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Thursday, July 30, 2009

  The Darkest of Dark Days

I once said that there was a very short list of players whom I truly believed would never use performance enhancing substances. They were Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey, Derek Jeter, and David Ortiz. We already know about A-Rod, who was reportedly on the list, which was supposed to be anonymous, of those who tested positive in 2003, triggering the mandatory testing and penalty policy.

Another pillar has fallen.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.

I'll add more later after mulling it over and doing some more reading online. In the meantime, let me just say that I am crushed. Crushed. There are no heroes left.

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It does not take very much to make somebody realize just what an impact Boston Red Sox Ted Williams had on the world of professional baseball. As a matter of fact, you would have to have been living under a rock for quite some time if you have never heard the name of this famous player. As far as contributions to baseball go, there is plenty that the world of baseball fans can thank Boston Red Sox Ted Williams for.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

  With Fingers Crossed...Here's to the "Sports Hub"

August 13 will be a big day in Boston sports media. In case you hadn't heard, WBZ radio, the oldest commercially licensed radio station in the United States, is branching out to FM and the sports radio arena. The new station, dubbed "Sports Hub," which will be heard at frequency 98.5, replacing WMJX WBMX, a.k.a. "Mix 98.5," which in turn will replace 104.1 WBCN, which is going away. None of which really matters to me. All that matters is that I don't have to listen to WEEI for my sports radio fix any more. Let the choirs of angels rejoice.

There is one negative to the situation, however. Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald reports today that former Red Sox utility infielder and native Bay Stater Lou Merloni had auditioned to co-host 'BZ-FM's afternoon show with Michael Felger, but chose to stay with WEEI's Big Show instead. That's too bad, because as much as I like Merloni and don't like Felger, I don't like Glen Ordway and Pete Sheppard even more. And since any alternative to WEEI's afternoon chauvinists will get a try from this listener, I must say that I'll miss Lou.

Here's hoping he'll come to his senses and will be heard on 98.5 ere long.

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The Sports Hub replacing WBMX on 98.5, not WMJX. WMJX is at 106.7FM.

LOL@ "...choirs rejoice"

I listen to sports news online, because although I'm a huge Red Sox fan, I'm in Canada.
I'm going to check this station though :)


  Trade Deadline: Down to the Wire

As I watched last night's game in which, for the second consecutive night, Mike Lowell wasn't playing, I wondered if there weren't perhaps some imminent deal that, once completed, would have required Terry Francona to pluck Lowell from the field. My curiosity stemmed from Adam LaRoche's impressive hitting in his short time (three games so far) as a Red Sox.

These items, posted yesterday on FanHouse.com, seem to suggest there is indeed something in the works, although not necessarily that it involves Lowell (hat tip Lloyd):

The Red Sox have told people they are trying to pull off something huge before the deadline, reports FanHouse's Ed Price. Boston is creative so it could be in on any number of different names from Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez to Roy Halladay, and possibly involve multiple teams.
With the Phillies and Blue Jays apparently at an impasse, an executive from another team told FanHouse's Ed Price that he thought the Red Sox would "swoop in" and get Halladay before the trade deadline. Toronto's exorbitant asking price for the right-handed ace remains a big stumbling block for potential suitors.

Go to the link for other links to stories, twitter feeds, etc.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

  Delcarmen NOT Out, LaRoche to Sox

Now that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette web site is loading a bit faster, here's the link to Dejan Kovacevic's running updates about the rumored LaRoche trade. Take note of the 1:18 p.m. update, which cites "independent confirmation" that Boston will give up single-A infielder Argenis Diaz and AA pitcher Hunter Strickland.

No one is talking about when the deal might be finalized, but it is clearly not yet done because LaRoche is in the dugout (though not in the lineup) for this afternoon's Pirates game.

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  Delcarmen Out, Is Lowell Next?

Just ran into co-worker and occasional guest blogger Matt Goulet in the company cafeteria deli line. He reports having heard on WEEI today that a trade is pending between the Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates: relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen for first baseman Adam Laroche. Neither team is saying anything yet. But if this is true, it doesn't bode well for Mike Lowell, who will be a man without a position if LaRoche bumps Kevin Youkilis back to third base.

I'll post updates as I find them.

Update 13:05 EDT: If I knew more about the NL, I'd have known that LaRoche is probably not Red Sox starting material. So rather than being a threat to Lowell, he's probably more of a threat to Mark Kotsay. Anyway, Adam Speier has a blog post at WEEI.com saying that Delcarmen is not part of the deal.

Update 13:14 EDT: Suddenly, the above link is gone. But Speier is now saying that this is a three-way deal. He doesn't mention whom the Sox are giving up.

Update 13:16 EDT: Oops, it wasn't Speier who said a third team was involved. Now where did I read that?

Update 13:18 EDT: Just ignore that three-team thing. I can't find it now. What the latest Speier post does say is that the Pirates will get minor leaguers Argenis Diaz and Hunter Strickland. Speier also links to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but I've been waiting for 2 minutes for the page to come up and still have nothing.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

  Julio Lugo News Flash

This just in from WEEI FLASH:

WEEI.com has learned from a source familiar with the situation, that the Red Sox have designated Julio Lugo for assignment. Visit http://www.weei.com

Surprised? No one should be, not only given Lugo's poor performance on the field and his lack of playing time, but also because of numerous online news stories in the last 24 hours indicating that Lugo's departure was imminent (he didn't travel with the team to Toronto, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne; the team is willing to assume Lugo's salary if he is traded, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal; and the need for a roster spot given the activation of Mike Lowell and Jed Lowrie and the ascension of Clay Buchholz, according to the Herald's Sean McAdam).

Thus is appears that the Red Sox will discard yet another shortstop while paying him to play for someone else.

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