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The Draft

My awesome fantasy team, The Green Sox in the MLBloggers fantasy league is set. My rotation and lineups are nice but my bench and relief pitchers are not so hot. I had to leave before I could draft my bench/ relievers so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining.

Braves World draft Prince Fielder with the first pick which I though was very interesting. My first two picks were my keepers, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Howard. With my third I was about to draft Mark Reynolds but I had some computer issues and it drafted a former Red Sox left fielder who’s last name is three letters. Ya you probably thought I ment Manny.
In the fourth I was going to pick either Javier Vazquez, Chone Figgins, or Josh Johnson. In the end I chose Josh Johnson to go with Tim Lincecum. Then in the fifth I picked Billy Buttler, the first baseman for the Royals who was on my team last year.
With the 119th pick I was trying to get someone at DH. I didn’t end up putting him there but I picked Jason Kubel as my right fielder.Then in the seventh I got J.D. Drew’s younger brother Stephen Drew as my starting shortstop. 
Red Sox DH David Ortiz got his first hit of the season at Fenway Park, and it was a big one. This grand slam gave him two home runs on the young season.
In the eighth I got someone on my team last year. I believe he was a steal for an eighth round pick, On the Boston Red Sox, number 34 . . . DAVID ‘BIG PAPI’ ORTIZ! Now you see why I moved Kubel from DH to right. I think Papi will regain Papi form and hit 35-40 home runs and drive in 100 plus.
In round nine I got the former best prospect in the Red Sox, the no-hit kid, Clay Buchholz who is going to win the fifth spot (sorry Wakefield) but is the third man in my rotation. In the tenth I got former Padre Kevin Kooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzzzmanoff. I will probably keep him on my roster but I would like Adrian Beltre or Mark Reynolds or even Troy Glaus.
Then in the eleventh and twelfth I drafted a pair of Cubs teammates, Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd. I always though that Byrd should be playing backup but then when I really looked into his stats I wanted him.
In the unlucky 13th round I got Dice-K who I think will come back with his 2008 form, when he almost won the Cy Young. In the 14th I drafted a guy who might start the season on the DL, Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez though will do better this year since A.) he  is out of Pittsburgh and B.) he is playing with the Giants.
In the 15th round my friend came over and since he is an Indians fan I drafted Matt LaPorta who I might use as trade bait. In the 16th I drafted another guy on my team last year (who helped me out by hitting two grand slams in a game), Josh Willingham.
In the 17th I drafted yet another guy I drafted the year before, Justin Duchscherer. Only difference is that last year he was not healthy, this year though he is and I can put him under starter, reliever, or pitcher.
In the the 18th I drafted speedster, Carlos Gomez. In the 19th I drafted my first reliever, Ryan Madson. Then in round 20 I drafted Nationals ace (you know you team is bad when your ace gets drafted in the 20th round), Jason Marquis.
In the 21 round I drafted another bad teams ace, and 2009 all-star Zach Duke. In round 22 I drafted someone ESPN suggested, Eric Young Jr. who will be one of my main stolen base guys.
In round 23 I got Nick Blackburn as my last starting pitcher. Then in round 24 I got Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez. In the 25th I got the Padres, Tony Gwynn Jr.
After that I had to go to the Rodeo which was AWESOME!!!! Something that was not awesome was who I got. 
I set it up so I could get Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez. I got them I got Chad Durblin, and Gabe Kapler after Okajima and Ramirez.
Then though I got Steve Pearce (1B), Greg Burke (RP), Adam Rosales (3B), Ryan Roberts (2B), Sean Green (RP), George Kottaras (C), Sergio Escalona (RP), Renyel Pinto (RP), and Jeff Stevens (RP)
I’ll be honest the only guy I knew out of those is George Kottaras because he use to play for Boston but now plays for the Brew Crew. Ohh well thats what I get for not staying I guess.
I need a closer for sure and there are a few players I would like to have had but one things for sure I am winning it all!
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Ten Years Changes A Team- Infield And DH

I was playing MLB 2K8 the other day on my Wii. I was the Royals and I was trying to make them a good team. In the game they are the 29th best team. The worst team is the Marlins but that would be to easy to make them good. I went to 2015 and won a World Series with guys like Ryan Zimmerman and Zack Greinke winning the MVP and Cy Young. I played four more seasons till 2019. I actually played one of the games against the Red Sox. Most of the games I just sim. It showed Michael Bowden on the mound for Boston. That got me thanking. What would the Red Sox be like in ten years . . .

I see a very young team that is like the Marlins in some ways. The rotation would be great, young, with the experience needed to go all the way. The lineup would have guys all over who could hit the ball every where. There would be homers around the Pesky Pole, doubles off the monster, and singles that would fall for base hits. Players like Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, and Tim Wakefiled would be a thing of the past. Jeff Bailey, Lars Anderson, and Luis Exposito will be the present.
At first base will be Lars Anderson. Anderson will make his major league debut in 2011. His first three seasons will be from the bench but then when Mike Lowell turns 40 and retires Anderson will get the full time spot at third. Over time his home run totals will go up from ten to twenty to thirty to thirty-five in 2019. Most of Anderson’s home runs will be line drives. Unlike some players who golf when they swing Anderson has a very smooth swing. Anderson will improve his eye and will lead the league in walks sometime around 2017. He will not win Rookie of the Year due to the fact that his first few seasons will be played from the bench. However in 2019 he will be in MVP talks. Anderson will have a pretty good OBP and a decent average around .285 in 2019. Anderson will be a lot like Justin Morneau of the Twins once he gets called up.
At second it is a no brainer. Dustin Pedroia will still be there. He will be 35 but will still be standing strong. Over the next ten years his home run numbers will increase to twenty in 2014. They will stay like that till 2017 when they will start to decrease. Pedroia will steal more stolen bases as he gets older. In 2017 he will start to decline in that stat along with hits, RBI’s, and OBP. Pedroia will still be the same Pedroia and will be a leader on and off the field. While I am highly doubtful there is a chance that he could become captain of the Red Sox once Jason Varitek retires. Pedroia will make numerous all-star teams and will be the starter at most of them till 2017. Pedroia may have already won an MVP but will still improve till 2017 when he will exit his prime and Boston will probably draft a good talented second baseman. One that will have to follow up a Hall of Fame carer.
Shortstop will be Jed Lowrie. Lowrie will never be a power hitter but like Pedroia will get younger legs as he gets older. His carer high for home runs in a season will probably be fifteen but will have an average higher then .300 for his carer along with a high OBP. He will improve his fielding skills and will start to become a leader. Jed will be 35 like Pedroia. He will not though have a Hall of Fame carer like Dusty though. Even though Jed is not the best fielder and could improve his arm he will win around two Golden Gloves sometime around 2013. Lowrie will probably make four all-star games and will start at one. Jed will be a franchise player who will play only for Boston. He will get into the Red Sox Hall of Fame but will not have 3,000 hits or 500 home runs. He will probably have 2,500 hits and 200 home runs for his carer.
At third is Youk. Mike Lowell will retire in 2014 when he turns 40. Youk will move across the diamond and Boston will put Anderson at first. Youk will have a great carer. In 2011 he will win an MVP. By the time he turns 40 (which would be in 2019) Youkilis will have had 475 home runs and 2,500 hits. Youkilis will win around five SIlver Sluggers and eight Golden Gloves, six at first and two at third. Youk has a chance to break Ted Wiliams’ all-time care OBP which is .4817. However by then it could be held by Albert Pujols. Youk also has a chance to break Barry Bond’s single season record for OBP which is .609. Youk gets on base what seems like every time. Youk’s offensive carer will be a lot like Jim Rice’s just better and it will only take him thirteen tries to get into the Hall of Fame.
Catcher is a problem. Jason Varitek will most likely retire after 2010 which is the last year of his contract. Boston could have George Kottaras become the everyday catcher. Luis Exposito is promising but is only in A ball. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was nearly traded to Boston this offseason. I believe all three will get the chance the next few years. I believe Boston will traded for Saltalamacchia this offseason. Kottaras will stay as Tim Wakefield’s catcher till Wakefield retires. Exposito though will be the catcher in 2019.
Luis Exposito will be 32 in 2019. Exposito is pretty balanced but that is not much of a good thing as he does not hit a ton of home runs but will have a higher average. However he could hit twenty-five home runs in his prime. His arm could use some work when trying to throw out base stealers but is  great at blocking pitches. He has a strong arm but could work on his accuracy. From what I know and I do not know much about him he is very popular in the clubhouse and seems to be a fan favorite. He will probably make his debut in 2013 and will start at catcher in 2014. I am not so sure about him but he has five years to prove himself to me. 
Big Papi will retire at the age of 43 which would be in 2019. Big Papi by then will have made seven all-star games and will have won six silver-sluggers. Big Papi will have hit nearly 500 home runs by then and will hit number 500 in 2019. Big Papi will have had 2,500 hits when he retires. Ortiz will continue to be a fan favorite and after Varitek retires he has a chance to become the captain. However I believe Pedroia is more likely to become captain. Papi will retire with 515 home runs which will be good enough for twenty on the all time home run list. Big Papi will be just like “The Hit Dog” just he is going to get into the Hall Of Fame.
After Big Papi retires the job is up in the air. I think Boston will draft a D.H. in the next five years. If he is not ready Jeff Bailey will take over for one season. However I do not think that will be a problem. Whoever does follow Big Papi will have to follow someone who is the greatest D.H. of all time.

A Pink Slip One Day A New Job The Other

 Congrats to Jordan for guessing that Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, Pee Wee Reese, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Warren Span, and Phil Rizzuto all left the MLB for World War II. The only other player that I know that left for the war was Dick Adams. Also have you guys stopped reading my blog or am I just overreacting. I only got four comments on my last  blog! Do some of you guys still think I am on vacation? Please help me not go crazy guys!

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Josh Bard 

The Red Sox today released catcher...

On March 18 Josh Bard got released by the Red Sox. Three days later he signed with the Washington Nationals. This move did not really surprise me believe it or not. When I first heard the news I thought the Red Sox had just signed Bard so he could show people that he could catch Tim Wakefield and so he would not have seven games hanging over his head his whole life. I really did not think Bard would get the backup catcher’s job at all. George  Kottaras is younger and Boston already had him. The job was Bard’s to lose though but Bard did not lose it. George Kottaras stole it from him. That is a hard thing to do, stealing a guys job who almost has it set in stone. Bard did a better job then 2006  but not good enough. Kottaras has caught Charlie Zink, a knuckleballer, the past few seasons in AAA unlike Bard who has only caught a knuckle baller thirteen times in his life. In two games with the Nationals this spring Bard has yet to make an error but has yet to get on base in five at bats. I see Bard as being the Nationals backup catcher behind Jesus Flores meaning Bard will get that $600,000 that his minor league contract promised him. What I do not get is that it took Bard three days to find a new team. Why has Pedro not signed yet? Pedro is a thousand times better then Bard today, yesterday, and in the future. Pedro just go sign with the Astros. I mean they need pitching and they already are the oldest team in baseball. I am getting of subject though.


Joshua David Bard was born on March 30, 1978 in Ithaca, New York. He attended Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colorado and attended Texas Tech for college. At Texas Tech he was a two time all-american playing for the Red Raiders. In 1999 he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the third round. Bard made his major league debut on August 23, 2002 playing for the Cleveland Indians. His major league debut was one of his best games ever, as he hit a walk off home run. In 2004 he was on the disabled list and then spent most of the season in the minors. In 2005 he was back with the Indians though as backup catcher to Victor Martinez. In January 2006 Bard was traded to Boston along with Coco Crisp and David Riske for Guillermo Mota, Andy Marte, and Kelly Shoppach. He became the backup catcher after John Flaherty retired. Then came “the” seven games. Bard’s job was to catcher knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield. In his first try he gave up three passed balls. Bard ended up having ten balls go by him in his first seven games. A few days latter Bard was traded to the San Diego Padres along with Cla Meredith for Mark Loretta and Doug Mirabelli. Boston was facing the Yankees that day with Tim Wakefield to start so Doug took a jet from San Diego to Boston and then had a police escort get him to Fenway in time. After joining the Padres Bard became one of the best hitters in the Nation League. That season he hit .338 with nine home runs, forty RBI’s, and 78 hits in 93 games. The only problem was he was still a backup this time to baseball legend Mike Piazza. On August 4, 2007 Bard was behind the plate when Barry Bonds stepped into the box. Cla Hensley pitched the ball and Bonds hit his 755th home run of his carer tying Hank Aaron for the all time home run king. In 2008 Bard looking like his old self with his bat. He hit .202 with one home run and 16 RBI’s. However Bard lost playing time due to the Padres trade for Michael Barrett and Bard was hurt towards the end of the season. In October 2008 Bard left the Padres and became a free agent. Which leads us back to where we are today. Bard signed with the Red Sox then got released then got picked up by Washington D.C. Bard really is a true example of a dedicated player through the highs and the lows.

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2- syracuse.com

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Today’s question is, “Zip Zabel holds the record for most innings by a relief pitcher in one game. How many innings did he pitch when he set that record on June 17, 1915?

Hint- More then 9

World Baseball Classic- Red Sox Style

First- I’m sorry I didn’t blog yesterday I am taking this boring five day test over math, writing, reading comprehension, science, and tons more.
Second- The real news in baseball isn’t the World Baseball Classic, it is Barry Bonds! Click here to read this shocking story about him.
Third- Jeff Kent the legendary second baseman retired today. Kent has a pretty good shot at getting into the baseball hall of fame. More on that soon hopefully.
Forth- Jonathan Pabelbon avoided arbitration by signing a one year, $6.25 million dollar deal. Boston also signed Javier Lopez. Theo Epstein has yet to go in to arbitration with any player since becoming G.M. of the Red Sox. More on that soon.
Fifth- The Dodgers signed Jonathan Broxton and Russell Martin avoiding arbitration.
Sixth- The Red Sox traded David Aardsma to the Mariners for Fabian Williamson.
The Boston Red Sox have eleven major league players and five minor league players on the World Baseball Classic provisional rosters.
Jason Bay- Bay played for Canada in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In three games Bay hit .455, with zero home runs, drove in none, and had five hits. Last season Bay hit .286, with 31 home runs, drove in 101, and had 165 hits. Bay will be a great move for team Canada. While he didn’t have great stats in 2006 I think he will have a good 2009 World Baseball Classic. 
George Kottaras- Kottaras will join Jason Bay on team Canada. Kottaras didn’t play in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Last season in three games with the Red Sox he hit .200, had one hit, with no home runs, RBI’s, or stolen bases. The Red Sox will watch Kottaras carefully as a test to see how he does against major league talent.
Javier Lopez- Lopez will play for team Puerto Rico. Lopez did not participate in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Last season with Boston he had a two and zero record, with a 2.43 ERA, and 38 strikeouts. Lopez should help team Puerto Rico. He would give team Puerto Rico a pretty good relief pitcher.
Mike Lowell-  Lowell will join Javier Lopez on team Puerto Rico. Lowell will play in the World Baseball Classic for his first time. Last year with Boston he hit .274, with 17 home runs, 73 RBI’s, and had 115 hits. The Red Sox will watch Lowell closely to see how his hip is. If it gets bad they may tell Lowell to sit out a game or sit on the bench for the rest of the tournament. I think his hip will be fine though.
Daisuke Matsuzaka- Dice-K will play for team Japan. Dice-K played in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He had three wins no losses, an ERA of 1.28, and ten strike outs. Dice-K was a vital part in helping Japan win in 2006. He also won MVP in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Last year with the Red Sox he had a record of 18-3, with 154 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.90. I think Dice-K will do fine in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Hideki Okajima- Okajima will join Dice-K on team Japan. Okajima didn’t play in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Last season he had a three and two record, with an ERA of 2.61, 60 strikeouts, and one save. Okajima will be great playing for Japan. he could help them to win another title, but the USA will win.
David Ortiz- Ortiz will play for team Dominican Republic. In 2006 while playing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic he hit .150, with three home runs, five RBI’s, and three hits in twenty at bats. Having three hits and three home runs means that all of his hits were home runs. In 2008 with the Red Sox he hit .264, with 23 home runs, 89 RBI’s, and 110 hits. Ortiz has a hurt wrist so he might not be able to play. He also is listed on the list of Red Sox players in the classic but not on the list of players for team Dominican Republic on MLB.com which is strange.
 Designated hitter David Ortiz of the Dominican Republic celebrated after hitting a home run in the second inning against Venezuela during the first round of the World Baseball Classic at The Ballpark at Disney on March 7 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Dustin Pedroia- Pedroia will play for my favorite team, team USA! Pedroia did not play in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Last season he hit .326, with 17 home runs, 83 RBI’s, and stole twenty bases. He also won a golden glove, a silver slugger, and a MVP. Pedroia should be a  upgrade for team USA. In 2006 the USA had Chase Utley at second base.
Ramon Ramirez- Roman Ramirez will possibly join David Ortiz on team Dominican Republic. Ramirez didn’t play in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Ramirez was traded from Kansas City to Boston for Coco Crisp this offseason. While with the Royals last year he had a record of three and two, with a 2.64 ERA, one save, and 70 strikeouts. The Red Sox will look at him if David Ortiz plays to see if any chemistry forms between them. As we all know ( Well not the Y*****s) chemistry wins championships.
Kevin Youkilis- Youkilis will join Dustin Pedroia on team USA making the left side of the infield all Red Sox. Youkilis did not play in the 2006 World Baseball Cassic. Last season Youk hit .312, with 115 RBI’s, 29 home runs, and stole three bases. He also started at first base in the 2008 all star game at Yankee Stadium. Youk will be a great ascent to team USA in 2009.
The World Baseball Classic is a time where Cubs and White Sox, Dodgers and Angels, and even Red Sox and Y*****s (Hey I’m serious about not putting the Y word in my entries) unite and cheer for Pedroia, Jeter, Derrek Lee, Carlos Quentin, Joe Saunders, and Jonathan Broxton on team USA.

Ortiz watched his second inning home run clear the fence as his team faced Venezuela in their World Baseball Classic first round game. At left is Venezuela's catcher Ramon Hernandez.Team USA shortstop Derek Jeter blew a bubble after throwing to first for a double play while forcing out Mexico's Luis Alfonso Garcia. Team USA won 2-0 on Tuesday.