That's too bad, but then again I'm sure the players are even more relieved that it's not true. Can't imagine how they felt after the Japan opener in 2007, in yet they also made it to the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
But then again, everyone knows how that ended.
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With the MLB trade rumors in full force, I've been taking a break from the college newspaper reporting scene, but have concocted a masterful idea. In January 2010, Batter-up with Bruno will list the Top 20 college newspaper sites in the country. The list will solely focus on the site, not the actual newspaper. With the changing journalism industry it's only fair. The rankings will be based on five categories:
1. Overall design and appearance2. Navigation3. Frequent Updates4. Story content and writing5. Multimedia Each of those categories will earn between 0-5 points and that's how the list will be compiled. If you have any suggestions of sites to look into feel free to contact me or leave a comment under this post. Spread the word and let the games begin.Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
In less than 24-hours, the Placido Polanco to Boston rumors are dead. The Philadelphia Phillies inked the Detroit Tigers second baseman for a three-year $18 million contract The Detroit Free Press reported. With Polanco off the market, perhaps those Dustin Pedroia moving over to shortstop rumors will die too. At this point, it's all about Marco Scutaro, whether you agree or not.Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
Apparently the Boston Red Sox management is in complete panic mode.
Last night there was quite a stir in New England when the words, Dustin, Pedroia, and shortstop were all mentioned in the same sentence. With the shortstop position in complete crisis mode, one "solution" is possibly moving the current and Gold Glove winning second baseman to his old position in while playing for Arizona State in college. Is this really a smart move? Pedroia isn't foreign to the position, but he hasn't played it since 2006 while he split between Pawtucket and the Red Sox. A similar comparison would be when the New York Yankees shifted Alex Rodriguez to third base from shortstop to make room for him on the roster and on the diamond since Derek Jeter already filled in that slot. Pedroia won a Gold Glove in 2008 and has flashed a lot of leather around in his three full big league seasons. He's committed only 18 errors in those three seasons out of 2,021 chances and exactly six errors per season. Why mess with Pedroia's success? And suppose it doesn't work out? There's already a rumor going around that the Sox are interested in 34-year-old second baseman Placido Palanco who wasn't offered arbitration from the Detroit Tigers. Wait, another 34-year-old? What is it with these guys? Marco Scutaro or Palanco? On a defensive stand point, Palanco made two errors in 151 games and Scutaro had 10 errors in 43 games. Oh what to do Boston, can we please get it together? Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
VS Editor's Note: The title of this article was changed from "Hey ESPNBoston: Stop stealing the Globe's sports staff," due to readers' confusion of getting my point across (see Boston Herald paragraph). About a week ago I read something very interesting on apsportseditors.org the official website of the Associated Press Sports Editors (ASPE). It was the November Newsletter written by Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan entitled, "Fending off the ESPN.com invasion." In it Sullivan described the recent invasion of ESPNBoston and how the company literally was trying to steal all of his Globe sports staff. If you've been following the Boston sports reporting scene, you've noticed that the Globe lost two of its top guys in New England Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss and Boston.com Sports Producer Chris Forsberg to ESPNBoston the month it launched. Then a week ago former Globie Gordon Edes' name and face magically popped up on ESPNBoston's blog as the new Red Sox beat writer. Coincidence? Here's how Sullivan's piece starts off: It started with a staffer calling me in early August. You know the type of call. "Can I talk to you?” he said with a mysterious tone. He came into the office the next day, and that’s when I found out ESPNBoston.com was on its way. At that time, that writer told me he was only having preliminary talks, but wanted me to know (which I appreciated). Several weeks later, he accepted a job offer (which I didn’t appreciate). Sullivan then goes onto tell that ESPNBoston offered jobs to six Globe employees. Who they were, only him and those persons know. Comcast SportsNet got wind of the news and soon followed suite as it offered jobs to five Globe staffers. On top of that the Globe and CSNNE were competing for the same football writer (Albert Breer?). Here's how some of those staffers with the offers handled it: The staffers with job offers seemed to wait until the weekend to call me. I would then call our editor, Marty Baron, to keep him up to date. One time he answered his phone and said, "Joe, I know when I hear from you on a weekend, it can’t be good news.” It was true, the news was rarely good. It either had to do with the job offers our staff was receiving or the Boston Globe’s financial situation. So why in the world did both ESPN and CSNNE want all of the Globe people? Apparently the Boston Herald was second choice if on the list at all (Sean McAdam and Joe Haggerty joined CSNNE). Maybe just because the Globe is the best of the best of Boston sports coverage? But rather than admitting defeat, ESPNBoston tries to woo them in switching over to "the dark side?" "We not going to apologize for trying to get the best people on our team,” said Patrick Stiegman, vice president/executive editor of ESPN.com. "This wasn’t an attempt where we said ‘Let’s go see if we can raid someone’s staff.’ The idea was who would be the best talent in the market? In fairness to us, we’re trying to get the best people. If you want to be the best, if you want to do the best, you have to hire the best.” What Stiegman said is all of the proof in the world. Nice going ESPNBoston. The only way you think you can beat the real hometownies is to just simply take them thinking it'll destroy the organization as a whole. If you've also noticed early this month, Boston.com has been revamped quite a bit itself. The best part is that ESPN is a member of the ASPE as is the Globe. It's almost like having the New York Times Co. shipping half of the Globe staff over to New York. In a way this is almost sickening. There's nothing like a little bit of friendly competition, but enough is enough. Not everyone can survive, so who's going to be the one to die? To read Sullivan's full newsletter click here.Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
If you haven't heard, Alex Gonzalez signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Happy Thanksgiving Red Sox Nation. What does this mean? Well first off, it means Gonzalez will not be back in a Red Sox uniform. It also means there is currently no everyday proven shortstop on the roster. There's been talk of acquiring Marco Scutaro from the Jays. Wouldn't it be something if the two teams just switches shortstops? Scutaro hit .282, with 12 home runs, 60 runs-batted-in, 35 doubles, 90 walks, 14 stolen bases, and 75 strikeouts. He is also 34 years old. Why do the Red Sox have a tendency to bring in old ballplayers? This is no time for a quick fix and after last season, half of the fans are probably sick of them (no offense Brad Penny and John Smoltz). But the problem is who else can the Sox get? Forget J.J. Hardy who got traded to the Minnesota Twins from the Milwaukee Brewers. There isn't a lot out there and I can't believe Theo Epstein let Gonzalez slip away. Unless Gonzo does absolutely poorly in Toronto then, ok we forgive you. But now the pressure is really on to get someone decent and Scutaro looks like the only option.... ...at what cost though?Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
It's all over the internet about the Boston Red Sox making a huge push for Toronto Blue Jays' ace Roy Halladay. Last July was only the beginning of the trade talks that could land him in either a Boston or New York Yankees uniform. Toronto knows that Halladay doesn't want to return after his contract is up in 2010 so why not get some value from him? The New York Daily News is reporting that in order to land Halladay the Sox have to part with Clay Buchholz and pitcher/shortstop Casey Kelly, who signed with the Sox in 2008 after being recruited by Tennessee to play quarterback. So pretty much it's switching Buchholz for Halladay in the rotation. No offense, but what does that really solve? Halladay, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Tim Wakefield would become the new starting five, but with Wakefield's history of back problems is that really smart to get rid of a kid who just proved himself during the post-season? (Yes we all remember the outcome of Game 3 of the ALDS, but it wasn't Buchholz's fault.) Obviously it's Halladay for a 25-year-old who needs to show his true potential every time he goes out to the mound. Plus Buchholz just got married and I don't need to explain that.
There is Michael Bowden, but who knows if he'd have to be included in the deal as well? Bob Ryan and Charlie Pierce debate the topic of trading Buchholz on The Globe 10.0, but talk about giving him up for another bat.
Pierce says no on Miguel Cabrera and Dan Uggla, but yes for Adrian Gonzalez. Should the Sox trade Buchholz for Halladay or another bat? What do you think?Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
The Providence Journal has finally announced a replacement for Art Martone who left to join the revamped Comcast SportsNet website last month.
Michael C. McDermott, a six-year veteran of the newspaper, was named the new sports editor. The Northeastern graduate previously served as the assistant sports editor/web producer for the high school's sports page of the Journal's website projo.com. McDermott joined the ProJo in 2003 as a copy editor. Prior to that he worked at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. as a town reporter, schools reporter, and a copy editor. He also served as an editor of of an English-language newspaper in Baku, Azerbaijan. Like what you see? Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/batterupbruno
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