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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    We all have 20/20 vision once the game has ended. What is difficult is making the decisions with the game on the line. Do Cora´s decisions look bad now? Of course they do. That is because the result is not what we expected/desired. But truthfully, do we have a more talented LHP in the...
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    Jose Iglesias signs with Red Sox

    This is exactly what any savvy manager would do: let Arroyo get his feet back under himself, once the game has been pretty much decided. This may happen or not in the Yankees series, depending on how the games go. But chances are he should get a few reps in the IF and 4 or 5 ab's during the...
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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    From having watched many of his at bats through the season, and having coaching experience at a semipro level for over twenty years, I reach the (educated?) guess that his mindset has changed. Until the all-star break he was constantly swinging at pitches outside the strike zone, and not...
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    Alex Cora-- what do we have here? Perhaps the best manager in baseball.

    I hold Vazquez accountable for Austin Meadow's inside-the-park home run yesterday. Could a better CF caught that fly ball? Probably. But it was very solidly hit. It seemed as if Meadows was expecting a FB and sitting on it, didn't it? Not surprising considering that Vazquez called for 8...
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    Thank you, Petey: Dustin Pedroia announces his retirement

    Through the years this ownership has shown once and again that they respect and value the valid players who have been part of the team. They have included Varitek, Pedro Martínez, Ortiz, etc. in spring training activities and had them help the top team and/or player development one way or...
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    Former part time scout for Mariners (12 years) and Dodgers (3 years) in Spain. Former pitching...

    Former part time scout for Mariners (12 years) and Dodgers (3 years) in Spain. Former pitching coach for Team Spain Baseball: 18&U (2001-2014). Manager of Valencia Astros (Spain), one of the top teams in the Spanish National League (División de Honor).
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    Red Sox sign Enrique Hernandez (2 years, 14 mil)

    As a Spaniard, I can add that the most common way of referring to a young man called "Enrique" (the Spanish equivalent of Henry) is "Quique". It is pronuounced /'ki - keh/ with stress on the first syllable. So, I am quite surprised to see he has been labelled "Kiké", using two "k's" to spell...
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    BA: MLB is targeting an international draft, as soon as 2020. w/ hard caps, rotating top picks

    I suppose you are right. At least it makes sense, and makes the whole process more transparent for all parties involved. On another note, what must be analysed is the amount of 13 year olds in the DR and Venezuela who are dropping out of school and training full time at private "academias" in...
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    BA: MLB is targeting an international draft, as soon as 2020. w/ hard caps, rotating top picks

    The self righteousness implied by even thinking about an international draft is appalling. What rights does any MLB franchise have over a young man from Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Venezuela or even Dominican Republic, for that matter? They will never be able to uphold their rights over a...
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    The Alex Cora Difference

    I totally agree. In addition, in a nutshell last night's press conferences by both managers clearly show us the differences between Cora and other head coaches. Roberts literally threw Hill under a bus, justifying his decision of taking him out of the game because Hill had told him "to keep...
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    Alex Cora named Red Sox manager

    A few years back Craig came to share his knowledge with us at the Spanish Coach Convention. I was lucky enough to work very closely with him as I was assigned to be his translator. I am totally convinced he will be a great addition to the Sox coaching staff. He is extremely hard working and...
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    Gabe Kapler will be the Phillies next manager

    I have been involved with professional baseball since 2001. Hence, I cannot disclose my sources for obvious reasons, so you can take what I say with a grain of salt, or not. In any case, if you would like a bit of insight into how Gabe Kapler presents himself publicly, you may wish to have a...
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    Gabe Kapler will be the Phillies next manager

    The Red Sox know Gabe Kapler very well, as is the case with Alex Cora. They chose the latter. Thank goodness! No one in the Red Sox, Cubs or LAD organisations speaks highly of Kapler, neither professionally, nor ethically. And they know him well. I am very happy the Red Sox will not be...
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    Evaluating the 2017 Red Sox

    This team is going to get hot as the the weather does so. We will make the playoffs, there is too much talent not to. When we make the playoffs we need Sale to be himself, Porcello to get balls hit at people, Price to be "Regular-season Price" and not "Playoff Price", Eduardo Rodríguez to...
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    Bullpen 2017

    Do you realise how racist your statement sounds?! Perhaps, you meant they have all suffered Spanish Flu. Yeah, than must be it. I wouldn't want to think otherwise.