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  1. The Gray Eagle

    Eduardo Rodriguez out for the season with heart issues due to Covid-19

    This was mentioned in another thread, but surely our expected #1 starter being out for the rest of the season with a serious health condition is worth its own thread. View: https://twitter.com/alexspeier/status/1289663818197422080 Alex Speier @alexspeier "Eduardo Rodriguez is out for the...
  2. The Gray Eagle

    Hey, the Foxboro Revolutions are playing again!

    New season is under way. Scoreless at halftime against Montreal in the first game. Here's the roster: https://www.revolutionsoccer.net/players Hey, Firmino is playing for them now! Not that one: https://www.revolutionsoccer.net/players/nicolas-firmino
  3. The Gray Eagle

    Retired African American baseball players on race, baseball, America

    This is a really great and informative conversation about race, baseball and America, with Doug Glanville, Jimmy Rollins, Dontrelle Willis, Torii Hunter, Ryan Howard and Latroy Hawkins. It's on the Athletic, so it's probably behind a paywall. (They recently had a free 90-trial, sign up, it's...
  4. The Gray Eagle

    1975 World Series re-watch

    I just started re-watching the 1975 World Series (thanks to InstaFace and the others who helped, see the post in P&G if you are a member.) Anyone else re-watching this? It's pretty great, as anyone who has seen it already knows. The first thing that struck me is how much faster the game moves...
  5. The Gray Eagle

    "Who the hell is that guy?": a guide to Red Sox pitching depth in spring training

    You know our 3 starters: Eovaldi, Ed-Ro, and Martin Perez. And the relievers we still have from last year: Barnes, Brasier, Kolten Brewer, Hembree, Josh Taylor, Workman, Darwinzon Hernandez. And there are the familiar swingmen, Brian Johnson and Velazquez. But if you've watched any preseason...
  6. The Gray Eagle

    Red Sox prospects rankings, preseason 2020

    There are a lot of different prospect ranking sites out there. Now that Keith Law has come out with his Red Sox prospects list, I took a look at that and some other lists to see if there was any consensus on who our top prospects are. Law writes for the Athletic now, so his new Sox top...
  7. The Gray Eagle

    Best MLB stadiums for craft beer

    The Athletic (subscribe, already!) ranks the best stadiums for craft beer. https://theathletic.com/1600725/2020/02/19/a-beer-nerds-guide-to-baseball-ranking-every-stadium-by-craft-beer-offerings/?source=dailyemail Spoiler: Fenway ranks 25th. At least we beat the Yankees! And the Dodgers...
  8. The Gray Eagle

    Using the Winter Meetings to market the game

    Jason Stark at the Athletic with an interesting article about using the Winter Meetings to better market baseball in the offseason. https://theathletic.com/1444999/2019/12/09/stark-11-ideas-to-liven-up-the-winter-meetings/ Some of the more interesting ideas: Move the Rule 5 draft to the first...
  9. The Gray Eagle

    Article on Soxprospects.com on The Athletic

    Nice article by Jen McCaffrey about the Sox Prospects site. Yet another reason to subscribe to The Athletic. https://theathletic.com/1433451/2019/12/05/the-little-prospects-site-that-could-how-soxprospects-com-became-a-regular-part-of-the-red-sox-world/ Real brief shoutout to SOSH in there. I...
  10. The Gray Eagle

    Available catchers

    With the Sandy Lion officially gone, Vazquez is the only catcher on the 40-man roster. The Red Sox will obviously be adding a catcher to the big league roster. There are plenty of backup catcher types available, but as you'd expect, most of them can't hit much at all. These guys were just...
  11. The Gray Eagle

    Sandy Leon traded to Indians

    Leon traded for a minor league reliever who isn't much of a prospect. https://nesn.com/2019/12/red-sox-trade-sandy-leon-to-indians-for-minor-league-pitcher/ Bautista's unimpressive stats: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=681723#/career/R/pitching/2019/ALL But it's decent...
  12. The Gray Eagle

    Moreland activated, Marco Hernandez sent down

    Marco Hernandez and his .859 OPS, good defense, and good baserunning was sent down to make room for Moreland, who was 0 for 13 on his rehab assignment but surely is ready to jump right into the lineup anyway...
  13. The Gray Eagle

    The end of kids playing pickup baseball

    An interesting article by Stan Grossfield about the decline and virtual disappearance of pickup baseball: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2019/07/22/without-pickup-baseball-empty-space-remains/W5r7Tzdl7ezayYcylCdgrN/story.html If you're over 45 or so and post on this site, then you probably...
  14. The Gray Eagle

    Keeping up with Matt Barnes

    Chad Jennings in the Athletic has an article on Matt Barnes, his effectiveness and his approach. "The go-to reliever for the Red Sox has become one of the top strikeout pitchers in all of baseball, in some part because he decided to be. He’s hunting strikeouts every single at-bat... Don’t...
  15. The Gray Eagle

    Red Sox claim minor league first baseman Joey Curletta

    The Red Sox acquired AAA first baseman Joey Curletta from Seattle's system. "The 25-year-old Curletta batted .245 with a .303 on-base percentage, .400 slugging percentage, .703 OPS, five homers, two doubles and 11 RBIs in 27 games for Triple-A Tacoma this season. He slashed .282/.383/.482/.865...
  16. The Gray Eagle

    Jarren Duran

    Duran was a 2018 7th round draft pick out of Long Beach State, where he played second base. He is a LH hitter with plus speed, which the team is trying to maximize by playing him in CF. Sox Prospects describes him thus: "Tall, lean frame. Quick-twitch athlete. Athleticism stands out on the...
  17. The Gray Eagle

    Steve Pearce to start season on injured list

    Pearce is still not 100% after the calf injury he sustained back on St. Patrick's Day, and the Red Sox announced he will start the season on the IL. Pearce will miss at least the first 7 games of the season. “He had plenty of at-bats in the minor leagues, so it just matters how he feels moving...
  18. The Gray Eagle

    Blue Jays to give their minor league players a 50% pay increase

    The Blue Jays will be unilaterally increasing the pay they give their minor league players. (The linked article is in The Athletic, which is a paid subscription site) The news was announced by the Blue Jays' VP of Baseball Operations, Ben Cherington. Say what you will about Cherington's moves...
  19. The Gray Eagle

    Peter Gammons on the Red Sox hitting philosophy

    On The Athletic (worth the subscription) Gammons talks about the way the organization approaches hitting, especially the 2 hitting coaches and "Professor" JD Martinez. "...now that Tim Hyers and Andy Barkett are in their second season as the major league hitting coaches — each out of the Robert...
  20. The Gray Eagle

    How the Red Sox Rebuilt Their Pitching Infrastructure

    Really interesting article by Speier on how the Red Sox have built and improved their pitching staff in the past couple of seasons. “We feel like we’re in a good place. I feel like we’ve come a long way in the last couple years,” said assistant GM Brian O’Halloran. “It’s systemic. “Pitching is...