman. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Mar 23, 2017

POLL: Most Pleasant Surprise Of Sox Spring Training?

Which ONE Red Sox player has been the most pleasant SURPRISE of the 2017 Spring?Matt BarnesMarco HernandezKyle KendrickMitch MorelandPablo SandovalBlake SwihartSam TravisBrandon WorkmanOTHER (specify in comments section) pollcode.com free polls
Mar 23, 2017
Leon Named Red Sox Opening Day Starting Catcher

Leon Named Red Sox Opening Day Starting Catcher

Red Sox manager John Farrell today essentially locked in a decision to make Sandy Leon the Opening Day starting catcher—and the receiver for the bulk of the Boston rotation. It appears that Christian Vazquez will be the back-up—and be the primary catcher for knuckleballer Steven Wright. Blake Swihart, who has been red hot this Spring, still has minor league options and will head to Pawtucket. Said Farrell about the Leon decision, "I think I've said many times over that if we're opening tomorrow Sandy Leon is going to be the catcher, and that hasn't changed." Game. Set. Match. Sandy.
Mar 23, 2017
The 'Wicked Big' Achilles Heel For The 2017 Red Sox

The 'Wicked Big' Achilles Heel For The 2017 Red Sox

As documented by The New York Post's Joel Sherman, the 2017 Red Sox—despite an impressive roster—have a major concern with their starting rotation. Only two pitchers—Chris Sale and 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello—are 100% healthy. Everybody else is MASH Central. 'Porcello And Sale and pray for hail' is not exactly a solid foundation for a championship team. So, is Kyle Kendrick (who didn't pitch at all in 2016) the answer in the short term? Probably, but what if injuries persist with David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz? That's a lot of salary potentially...
Mar 23, 2017
REMINDER: Cast Your Pre-Season Dalton Jones Vote!

REMINDER: Cast Your Pre-Season Dalton Jones Vote!

With just eleven more days until the Red Sox open their 2017 season, it's important that you cast your pre-season Dalton Jones Industrial Average vote today! The DJIA (honoring the Red Sox all-time pinch-hit leader) gathers four key metrics from FN readers scattered around the world. Each month, readers assess the fortunes of the team on: starting pitching, relief pitching, overall offense and overall defense. FenwayNation will publish the DJIA Index Score at the start of the season and at the beginning of each month during the season. Starting today, you can cast...
Mar 23, 2017
Former Sox Reliever Bard Throwing Serious Cheese Again

Former Sox Reliever Bard Throwing Serious Cheese Again

According to Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons, former Red Sox set-up guy Daniel Bard is back to throwing near triple digits again in Cardinals camp. After the Boston pitching 'brain trust' essentially ruined Bard by jerking him around between starting and relieving, Bard completely lost his confidence and fell off baseball's radar. This year, St. Louis took a chance on the 31-year old—signing him as a free agent last May. Bard was destined to continue as the 8th inning prelude to Jonathan Papelbon, when everything went south. Despite his troubles, in his five seasons in Boston, he gave up...
Mar 22, 2017
NOG Goes Over The Top With More Elitist Food

NOG Goes Over The Top With More Elitist Food

It's bad enough that the NOG (New Ownership Group) foists roof-toop-graden-grown kale on Fenway food, now they've really gone all "foo-foo". Announcing their latest dumb menu item: Lobster Poutine Stak. Huh? Apparently, it includes "fries covered with fresh lobster meat, cheese curds, bisque and chives." Any guess what this beauty will set you back? Probably about as a much as a Grandstand seat. Whatever happened to a $4 Fenway Frank and a $2 Coke? USAToday ranked this monstrosity as the eighth best new ballpark food item. Really? Must we be subjected to this Brookline cocktail party crap...
Mar 22, 2017
Dalton Jones Average Returns For '17 Pre-Season Reading

Dalton Jones Average Returns For '17 Pre-Season Reading

FenwayNation's exclusive Dalton Jones Industrial Average returns for another season in 2017. The DJIA (honoring the Red Sox all-time pinch-hit leader) gathers four key metrics from FN readers scattered around the world. Each month, readers assess the fortunes of the team on: starting pitching, relief pitching, overall offense and overall defense. FenwayNation will publish the DJIA Index Score at the start of the season and at the beginning of each month during the season. Starting today, you can cast your pre-season vote HERE.
Mar 22, 2017
Fire Sale: Lefty Mows Down Ten Evil Ones In Red Sox Win

Fire Sale: Lefty Mows Down Ten Evil Ones In Red Sox Win

Normally, we don't bother covering meaningless Spring Training games. However, two factors made last night's game different. First, Boston was meeting The Bronx Embalmers. Second, new ace Chris Sale was scheduled to hurl 85 pitches in a key tune-up start. The game did not disappoint. Sale went six solid innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out ten Pinstriped Posers. Mike "Don't Call Me Mitch" Miller had a solo HR, Sam Travis went 2-4 with 2 RBIs and Matt Dominguez went 3-3 with three RBIs to pace the Sox offense in the 4-2 win.
Mar 21, 2017
An Open Letter To MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

An Open Letter To MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

(AP Photo)Dear Commissioner Manfred: Undoubtedly, you watched last night's WBC game between Puerto Rico and The Kingdom Of The Netherlands. Honestly, the only reason I watched was to make sure that Xander Bogaerts did not get injured (in fact, he was whacked on the back by a pitch). Anyway, through ten innings it was an exciting, well-played 3-3 tie. Clutch HRs, great defensive plays, terrific pitching and managerial strategy. Then, your idea of extra-innings "reform" kicked in. In the 11th inning, runners were placed on first and second at the start of the inning. The Netherlands could not...