Meet the Sox: Chris Young

 It wasn’t that long ago that Chris Young was in his prime. In his age 26 season (2010), Young was named an All Star while with the Arizona Diamondbacks. That season he hit .257, slugging .452 with 27 homeruns, 91 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Young was undoubtedly productive at the Major League level in 2010. His decline from that date, however, was notable.




The Boston Red Sox’ new fourth outfielder once finished 4th in Rookie of the Year voting. Now 31 years old, Chris Young is no longer youthful. In parts of 5 seasons since his All Star year, Young has taken on the role of a platoon outfielder while with the Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and most recently New York Yankees.

However, the dichotomy between early and late-career Chris Young is not as stark as one might assume:
From 2006-2010 (all while playing exclusively center field for Arizona), Young played in 628 games and swatted 98 homeruns, 296 RBI and stole 82 bases.

Hanley Ramirez & Wilson: An Endorsement For The Ages

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.

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).

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I took it upon myself to slightly modify the page to a more accurate perception…

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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.

 

Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad

The Bruins have entered the All-Star Break and despite having just one All-Star representative, they’re in a better position than most people would have predicted. Their last week of games before their week-long break included the end of an impressive penalty killing streak, a couple of milestones for their gritty, diminutive winger and some continuing road success against one Eastern Conference foe. This is: Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.

Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.

Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.

2: The B’s scored two power-play goals in their 3-2 win over the Flyers on Monday, marking the first time they scored more than one power-play goal since Dec. 29.



2: Brad Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty just two seconds into the second period of Monday’s win over the Flyers.

2: Somehow, Matt Beleskey was plus-2 in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to his former team in the Ducks.

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Patriots Fans Should Boycott Playboy After This Garbage (PHOTO)

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Rob Fee of Playboy.com comes off as a real comedian (he’s from Kentucky and must be a Bungles fan which is funny in itself) with his article “A Day In The Life Of A New England Patriots Fan”. His article appeared on that website that shows air brushed women and has articles that people allegedly read like this trash on January 7th.

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Then this Bungles loving clown decides to re-post this on Huffington Post only a few days after the Patriots lost to the Broncos in their bid to reach an incredible SEVENTH Super Bowl with the Hoodie and G.O.A.T. combo.




Guess it wasn’t funny 3 weeks ago and still isn’t now….so who is hatin’ on who Rob?

Mr. Fee, Patriots fans have every right to defend themselves and shield themselves from the Hate Train. Every team cheats, but the Patriots got the whistle blown on them for Spygate by a former employee, Eric Mangini who took part in “the cheating” when he was on Belichick’s staff.

Guess it was okay then, but not when it worked against him and the NYJ.

And we all know Deflategate is an utter disgrace when Tom Brady gets crucified for being “Generally Aware” of football pressure and Peyton Manning skates free while injecting HGH in his FIVEhead.

You all hate us because you aint us!

The Patriots weren’t always this good, we actually sucked so bad in the early 90’s that the team almost moved to f’n St. Louis, know that city who just lost their second franchise.

I have been a fan of this team for over 30 years (season ticket holder for 21), I have seen the GOOD (over the last 15 years), The BAD (most of the previous 40) & UGLY. So save your finger pointing , name calling and “humor” because We F*CKING EARNED THIS!

We stayed true to our hometown franchise and we are reaping the benefits….so sorry not sorry!

NOTE: Ok the goddess wearing the Pats shirt is WICKED HAWT!

Be Like Me – The Boston Celtics Edition (IMAGES)

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As you may have noticed, there seem to be a lot of posts on Facebook that have a stick figure and a list of random facts listed. These Facebook posts are created through an app called “Be Like Me” and they seem to be the next Facebook craze that people are participating in. The Celtics Facebook fan page even went as far as creating one for Kelly Olynyk:

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So to beat a dead horse (like we usually do with BST&N posts), we created a few more Boston Celtics “Be Like Me” images for your viewing pleasure:




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Meet the Sox: Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel isn’t just a pitcher with a funny-looking windup. He is, by many accounts, one of the best closers in Major League Baseball. Before any rumblings of signing David Price this offseason, the Boston Red Sox traded for Kimbrel. In doing so, the Sox bolstered the back end of their bullpen.

 

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.




It took four minor leaguers to ply Kimbrel from the Padres. Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, Carlos Asuaje and Logan Allen were sent to San Diego in exchange for the new Sox closer. Though you may have not heard these names before, the price tag for Kimbrel was relatively high: Margot is now ticketed as the Padres’ top prospect. He is #25 on the MLB Top 100 list for minor leaguers and profiles as a top of the order bat. Guerra slots in as the Padres’ #3 prospect. He ranks as #76 on the Top 100 and is renowned as a slick defensive shortstop. Asuaje and Allen are now #18 and #19 in the San Diego farm system, respectively.

 

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.

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