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    Sox acquire Eric Hosmer

    I live in San Diego, and I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by how bad Hosmer is now. I get the sense that most people don't watch a lot of west coast NL games and mostly remember the Hosmer from KC...he's really, really not that guy anymore. He has a solid command of the strike...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Hindsight is 20/20 and all that...but wow I wish they hadn't let Schwarber walk. Dalbec does not appear to be good enough to be a starter on a contending team, and while his defense is an improvement over having to put one of Schwarber/JD in the field, it certainly doesn't make up for the...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Right, but that's largely because they've had better success once in the playoffs. Both the Yankees and Dodgers have been more consistently good over that 20 year span. To wit: Missed playoffs, 2002-2021: Yankees: 4 times Dodgers: 7 times Red Sox: 9 times Last place finishes: Yanks and...
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    Jarren Duran: Sunshine In His Eyes Can Make Us Cry

    What's Craig Breslow up to these days? Is there an opening for coach responsible for explaining science to 20-somethings who missed it in high school? It could be a system-wide position....
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    Jarren Duran: Sunshine In His Eyes Can Make Us Cry

    I think you might be surprised how many people fall into the "I'd prefer not to get the shot, but I will if I have to" group. An acquaintance of mine works commercial fishing and just got an offer with a new's a big raise and the new boat has a vaccine mandate (the old one did...
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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    And he'll pass Kasko later this season, but more significantly, he now has the highest winning percentage of any Sox manager who managed for more than 3 years (.577) >3 years and closest to .577: Zimmer: 5 seasons, 411 wins, .575 Francona: 8 seasons, 744 wins, .574 Collins: 6 seasons, 455 wins...
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    Sox Rotation '22- The Good, The Pretty Good, The Not-Bad, the Pretty Bad and the Ugly

    I went with the 4 guys I remembered being workhorse starters for that team...and my memory failed me spectacularly. I got the first and fourth names on your list. The third would've been my next guess (almost went with him instead of the guy with 137.1 IP). I didn't guess the guy with 173.2...
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    Red Sox ‘22 offense: offensively offensive

    Ok, it's clear you were angry when you wrote this, but a complete overhaul is an unrealistic expectation. Literally *everyone* - baseball writers, fans, insiders - all expected the Sox to have a top offense this season. That hasn't happened so far, but while it's fair to an expect a GM to...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    Ok, I don't care if this gets me banned...I'm going to do my job: Al Becker: The incidence of heart issues is *far* more prevalent among those that catch Covid while unvaccinated than among those who are vaccinated. Vaccine side effects, in even the worst cases, are short-term and treatable...
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    Red Sox in season discussion This is not *remotely* equivalent. Observing Jewish holidays doesn't increase the health risks of everyone around you. Also, Chris Sale went to public school in Florida, so he has had a minimum of 16 vaccination shots already in his life. So again, very different from being a...
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    Build an All-Star team with just your initials

    I'm an A.L. thank you for sparing me the trouble of trying to come up with a list. I really dislike Al Leiter. Peace out (of this thread).
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    Would Pete Runnel(l)s Make the Sox Roster in 2022?

    A much better example supporting his argument is Tony Batista. Averaged 27 homers and 89 RBI per 162 games, frequently hit middle of the order for the Jays and O's...but because of his sub-.300 OBP and way below average defense was a net negative player most of the time.
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    CBA expires Dec. 2-- how will this affect the Red Sox?

    Sorry; I never venture off the main board. Feel free to delete.
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    CBA expires Dec. 2-- how will this affect the Red Sox?

    Unlike most people on this board (and most A.L. fans in general), I'm not in favor of a universal DH. But my favorite proposal for standardizing the rules would also address this issue to some extent: have the DH attached to the starting pitcher. I.e., when your starting pitcher comes out of...
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    The Red Sox ARE good. So now what?

    This. Seriously, can we keep the superstition stuff in the game threads? Please??
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    Three True Outcomes, The Bobby Dalbec Thread.

    My understanding is that it wasn't the number of pitchers using that changed, but the product(s) they were using. When a lot of guys were using sunscreen and rosin, nobody seemed to think it was a big deal. When some of them started using construction adhesive...that's when MLB decided they...
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    What are your thoughts on the Monaco and DiNardo pairing on NESN?

    Dave O'Brien is a total pro, but he's more of a sports (in general) guy than a Red Sox guy, and I've found myself becoming annoyed the last few years about how much time he spends talking about other games and other sports rather than what's currently happening on the field. He's also...
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    Red Sox sign Enrique Hernandez (2 years, 14 mil)

    Calling him a 4th OF is/was definitely selling him short; he's a league-average bat who provides above-average defense at multiple up-the-middle positions. That's a really useful player. I still think it's a mistake to be batting him leadoff (low OBP, taking plate appearances from better...
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    The Red Sox ARE good. So now what?

    I think you're actually just talking past each other a bit. Some people are going to look at Arroyo's draft pedigree and parts of his minor league track record and conclude that his performance this year is a not-unexpected step forward by a guy who had his development slowed by injuries, and...
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    The Red Sox ARE good. So now what?

    Sorry if I wasn't clear: I wasn't saying that knowing how many runs they needed to score was a new advantage, I was trying to say that with the new rule that's become a bigger advantage than it used to be. With a runner starting on second, it's a huge advantage to know whether you need to score...