Category Archives: Today In Baseball

Today in Baseball: Boston Just Got a WHOLE Lot Better

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Late last night, we found out that Hanley Ramirez was flying into Boston to finalize a deal with the Red Sox. At about 1 PM ET on today, November 24th, this rumor was confirmed- Hanley signed with the Red Sox for four years, $88 million.

Then, at about 7 AM ET this morning, Jon Heyman tweeted that Pablo Sandoval would be headed to Boston as well….

During the course of about six hours, the Red Sox went from being a mediocre team coming off a 91-loss season to a bona fide World Series contender.

These two guys have been absolutely phenomenal in recent years. Let’s check out what these two combine to have accomplished thus far in the MLB…

  • 17 years of MLB service (Ramirez-10, Sandoval-7)
  • 5 All-Star Game appearances (Ramirez-3, Sandoval-2)
  • 3 World Series wins (Ramirez-0, Sandoval-3)
  • 2,349 hits (Ramirez-1403, Sandoval-946)
  • 297 home runs (Ramirez-191, Sandoval-106)
  • And much, much more….

The Red Sox positional lineup is now as follows:

C: Christian Vazquez
1B: Mike Napoli
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Pablo Sandoval
SS: Hanley Ramirez (*he may end up moving to outfield in order to keep Xander Bogaerts in the lineup)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes
CF: Rusney Castillo
RF: Shane Victorino
DH: David Ortiz

That team has insane levels of power, especially considering that they’re playing in Fenway Park, one of, if not the, most hitter-friendly ballparks in the MLB.

Boston still has a lot of cap space, and a lot of young assets, so it seems as though these two moves aren’t the only high-profile ones that the Red Sox will make this offseason. Maybe they bring back Jon Lester… Maybe they trade Xander Bogaerts and other prospects for Cole Hamels…

Whether or not the Red Sox are done making moves remains to be seen, but today, we know that the Red Sox will, once again, be serious competitors in the American League.

Will they go from Worst-to-First again? COMMENT your answer to this question and YOUR RESPONSE to these moves as a whole!

Today in Baseball: Some BIG Acquisitions

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So, today was a pretty big day in baseball. Today was the first day of the MLB offseason to hold a multitude of big moves. We had a trade, a signing, and an extension. Let’s start with the trade…

Today in Baseball: Welcome to the Mets, Michael Cuddyer!

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Well, I just sat down to write this week’s “Today in Baseball” piece. I took a couple of seconds to think about what I’d write. I wrote down the title, “Jacob deGrom: Rookie of the Year,” and planned to write it after the award was officially announced (in hopes that my confidence wouldn’t backfire). With my plan set to happen later on in the day, I clicked onto Facebook. Right there, at the top of my new feed, was a post from SNY: “The Mets have signed Michael Cuddyer!”

And there was my article.

Talk about timing…

Today in Baseball: Joe Maddon, the Chicago Cub

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Today, we saw what we’ve been anticipating since Joe Maddon backed out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on October 24th. We saw Joe Maddon introduced as the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Maddon’s resumé is just tremendous. 2x AL Manager of the Year. Above .500 win percentage for his career (and let’s not forget he was Tampa’s manager during the Years of Misery). He led the Rays, formerly the laughing stock of the MLB, to the 2008 World Series.

Today In Baseball: R.I.P. Oscar Taveras

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Nicknamed Oscar “Ted Williams” Taveras for his incredible skill set and power.

Baseball America’s #3 Prospect in 2013 and 2014.

Hit a home run in his first MLB game.

Homered in Game 2 of 2014 NLCS, leading to Cardinals only victory of the series.

Heralded by many to be on his way to superstardom.