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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.
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My Fave Five Future All-Stars

Congrats to Orange Bird over at Up in Section 360 for getting today’s trivia right. The question was, “Which team won the championship of the Players League in 1890, its only season.” The answer was the Boston Reds (very creative :-). Orange Bird also got the manager, King Kelly. Today’s question is below.

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All right so know it has been about six games into Spring Training and most of us have gotten a good look at some of the next hall of famers. So here are my Fave Five.

Lars Anderson

Anderson was drafted by the Red Sox with the 553rd pick in the eighteenth round in the 2006 draft. What a steal! Anderson has one of the best eyes I have ever seen at his age. His eye will only get better as his carer goes on. He also has a fantastic swing. My personal swing is a mix of Anderson’s and Jim Rice’s. At age seventeen at Jesuit High School he hit .371 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s, and 26 hits in 70 at bats. Three years later he got called up to AA. In 2008 he split time with Lancaster and Portland. He had eighteen home runs, 80 RBI’s, 139 hits, and a bating average of .317. This spring as of March 2 he has a .125 batting average, zero home runs, one hit, one walk, and no RBI’s in eight at bats.   Anderson has already been compared to last year breakout star Joey Votto of the Reds, present
day Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, and future Hall of Famer Fred McGriff. Anderson will probably make it to the majors after Mike Lowell retires which could be as early as 2015. I see Lowell retiring at age 40. Anderson would be up and down form AAA to the majors in 2014. After Lowell retires Youkilis would then move to third base and Anderson would then win Rookie of the Year at first base. Okay well maybe I am going a little to far. The bottom line is Anderson is going to make a splash in the majors when he gets called up.

Jeff Bailey

Bailey was drafted in the second round with the 64th pick in the 1997 draft by the Florida Marlins out of Texas A&M. Bailey shows fantastic plate discipline. He does not swing at bat pitches and will take a walk any day. Bailey can play outfield, first base, and D.H. It is not likely that he will get a starting spot with the Red Sox anytime soon. David Ortiz is at D.H., Kevin Youkilis is at first, and Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, and Jason Bay are in the outfield. His only real chance of starting with the Red Sox is if they let Jason Bay go which is really unlikely. I think Bailey will get traded to maybe the Mariners or Pirates at the end of the season if not earlier. In 1998 he was in the rookie league. He hit .331 with 42 hits, two home runs, and 28 RBI’s. Ten years later splitting between Pawtucket and Boston he hit .299 with 27 home runs, 140 hits, and 81 RBI’s in 468 at bats. This spring in nine at bats he has hit .556 with five hits, zero home runs, and four RBI’s. Bailey has a bright future just not with the Red Sox.

Charlie Zink

Knuckleballer Charlie Zink made his major league debut for the Red Sox against the Rangers. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, then gave up a two-run single in the second inning, but pitched well until the fourth.

Charlie Zink was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002. You might remember him as the starter in this game.

Yes, that was that crazy nineteen to seventeen win against the Rangers. Zink is a knuckle baller and could be the next Tim Wakefield. The biggest difference between Zink and Wakefield is Zink has a low 80’s fastball and mixes that in with his knuckleball. Zink though is far away from being Tim Wakefield (as shown above). In 2002 Zink made his pro baseball debut. In 30 games with Augusta and Sarasota he went one and two with 59 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.42! Zink could become a starter after Tim Wakefield retires. It is very unlikely that the Red Sox would want and have to knuckleballers in the same rotation. Wakefield said though that he could pitch till he turns 45, so their is the chance that Zink gets traded. In 2008 he was with the Red Sox and Pawtucket. He went fourteen and six with 107 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.18. This spring he has one strikeout, and an ERA of 9.00 in two innings. Zink could be the next Tim Wakefield but I do not think he will be that good. He might be a solid fifth starter.

Junchi Tazawa

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Junchi Tazawa was signed this offseason by the Red Sox. He is already being compared to Hediki Okajima and Dice-K! He apparently has a great fastball and gives 110% every time. His fastball should fit right at home with the Red Sox. I mean Beckett probably has the best but every Red Sx starter has at least a good fastball. In the majors you have to be a gamer. I your not go look at Alex Rodriguez. Okay that was a bad example. Just look at any player he plays baseball for money and not the love of the game. It is unlikely that Tazawa will start the season with Boston put he probably will be a September call up. In 2010 though I am sure he will start the season with Boston. Tazawa has not yet pitched in spring training but will get to now that players left for the World Baseball Classic. Tazawa, Okajima, and Saito along with others could be deadly in front of Papelbon.

Angel Chavez

Angel Chavez Getting Ready To Bat by SacTownFilmer.

Angel Chavez was signed by the Red Sox in January. Chavez can play all utility positions and has a fantastic glove. I doubt Chavez will take the utility role form Jed Lowrie or Julio Lugo but he could make the bench. The fact that he has a great glove just gives him more hop that he might make the bench. Chavez reminds me of Mike Lowell. Both have good gloves and decent bats. While I do not see him taking over third base any time soon he could be very valuable to the Sox. In 2000 with the AZL Giants he hit .276 with eight hits, one home run, and seven RBI’s in 29 at bats. In 2008 with Las Vegas he hit .292 with ten home runs, 68 RBI’s, 135 hits, in 463 at bats. This spring he is doing great and if I was Terry Francona and Theo Epstein I would give him a spot on the major league roster. Chavez has only played in ten regular season MLB games so he lacks experience but all of these guys lack experience. 

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All right today’s question is simple. Who was nicknamed “Bow Wow”?


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