After a one year hiatus, Boston Sports Blogapalooza is on the comeback trail! Planning is in the works to nail down a venue, sponsors and a date. Right now Chazzrock Productions is working feverishly to confirm all the details!
Sponsors are still needed to make this event a reality, so if your company or someone you know may be interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For those who have attended Palooza since it’s inception in 2010, you know what to expect!
For those who never heard of Boston Sports Blogapalooza, it is the networking event where Boston sports and digital media collide! If you have a blog, like to tweet or have a podcast about the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics or Bruins this is place to meet other people in your craft!
This is something you NO LONGER do in your Mom’s basement, so keep checking back and get ready to GET YOUR BLOG ON AGAIN at #PaloozaSpring16!
I am still trying to pinch myself to make sure this isn’t a dream. Wilson sporting games has a sponsorship deal with Hanley Ramirez. Why? No idea.I’m not convinced a player who was as much of a sh*tshow in the outfield deserves his own glove.
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) September 1, 2015
Statistics have shown that he was the worst defensive player in 2015, with a defensive WAR (wins above replacement) of -2.5, worst in the league despite him only playing 105 games and DH-ing some of the those. If Hanley played the field in 150 games this year, he would lose close to 4 games alone on his defense (to be fair his offensive WAR was .8 in 2015).
You can see Hanley’s glove below on the Wilson website (model A2000 HR13 GM).
I took it upon myself to slightly modify the page to a more accurate perception…
That should sell more Hanley Ramirez Wilson gloves, right? Let’s hope the first base experiment goes better than the outfield experiment did.
This season could go bad real fast. Fingers crossed that all works out.. godspeed Dombrowski.
Kimbrel is in his baseball-playing prime at 27 years of age. He began his career with the Atlanta Braves and was traded in the winter of 2014-2015 to the San Diego Padres. At that time, the Padres were in win-now mode: that offseason they would sign Kimbrel, along with hard-hitting outfielder Matt Kemp and workhorse starting pitcher James Shields. Now a year removed from that flurry of additions, San Diego is back to rebuilding its base of youthful talent again, and Dave Dombrowski of Boston helped them to that end.
But paying that price is a luxury you can afford when previous GM Ben Cherington stocked your farm with top prospects. Apart from that, Kimbrel is truly a Major League talent. In 6 seasons, he has amassed a 1.63 ERA in 348.1 IP, striking out 563 and featuring a 0.927 WHIP and 14.5 SO/9 rate. What Kimbrel will provide is a young, shut-down closer to replace the aging Koji Uehara. Both Uehara and 7th/8th inning specialist Junichi Tazawa should see increased rest with the presence of Kimbrel.
Kimbrel’s contract keeps him under team control through the 2018 season. At $11MM for 2016 and $13MM for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, his contract is a hit to the books, but it is a lighter one than that of other recent additions like Pablo Sandoval (weight pun entirely intended).
Though his fastball clocks in at a hard 98 MPH, Kimbrel’s heart is soft: he is the Chairman of Players Curing Kids Cancer. Kimbrel donates $100 when he gets a save and $25 every time he strikes out a batter, giving Sox fans just one more reason to stand up and cheer in the 9th inning.