7:14 PM EST, Wed January 18, 2017
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Raines, Rodriguez And Bagwell Make It to Hall Of Fame

Raines, Rodriguez And Bagwell Make It to Hall Of Fame

Former Red Sox farmhand Jeff Bagwell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum—along with Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. Bagwell got a huge 86.2% of the vote—while Raines very close behind at 86.0% 'Pudge' Rodriguez received 76%. Trevor Hoffman narrowly missed with 74.0%.
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Internet Baseball Writers Pick Guerrero & Rodriguez For HOF

Internet Baseball Writers Pick Guerrero & Rodriguez For HOF

Guerrero (L); Rodriguez (R)The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) today selected Vladimir Guerrero and Ivan Rodriguez as their Hall Of Fame selections—both with 84.54% of the vote (175 votes). As with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, selection by the IBWAA requires a 75% threshold. Mike Mussina came up one vote short of selection—finishing in third place with 74.88% of the vote. Here are the results of some players on the ballot with Red Sox connections: Roger Clemens (71.50%), Curt Schilling (57.97%), Manny Ramirez (52.66%), Billy Wagner (40.58%), Lee...
Jan 17, 2017
Benintendi Switches Uniform Number From 40 To 16

Benintendi Switches Uniform Number From 40 To 16

He's worn uniform number sixteen in Little League, High School and as an Arkansas Razorback. Now, Red Sox left-fielder Andrew Benintendi will be reunited with his old number at the major-league level. Somehow, we believe Benintendi will look even faster by dropping twenty-four numbers off his back. The 22-year old had a breakout year in 2016 before getting injured—and is viewed by many pundits as a top candidate for 2017 AL Rookie Of The Year. Interestingly, Deven Marrero was the previous owner of the number sixteen—so there may be a really nice watch coming Deven's way soon.
Jan 17, 2017
Fifty And Ten Years After: The 1967 And 2007 Sox Teams

Fifty And Ten Years After: The 1967 And 2007 Sox Teams

This year, the Red Sox organization gets to celebrate two championships from the past—the 50th anniversary of the 1967 'Impossible Dream' AL Pennant winners and the 2007 World Series champs. It's not a stretch to say that 'Red Sox Nation' as it exists today was born during that magical 1967 season. It was the first time in over two decades that fans truly felt that The Carmine Hose could win. And, the team had lovable characters: Carl 'Yaz' Yastrzemski (beloved, but not lovable); George 'Boomer' Scott, Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson, Rico Petrocelli, Jim Lonborg and Tony Conigliaro. By contrast, the...
Jan 16, 2017
David Ortiz: My Playing Time Has

David Ortiz: My Playing Time Has "Already Expired"

OK, people, you can stop lighting candles in the hopes of David Ortiz returning to the Red Sox lineup in 2017. It ain't happening! In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Big Papi made it clear—again—that he is fully in retirement mode. Said Ortiz, "My playing time has already expired. Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow'. Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."...
Jan 16, 2017
Former Red Sox 1B Dave Stapleton Turns 63 Today

Former Red Sox 1B Dave Stapleton Turns 63 Today

Dave Stapleton, who John McNamara did not insert into Game Six of the 1986 World Series, turns 63 years old today. "Stapes" had been the late-inning defensive substitute in every other post-season win that year. But McNamara—wanting to finish the World Series Championship with the "guys that brought us this far"—kept Bill Buckner in the game at first base. 'Nuff Ced. Stapleton had a pretty decent career in Carmine Hose—hitting .271 over seven seasons in Boston. Most people forget that—in 1980—Stapleton finished second in the American League Rookie-Of-The-Year voting (to Smokin' Joe...
Jan 16, 2017
Bautista About To Re-Sign With Jays On 2-Year Deal

Bautista About To Re-Sign With Jays On 2-Year Deal

Well, Red Sox fans, you can pretty much start getting used to the Mitch Moreland Era at Fenway. Multiple reports indicate that the Blue Jays and José Bautista are very close to inking a 2-year, $37 million deal. So, Dave Dombrowski probably could have gotten Joey Bats for around $18 million a year. The huge lineup void left by the departure of David Ortiz could have been effectively filled. But no, we need to keep under the salary cap. Right?
Jan 16, 2017
MLB Network Ranks Pedroia As Fourth-Best Second-Baseman

MLB Network Ranks Pedroia As Fourth-Best Second-Baseman

Recently, we reported that Baseball Essential had ranked Dustin Pedroia as the seventh-best second-baseman in the game. Now, MLB Network has deemed The Muddy Chicken as the fourth-best second-sacker right now. The only current MLB second-basemen ranked ahead of The laser Show were: Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano and Daniel Murphy. After Pedroia, the rest of the list includes:   Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, DJ LeMahieu, Brian Dozier, Logan Forsythe and Ben Zobrist. Pedroia is coming off an outstanding, injury-free year and will be a vital cog in the 2017 Red Sox offense.
Jan 15, 2017
Benighted Carl Crawford To Retire From Baseball At 35

Benighted Carl Crawford To Retire From Baseball At 35

()Tell the truth. When you first heard that perennial Red Sox nemesis Carl Crawford was coming to Boston, you were excited. An athletic, speedy outfielder who could hit would make The Carmine Hose a much more entertaining team. Almost immediately that hope faded. In his first season here, Crawford hit a disappointing .255, with just 11HR and 56 RBIs. And, it seemed, he wilted under the bright lights of Fenway Park. In 2012, injuries limited him to just 31 games. Then, he was gone—unloaded in The Great Punto Trade with The Denizens Of Chavez Ravine. Predictably, Crawford was horrible in...
Jan 14, 2017
Sam Travis On Track To Be 'Hidden' Force On Red Sox

Sam Travis On Track To Be 'Hidden' Force On Red Sox

Emerging Red Sox Star Sam TravisWay back in November, we wrote that Red Sox prospect Sam Travis could be a factor on the 2017 team. Now, the mainstream sports media is catching up—sort of. According to The Boston Herald's Evan Drellich, Travis is a "2018 arrival at the latest." Actually, we think he could be anchored at first base (or DH) by the All-Star Break this year—especially when Mitch Moreland inevitably regresses to the mean. As long as he is healthy, Travis can be a beast at the plate. Before suffering a torn ACL last Spring, he was one of the hottest hitters in camp (.469, 13...
Jan 13, 2017
Sox AA Affilate Stays In Portland Until At Least 2020

Sox AA Affilate Stays In Portland Until At Least 2020

The Red Sox today announced that their player development contract with the Portland (ME) Sea Dogs has been extended through the 2020 season. The AA Eastern League franchise has been affiliated with the Red Sox organization since 2003. It had previously been aligned with the Marlins organization. Twenty-One players on the current Red Sox roster have passed through the team's Hadlock Field—including Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi. Some Sea Dogs from the past that have played for The Carmine Hose include: Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Kotsay, Kevin Millar, and Edgar Renteria.
Jan 13, 2017
Red Sox Ink One-Year Contracts With Seven Players

Red Sox Ink One-Year Contracts With Seven Players

In addition to a high-profile, one-year deal with Jackie Bradley, Jr., the Red Sox also came to terms with six other players today. The following players signed deals and avoided salary arbitration with the team: Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, Sandy Leon, Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., and Tyler Thornburg. With today's signings, only two Red Sox players (Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz) remain unsigned—and thus still eligible for salary arbitration.
Jan 13, 2017
POLL: Strong Majority Support Multiple Events At Fenway

POLL: Strong Majority Support Multiple Events At Fenway

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that a solid majority of readers (58%) think that it's OK for Fenway Park to be used for events other than baseball—like concerts and soccer matches. As the chart shows, a fairly substantial minority (42%) oppose the idea of other events at the 105-year-old ballpark. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Jan 13, 2017
Jackie Bradley, Jr. Signs One-Year, $3.6M Deal With Sox

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Signs One-Year, $3.6M Deal With Sox

Red Sox center-fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. has re-signed with the Red Sox inking a one-year, $3.6 million deal. The deal allows JBJ to avoid arbitration. This is a solid deal for Boston—although its kicks the can of a long-term deal down the road.
Jan 13, 2017
Will John Henry Jump On The L.L. Bean Boycott Bandwagon?

Will John Henry Jump On The L.L. Bean Boycott Bandwagon?

In the wake of the recent election results, many have called for a "boycott" of L.L. Bean products—due to the company's support for President-Elect Donald Trump. Interestingly, the company owners were some of the biggest donors to President Barack Obama in the past. But, hey, facts don't matter these days. Nonetheless, it will be fascinating to see if John Henry follows his political beliefs and tosses Bean off Fenway. For a while now, the Maine-based retailer has sponsored the tarp that covers the field during rain delays—a sponsorship that delivers a lot of cash to the billionaire...