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Red Sox mourn passing of Lou Lucier, who had been oldest living Red Sox player

10.20.14 at 2:44 pm ET
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The Red Sox released the following about the passing of former pitcher Lou Lucier, who played with the team in 1943-44:

The Boston Red Sox mourn the loss of former pitcher Lou Lucier, who passed away on Saturday, October 18.  At 96 years, six months, and 25 days old, Lucier was the oldest surviving Red Sox player.  He had suffered a stroke earlier this month.

A native of Northbridge, MA, he is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

The right-hander played parts of three seasons in the major leagues.  He came up through the Red Sox’€™ farm system and pitched for Boston from 1943-44, compiling a 3-4 record with a 3.97 ERA in 79.1 innings over 19 games.  In 14 appearances with the Phillies from 1944-45, he went 0-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

Lucier was among the 213 former Red Sox players, managers, and coaches who took part in Fenway Park‘€™s 100th Anniversary celebration in April 2012.  He last visited Fenway Park on August 17 for the annual Red Sox Alumni Day gathering.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 21 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Jackman Funeral Home in Whitinsville, MA.  The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at St. Patrick’€™s Church beginning at 11:00 a.m.

With Lucier’€™s passing, the oldest living former Red Sox player is now Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who was born on April 7, 1918.  A nine-time All-Star second baseman, Doerr played his entire 14-year career for the Red Sox from 1937-51 and missed the 1945 campaign due to military service.  Below is a list of the 15 oldest living former Red Sox players. Read the rest of this entry »

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What does Yoenis Cespedes’ agency change mean for prospects of an extension?

10.20.14 at 2:32 pm ET
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Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Roc Nation Sports. (Getty Images)

Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Roc Nation Sports. (Getty Images)

Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has changed agents, moving to Roc Nation Sports from Wasserman Media Group. Roc Nation Sports is the same agency that represented Cespedes’ Red Sox teammate, Rusney Castillo, whose $72.5 million deal through 2020 represents the largest guarantee ever to a free agent from Cuba without prior big league experience. As with Castillo and fellow Roc Nation client Robinson Cano, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports will serve as the point of contact for baseball contracts involving Cespedes.

Cespedes has one season left on the four-year, $36 million deal he signed with the Athletics prior to the 2012 season, a deal that was negotiated by Adam Katz of Wasserman and that positioned Cespedes to arrive at free agency after the 2015 season, at an age (he turns 30 in October 2015) when power hitters rarely are available. The contract permits Cespedes relatively unfettered entry into free agency, as it specifies that he will be released after 2015, a procedural move that means that he will not be subject to a qualifying offer — and, accordingly, that a team that signs him in free agency won’t have to give up a draft pick.

Cespedes, who turned 29 on Saturday, has hit .263 with a .316 OBP, .464 slugging mark while averaging 24 homers and 87 RBIs a year in his three big league seasons with the A’s and (following his trade for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes on July 31) Red Sox. He hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 homers and 100 RBIs in 2014, posting a .269/.296/.423 line in Boston. Both his 100 RBIs and his 152 games played in 2014 represented career highs.

Given that Cespedes is one year from free agency, it’s natural to wonder how the agency switch impacts the possibility of the outfielder signing an extension with the Sox. In short: It probably doesn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

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Live Chat: Talking Red Sox/offseason with Rob Bradford, noon

10.20.14 at 6:40 am ET
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Join Rob Bradford of WEEI.com for a live chat to talk all things Red Sox, offseason, postseason or anything else. It all starts at noon Monday, so get your questions in now …

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Source: Red Sox hire Chili Davis to become hitting coach

10.19.14 at 6:11 pm ET
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According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with Chili Davis to become their next hitting coach.

Davis, who worked as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011, has been the Oakland A’s hitting coach for the past three seasons. Though the A’s finished third in the AL in runs per game (4.5) under Davis this year, the team’s offense went into a tailspin in the final two months of the season, likely contributing to the A’s willingness to let the Sox talk to Davis, at a time when he remained under contract with Oakland.

The Sox chose Davis from a pool that also included Red Sox hitting coordinator Tim Hyers, Red Sox Double-A hitting coach Rich Gedman, Angels hitting coordinator Paul Sorrento and former Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller.

UPDATED (9:13 p.m.): According to one source, with Davis on board, the Red Sox will conduct interviews for the position of assistant hitting coach starting this week, with the team wanting to get the input of Davis on making that hire to ensure a comfortable working relationship with whomever is chosen. Davis does have a prior history with Victor Rodriguez, who was the Red Sox’ assistant hitting coach in 2013 and 2014, after serving as hitting coordinator for several seasons prior to that — including 2011, when Rodriguez was the minor league hitting coordinator at a time when Davis was the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket.

The current candidate pool (and whether it includes Rodriguez) for the assistant hitting coach position remains unknown, though it is believed that the Sox may talk with some of the individuals who were candidates for the position of hitting coach about the assistant position.

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Clay Buchholz’s wife confirms nude photos of her were hacked

10.16.14 at 12:09 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz‘s wife confirmed reports that nude photos of her were stolen by hackers.

Talking to TMZ on Wednesday, Lindsay Clubine, a former game show model, said the photos — which were intended only for her husband — were accessed from Buchholz’s phone.

“This is a terrible crime,” she said, adding: “I have my attorneys removing the pictures. This is very upsetting to my family and I.”

She made it clear she doesn’t hold the pitcher responsible.

“Clay and I are good. I sent him pictures on the road,” she explained.

Clubine also told TMZ that some other more explicit photos making the rounds are not of her, as some have claimed.

“There are pics on his phone that [a teammate] sent some of the guys that are NOT me,” she said.

Clubine, who married Buchholz in 2009, initially vented her frustration in a tweet Tuesday, writing: A woman should be able to send her husband pics of herself with out fear of the whole world seeing them! iCloud hackers should be ashamed!!

News of the hacking scandal first broke in early September. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and his girlfriend, model Kate Upton, were among those victimized. Some victims, such as actress Gabrielle Union, who is married to NBA star Dwyane Wade, reached out to the FBI for assistance. Clubine would not say if she planned to take a similar approach.

“We’re taking all the necessary measures,” she said.

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Royals close out sweep of Orioles to advance to World Series

10.15.14 at 7:12 pm ET
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For the first time since 1985, the Royals advanced to the World Series, completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory. Greg Holland’s retired J.J. Hardy on a groundout with the tying run on first in the top of the ninth to punch Kansas City’s ticket to the Fall Classic. The Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins to open the playoffs this year.

As has been the case through much of the postseason, the Royals proved opportunistic in their ALCS victory. Kansas City scored its two runs in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice and error when Jonathan Schoop’s attempt to cut down a runner advancing from third with one out was kicked out of the glove of catcher Caleb Joseph by Alcides Escobar. Both Escobar and Nori Aoki scored on the play. From there, starter Jason Vargas limited the O’s to one run in 5 1/3 innings, while the bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland delivered 3 2/3 shutout innings, thanks in part to more spectacular defense from the Royals.

Kansas City will now wait to see if it will remain in-state to play the Cardinals in a potential rematch of the 1985 World Series (won by Kansas City in seven games) or if they’ll take on the Giants.

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Live Chat: Talk with Alex Speier about Red Sox and the offseason at noon

10.14.14 at 7:39 am ET
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Join Alex Speier of WEEI.com to talk about the Red Sox offseason, the farm system, the playoffs or anything else that seems largely baseball related at noon on Tuesday. Line up your questions now!

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