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  • what the hell happened to coach Tuck??? he just left the team (on his own according to the Sox). That sucks

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    • Originally posted by Boston Boxer View Post
      i dont know who is the bigger idiot...AFRAUD for doing PEDs and roids over and over again, or the Yankees who still owe him something like 5 years and $114M.
      Birds of a feather flock together.

      Still I think it's Steinbrenner. A-Rod opted out of the richest contract and Steinbrenner gave him a ten year deal without any pressure from other bidders. Hilarious.
      I know you're watching, Si. Bu.

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      • Back to Terry Francona, Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College professor who writes much about sports financing, was quite critical of Francona's book in a column in today's Boston Globe. Zimbalist seems to feel that the attacks on the owners are unjustified, and that Francona lost control of the club on his own.

        I have no clue, myself, but I do wonder what others think of this.

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        • Originally posted by Joe Barrie View Post
          Back to Terry Francona, Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College professor who writes much about sports financing, was quite critical of Francona's book in a column in today's Boston Globe. Zimbalist seems to feel that the attacks on the owners are unjustified, and that Francona lost control of the club on his own.

          I have no clue, myself, but I do wonder what others think of this.

          I've long regarded Zimbalist as an idiot.
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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          • Originally posted by SDL View Post
            I've long regarded Zimbalist as an idiot.
            I read a paper he wrote a couple of years back and thought it was quite interesting. But I have to admit I haven't read anything recent. Any specific reasons for your feelings towards him?

            But I am not sure what puts him in the position to judge ownership or Francona.
            Watching Derek Jeter make 40 defensive plays and then watching Adam Everett make 40 defensive plays at the same position is sort of like watching video of Barbara Bush dancing at the White House, and then watching Demi Moore dancing in Striptease. (Bill James)

            Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power. If he can continue to hit .260 or so, he'll be useful, and he probably has a future as a backup infielder. (Keith Law)

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            • Originally posted by Therwil Flyer View Post
              I read a paper he wrote a couple of years back and thought it was quite interesting. But I have to admit I haven't read anything recent. Any specific reasons for your feelings towards him?

              But I am not sure what puts him in the position to judge ownership or Francona.
              He wrote a piece for the local paper here saying the Rays need to get a new stadium or move. Like I said..he's an idiot..and I am holding back from REALLY saying something....
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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              • woohoo! I bought my tix to the Red Sox @ Colorado game today for 25 Sep. I say again, woohoo!!!

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                • I was looking at the Red Sox depth chart today.

                  http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/team/de...x.jsp?c_id=bos

                  Do you think Lucas Duda could fit at first base? He can't really play the outfield, is still cheap and has some pop in his bat.

                  Video clip:
                  http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25159875
                  The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                  • OT- Future Sox player? Or just wonder what his parents were thinking??

                    http://www.fangraphs.com/not/index.p...name-probably/
                    Please visit http://sportsfeedia.com/ for the latest RSS feed updates on all your favorite sports and teams (my son created it and is the owner )

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                    • Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
                      OT- Future Sox player? Or just wonder what his parents were thinking??

                      http://www.fangraphs.com/not/index.p...name-probably/
                      imagine he goes to the yankees
                      I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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                      • Maybe we should sign this guy. Homered the first pitch he saw in the Dominican winter leagues...Still love him. Despite all the drugs.

                        Here the video:

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ANomgJooZ4
                        I know you're watching, Si. Bu.

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                        • Sometimes I dont get Baseball:

                          Aviles signs a 2/6 Million contract and Rich Hill with his 1.85 ERA and 9.6 K/9 settles for a minor league contract. Yeah, yeah I know he had TJ surgery in 2011. Still, he really deserved a 1-2 mill. contract at least.

                          And good luck with Aviles sub .300 obp. for the next two years.
                          I know you're watching, Si. Bu.

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                          • Originally posted by SwissRedSoxFan View Post
                            Sometimes I dont get Baseball:

                            Aviles signs a 2/6 Million contract and Rich Hill with his 1.85 ERA and 9.6 K/9 settles for a minor league contract. Yeah, yeah I know he had TJ surgery in 2011. Still, he really deserved a 1-2 mill. contract at least.

                            And good luck with Aviles sub .300 obp. for the next two years.
                            Too many people blinded by his power in the first half of 2012? The Mike Aviles sucks, no discussion there. Won't miss him.
                            Watching Derek Jeter make 40 defensive plays and then watching Adam Everett make 40 defensive plays at the same position is sort of like watching video of Barbara Bush dancing at the White House, and then watching Demi Moore dancing in Striptease. (Bill James)

                            Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power. If he can continue to hit .260 or so, he'll be useful, and he probably has a future as a backup infielder. (Keith Law)

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                            • 1 WAR is worth about $5 million.

                              Aviles has produced 7.3 WAR in 5 seasons in the major leagues.
                              That's 1.5 WAR per season.

                              1.5 WAR times $5 million = $7.5 WAR per season.

                              Aviles signed for less than half of that.

                              It's a perfectly reasonable deal.



                              Hill has pitched 30 innings in the last 3 seasons.

                              No guarantee you'll get anything from him.
                              Minor league deal makes perfect sense.

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                              • Originally posted by filihok View Post
                                1 WAR is worth about $5 million.

                                Aviles has produced 7.3 WAR in 5 seasons in the major leagues.
                                That's 1.5 WAR per season.

                                1.5 WAR times $5 million = $7.5 WAR per season.

                                Aviles signed for less than half of that.

                                It's a perfectly reasonable deal.



                                Hill has pitched 30 innings in the last 3 seasons.

                                No guarantee you'll get anything from him.
                                Minor league deal makes perfect sense.
                                for the price he is OK but when you want to win 90+ you want more than 1.5 WAR from your starting SS. If all your pos. players produce 1.5 WAR your lineup produces 12 WAR. you said yourself 2 WAR is average.

                                so 1.5 WAR is OK for your SS if you are the astros but not if you are the red sox and want to win 95.
                                I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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