|No timetable for Hanley Ramirez to play first base: ‘If he’s not ready, he’s not ready’||08.27.15 at 4:51 pm ET|
This week in Chicago saw Hanley Ramirez begin to learn the fundamentals of playing first base from infield and third base coach Brian Butterfield.
Although the team would likely want to see what they have in him at the position, there is no rush.
“There’s no timetable,” Butterfield said to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford regarding putting Ramirez in an actual game at the position. “If he’s not ready, he’s not ready. That was very clear right from the get-go.”
If he doesn’t play at all this season then he would get even more time to work at it next spring training, which Butterfield says is the ideal place to learn a new position.
“The benefits of spring training are priceless,” Butterfield explained. “You go out there three times a day at different segments of the day and work on different things and you can go at a slow pace. It’s a little bit different time scale now. There are a lot of people involved, needing time. Now there isn’t that time you have in spring training, where some guys get full day of work without playing a game. We have to play a game today. We have to scale back a little bit because we need a fresh player at 7 o’clock.
“This is the first time he and I have been one-one-one. Everything has been in a team setting, with baserunning. The stuff he’s done with me has been baserunning and that has been as a group. I’ve never worked with him. There will be a feeling-out process. I don’t want to rush, but at the same token I don’t want to take too long.”
Regardless of when or if it happens, hard work won’t be an issue.
“We’re going to get after it,” Butterfield said. “That I know.”
Click here to read Bradford’s complete column detailing the challenges ahead for Ramirez.
|Poll: Should Don Orsillo be replaced on Red Sox broadcasts?||08.26.15 at 12:29 pm ET|
After 15 years as NESN’s play-by-play caller for Red Sox broadcasts, Don Orsillo will not return next season.
Tuesday’s news inspired a wave of support for — but also some criticism of — Orsillo, a New England native who attended Northeastern.
What do you think of the move?
|Gerry Callahan: Sources say Don Orsillo out at NESN||08.25.15 at 10:30 am ET|
This will be Don Orsillo’s last season with NESN, multiple sources tell Gerry Callahan.
Orsillo has been NESN’s Red Sox play-by-play man since the beginning of the 2001 season, which has included three World Series winning teams. Since 2007, Orsillo has called playoff games with TBS. Before working for NESN he was the Pawtucket Red Sox radio announcer from 1996-2000.
He started his broadcasting career with the Pittsfield Mets of the New York-Penn League in 1991.
|Red Sox name Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations, GM Ben Cherington to step down||08.18.15 at 9:59 pm ET|
Shocking news from Fenway Park on Tuesday night, where the Red Sox announced that Dave Dombrowski has been hired as president of baseball operations and that general manager Ben Cherington will step down.
Dombrowski, who worked for Red Sox owner John Henry with the Marlins, was recently let go by the Tigers after 14 years as their president. Henry lauded Dombrowski’s arrival in a press release.
“I have known Dave very well for a long time,” Henry said. “Tom [Werner} and I have no doubts that Dave is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward. He is one of the most highly regarded executives in all of baseball, and had options to go with other clubs. We feel very fortunate that he wanted to come to Boston, and wanted to further his career’now with the Red Sox’as one of the great architects of winning baseball clubs.”
Dombrowski, 59, built the 1997 World Series champion Marlins, and also played a large role in their 2003 championship. He led the Tigers to five playoff appearances, including World Series losses in 2006 and 2012. Now he comes to one of the game’s most storied franchises.
“Although I did have other potential options within baseball, there was no option that stood out as clearly as the chance to come to Boston and win with the Red Sox,” Dombrowski said in the release. “Boston is a baseball city like no other and its history and traditions are unique in our game. I expressed to John and Tom that Boston would be my absolute top choice.”
He added that he’s excited to start the job immediately. Cherington will assist with the transition.
“One of the advantages of joining the club now is that I get the opportunity to get a head start on the important job of roster construction for 2016,” Dombrowski said. ” The Red Sox baseball operations group and Ben Cherington deserve extraordinary credit for the young, talented players that have broken through at the major league level, and I see outstanding potential in the talent still developing in our minor leagues.”
|Report: Red Sox, Dodgers talking Alejandro De Aza trade||08.17.15 at 5:57 pm ET|
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Red Sox and Dodgers have engaged in trade discussions revolving around outfielder Alejandro De Aza.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 17, 2015
De Aza could play all three OF positions, freeing Hernandez to remain in infield while #Dodgers await return of Kendrick at second base.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 17, 2015
De Aza, who is eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, is hitting .313 with an .882 OPS in 53 games. For the year the 31-year-old has a batting average of .273 with a .782 OPS.
|Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn’t been fan of Dennis Eckersley’s analysis||08.09.15 at 7:07 pm ET|
So Jackie Bradley Jr. had a big day Sunday, claiming five RBIs (one more than his season total) in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 win over the Tigers. He also claimed his second home run of the season.
With the performance, Bradley Jr. raised his batting average to .148, with an OPS of .559.
And after the game, the outfielder took to Twitter, suggesting he was not a fan of the analysis of NESN’s Dennis Eckersley, who has been on both the pregame and postgame shows throughout the year, while recently filling in on the broadcasts with Don Orsillo.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) August 9, 2015
While playing spectacular defense throughout his brief big league career, Bradley Jr. hasn’t yet figured out major league pitching (Sunday’s showing aside, of course). In 540 at-bats with the Red Sox he has a .191 batting average and .549 OPS.
UPDATE: Bradley Jr. followed up with a tweet suggesting his first message was taken out of context.
I was in no way trying to make it seem like I was "calling out" anyone. It was suppose to be motivational but got taken out of context.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) August 9, 2015
|David Ortiz closing in on $11 million 2016 vesting option: ‘I earned it’||08.06.15 at 10:01 am ET|
After 10 more plate appearances, David Ortiz will guarantee himself another season in a Red Sox uniform.
While it it’s unlikely the Red Sox wouldn’t pick up his $10 million team option, he’s now just 10 plate appearances shy of the 425 needed to guarantee his $11 million vesting option for 2016. He could hit escalators that push next year’s salary to $16 million if he gets up to 600 plate appearances.
“I earned it,” he said to WEEI.com’s John Tomase Wednesday. “That’s why I’m playing next year. Because I earned it.”
“That’s the way we pretty much agreed to do things,” he said of Red Sox management. “You know me, I get greedy when it comes down to performance. I want to put up numbers. I agreed to do it that way, because if I don’t put up numbers, what would be the reason to continue playing?”
On June 9, Ortiz was batting just .219 with six home runs. But, he’s straightened things out and is now back to his career norm numbers. Going into play Thursday he’s batting .244 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs.
“You know how it is with myself,” Ortiz said. “Whenever I have a slow start, or things aren’t going my way, people start criticizing and saying things. But I guess that’s how it’s going to be. I can put up with that.
“I know what I’m capable of doing. Could we end up a different way? People always think when you talk about contracts you’re getting greedy about it, but I’m the guy that’s always carried this ballclub and put up numbers, you know what I’m saying?
“I work hard. I get ready. Pitchers, they know that my jersey says ‘Ortiz’ on my back. People need to sit down before they start talking and just watch the game a little more closely. Pitchers don’t put them on a tee for me. I’ve got to go get it.”
Ortiz will turn 40 in November and he doesn’t see the end of the road for him coming any time soon.
“I’m confident in myself, because I have put a lot of dedication into it,” Ortiz said. “I try to stay in good shape. It’s all up in your mind. That’s what I say. If you take care of yourself and do what you have to do, you can play at the age of 50. Just ask Julio Franco.”
|Photos: Red Sox retire Pedro Martinez’s No. 45||07.28.15 at 8:06 pm ET|
Tim Wakefield, Curt Schilling, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek were among the many current and former Red Sox who joined Martinez on the field for the ceremony. Check out all of our photos from the ceremony here.
|David Ortiz, Rob Gronkowski release 3rd music video of summer titled, ‘Me Estoy Enamorando’||07.21.15 at 1:25 pm ET|
What do you think of this one compared to the other two?
|Red Sox still eyeing Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels||07.20.15 at 5:14 pm ET|
Even though the trade deadline isn’t for another 11 days, the rumors are just getting started.
According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox still have an interest in pitchers Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto.
The top priority for the Sox is a young pitcher under team-control, but the issue remains the lack of teams that are willing to start prioritizing beyond this season, which leaves Hamels and Cueto as the two top coveted pitchers at this year’s deadline.
Hamels, 31, has struggled of late, but for the season he’s 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA. Executives from two organizations who have had conversations with the Phillies in regards to Hamels tell Bradford that even with the lefty’s recent downturn, Philly hasn’t come off what has been an aggressive asking price.
The left-hander is signed through 2018 with a team-option for 2019 and hasn’t pitched for another team besides the Phillies in his 10-year pro career.
As for Cueto, his situation is a little different. According to Bradford, Cueto would most likely enter into serious Red Sox consideration if the price was right, but because his contract is up at the end of the year and the 29-year-old is due for a big pay day, the price likely won’t be.
But, if the Red Sox were willing to part ways with top prospects in order to make a late season run at the postseason, Cueto would be an interesting name. If the Red Sox believe they have a minor league surplus and a chance to win this season, Cueto is certainly in play.
Cueto is 6-6 with a 2.79 ERA this season and he too has only pitched for the Reds in his eight-year pro career.
For more on Hamels and Cueto, check out Bradford’s column from earlier today.
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