Red Sox: Around the Bases
Hats Off to Cherington
With the Red Sox clinching the AL East, there are so many good stories – on and off the field. But want to take a minute for a shout out to GM Ben Cherington.
Talk about a man with a plan – and a plan that worked.
He built a worst to first division winner – says Cherington, “This team was a lot about the sum of the parts, the whole, instead of any individual.”
Cherington not only reshaped the team for this season – but looks like he built a foundation for the long term.
American League Wild Card
Would like to see the Indians hold on for a wild card spot.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona has done a great job turning his team around.
Plus the Indians – should they win the one game wild card crapshoot – would not only be an easier match-up for the Red Sox than the Rays or Rangers, but a much more interesting one.
And Tito’s return to Boston for the playoffs would be cool.
While we are discussing the wild card – think the Rays would be a better match-up than the Rangers for the Red Sox in the ALDS. But also feel both would be tough teams to face.
Ellsbury Likely to Return
It appears Jacoby Ellsbury is getting closer to returning to the field from his foot injury.
Ellsbury did baseball activities today and manager John Farrell said he hopes to see Ellsbury play on the coming road trip.
That should help Ellsbury get tuned up for the post-season – and give Boston a good idea on whether he will be ready to go for the playoffs.
Farm System Report
Red Sox farm teams finishing tied with the Cubs in tenth place in organizational standings among major league teams, based on their overall domestic minor league winning percentage. The Red Sox system had a .504 winning percentage – same as last year.
Boston had one farm team – Salem in the Carolina League – win a championship. The Astros finished number one overall – so maybe there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for Houston.
Henry Owens has been named the team’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year and second baseman Mookie Betts has been named Minor League Offensive Player of the Year.