PEDROIA & ELLSBURY: A CAUTIONARY TALE

By Ted Gay – @TedG63 In 2007, two young players, one, Dustin Pedroia, who is about to be the MVP, and the other, Jacoby Ellsbury, who came up in September, took the centerfield job, and never relinquished it, were the centerpieces of a world championship team.  Long, illustrious careers lay ahead of them both.  Now, eleven years later, as their respective teams prepare for a five-game … Continue reading PEDROIA & ELLSBURY: A CAUTIONARY TALE

The Case of Betts vs Trout

The bailiff announces the next case: “Betts vs. Trout.  The attorney for Mr. Betts shall be heard.” Betts’ attorney stood.  “Your Honor, we come before you today to prove that Mookie Betts in the best player in baseball.  Now, my distinguished colleague is going to use terms like WAR and Wins Shares to show their client is better.   There is more to baseball than a mathematical … Continue reading The Case of Betts vs Trout

Red Sox Face Both Local & National Media Bias

(Photo credit:  Yahoo Sports) By Ted Gay – @TedG63 My father used to state after every Boston teams’ nationally televised game that the announcers were being paid by our opponents. This culminated with him insisting that the NBC broadcast he watched of a Patriots vs. Texans playoff game was the “Houston feed.”  When I told him that football had no regional television broadcasts, he countered with … Continue reading Red Sox Face Both Local & National Media Bias

The Red Sox Biggest Mystery? How Does This Bullpen Succeed?

By Ted Gay – @TedG63 There are not many things that Red Sox fans agree about.  But most thought the Red Sox biggest need at the deadline was another arm in the bullpen.  Nathan Eovaldi was a strong middle of the rotation picks up. His flaw has been lack of consistency which hopefully will be helped by a lineup that can generate runs in clusters. Ian … Continue reading The Red Sox Biggest Mystery? How Does This Bullpen Succeed?

Time To Make Mookie The Highest Paid Player In Baseball

(Photo Credit: Masslive) By Ted Gay – @TedG63 There are several baseball front office commandments that shall not be broken.  Don’t give a multi-year contract to a pitcher over 30, don’t trade top 10 prospects for middle relievers,  don’t hack into another team’s scouting reports, and don’t have one player take up a large percentage of your salary cap. But there are exceptions to every … Continue reading Time To Make Mookie The Highest Paid Player In Baseball

The Best Deadline Moves Are the Small Ones

By Ted Gay- @TedG63 Everyone wants a big sexy move at the trade deadline.  They yearn to read that their team “won” the trade deadline even though the team crowned the most improved generally fails to win the World Series.  The Mets for getting Yoenis Cespedes in 2015; the Astros for acquiring Randy Johnson in 1998; The Dodges dealing for Manny Ramirez in 2008; The … Continue reading The Best Deadline Moves Are the Small Ones