Inside Pulse » Boston Red Sox A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Boston Red Sox ESPN: Boston Red Sox Confirm Bobby Valentine As New Manager Wed, 30 Nov 2011 01:17:02 +0000 The Boston Red Sox and Bobby Valentine have reached a verbal agreement which would make Valentine the next manager of the team, according to WCVB TV’s Mike Lynch. ESPN has also reported that the deal is done.

Valentine and the Red Sox have been in discussions over the last few weeks, and it was previously reported that he had become the front-runner for the position. Earlier Tuesday, it was rumored that Gene Lamont was out of the running. The Red Sox denied that report.

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Dale Sveum Hired As Manager Of Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein Scoops Boston Red Sox Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:33:27 +0000 Theo Epstein has made his first move as general manager of the Chicago Cubs and it is a direct hit on the Boston Roed Sox.

The Cubs have hired Dale Sveum as their manager, signing him to a three-year deal with an option for 2015.

Sveum, up until yesterday, was seen as the favorite to become the next manager of the Red Sox. He interviewed at Fenway Park on Nov. 2 and appeared to be the clear favorite of Ben Cherington and the baseball operations staff.

The Cubs finalized the decision last night.

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Instant Reaction: Tampa Bay Rays Make the Playoffs, Boston Red Sox Out Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:32:58 +0000 Around a decade ago, the Yankees were shamelessly signing everyone who was clearly on steroids with no shame.  As a Bronx boy, I was a fan for as long as I could remember, but as if their competitive disadvantage wasn’t enough, they quickly went from Roger Clemens to Jason Giambi to Gary Sheffield.  It stopped being fun to root for them and, well, sports without fun aren’t worth the time.  It was the height of my time  as a baseball junkie, so I decided to root for the worst team in baseball that had exciting young players and promise.  A bit of Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford later, and I was a Rays fan.  I haven’t regretted it once.


For those that somehow missed it, the Rays became one of the best run organizations in baseball under Andrew Friedman by drafting top talent, getting extra draft picks, brilliant trading, and finding awesome bargain bin players to contribute.  With their quality has come success, and this is the third of the past four post-seasons they’ll be in the playoffs.


Oh, wait?  Did I forget to mention that?  Despite the second lowest payroll in a rebuilding year, the Rays came back from about a bajillion games down in September, the most anyone has ever been down during that month, and came back to top the Red Sox for the AL Wild Card.  Those same Red Sox whose massive payroll of over $200 million is second only to that of the Yankees.  To get there, they had to win their 162nd and very last game, coming down from 7-0 in the bottom of the eighth, triumphing in extra innings, and beating the Yankees.  Meanwhile, the Red Sox had to lose, and did so to the worst team in baseball as Robert Andino continued to crush them and former Ray dropped a ball that allowed the game winner to cross the plate in the bottom of the 9th.  What’s even the right word for that?  Miraculous?  Satisfying?  Thrilling?  Cathartic?  I’ll take all of the above.


The Rays now head out to the ALDS against the Texas Rangers, another really well run team, although one with more leeway financially.  Win or lose, this is going to be the stuff of legend, but win, and this is one of the most historic seasons in baseball history.  This year, for the second in a row, I just cared less about baseball.  I love saber and the closed-mindedness, anger and ignorance of fans and media turned me off, along with the sheer grind of the intensely long season and the seeming pot-luck of the playoffs.  Well, the Rays, and their epic comeback serve as a reminder of all that’s right with the game.  I won’t be tuning out of the playoffs now and am psyched for next season.  Maybe that’s the best word for these Rays: Redemptive.

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Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett Injures Ankle Tue, 06 Sep 2011 20:00:02 +0000 Beckett left Monday’s 1-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 4th inning with an ankle sprain.  He caught his right ankle on the area just in front of the pitching rubber.  Beckett will see a specialist and Manager Terry Francona wants to give him rest, if possible, before his next start.

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MLB: Red Sox Owner John Henry Fined For Comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:04:27 +0000 John Henry revealed he was fined $500,000 by Major League Baseball for his comments last year about revenue sharing. Henry said the system was broken because it gave low-end clubs money with no guidelines on how it was to be spent. This was exacerbated when Deadspin leaked documents showing the solid profit the perennially awful Pittsburgh Pirates make at the expense of their fans. Said Henry: “I made statements which turned out to be true, or at least there were various documents that were leaked after that. But anyway, the large clubs are not allowed to talk about it.”

No word on if he will be further fined for talking about the fine.

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MLB Spring Training: Red Sox Starter Josh Beckett Struck In Head With Ball Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:27:22 +0000 In what Dan Shaughnessy may be able to turn in to a new curse, Josh Beckett with struck in the head with ball hit off a fungo bat. Red Sox staffer Ino Guerrero was hitting balls in to the outfield for shagging when he hit Beckett in the side of the head. Beckett went to one knee and the training staff was called over. He was treated at the park.

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The Big Orange Guy’s Top 5 Questions About The American League East Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:28:15 +0000 The baseball season is coming.  Trades and signings are happening almost daily.  The rumors of this player going there and where this player is signing are all over the internet.   There are still many free agents out there, although those free agents with big names are off the board.  Soriano, and Pavano are off the board.  Manny and Damon are supposed to be reuniting.  Teams are starting to take shape.  I just got asked if the Yankees traded A.J. Burnett today.  Spring training is just around the corner.

The last few weeks, I have picked a division and asked five questions regarding their 2011 season.  With the divisions that have five teams, it makes it easy.  Each team has many questions facing them with the upcoming season, so I ask one per team and a little background behind the question.  This week, I look at the American League East.  This division has been a division of the haves and have-nots for the past few seasons.  Is this the year that some power changes?  Let’s ask a few questions and take a look.

So, here are The Big Orange Guy’s Top 5 Questions of the American League East.

#1 – Can the Red Sox be beat? Let’s be honest, this team is loaded.  The pitching staff is strong with Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Bobby Jenks, Jonathon Papelbon and others.  They acquired Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.  They may have lost Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, but they still have a solid core that includes Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia.  The 2010 Red Sox won 89 games even though their team seemed like a M.A.S.H. unit.  Beckett, Buchholz, Pedroia, Dice-K and nearly every single star spent time on the disabled list.  With all of those games lost, they still won nearly 90 games.  Now, they are improved as well.  Can the Red Sox be beat?

#2 – What will a full season of Buck Showalter mean to the Baltimore Orioles?  The Orioles had three managers in 2010.  David Trembley had a record of 15-39 and Juan Samuel had a record of 17-34. That is a combined record of 34-73.  Showalter’s record was 34-23.  He led the Orioles to the same number of wins and 50 less losses.  That was last year.  In the off season, the Orioles signed Derrek Lee, Cesar Itzuris, Kevin Gregg and Jeremy Accardo.  They traded for J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds.  They have new coaches with a tremendous amount of experience.  Willie Randolph is the new bench coach and Mark Connor is the new pitching coach.  These additions of coaches are because of Showalter.  Free agents signing can be possibly and partially because of Buck.  So with a full season with Showalter leading the team, how many wins will the Orioles have in 2011?

#3 – Are the Tampa Bay Rays done?  First, let’s start with the free agents that left the team.  Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Carl Crawford, Brad Hawpe, Carlos Pena, Chad Qualls, Rafael Soriano and Dan Wheeler are all gone.  They replaced these names with Kyle Farnsworth, J.P. Howell and rumored to have signed Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.  They traded Matt Garza to the Cubs.  They are loaded with young talent but is that enough to compete?  In a division where they play the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and the improved Orioles will they be able to continue their winning ways of the past three years?   Or, are they done?

#4 – Will anyone pay attention to the Toronto Blue Jays?  Everyone is talking about the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and the improved Orioles.  The Blue Jays won 85 games in 2010 and finished only 11 games behind the Rays for the division crown.  This team is undergoing a chance for 2011.  Somehow, the team was able to trade Vernon Wells and his contract to the Angels.  They have very good young pitching.  They have Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek.  They signed Octavio Dotel and Jon Rauch who were both signed to help the bullpen.  They are a team with many young players.  They recently traded Shaun Marcum for Brett Lawrie.  They obtained Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera for Wells.  Their team is young and has a lot to prove in the American League East.  But, as October 2011 rolls around, will anyone pay attention to the Toronto Blue Jays?

#5 – Do the New York Yankees have enough pitching?  They have C.C Sabathia and Phil Hughes.  They have Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano, but what other proven commodities do they have?  A.J. Burnett pitches like Dr. Jeckyll or Mr. Hyde.  Andy Pettitte did not file retirement papers but he is still working out in Texas.  Bartolo Colon has not pitched in the majors since 2009 and the other potential starters are either named Joba, Ivan or some pitcher that does not have a proven track record.  The bullpen will have Boone Logan and Pedro Feliciano, but will also have Joba (potentially), David Robertson and Damaso Marte.  Looking at the names, it is not enough.  The Yankees have young prospects to trade, expect it to happen.  So, you tell me, do the Yankees have enough pitching?

That is all for this week.  It is February soon and the baseball season is just around the corner.  As I go back outside to dig out from ANOTHER snowstorm, stay safe all.  See you on the other side.

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Is Jayson Werth the new Jason Bay? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:16:18 +0000 Jayson Werth is now a member of the Nationals.  I read a quote from Sandy Alderson, GM of the Mets, stating that Werth’s contract makes some of the Mets bad contracts look good.  When I heard that, I began to wonder which one he was talking about.  Could it be Oliver Perez?  Maybe.  Could it be Luis Castillo? Possibly.  But, I thought Alderson was referring to the Jason Bay contract.  Jason Bay is in the midst of a 4 year, $66 million contract.  He is due to make $16 million from 2011 through 2013 with a club option for 2014 (or an option guarantee for at-bats in a combination of years.)

The Werth contract will average out to $18 per season for 7 seasons, but the questions that everyone are asking is why and is he really “Werth” it (sorry, I had to do that somewhere in the article).

From 2002 to 2006, Werth was in Toronto, Los Angeles (NL) and one year in Philadelphia.  He had played in roughly 300 total games in those 5 seasons, never hitting more than 16 home runs and never driving in 50 runs.  In 2008, Werth played in 134 games, hit 24 home runs, drove in 67, had an OPS of .863 and had a nice playoff run while the Phillies won the World Series.

In his last two seasons combined, Werth hit 63 home runs, with 72 doubles, 184 runs batted in, 317 hits and scored over 200 runs.  In 2010, he hit .296 missing his career high by .002.  The question becomes, is Werth “that good” or is he a product of the quality around him.  In 2009, Werth was the 5th hitter, behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and hitting in front of Raul Ibanez.  In 2010, those players combined for over 60 home runs, 250 runs batted in, 400 hits and 230 runs scored.  The same three players around him in 2009 combined for over 100 home runs, 320 runs batted in, 460 hits and 300 runs scored.  Werth fit in well with his numbers listed above.

In 2009, the Nationals had Nick Johnson batting second, Ryan Zimmerman hitting third, Elijah Dukes hitting fifth.  Adam Dunn, no longer with the Nationals, batted forth and it is assumed Werth will fill that role.  Those three players combined for over 40 home runs, 150 runs batted in, 350 hits and 190 runs scored.  This past season, three different players batted second, Ryan Zimmerman was the third place hitter and Josh Willingham was the player that batted fifth the most.  Those FIVE players combined for over 50 home runs, 260 runs batted in, 470 hits and 300 runs scored.  You can see the definitive difference between the Nationals and the Phillies.

So, the question must be asked.  Without the supporting members (or lead cast members) around him, how will Jayson Werth be affected?  Will he be the next Jason Bay?  Why Jason Bay?  Let’s take a look at some statistics.

Before he signed as a free agent with the new York Mets, Bay was a member of the Red Sox and before that was a member of the Pirates.  In 2008, he split the season between the two clubs and in 2009, he was exclusive property of the Red Sox.  He played in 151 games each season.  Between the two years combined, he scored over 200 runs, had nearly 300 hits, over 40 doubles, over 65 home runs, over 200 runs batted in and an OPS nearly .900.

In his last season in Pittsburgh, he was surrounded by players such as Adam LaRouche with his 25 home runs, Nate McLouth and his 26 home runs, 46 doubles and 94 runs batted in.  Also on the club was Ryan Doumit, with a .318 batting average and 15 more home runs.  Before being traded, Bay had 22 home runs, 64 runs batted in and 72 runs scored in just over 100 games.  Yes, bay was an All-Star in Pittsburgh, but he was languishing in Pittsburgh and the trade to the red Sox seemed to bring him to another level.

The 2009 Red Sox was a star studded lineup that featured Bay.  Those Red Sox had Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew and David Ortiz.  Bay led that team in home runs, runs batted in, was second in runs scored and had his best statistical season ever.

Coming off that season, Bay became a free agent and signed the third largest contract of the 2009 free agent period (behind Matt Holliday and John Lackey).  His 2010 left something to be desired for Mets fans.  First of all, he was injured for the later part of the year after running face first into an outfield wall.  He played in only 95 games.  Because of those injuries, Bay failed to score 50 runs, had less than 100 hits, only 6 home runs, 47 runs batted in and had a batting average under .260.  it was by far the worst statistical year of his career.  Even if you assume a full season for his statistics, Bay would not have measured up to his previous years.

He was never really set in the lineup.  He started the year as the cleanup hitter, being protected by Jeff Francouer and Mike Jacobs.  When Jose Reyes was moved to the number three spot, Bay was protected by David Wright.  Bay was bounced around the rest of the season before he was injured and never really fit in the Mets lineup.  He was expected to bring power to Flushing and did not bring much.  The excitement expected to be brought by Bay was actually brought by newcomers Ike Davis and Angel Pagan.

Bay’s first year of the big contract was one to be forgotten.  Hopefully he can rebound and show he was worth his contract.  Will Jayson Werth?  Or, will he be this year’s Jason Bay.  We will soon find out.

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Soccer News: Liverpool Agrees To Sale To Red Sox Owners Wed, 06 Oct 2010 13:50:23 +0000 Not terribly sure how much the Reds fans are going to like this…

Liverpool’s board came to an agreement to sell the team to a group consisting of the owners of the Boston Red Sox. While the board has a made a decision, current owner Tom Hicks won’t sell the team that easily.

Hicks said he would resist the bid by New England Sports Ventures because they “dramatically undervalued” the 18-time champions. Hicks is asking for $955 million (600 million pounds) for the club which he bought for 74 million pounds in 2007. NESV is reportedly offering $477 million (300 million pounds).

Liverpool reportedly has approximately $453 million (285 million pounds) in debt that needs to be paid by October 15.

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MLB News: Boston Red Sox Trade Reliever Manny Delcarmen To Colorado Rockies Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:18:10 +0000 The Sox will get a single A pitcher back in the deal.

The Rockies had been searching for relief help after losing Randy Flores on Waivers. To help out the bullpen they sent Single A pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller to the Boston Red Sox for right hander Manny Delcarmen.

Delcarmen has been effective against left-hander hitters this season holding them to a .165 BA. Overall Delcarmen has a 3-2 record with a 4.70 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 48 games.

Balcom-Miller is 6-7 with a 3.31 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 19 starts. He was a 6th round pick in the first year player draft last year. Overall he is 10-7 with a 2.72 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 30 career starts in the Rockies system.

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