Spring Training 2021

Niastri

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I know you couldn't know, but I had good reason. My wife was diagnosed with lung cancer that February and she passed away on July 1 when we got beat bad by the Yankees to fall into a tie for first place. All the really great things happened after that while I was in a massive depression and couldn't enjoy anything. I was terrified by the Yankee series because my wife hated losing to them like you wouldn't believe and had we lost, I don't know how deep a hell I'd have been in.

And now, back to the banter.
I got rather teary eyed reading your post. It really made me remember both how much and how little baseball matters.

Glad you are feeling a little excitement after such a dark time, Rasputin.
 

The Gray Eagle

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I know you couldn't know, but I had good reason. My wife was diagnosed with lung cancer that February and she passed away on July 1 when we got beat bad by the Yankees to fall into a tie for first place. All the really great things happened after that while I was in a massive depression and couldn't enjoy anything. I was terrified by the Yankee series because my wife hated losing to them like you wouldn't believe and had we lost, I don't know how deep a hell I'd have been in.

And now, back to the banter.
Wow that is awful, so sorry to hear about that. Condolences. And agreed that it's great to hear that you're getting excited for baseball again. I hope the Sox have an unexpectedly great year even more now.
 

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Sorry, Ras. Honestly I feel a little better about NY losing that series now.
I see what you're doing. You're trying to make me think Yankee fans are real people, BUT IT WILL NOT WORK!

I'll just say thanks and we can nod at each other when we pass in the street like acquaintances that don't entirely get along.
 

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Interesting look at the Sox approach to defense in the 2021 season in a new article from Chad Jennings in the Athletic today. As someone who wanted Chaim to pick his guy, the Cora reunion felt a little underwhelming. However, this is a nice reminder that AC is a quality manager that will at least put the team in the best possible position to succeed. Here are a few excerpts:

On the very day he was reintroduced as Red Sox manager, Alex Cora talked about the need to play faster, not only on the bases but also in the field and especially in the infield. He wanted a greater sense of urgency, quicker reactions and athletes making plays in real time. It sounded great in theory, but how could the Red Sox quicken the pace in the real world?

Like so many other things, it starts in a lab.

The Red Sox are using that word to describe their new approach to defensive drills in spring training. They’ve designed a laboratory of small, focused drills to improve first-step quickness and create better angles. They’re trying to apply faster tags and commit more fully to relays. They have one field specifically designated for infield practice, and they’ve taken down nets in the batting cage to create a “hand activation” center where players start their days by fielding grounders on their knees to hone their defensive movements, just like they would hone their swings.
According to Outs Above Average, the Red Sox ranked 26th, 25th, 14th and 28th in the majors in infield defense those four years. It is notable, of course, that they won a championship the year they ranked 25th — they can be a good team without being dazzling in that area — but the issue remains: infield defense has been a weakness.
For now, it starts in the same cage where hitters typically take early swings. Febles and other coaches have now taken control of a few hitting tunnels for a daily ritual of small, basic movements. Infielders start on their knees and field 15 groundballs right at them. Then they field 15 to the forehand side and 15 backhand. Then they stand up and go through the same sequence. That’s the hand activation, and it’s always the first defensive drill of the day. The Red Sox will gradually add more to those activation drills as spring training progresses.

Afterward, the team is still doing the standard team fielding drills — multiple fielders together for groundballs, turning double plays and working on relays, standard teamwork stuff — but the Red Sox have stressed that each of those groundballs should be taken at game speed. Throws to the bases should happen at full intensity. Febles said he won’t do more than 22 groundballs at a time, so he expects maximum effort on each one.

“We talked to the guys Sunday night about that,” Febles said. “Things are going to change a little bit. We’re going to ask guys to do a little more. … Every time you step on the field, it’s going to be game-like.”
 

Rasputin

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Every time you step on the field, it’s going to be game-like.
Remember when Butch Effing Hobson was named manager and people started saying there was going to be a football mentality about spring training? I think this is the real world version of that deluded fantasy and, frankly, I love to see it.
 

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Spring training updates:

Franchy will have to quarantine for at least 10 days due to Covid contact. Not a good start for a guy who has played so little.

He will have to be isolated for a minimum of 10 days, and be cleared by a team physician and MLB’s COVID-19 Joint Health and Safety Committee, before rejoining the team.
Cordero also will undergo a cardiac evaluation as part of that process.
Vazquez is... in the best shape of his life!
Christian Vázquez
had a productive offseason based on his appearance, having added some muscle. Cora pronounced his catcher was — wait for it — in the best shape of his life. Vázquez worked out in the Miami area, and incorporated Rapsodo and other technology to guide his workouts and the areas he wanted to improve. He is in the final year of his contract, with the team holding a $7 million option for 2022.
Tomorrow's workout will be shown on NESN:
The Sox will have an evening workout on Wednesday that will air at 7 p.m. live on NESN.
 

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@edoug has a useful post in the Spring Training Games thread. It looks as though a complete list of the televised games will be out soon.
Thanks.
I wonder what the delay in announcing the broadcast schedule means? They usually have that info up by Mid-February. It probably doesn't mean anything but they may be doing something different this year.
 

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I would expect less TV games this spring across the board.

I might be imagining this, but NESN seems to have been cutting back on spring coverage for several years even without COVID.

If NESN is saying 10 games, I'd bet several of the 10 will be away with the away video feed, maybe NESN announcers from HQ (so they can hit all the in-game commercial copy) and NESN graphics.

You might be able to figure out a tentative schedule from what MLB Network is planning to replay. Also any live ESPN or MLB Network slots with the Sox in them might help fill in some blanks. I'm not sure this team as currently constructed is screaming for national TV slots, but they do play the Yankees.
 

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I would expect less TV games this spring across the board.

I might be imagining this, but NESN seems to have been cutting back on spring coverage for several years even without COVID.

If NESN is saying 10 games, I'd bet several of the 10 will be away with the away video feed, maybe NESN announcers from HQ (so they can hit all the in-game commercial copy) and NESN graphics.

You might be able to figure out a tentative schedule from what MLB Network is planning to replay. Also any live ESPN or MLB Network slots with the Sox in them might help fill in some blanks. I'm not sure this team as currently constructed is screaming for national TV slots, but they do play the Yankees.
Yeah, pretty much this. Hopefully the Sox play deep into October. They definitely get their games shown then. I'm not convinced that's going to happen but am a bit more optimistic than I was a few months ago.
 

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Additionally, Fox Sports North, home of the Twins, will broadcast games on March 3rd and March 11th.

So, unfortunately nothing for Sunday that I can find.
 

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Additionally, Fox Sports North, home of the Twins, will broadcast games on March 3rd and March 11th.

So, unfortunately nothing for Sunday that I can find.
Thanks!!! confirmed on my DVR.
For those that have directv, that's channel 668. (FSNorth+ would be 668-2)
 

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Sale wants to retire in Boston

Chris Sale Says He Wants to Retire with Red Sox: 'I Have Nowhere Else to Go' | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

"One hundred percent. I have nowhere else to go. I have nowhere else to be. This place is top-notch. They're unbelievable. I like it here. I love it here. I feel comfortable here. They take care of me. They take care of my family. And we win. Check the books, man. Check the books. We win. That's what we're here to do and that's what we do a lot of. I would like to get back to that."
 

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I know you couldn't know, but I had good reason. My wife was diagnosed with lung cancer that February and she passed away on July 1 when we got beat bad by the Yankees to fall into a tie for first place. All the really great things happened after that while I was in a massive depression and couldn't enjoy anything. I was terrified by the Yankee series because my wife hated losing to them like you wouldn't believe and had we lost, I don't know how deep a hell I'd have been in.

And now, back to the banter.
Sorry for what you went through.

Welcome back.
 

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He’s signed for multiple years. He’s been deteriorating in front of our eyes for several.

This is very likely.
Hopefully not in July 2021.
I kid. Sort of.
Being the cynical old man that I am, I rarely find sincerity in players' comments like his. But I think Sale actually does feel a little guilty about taking money and not playing. Of course, no amount of guilted motivation will help if his arm is FUBAR.
 

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Hopefully not in July 2021.
I kid. Sort of.
Being the cynical old man that I am, I rarely find sincerity in players' comments like his. But I think Sale actually does feel a little guilty about taking money and not playing. Of course, no amount of guilted motivation will help if his arm is FUBAR.
I would be devastated to be a bench warmer and collect close to $30M a year.