Tony La Russa brings valuable experience to Boston

Following up on an earlier column, I wrote at the time that it was rumored that Tony La Russa was going to be stepping down from his position and could join the Red Sox in an executive advisory position. Recently, the rumor became reality when La Russa agreed to join his friend, and Red Sox president of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski as a new Special … Continue reading Tony La Russa brings valuable experience to Boston

Xander Could Breakout in 2018

In his first press conference as manager of the Red Sox, Alex Cora spoke about his desire for the Red Sox hitters to be aggressive early in the count. In addition he stressed the need to “hunt for pitches.” Last season the Red Sox under former hitting coach, Chili Davis, swung at the first pitch 21.1% of the time, easily the lowest percentage in the majors. … Continue reading Xander Could Breakout in 2018

Red Sox Hire Familiar Face

  Recently I listed Dana LeVangie as a potential fit as the bullpen, pitching or bench coach. The Red Sox must have listened as, LeVangie was indeed named the new pitching coach. LeVangie has spent his entire 27-year professional career with the Boston Red Sox. The Sox initially drafted him in the 14th round of the 1991 MLB Draft. He played six seasons (1991-1996) in … Continue reading Red Sox Hire Familiar Face

Class Time: Offseason Vocabulary

Major League Baseball may not warrant mega TV ratings for their amateur drafts each June as the NFL does in April, but they certainly know how to entertain the masses come the offseason. It’s hard to even call it an “offseason,” with all the business being handled: the Arizona Fall League, World Baseball Classics, the Winter Meetings, and let’s not forget Boston’s own Truck Day, … Continue reading Class Time: Offseason Vocabulary

What Luxury Tax?

Photo Credit: Boston Herald According to Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox will not be under the type of restraint that they were under last season. The Sox stayed under Major League Baseball’s competitive balance tax threshold of $195 last season, which resets (and lessons) the penalties for exceeding the limit of $197 million for this coming season. When Dombrowski was speaking to the media, following … Continue reading What Luxury Tax?

Would Dombrowski Break Up the Killer B’s?

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts both made their respective MLB debuts in 2013. JBJ in April while Xander came up in August and played a vital role in the team winning the 2013 World Series. The young core is primarily under 25 years of age – hard to believe! Rafael Devers is the baby at 21, Benny is 23, and Xander / Mookie are … Continue reading Would Dombrowski Break Up the Killer B’s?

Red Sox Hire New Hitting Coaches

After this past season, Chili Davis was allowed to interview with other teams for their hitting coach position. After very little deliberation, Davis decided to head to the Windy City to become the hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs. This decision left new manager, Alex Cora, the opportunity to bring in his own staff member. Recently, it was announced the Red Sox have hired Tim … Continue reading Red Sox Hire New Hitting Coaches

Potential Offseason Targets

As Major League baseball enters what is expected by many baseball analysts / experts as a weak free agent class, it is time to think who Dave Dombrowski will target. Under Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox return a team that won 93 games and their second consecutive AL East Division title. However, this season will be the first under new manager Alex Cora. So here’s … Continue reading Potential Offseason Targets