- Aug 8, 2004
We have "bona fide players," lots of them. Last year, we also had terrible, replacement-or-below players getting a ton of playing time. Hector Velasquez and Ryan Weber starting games. Gorkys Hernandez as our fourth outfielder. Sam Travis starting at first base. The ghost of Ryan Brasier pitching high-leverage innings. That's why the bona fide players weren't enough to get us into the playoffs. We don't need (and, not coincidentally, cannot afford) more "bona fide players." We need fewer bad players.Upgrade from Poyner? The thrill of turning another teams trash into our treasure remains a mystery to me. Role players and retreads help but you’ve got to have bona fide players to win.
Especially in Boston.
Moneyball works for the Rays and the A’s to compete but never going to work for the Red Sox to win rings.