Who’s on first? It shouldn’t be Ramirez

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The unmitigated disaster that Hanley Ramirez has been in left field this year has prompted new Red Sox President of Baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to force Ramirez into the infield. Not to either of the positions he has played in his career short (god forbid) and not to third, but to first base. A small factor in this decision is the predicted here turn around of Jackie Bradley and Rusney Castillo. Both of whom after some time at AAA and a chance at more regular at bats have proven themselves to be more than useful at the plate and two thirds of what could be the best defensive outfield this town has seen since Lynn, Rice and Evans. But lets get back to the problem at hand shall we?

Hanley Ramirez at first base is an only slightly less egregious move than Ben and Larry inking him to that four-year $88.000,000 deal last November. If you think watching this buffoon try to play left field was enough to make you want to run screaming from your Flat-Screens you Ain’t seen nothing yet my friends. Contrary to popular belief and Billy Beane not everyone can play first base. But the powers that be don’t have the stones enough to just sit Ramirez to for fill my prophesy of a Betts, JBJ, Rusney outfield they want to up his trade value. That’s not happening. Not with this move. The only thing that can up Hanley Ramirez’ trade value is eating money and his getting right at the plate.

Ramirez came out of the gate this season seemingly tearing the cover off the ball batting .293/10/22 these numbers were as misleading as his claims of wanting to work hard to learn left field. Seeing as the only extra base hits he had in those 90 PA were his 10 dingers. Since May first, he’s hit nine. And not one ne after the break. Seems whatever “ Diet and Exorcize program” Hanley was on in the off-season he’s chucked it. The one and only reason Ramirez was brought to Boston was to Rake, the only reason anyone will take him on even at a drastically reduced number wont me predicated on his ability to play first but is………If he Rakes.

I just don’t see it happening. Not at First not in Left or at this point even at DH. What ever Dominican work out program he was on has long left his system and the secret sauce on Big Mac’s isn’t going to jump start a talent that wasn’t truly there when the old regime decided to bring this stiff to the Old Town Team. Do I have a solution to this conundrum? No. But I know it isn’t sitting down Travis Shaw.

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Who’s On First ? It Shouldn’t Be Ramirez

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The unmitigated disaster that Hanley Ramirez has been in left field this year has prompted new Red Sox President of Baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to force Ramirez into the infield. Not to either of the positions he has played in his career short (god forbid) and not to third, but to first base. A small factor in this decision is the predicted here turn around of Jackie Bradley and Rusney Castillo. Both of whom after some time at AAA and a chance at more regular at bats have proven themselves to be more than useful at the plate and two thirds of what could be the best defensive outfield this town has seen since Lynn, Rice and Evans. But lets get back to the problem at hand shall we?

Hanley Ramirez at first base is an only slightly less egregious move than Ben and Larry inking him to that four-year $88.000,000 deal last November. If you think watching this buffoon try to play left field was enough to make you want to run screaming from your Flat-Screens you Ain’t seen nothing yet my friends. Contrary to popular belief and Billy Beane not everyone can play first base. But the powers that be don’t have the stones enough to just sit Ramirez to for fill my prophesy of a Betts, JBJ, Rusney outfield they want to up his trade value. That’s not happening. Not with this move. The only thing that can up Hanley Ramirez’ trade value is eating money and his getting right at the plate.

Ramirez came out of the gate this season seemingly tearing the cover off the ball batting .293/10/22 these numbers were as misleading as his claims of wanting to work hard to learn left field. Seeing as the only extra base hits he had in those 90 PA were his 10 dingers. Since May first, he’s hit nine. And not one ne after the break. Seems whatever “ Diet and Exorcize program” Hanley was on in the off-season he’s chucked it. The one and only reason Ramirez was brought to Boston was to Rake, the only reason anyone will take him on even at a drastically reduced number wont me predicated on his ability to play first but is………If he Rakes.

I just don’t see it happening. Not at First not in Left or at this point even at DH. What ever Dominican work out program he was on has long left his system and the secret sauce on Big Mac’s isn’t going to jump start a talent that wasn’t truly there when the old regime decided to bring this stiff to the Old Town Team. Do I have a solution to this conundrum? No. But I know it isn’t sitting down Travis Shaw.

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College Football Preview [ Playboy Mag’s Top Ten #CFB 2016 teams ]

It's anybody's Guess!

It’s anybody’s Guess!

It’s that time of year again and Vegas is buzzing!  The infusion of energy that hits the sports books when college football is on deck.  So which teams do you have making it to the playoffs?  Do you think that Ohio State will repeat?

Playboy’s got a great feature article, Pigskin Preview, written by Bruce Feldman                   [ @BruceFeldmanCFB ] and he’s gone ahead and ranking his top ten CFB teams.  There’s also Playboy’s All American Team which is bound to create some additional buzz.

According to Ken Thomson, host of the popular sports show in Vegas, that airs M-F out of Lagasse’s Stadium, it’s a bit too early to tell just which teams might be on top.  Although Ken does thing Urban Meyer has a great chance, he cautions all to be cautious when betting on futures.  According to Ken, there’s so much that can be learned in the first few weeks.

To learn more about who Ken thinks will come out on top this year you can tune in to his radio program that is broadcast weeknights in Vegas via Yahoo Sports Radio.  The link is www.sportsxradio.com 

Richie Incognito [ I knew he’d be back, didn’t you? ]

Remember the fall out? The crazy scandal? Richie Incognito and the bullying in the locker room? Well, I was one of the folks who knew Richie would be back. After the dust settled, after the craziness was gone, if he could still play, he’d be playing.

This isn’t about “I told you so” because I’m not really interested in being right. What I am interested in is seeing the National Football League [NFL] do the right thing. Is bringing Richie Incognito back, the right thing? Well, it’s bound to be something that stirs up controversy if Richie sucks. Yet, if he plays well, chances are nobody’s going to care. Right?

Time passes and people tend to forget about the craziness. Of course, unless you’re the MLB and it’s about Pete Rose. Then nobody forgets! What about the kids in Sayreville, New Jersey? Did anyone forget about them? One of them lost a scholarship opportunity to Penn State.

Should the NFL care about the image it sets? Does it do enough to make sure its athletes are sending the right message to kids who look up to them? Then again, maybe kids do not look up to them anymore. Maybe social media has pulled the wool off the image of the elite athlete and no longer are they held in such high regard. Maybe that’s a good thing. Then again, maybe not.

Here’s the link to the article that’s up at NFL.com about Richie’s return. You decide.

Richie Incognito: I thought my NFL career was over – NFL.com http://www.nfl.com/m/share?p=%2Fnews%2Fstory%2F0ap3000000515785%2Farticle%2Frichie-incognito-i-thought-my-nfl-career-was-over

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What are you wearing?

It’s almost here!  You know what ‘it’ is.  Don’t you?  I mean it’s mid-August, and there’s your first clue.  So the question that comes to mind, “What are you wearing?”  Me, I tend to opt for something Guess to complete my Sunday Night Fashion [SNF].  Come to think of it, I tend to opt for something Guess to complete my Monday Night Fashion [MNF], as well.

This fall I’m excited to be working with some of the best stylists to create fabulous ‘To Do’ lists to help those who want to tailgate in style.  In addition, there will be some great tips for those who catch the game at their favorite sports pub, or head to the casino.  Of course, ‘it’ is football, and those of us who love football and even those of us who don’t, realize it’s never going out of fashion!

Love Guess by @SportSXMichelle

Love Guess by @SportSXMichelle

Red Sox: Dombrowski Hire a Grand Slam

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When the Detroit Tigers stepped into a pile of dog crap a few weeks ago firing Dave Dombrowski I tweeted – This is bad news for Ben Cherington. Well the mainstream trolls jumped down my thought process…

He won’t fit here … said one

Well no he won’t fit in here, and that’s a good thing. The man sitting in the big chair won’t let the business run the baseball. If not gone at least pushed to the side are the stat geeks who made decisions on what ballplayers to bring in and who to let go. Contract extensions will now be predicated on talent not on theory, age or computer driven hypotheses. Ownership won’t be knocking on Dombrowski’ door telling him to do something about the ratings.

What did he really do in Detroit… said another

All Dombrowski did was resurrect a once proud franchise that had fallen apart back into relevance and a perennial contender to get to the Word Series. Now he takes over one that is set up for him to do business the way he likes to do it even better.

We have a GM whose contract was just extended and just won a world series… that was my favorite

I have nothing for this, sorry people it’s not nice to pick on a person this stupid.

I wrote back in June that John Henry needed to blow up this organization, find a real philosophy and pour a new foundation – Dave Dombrowski is that foundation. His philosophy is one built on baseball and backbone, not TV ratings and brick sales. Hoarding prospects at the expense of the big league club is no longer part of the business model. contracts will be offered on talent not DOB and extensions wont be handed out to prove a point, Not with this guy.There are no ties or personal relationships that will hold Dombrowski back. There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Dave Dombrowski

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A New Kind of Fantasy by @SportSXMichelle

Hey everyone it’s Michelle [ @SportSXMichelle ] on Twitter.  I’m stopping by Pam’s site to get infused and check out some of the latest articles.  Thought I would share about the new kind of fantasy that’s taking on the sports world.

Perhaps you have already heard.  It’s virtual reality and according to @SINow it’s growing by “leaps and bounds.”  The college football edition of SI, includes an article by LIndsay Schnell, that discusses how virtual reality cameras are allowing recruits to experience what its like to run a play at the Big House [ @SINow, College Football Preview, August 10 -2015].

It makes perfect sense as technology continues to grow it continue to be used  in an innovative manner in the sports industry.  Having recruits experience the thrill of the game, before ever signing up for a particular school is just one way virtual reality serves society.  Of course, anything new is usually met with negative feedback, as many resist change. Some are not sold on this new technology.

According to Jim Harbaugh, “In recruiting, a lot of times we’re stuck in Imagination World.” With VR, instead of saying, “Hey this is our team meeting room, imagine what it’s like when it’s full.” you get a chance to take things out of the fantasy realm and let the kids see and feel, to some degree, what life would be like as a Wolverine.” Hmmmmm you see how the world is revolving around fantasy.  It’s everywhere, and those of us paying attention realize that fantasy is definitely the next big thing!!

You’ll find more about this fantasy in the 8/10/2015 issue of SI, along with some great information about college football.  I just wanted to share the highlights!! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @SportSXMichelle, and let me know what you think about this new kind of fantasy.  Cheers!

Red Sox : JBJ Is Here To Stay

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With the exception of Gerry Callahan, Butchie and I might have been the last people on earth to believe in Jackie Bradley Junior. Okay I didn’t put much stock into Twitter haters who said his mom doesn’t even think he can hit in the show. But people were saying it. I laid a lot of blame on Jackie’s ineptitude at the plate at John Farrell’s feet. Not getting a real shot to show what he could do, being buried in the nine hole with no protection in the lineup, and never being allowed a chance to back up a decent day at the plate because he would be sat down the next day in favor of a vet – who, lets face it, John Farrell likes more than kids. But Shane and Nava are gone and injuries to Mookie and then Hanley Ramirez forced Big John to play Jackie day after day after day. And Jackie’s produced.

Just two weeks ago, Bradley’s averaged looked like it fell off the dollar menu at McDonalds, but as he has gotten more comfortable with his swing and shown MLB that he can catch up to inside heat they have had to adjust. Having Mookie back in the lineup hitting behind him hasn’t hurt either. But this success mostly belongs to Jackie. That dollar menu average has shot up to .250. Hard hit line drives that found outfield leather in past call ups are now falling in for extra base hits liners that seemed to have a homing device for whomever happened to be playing second or first are finding holes and every groundball has eyes. I personally am feeling a bit of vindication in my boasts that JBJ had the ability to hit .250 at this level. That’s right I’m sticking to my .250 number (for now).

Lets be honest, Saturdays 5-6 2 HR 3 2b 7 RBI and 5 Runs is about as rare a day as you can get. Sure Jackie will have his zero for seven, three for thirteen stints, that’s baseball. But he’s shown front office and rest of the world he belongs. He’s more than just the BEST defensive outfielder you or I have ever seen in a Red Sox uniform. He’s a ball player, in every way that he needs to be.

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Red Sox; Everything Old Is New Again

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When Larry Luchinno was set adrift on an ice flow last week I hoped Red Sox Owner Jon Henry was setting out on a mission. A mission to find a fresh face a new sets of eyes, to help right his sinking ship, well no such luck. Henry instead went into the way back machine to pluck old friend Jerry Dipoto off the unemployment lines, Depoto the former Red Sox scout and Angels GM is being brought in as a “ Short Term Consultant “ to Ben Cherington. This isn’t what I was hoping for. You can discuss argue or even fight over if this is a good move or a bad one for Cherington. What you can’t argue over is if this is a good move for Red Sox Nation. Ill cut to the chase, its not.

Depoto is anything but a fresh set of eyes. Yes Mike Trout fell into his lap so he must be a great talent evaluator. But while he lead the Angels Depoto managed just one trip to the post season, brought in high priced overpaid free agents and clashed so badly with Manager Mike Scioscia he quit. Yep quit. What did they clash over? Analytics, Depoto is another stat geek who depends more on the zeros and ones that his hard drive pumps out than the hard facts that his baseball people feed him about a players potential. Don’t get me wrong there is a place for analytics in this game but nothing can replace a good baseball eye. The question is does Depoto have that eye. I am not so sure. I’m all for change, change is a good thing but when you bring in an old friend who thinks exactly the way your other old friends think is it really a change at all?

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Rousey vs Floyd? Really?

Stopped by this morning for my weekly infusion, and thought I’d mention what’s trending in Vegas.  Seems everyone is buzzing about the beginning of football season, as well as, the possibility of the next main event, which might include Rhonda Roussey and Floyd Mayweather.  Could it happen?  Well, I suppose anything is possible.  The money alone might draw both into the ring, and it could be something that outdoes that last boxing match in Vegas, that left so many disappointed.

When asked what he thought about this match up, Pamela’s co-host on the weekly sports show, Sports Infusion, Andrew ‘Fish’ Fain, said, “Wow, okay I think Rhonda is right.  I think she destroys him in any fight except a boxing match.  She is the most dangerous person on the planet right now, and as long as he doesn’t hit her first, it would be over quickly.”

Well, I don’t know if I would go as far as to say she’s the most dangerous person on the planet, but I know what he means, and she definitely is wielding some major power.  Good for her!  I can hear some folks saying that Floyd is used to beating up girls, since there’s often some controversy about his past altercations with women he’s had intimate relationships with, but this time it would be different.  This time, the woman is not so much a victim, as opposed to a contender, and is ready and willing to take on the hits.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.  I’m guessing it happens, just because it might be something the public wants to see, and usually for the right amount of money, and opt potential ratings, it seems that anything’s possible.

Rhonda