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In honor of the Red Sox exhibition game in Houston, I bring you the five reasons to visit Houston: 1. You’re trying to leave Texas and Houston has the closest airport. 2. You’re doing a study on air pollution. 3. The Carlos Lee fan club is holding their bi-annual meeting/all you can eat pizza feed. [...]

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Spring Profiles: J.D. Drew

by Sully on March 24, 2011

in Red Sox

In a twist that flew in the face of popular local narratives, J.D. Drew stuck out a full season in 2010 while one Gritty Gamer™ after another went down around him. The problem was, he struggled badly. At the plate, it was his worst campaign since his 23-year old rookie season. Drew hit .255/.341/.452, the [...]

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I had planned to file daily dispatches from Florida but it wasn’t to be. The days went long, the nights longer, and there turned out to be little time at all to write. I will have a longer post up with photos in the coming days, but I wanted to share my most surprising observation [...]

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George M. Steinbrenner Field is the mausoleum of spring training ballparks.  It’s imposing and grandiose but you wouldn’t actually want to spend time there.  Expensive tickets, bad sight-lines, and relatively massive seating capacity stand in opposition to traditional spring training’s easy going accessibility and prevent Steinbrenner Field from embracing the spring training aesthetic. Most Florida [...]

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Day one of baseball in Florida for me included a Red Sox-Braves tilt in Disney World, followed by a high school game that evening not too far away. It was hot at times and a whole lot of baseball but then again, there was never any confusion as to why I was headed down here. [...]

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Spring Profiles: Jacoby Ellsbury

by Sully on March 14, 2011

in AL East

In 2009, Jacoby Ellsbury hit .301/.355/.415 with 70 stolen bases in 82 attempts. He wasn’t a superstar, but it was good for a .363 wOBA and 127 wRC+. With last year’s total wash of a season fresh in Red Sox fans’ minds, it’s easy to forget that Ellsbury was actually a very good player just [...]

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Miscellany

by Sully on March 13, 2011

in Red Sox,Site Stuff

I spent much of last Friday and Saturday at the Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference, which is a gathering of smart people interested in many of the same things I am. In that regard, I really enjoyed myself but I must say that the conference itself is light on actual analytics. With Deadspin and Simmons [...]

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Spring Profiles: Carl Crawford

by Sully on March 3, 2011

in Red Sox

Manny Ramirez hit .312/.411/.586 in seven-plus seasons in a Red Sox uniform. The team qualified for the postseason in four of those seasons and won the World Series twice. He was excellent, and along with Jimmie Foxx, the finest right-handed hitter to ever wear the carmine hose. Carl Crawford’s better. It’s difficult to imagine how [...]

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Spring Profiles: Clay Buchholz

by Marc on March 1, 2011

in Red Sox

We’ll be taking a tour of the Red Sox roster this spring, player by player, looking for important things to focus on in 2011. Today we will kick things off with Clay Buchholz, who has been in the news recently to discuss his desire for a contract extension. Clay Buchholz is the lone member of [...]

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I tried to find a history of the Mayor’s Cup so I could throw out some impressive stats here, but it seems it isn’t important enough to be listed on Wikipedia or anywhere else on the internet.  Which is saying something profound, because the internet contains more worthless garbage than is possible to comprehend.  Take, [...]

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