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Nomar to Retire as a Red Sox

Posted by redsoxcollector on March 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Nomar Garciaparra will sign a one day minor league contract with Boston, then announce his retirement as a member of the Red Sox.  


Nomar played 9 seasons with the Sox, before being traded to the Cubs at the 2004 trade deadline. Nomar was Rookie of the Year in 1997.  After the Sox went on to win their first world championship in 86 years in 2004, Nomar was given a ring and a share of the winnings.  


Nomar was on six All-Star squads, led the league in batting average in 1999 and 2000, and will retire with a lifetime batting average of .313.  Injury shortened seasons in recent years prevented the Hall of Fame career he would have likely had otherwise.  As it stands, his stats fall short of what is generally considered Hall of Fame numbers.  


Nomar is slated to do commentary and analysis for ESPN.  We wish him well!  

MLB Sues Upper Deck Over Card Sales

Posted by redsoxcollector on February 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (0)

From Beckett.com: 


 

"Major League Baseball Properties filed suit against Upper Deck in a New York federal court on Monday alleging that the Carlsbad, Calif-based company is in violation of its trademarks in a pair of recently released baseball card products.

 

On Friday, MLBP issued a statement that it would “vigorously use all legal means to protect the intellectual property of Major League Baseball and its member Clubs.”

 

The filing notes that Upper Deck owes MLB Properties $2.4 million and that the company’s actions are “reflective of a pattern of utter disrespect for the contractual and intellectual property rights of those from whom it licenses valuable trademarks.”

 

Upper Deck’s baseball cards are not licensed by MLB Properties but are approved by the MLB Players Association. MLB awarded Topps its exclusive contract beginning in 2010. A pair of recently released baseball card sets — 2009 Signature Stars and 2009 Ultimate Collection — show logos in photos of players but do not otherwise use MLB trademarks as part of the card designs.

 

Upper Deck declined to comment on the licensing issue. However, in a letter to its distributors, the company threatened legal action of its own against MLBP after MLBP told distributors that it should not sell the products." 


I wondered why I saw 2010 Upper Deck cards on the market after MLB announced it was only licensing Topps to make cards in 2010.  By the way, I hear the 2010 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection cards are awesome.  

J-Bay Becomes a Met

Posted by redsoxcollector on December 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (2)

Well, pending a physical - and there are some concerns about his shoulder and his knee - Jason Bay will be playing for the Mets next year, for a reported four year, $66 million deal.  That would seem to leave the Sox outfield with Ellsbury in left, Mike Cameron in center, and J.D. Drew in right.  I am guessing Josh Reddick would be the "spare" outfielder  if no further deals are made.  This ends much speculation that Theo was still in the hunt for J-Bay, who was looking for a five year deal that never materialized.   

BoSox Sign John Lackey

Posted by redsoxcollector on December 14, 2009 at 7:09 PM Comments comments (0)

It is reported by SI.com that the Red Sox have signed pitcher John Lackey to a 5 year, $85 million contract.  Lackey was in Boston today for a physical.  This signing will give the Sox an incredible rotation with Lackey, Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, Matsuzaka, and Wakefield.  

Sox Get A Shortstop

Posted by redsoxcollector on December 4, 2009 at 8:11 AM Comments comments (0)

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have come to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent shortstop Marco Scutaro, MLB.com has learned through a source close to the situation. The team has yet to make an announcement, but the pact is pending a physical, which is scheduled for Friday.


 

There is also an option for the third year which is mutual, according to the Boston Herald.

 

With Scutaro set to join the Red Sox, All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia will no longer need to switch positions. A few days ago, Pedroia told the Red Sox he would be happy to move back to shortstop, a position he played in college and in the Minors, if the club couldn't find anyone on the market.


Will Pedro and Schilling be in the Hall of Fame?

Posted by redsoxcollector on October 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM Comments comments (3)

Pedro pitched a good game tonight, though in a losing effort.  A talk show I was listening to today discussed whether Pedro and Schilling would be hall-of-famers.  Curious, I checked baseballreference.com's ratings of the two in terms of hall of fame ratings, and threw Roger Clemens in as well.  


For an explanation of ratings see 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/about/leader_glossary.shtml#black_ink


Black Ink - average HOF'er scores 40

Pedro 55 Schilling 42 Clemens 100


Gray Ink - average HOF'er scores 185

Pedro 215 Schilling 205 Clemens 314 


Career Standards - likely HOF'er scores 100 or above

Pedro 202 Schilling 171 Clemens 332


Hall of Fame Monitor - likely HOF'er scores 50 or above   

Pedro 60 Schilling 46   Clemens 73  


The results bear out the opinions of the talk show hosts - Pedro should be in the hall for sure, and probably Schilling will be there as well.  And Pedro did it without steroids and bloody socks!  

Sox Make Contract Offer To J-Bay

Posted by redsoxcollector on October 29, 2009 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (4)

News reports say the Red Sox have offered Jason Bay a four year, $60 million dollar contract.  


I expect Theo is doing more than testing the waters here.  Chances are good that at least a couple other teams will offer Bay more money.  My guess is that Theo wants to know up front if J-Bay will take that kind of cash in order to stay with Boston.  I think if he responds that he wants to see what else might come his way in terms of a larger contract, Theo will fold his hand and begin the search for a replacement right away.  


Good or bad?  Bay was certainly more than a place holder for Manny last year.  This year his HR and RBI numbers remained very good with career highs of 36 HR and 119 RBI but the average was down at .267 and he was 1 for 8 in the post season.  He seemed to perform well in the clutch early on, but became inconsistent as the season progressed.  He played well in the field, with no errors in 325 chances and had 15 assists.  


If my perception of Theo's thought process is right, I agree with him.  If we can wrap Jason up for 4 years at $15 mil per, great!  If he feels the need to market himself to squeeze out a couple mil more, goodbye and good luck.  Then we look for a replacement.  


Thoughts?  Will J-Bay take the offer?  If not, who do we pursue to put in left field?  



Why The Yankees Can't Win The World Series

Posted by redsoxcollector on October 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (2)

I have been a Red Sox fan for half a century.  It was pretty tough for an awful lot of those years, and I will admit that while my loyalty never disappeared, it did have peaks and valleys.  But, through all those years, one thing remained.  The one thing that defines true Red Sox fans - my unwavering hatred of the Evil Empire, the New York Yankees.  I never once gave in to the idea that the Stankees were anything but a blemish on the otherwise pristine face of baseball.  


This year, the Yank-me's swept the Twins (big deal) while we were getting swept by the Halos.  It wasn't just Pap's fault, we couldn't hit our hats off in Anaheim.  Pap's failure to keep things rolling was just a continuation of our misadventures.  Case closed.  


But, though we are out of the running and once again "waiting till next year",  there is a bigger reason to root against the Bums From the Bronx than a mere century long rivalry unmatched anywhere in any sport.  There is a bigger reason for Hank's daddy's team to fail in pursuit of the ring than mere satisfaction to the millions in Red Sox Nation.  


Only one player in baseball history has played for both Red Sox and Ying-Yank world champions.  Only one, and he is the most immortal player to ever take the field or step to the plate.  He is George Herman "Babe" Ruth, the  man who incredibly set dozens of records in his time, not only as a hitter but as a pitcher.  The man who set those records without steroids and human growth hormones, just beer and hot dogs (and lots of both).  The Bambino, the standard by which all baseball players would come to be judged, even decades after his retirement.  


However, should the championship that George and Junior have been trying to buy for so long come to fruition, the Babe's special distinction would be destroyed.  There would be a second player to earn that special distinction.  A man who sold his "love" of the Red Sox down the river and cut his hair to join the Dark Side.  Johnny Damon.  Johnny Damon.  Johnny Damon would have the same distinction as the Sultan of Swat.  


The Yankees CAN NOT win the World Series.  Not this year.  That would just be wrong on so many levels.  


Gordon 

Papelblown!

Posted by redsoxcollector on October 11, 2009 at 9:42 PM Comments comments (6)

Well, the aggravation is over for 2009.  Two games of absent offense followed by a game 3 bullpen implosion.  Wait till next year.  Best of luck to the Angels.  


PS - anyone know why .147 hitter Jed Lowrie was pinch hitting in the bottom of the ninth??  


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