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  1. johnnyfromspain

    Brayan Bello signed to a 6 year, $55 million extension

    I once had to "educate" a very knowledgeable coach in Peoria AZ about the cultural differences. He was a great coach, and an even better person. He really took an interest in teaching the game to his players. He was very annoyed with a young talented Dominican young man, because when he was...
  2. johnnyfromspain

    Brayan Bello signed to a 6 year, $55 million extension

    I grew up in Cambridge and later on in New Jersey. This is where I played little league, pony league and then high school ball until I moved to Spain, where I played in the Spanish Baseball League (https://www.rfebs.es/es/events/2024-spanish-baseball-league/home) and now am the head coach of the...
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    Brayan Bello signed to a 6 year, $55 million extension

    Given that I live in Europe, with the time difference, it is impossible for me to see night games live. However, this morning I have seen the condensed game summary MLB.com offers. After having played the game since the mid 70's and being a coach for more than 25 years, I saw Bello go through...
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    Rowdy Romy Gonzalez

    I believe the medley is complete if we add David Roberts' speed, which is a vital component of Romy's game.
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    5/19/2024 Sox @ St. Louis

    I thought I heard Little Raffy say "Quita, Gordo!" ("Outatheway, Fatso!) to Big Raffy. Just kidding! But there certainly was a smirk on his face when he grabbed that pop up!
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    Let's Predict the 2024 Red Sox Season

    89 wins. I really believe this team is going to grow this season. Sure, the bottom can fall out, but the athleticism and versatility is off the charts.....at least compared with previous Red Sox teams. -Team leader in Wins? Bello -Team leader in Losses? Bello -Team leader in Saves? Jansen...
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    2024 Red Sox: Better, Worse, or About the Same?

    Why better? Well, I am an optimist, so I cannot help myself! More seriously, the mental aspect in baseball is huge. I am convinced that the Sox are in much better hands than in previous seasons. The enthusiasm that the new GM and pitching gurus have brought is contagious, especially with a...
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    Red Sox to be 1st MLB featured on Netflix series

    I think you have nailed it! If Netflix follows the same pattern as they did with "Break Point", which is most probably what is going to happen, they are going to offer an inside view of what goes through the players' minds, how they prepare themselves mentally and physically, how they...
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    How do you feel about the Breslow hire on 10/25/2023? (non-binding)

    Breslow is intelligent, highly considered and inexperienced. Sure, his hiring is risky, but at the same time it is exciting. I am looking forward with anticipation. He is a baseball professional, with MLB experience who made the most of his talent. If he is smart enough to understand...
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    Czech Your Swing? Manny Ramirez signs to play in Prague

    Things are presently just as you describe, except for German baseball, which has also grown considerably. What has made things more interesting is that the difference between the top tier (Netherlands and Italy) and Spain has virtually disappeared. On any given day, depending on the pitching...
  11. johnnyfromspain

    Is Connor Wong a starting catcher?

    Wow! Awesome information. Thanks!
  12. johnnyfromspain

    Is Connor Wong a starting catcher?

    Of all the skills required of a catcher, I cannot think of any other one easier to teach, and learn, than framing. It is much harder to teach throwing properly to the bases, calling for pitches and overall field management, than making sure strikes are called strikes (and maybe even some fringe...
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    2023 Starting Rotation

    Perhaps Cora already started the piggyback strategy yesterday? Crawford was excellent coming in after Bello. Might this performance make Cora consider piggybacking serioudly? I would hope so, as this would keep starting pitchers get enough work in while protecting the bullpen. It is a...
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    What other moves will the Sox make? (assuming there is a season)

    In the time Bloom has been at the helm he has shown us that he is unpredictable. One can only reach the conclusion that he is very bright, very well prepared for any possible scenarios which may take place and makes deals which strengthen the roster in the short term as well as in the long run...
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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    We all have 20/20 vision once the game has ended. What is difficult is making the decisions with the game on the line. Do Cora´s decisions look bad now? Of course they do. That is because the result is not what we expected/desired. But truthfully, do we have a more talented LHP in the...
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    Jose Iglesias signs with Red Sox

    This is exactly what any savvy manager would do: let Arroyo get his feet back under himself, once the game has been pretty much decided. This may happen or not in the Yankees series, depending on how the games go. But chances are he should get a few reps in the IF and 4 or 5 ab's during the...
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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    From having watched many of his at bats through the season, and having coaching experience at a semipro level for over twenty years, I reach the (educated?) guess that his mindset has changed. Until the all-star break he was constantly swinging at pitches outside the strike zone, and not...
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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    I hold Vazquez accountable for Austin Meadow's inside-the-park home run yesterday. Could a better CF caught that fly ball? Probably. But it was very solidly hit. It seemed as if Meadows was expecting a FB and sitting on it, didn't it? Not surprising considering that Vazquez called for 8...
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    Thank you, Petey: Dustin Pedroia announces his retirement

    Through the years this ownership has shown once and again that they respect and value the valid players who have been part of the team. They have included Varitek, Pedro Martínez, Ortiz, etc. in spring training activities and had them help the top team and/or player development one way or...