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Boston Sports Blogapalooza Is On The Comeback Trail!

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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!

Our friends at Ring Communnications have been lending a helping hand for booking the wicked awesome location!  We are targeting Mid May so stay tuned on all the usual channels!

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Sponsors are still needed to make this event a reality, so if your company or someone you know may be interested, please email chazzrockproductions@gmail.com 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!

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.

 

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.

Meet the Sox: David Price

The Boston Red Sox made arguably the biggest splash of the off-season in December when they signed free agent left-hander David Price. The signing instantly brought the Sox a much-needed ace for their staff. However, Price’s contract also certainly put a hole in Boston’s budget.

 

Price is a well known commodity to the Red Sox: he spent his career in the American League, with particular focus in the AL East. Playing for the Tampa Rays, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays before signing with the Sox, Price is 6-1 lifetime at Fenway Park with a 1.95 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 11 career starts. To further the familiarity, Price was brought to Detroit (and then summarily traded away) by the Sox new GM, Dave Dombrowski.




While succeeding during the regular season (3.09 ERA, 1372 SO, 1.132 WHIP), the knock against Price are his post-season struggles. In 14 playoff games, Price is 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA (roughly 63 innings). It should be noted that a few of those games came against the Red Sox themselves. With or without Price’s well-documented dust-up with David Ortiz, it will be nice for Price to not have to face Big Papi this year.

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With Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox Bullpen Has Chance To Be Great

Craig Kimbrel is the new closer of the Boston Red Sox

Get used to this stance, Red Sox fans. Craig Kimbrel is your new closer.

Since arriving in Boston, Dave Dombrowski has repeatedly told the media that his first priority, to the surprise of many, was to bolster the bullpen. But here we are at the onset of the offseason, and it was a surprise to few to see rumors of the Red Sox trying to go after big name closers.

The Red Sox and Dombrowski ultimately opted to trade for Craig Kimbrel, acquiring him last Friday from the San Diego Padres. In return, the Padres received 4 Red Sox prospects, including the sought-after speedy OF Manuel Margot. 

Only 27, Kimbrel is a proven closer and 4-time all-star with the ability to touch the high 90s with his fastball. The Red Sox now have their long-term closer in Kimbrel, who is under team control through the 2017 season with a $13 million team option and $1 million buyout for 2018. The Red Sox also are less reliant on 41 year old Koji Uehara, who assumes the role of set-up man in the pen.




The acquisition of Kimbrel, also solidifies their set-up man, and seventh inning guy. Koji Uehara assumes the role of set-up man. Koji was able to gain 25 saves, and posted a respectable 2.25 ERA as a closer last year. In a less-pressure role, the Red Sox are expecting Koji to post a similar output to 2015. And if things go south for Koji, and injuries continue to plague the 41 year-old, last year’s setup man Junichi Tazawa, presumably slides back into the set-up man role.

WIth the acquisition of Kimbrel, Koji Uehara slides into the set-up man role in 2016.

Dombrowski may not be done with the bullpen additions. The Red Sox have a need for a lefty specialist out of the bullpen that needs to be addressed. As of now, Robbie Ross Jr. is the only left handed reliever in the bullpen.

The Red Sox are also actively looking for an “ace” starting pitcher this offseason. Assuming they get one through free agency, they may find themselves with an extra starting pitcher, since their rotation from 2015 is under contract for the next year. if the front office does not trade a pitcher away in the offseason, maybe someone like Joe Kelly gets added into the mix. Kelly, who can also reach upper 90s as a starter, would make sense to add to the bullpen as well.

It’s still early in the offseason, and Dombrowski has some tricks up his sleeve. It will be interesting to see how the bullpen progresses and what other pieces he will get his hands on. But Dombrowski is guy that stays true to his word-if he has intentions of building a strong bullpen, he’ll do it. Kimbrel is a pretty significant building block for it.

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