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Following Former Red Sox 2018

Discussion in 'MLB Discussion' started by Lose Remerswaal, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

    I think what BC meant was that he was the stopper they needed. That was the year that the Sox tried going with the "Closer by Committee" idea and the idea bombed big time.

    Also trading Hillenbrand opened up a slot of Ortiz. That worked out pretty okay for Boston.
  2. Leskanic's_Thread

    Leskanic's_Thread Member SoSH Member

    BK Kim's 2003 game log.

    He had become a starter that year in Arizona, and continued in that role for five of his first seven appearances. Then he went to the bullpen to anchor things back there, and was crucial for the second half of the season (with some scattered poor appearances, of course).

    But he only got into one game at Oakland in the ALDS, giving up the lead in the 9th of game 1. Then he wasn't greeted warmly when he got back to Fenway, people got upset that he responded to the greeting, and he never pitched again that year.
  3. keninten

    keninten lurker

    Ryan Lavarnway to the Yankees
  4. brandonchristensen

    brandonchristensen mad photochops SoSH Member

    Yeah, I know how it worked out, but I was excited at the idea of him starting for whatever reason. It's been 15 years now (WHAT), but I remember him being a solid starter for us.
  5. mt8thsw9th

    mt8thsw9th anti-SoSHal SoSH Member

    In game 5, Kim was in his 2nd inning of relief when he allowed the Yankees to tie, and 3rd when they won the game in the 10th. Then he was brought out again the following night. Kim was ground into the dirt by Brenly all season (he nearly eclipsed 100 innings as a reliever), and they probably win that series in 5 if they had someone other than Greg Swindell and Mike Morgan as the setup men. 2002 he bounced back just fine, with (if I recall correctly) back-to-back series in which he clowned the Sox at Fenway, and finally got his save at Yankee Stadium (which culminated in him celebrating by tossing the game ball from the infield out of the playing field in RF).

    I really can't fathom why someone wouldn't A: not wanted to trade for him, and B: not be happy with his ripple effect as it related to the bullpen. That move saved the season on two fronts, as it settled the bullpen, and got at bats away from the painfully mediocre Shea and gave them to Bill Mueller and David Ortiz.

    edit - my memory was a tiny bit off, he threw the ball into Monument Park.

  6. Brohamer of the Gods

    Brohamer of the Gods Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Swell, now I have to toss out his Lego mini-figure they were giving out at McCoy one day.
  7. keninten

    keninten lurker

    But it is the right thing to do
  8. judyb

    judyb Member SoSH Member

    I wonder if his wife is finally going to change the name of her food blog it's still called Cooking in Red Socks.
  9. lexrageorge

    lexrageorge Member SoSH Member

    I've heard some folks opine that BK Kim got overused by Grady Little that season.

    He was used 4 days in a row from August 20-23, including an inning in a game where the Sox were leading the A's 14-5. Then there was another 5 day stretch from 8/30 to 9/3, a stretch that included a 5 out win on 9/1 (the infamous "Manny Ramirez benching" game in Philly), and a 2 inning appearance on 9/3. Then he made 6 appearances in 7 days from 9/17 to 9/23.

    Then, after 9/23, he appeared in once in the remaining 5 games, the season finale on the 28th.

    In Game 1 against Oakland, Kim walked one batter then hit the next one. However, he struck out Mark Ellis before Grady pulled him for Embree, who gave up the tying hit. He never appeared in a game again managed by Grady Little. And his career basically stalled after that.
  10. bosox79

    bosox79 Member SoSH Member

    Curt Schilling hated Kim and said most of Kim's issues were from insisting on throwing 100-150 pitches every day.
  11. Marciano490

    Marciano490 Urological Expert SoSH Member

    Didn’t Schilling also call out Williamson, not realizing how injured he was?
  12. bosox79

    bosox79 Member SoSH Member

    Yeah. He questioned Williamson's commitment to the team.
  13. The Gray Eagle

    The Gray Eagle Member SoSH Member

    When Kim first got to Boston, Littlebrain used him in relief for an inning on June 1, then started him for 7 innings on 2 days rest. After another 2 days rest, he pitched in relief for 2 innings again, then on 2 days rest started and went 5 innings.

    It was playoff-style usage in early June.
  14. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

    Yup, and in typical Schilling style acted all self-righteous about it too. "Make sure you're playing for the name on the front of the shirt and not the one on the back," etc. Then Williamson's elbow was found to have grenaded.

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