November 2008

Coco Crisp traded to the Royals for Ramon Ramirez




BOSTON, MA–The Red Sox today acquired righthanded pitcher Ramon Ramirez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Coco Crisp.


The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.


The 27-year-old spent the entire 2008 season with the Royals, going 3-2 with one save and a 2.64 ERA. He ranked among American League relievers with 21 holds (T7th), 71.2 innings (11th), 70 strikeouts (13th) and 71 appearances (10th), the 10th-highest total in Royals history.  


He limited righthanded opponents to a .153 batting average, lowest in the A.L. and third in the majors among pitchers with at least 50 games. Only the Cubs’ Carlos Marmol (.103) and Philadelphia’s Brad Lidge (.105) ranked higher. In his career he has held righties to a .198 clip with an OPS of .586. He has a 2.14 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 44 walks in 105.0 career innings outside of Coors Field. In 2008, Ramirez was one of just three A.L. relievers with at least 70 strikeouts, 70 appearances and an ERA under 3.00, joined by Los Angeles’ Francisco Rodriguez and Chicago’s Matt Thornton.


Ramirez is 9-7 with one save, a 3.62 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 156.2 innings in 154 major league relief outings with Colorado and Kansas City. He made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2006, going 4-3 with a 3.46 ERA. He placed among National League rookie relievers in strikeouts (4th, 61), games (T6th, 61) and innings (T6th, 67.2). He was limited by two stints on the disabled list in 2007, spending most of the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs where he went 4-0 with a 2.28 ERA in 25 games. The righthander did make 22 appearances at the major league level, going 2-2 with a 8.31 ERA. Ramirez was originally signed by the Texas Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 1996.  


Crisp batted .283 with 7 home runs and 41 RBI in 118 games for the Red Sox in 2008. He stole 20 or more bases in each of his three seasons with Boston and had a 80.5 % success rate, second all-time among Red Sox players with at least 75 attempts. Overall, he batted .271 with 21 homers and 137 RBI in 368 games with Boston.




Team                          W-L    ERA   G         GS       SV       IP        H         R         ER      BB       SO

2008–Royals             3-2       2.64     71        0          1          71.2     57        23        21        31        70

ML Career                   9-7       3.62     154      0          1          156.2   136      67        63        64        146





Congrats to AL MVP Winner, Dustin Pedroia!!! 

(and also to 3rd place finisher, Kevin Yoouuuuuuukilis!)

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Tim Correira/Boston Red Sox

It’s been 13 years since the Red Sox player last won the American League MVP.  And this year’s winner could not be any more of a polar opposite from “Big Mo.”

Whether you call him Dustin, Petey, Pedie, or simply the Destroyah, one thing is certain.  His flashy glove work, his infectious personality, his “just watch me” spirit, and his “lazers” as he likes to call them, not only won him a Gold Glove, and a Silver Slugger, but now the American League MVP!

Congrats to Youk as well for a well-deserved 3rd place finish!  Moving across the diamond all season, and hitting in all areas of the lineup, he maintained a steady approach at the plate and on the field.

Now…as we pause briefly to pat ourselves on the back for drafting and developing both of these fine young talents, let’s get back to the Hot Stove!

One word…Teixiera…do you want him?  Yes?  No?  Why?

I’m looking forward to hearing the responses…

Proud day to be part of the Sox organization

Team “freezes” ticket prices!

I realize this may not catch as many headlines as what we’re going to do about Jason Varitek, or possible free agent moves, but I think it does signal something very important.

As a member of the Front Office, it means that I can take a great deal of pride in the organization I work for.  Could we have raised ticket prices again this year?  Sure.  But we didn’t.  And I think that’s pretty cool.

mr-freeze.jpgTo me it signifies that our owners and those in the position to make this kind of call have not made the disastrous mistake that so many owners in other organizations and have made throughout sports history.  That is, becoming detached…arrogant…greedy.  They realized that a lot of fans are struggling out there; that the economy is not so hot right now, and we need to make sure that we do not pile it on and make matters worse for struggling families.

The great organizations know how to make money (to keep their team competitive) and yet hold the line when their conscience speaks up.  As for us, I know this offseason, a lot of money will continue to be spent to improve our team and our beloved Fenway Park.  In fact, renovations to the park are already well underway.  And if you ask me, reinvesting in the team and the ballpark is the way to run an organization.  It may cost a boatload of money, but at least you’re spending it on things that will benefit the fans.

I won’t continue to toot our horn too much on this, because I know we still do have the highest ticket prices in baseball.  But I just wanted to say that I’m proud and happy that we made the right decision.

By the way, tickets will be first available starting December 13 (as part of our annual Christmas at Fenway event).

All the best from a very active Front Office,

“The Voice of the Nation”

PS – I’m so glad to see that so many have been posting comments to the previous entries.  Please continue to do so!  Or, if you’re a little shy, you can always email me directly at

 PPS – I’m sorry the best picture I could come up with for this post was of Arnold Schwarzenegger from that horible “Batman and Robin” movie.  If anyone has any more creative suggestions, please let me know…I’d be more than happy to change it.

Can I paint his glove gold now? It’s kind of my thing, you know…

Hello Red Sox Nation…If there is anyone out there, who still doubts that Dustin Pedroia is a bonafide star, a clutch hitter, and a gritty defensive player… who still questions whether a 5 foot nothin’ 2nd year player can be a standout on a major league team…today is your answer.

Yes he can.

Congrats to the Destroyah!.jpgToday, Pedroia was awarded the American League Gold Glove for his outstanding play at second base.

And count me among those who think that he can do it again next year…

Yes he can.

So I hope you all join me in congratulating Dustin today on a very well deserved accomplishment. 

Not only was he outstanding in the field this year, but he was also equally great on the offensive end of things.

And I think that ought to be reflected in the AL MVP voting later this month.

Can he win that too?

Yes he can.

(in my opinion anyhow…)

All the best from a very busy Front Office,

“The Voice of the Nation”

PS – My hot stove question for all of you today…Rank the following areas in order of importance this offseason (Starting Pitching, Catching, Outfield, RBI production, Defense, Bullpen, short stop)