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Fit the Bill

On the “Sports on Earth” site Joe Posnanski recently wrote about how Bill James will be re-integrated into the Red Sox organization. James will report directly to John Henry rather than to Ben Cherington. In the article Posnanski listed all the free agent signings that James, in an alternate reality where he didn’t have a non-disclosure clause with the the team he advised, would have lambasted: John Lackey, Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks. Perhaps in yet another alternate reality the baseball operations people would have listened to James and none of these signings would have been made. Would James have recommended keeping Josh Reddick, who is a lynchpin in the outstanding playoff-bound Oakland Athletics? Would he have vetoed Daniel Bard’s starting pitcher experiment, a detour that not only made Boston suffer with a sub-par starter but may have permanently derailed the career of a highly effective reliever? While losing Victor Martinez to free agency allowed the Red Sox to draft Matt Barnes in 2011, was he an advocate for that trade? So many questions, the answers to which are apparent in this season’s losing record. Ironically enough the Red Sox are battling the Blue Jays for last place, a fight they...

Sweep Sensation

NESN cameras captured Brett Anderson’s between innings ritual of semi-slurping water from its bottle until finally taking a gulp. He reminded me of a hamster fastidiously licking a water bottle nozzle. The Red Sox are like hamsters on an endless loop of failure. They were swept by the surging Athletics and this father and son celebrated with color-coordinated brooms. John Henry and Ben Cherington made the trip to Seattle to meet the flagging squad. In an e-mail Henry expressed how his franchise has gone off track by not listening to Bill James: “One of (the) biggest issues we’ve had is that Bill James was a great resource for us but fell out of favor over the last few years for reasons I really don’t understand. We’ve gotten him more involved recently in the central process and that will help greatly. He’s the father, so to speak, of baseball analysis and a brilliant iconoclast who looks at things differently from everyone else. But Ben is the right person to make the final decisions for the club.” It is heartening to hear that Larry Lucchino didn’t make this trip. Henry seems to wresting away some of the power Lucchino grabbed with Theo...


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