Dustin Pedroia is a player forever etched in Red Sox history. Winning championships in 2007, 2013, and 2018 is a nice resume. Especially when he played big parts in his first two.
Nick covered his accolades in his 2018 post about the 2nd baseman’s future with the team. I’m not going to argue that. From what I read, Cora and the other players appreciate his leadership in the clubhouse. I’m not doubting that. He’s been there longer than anyone, so if anyone deserves loyalty, it would be the guy who embodies a good Red Sox player (Although I am skeptical after that Machado incident). But, is his left knee going to get in the way of him being a regular almost everyday player? Continue reading “Will Pedrioa’s Knee Hold up?”
It’s been a long time since I’ve typed up a baseball blog but I felt that this needed to come to your attention. Major League Baseball blows and we all know it. Not the sport, because baseball is as difficult as it gets. But the product out there is putrid. Which, in part, helped the Red Sox inflate their record this past season. Bad team after bad team, and bad owners not giving a damn is what will make the MLB see it’s demise. I came across an article by Yahoo! writer Craig Calcaterra who points out that this $10.2 Billion isn’t all shits and giggles. It could be the start of a downward trend for baseball. Give it a read, he exposes owners and how they make money of shit baseball.
After this past postseason, I think I (and many fans) feel comfortable in saying this: Craig Kimbrel should not be re-signed.
After the troubles and mini heart attacks he gave us all in October, I think an alternative is ideal. Costs for this Red Sox team will soon become an issue, and I do not think the contract Kimbrel will warrant on the open market is one the Red Sox can dish out. The Red Sox have over $156 million on the books for nine players on the 25-man roster, and this does not include a bevy of players contractually tied to the team through arbitration-determined salaries (meaning Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, etc.)
In addition to Kimbrel, the following 2018 Red Sox are free agents: Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Ian Kinsler, Steve Pearce, Drew Pomeranz, Brandon Phillips.
It’s not easy to pay everyone after winning a championship, and some fan favorites will not be back next season. Since I hope Kimbrel is one, lets look at who I think should be considered to replace him.
And just like that, the 108-win Boston Red Sox are World Champions!
What a season it was. Even after winning 108 games, there were a far amount of questions going into the ALDS versus the New York Yankees. Having won only one playoff game the last two seasons, could this team band together to win when it mattered? Could David Price come up clutch? Would the bats wake up when it mattered? Was Boston clutch enough? Continue reading “2018 World Series Champions”