For the Boston Red Sox, third base has undeniably been the biggest problem for them all season. After Travis Shaw was traded away in December, the team has struggled to find consistent production at the hot corner.
Not even Pablo Sandoval—Mr. $95 million—could prove he was worth playing at third everyday, as he was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on July 14 in his third season of a five-year deal. Was pretty much paid $50 million to leave. Just imagine being that bad at your job.
However, Boston’s third base problem is all but solved now—and quite possibly long-term.
Meet Rafael Devers, the 20-year-old kid who’s done nothing but rake since his call-up on July 23. Prior to his Major League debut on July 25, the Red Sox had used eight different third basemen on the year. Since then? Unsurprisingly, no one but him.
Devers is the real deal, and it’s time we talked about him. First a little background information—he was signed in August 2013 by the Red Sox for $1.5 million when he was still just 16, considered to be the best available left-handed hitter on the international market.
How’s he doing four years later?
In nine Major League games, Devers is hitting .389 (14 for 36). That includes his uneventful 0 for 4 debut. Since then he’s hit in eight straight, collecting three homers, six RBIs, and eight runs scored in that span.
What’s also impressive is how each of his three homers haven’t been pulled. His first one was to dead center at Safeco Field in his second game, and his last two have come at Fenway Park into the Green Monster seats.
So what’s been historic about his very brief career?
Per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter with credit to the Elias Sports Bureau, Devers is the first player in the modern era (since 1900) with at least 13 hits and three homers in his first eight games before turning 21; he will reach that age on October 24.
In addition, with his blast on July 26, Devers became the youngest player to go deep for the Red Sox in 52 years, at 20 years and 275 days old. In 1965, Tony Conigliaro was 20 years and 265 days old at the time of his first dinger—a mere ten days younger than Devers by comparison.
It’s pretty clear that Devers is pretty good at this whole baseball thing. After all, he was the #4 prospect in baseball prior to his debut, as well as Boston’s top prospect. Needless to say, he’s showing why at the Major League level. It’s truly been refreshing to watch.
Along with newcomer Eduardo Nunez who Boston received at the trade deadline, Devers has done nothing but produce for the Red Sox and give them a much needed offensive spark.
The Red Sox have won four straight games and lead the Yankees by three games in the AL East, and Devers has certainly contributed to that success. It’ll be fascinating to see how he performs down the stretch and into September as the pressure builds, as the Red Sox chase their second straight AL East title. Devers doesn’t seem fazed by any of it though.
This kid is special, and he’s on his way to a special career.
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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