Showing posts with label boston red sox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label boston red sox. Show all posts

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cecil Cooper A Very Underrated Talent

Cecil Cooper was a player who started his career with the Boston Red Sox in 1971 and ended his career in 1987 with the Milwaukee Brewers. When Cooper hit the scene he was not known as a very good defensive player. Over the years though he improved that a lot and towards the end of his career he was a very good one.

Most people do not realize that Coop as he was known could do almost anything with the bat. If you needed a bunt, single or home run he could do it all. He made himself a complete player which is rare in today's game. Even though his numbers were not great in Boston he made up for that in Milwaukee. He helped the Brewers make the playoffs and was a consistent player during his time with the Brewers.

Cooper managed the Houston Astros, but was fired in 2009. He now lives in Texas with his wife Tori and has two grown daughters. Cecil Cooper was not the biggest star in his career, but a player that produced in the clutch and on a consistent basis.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Did MLB Make A Mistake Not Suspending Ray's David Price?

It looks like MLB is back at it when it comes suspending players. David Price was in the center of controversy of the latest feud between the Red Sox and The Rays. Price and Ortiz got into it after Price drilled Oritz. I was surprised that Price did not get suspended for hitting Big Papi. What does this mean? It sets up many different problems for MLB.

First you must not pick and choose whom you suspend. If you suspend one player for throwing at another you need to suspend everyone. This tell players that MLB is not going to be fair when it comes to suspensions. That also means players will take punishments into their own hands even if it means a suspension.

I look for Big Papi to issue his own kind of justice. People may not like how he handles it, but he gave MLB a chance to take care of it and they did not. I guess we will have to wait and see how this all plays out in the end.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Still Makes Headlines With Home Run And More Drama

Alex Rodriguez is one player that you either hate or love. Last night in Boston A-Rod was hit by a pitch from Ryan Dempster and that set off the fireworks for an eventful night in Beantown. Boston could not handle A-Rod as he hit a home run to help ignite the New York Yankees to another win. There are many things that people don't like about A-Rod, but he does make things very interesting to say the least.

No matter what anyone says about Alex Rodriguez he seems to do well in the spotlight. It should be interesting to see how he does rest of the season or at least until is hearing is held. I think there is more to the suspension then we know, but it will all come out. For now though A-Rod gives us plenty of drama to watch, write, and even talk about in the coming weeks. Last night was another vintage A-Rod performance which he seems to love to give when everyone things you got him down.

Friday, November 11, 2011

First Red Sox To Leave Is Johnathan Papelbon As He Signs With The Phillies

It seems the exit from Boston is starting and the first guy leaving town looks like Johnathan Papelbon the Red Sox closer. Papelbon, the longtime Red Sox right-hander who has anchored their bullpen for six years, including a World Series title in 2007, has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies pending a physical. Now to be honest I do not know what the Philadelphia Phillies gave him that kind of money, but they must see something in him.

Papelbon at times was very good, but at times he was a mystery and you did not know what you were going to get from him. I think the Phillies overpaid for Papelbon, but only time will tell how it will work out for the Phillies and the closer. Switching over to the National League maybe a little tough, but we will see what happens to him and if he can still be a top closer.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In The Dugout: Boston Red Sox Need Accountability For 2012

Looking from the outside the Boston Red Sox did not have a bad year. They did finished with a 90-72 record, but that was not good enough for a playoff spot this past season. In Boston it is playoffs or bust, so this was a busted season by their standards. Offensively, the Boston Red Sox were first in runs, slugging percentage, and on base average, and second in batting average. The problem was not on offense it was on defense and pitching. The bullpen let to many leads slip away and the starting pitching was horrible at times.

The Red Sox also had accountability issues as well. It seems drinking and many other things were going on under Terry Francona's watch and now he is no longer the manager. The next guy they bring into Boston must make the players accountable for the things they do on and off the field. Until that is done the Red Sox will continue to struggle. David Oritz has said he probably wants out of Boston and maybe bringing in Carlos Beltran is something they may want to do.

Right now the number one thing for the Boston Red Sox is to get a guy in their that will make everyone accountable for their own actions. No more doing what you want when you want to do it. A tough manager is needed to get this team going in the right direction. The Red Sox are still very talented, but to get back to where they want to be changes will need to be made.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Red Sox Players Did They Drink Or Not

It seems the fallout from the Boston Red Sox party ways continues to come out. Several reports have players drinking in the dugout even though players have denied it. Now no matter how you look at it players should not be drinking period why they are playing a game. After the game they can drink as much as they want, but not during the game.

Owners pay a lot of money to these players to perform on the field. Fans do not pay high ticket prices to see players drinking in the dugout they want to see them perform the best they can on the field. The Boston Red Sox players and management needs to come clean about what really happen in the clubhouse and dugout. The fans have a right to know, because in the end they pay part of a players salary through ticket prices. Red Sox players should know better than to drink on the job, and if it was happening they should be ashamed of it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Francona And Boston Part Ways Best For Both Sides

There comes a time when you have to know when it is time to move on. After two World Series championships Terry Francona decided it was best for him to move on. There were many problems with the Red Sox and we will probably not hear them all, but when a manager leaves that tells you a lot.

Boston has a collection of players with egos and from what I seen of them they did not listen to their manager as much as they had in the past. Yes, injuries played a part in the Red Sox missing the playoffs, but so did not giving it your all. There were times it seemed the Red Sox players did not give their best effort.

With Terry Francona gone it will be interesting to see who is brought in to manage them. It is a high-profile job, but it also comes with very high expectations. Will the Red Sox promote from within or go outside the organization. Either way they lost a good man in Terry Francona.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blame The Red Sox Collapse On The Players No One Else

It is a somber mood in Red Sox Nation today as their Red Sox's are trying to make sense of what happen to them. The Red Sox had a nine game lead and looked like a lock for the playoffs, but it is the Tampa Bay Rays who made it and not them. The Red Sox went 6-18 after that and did not win consecutive games at any point in the month after building a nine game lead. The only people you can blame for this epic collapse is the players.

The Red Sox players are the ones out on the field making the plays or not making the plays. There really is no excuse for playing as bad as they did at times. I will admit I have never seen such a epic collapse like this from such a talented team. This will stick with Red Sox Nation for a very long time. Many people want to point fingers and those fingers better be pointed at the players because that is where the blame needs to be.

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