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  1. kdpnutter

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    69-93, 40 GB of the division title, Red Sox fans haven't felt this low since Bill Buckner saw the ball go right through his legs in the 1986 World Series, and after that since Aaron "BLEEPING" Boone hit the home run in 2003 off of Tim Wakefield to send the Yankees to the World Series.

    Sweeping changes are coming to Boston and Principal Owner John Henry Jr. started right out with the manager for the Red Sox and brought over Mr. Uchiyama of Japanese fame after leading the Hokkaido Ham Fighters to a Japanese series title in 2021. Uchiyama is seen as a leader and a tough but fair players manager. Having played 15 years in the Japanese league and managed after Uchiyama got a ringing endorsement from the players and local media. However, Team President Larry Luchino was not so keen on the hiring of Uchiyama as he felt it might inhibit on his power over personnel moves and he was wrong. Uchiyama stated in his first news conference that he has no desire to handle player matters, he is there to coach up a certain type of player. There is a long tradition in Boston and he wants to bring back that glory in Boston, but it is going to take a lot of hard work, blood sweat and tears were the exact words used. Henry was said to be impressed with the tough work ethic but Uchiyama has been known as a players manager. Whenever his players have had issues Uchiyama was there to support them even after Jack Elliott's issues in Japan. Uchiyama stood by Elliott even against management. Uchiyama will have a say in personnel decisions but it is going to ultimately be left up to Luchino and Henry.

    Sweeping changes are being made this off-season as the Sox go into full rebuilding mode and are cleaning house to try and retool for the future. Many of the veterans on this club have been already released or are going to be non-tendered in arbitration. Boston has already said Bruce MacKeachen and George Hull are going to be the corner stones to build on for the future. Bruce MacKeachen is going to be the face of the franchise moving forward. We are going to rebuild the farm system. We are going to get back to Red Sox baseball, build the farm system and make smart free agent moves, not just throwing money at every player. We need to be smart and economical in our moves, it is not going to be an overnight fix but we do have a plan in mind and plan to stick to our plan.

    Red Sox Nation, we will turn this around and give you the team that you deserve on the field competing day in and day out. A team you can be proud of.
     
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    Heidi Watney live with the Red Sox, we have breaking news right before the free agency period opens the Boston Red Sox ownership has called a press conference for tonight. We will get that press conference as soon as the ownership is ready. Stay tuned tonight for that conference live here on NESN!​
     
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    Boston picked 5th today in the MLB draft and were hoping for one of two candidates to fall to them at number 5. Knowing that Taylor would go number one and McIlvride was going at number two Boston had Ricardo Rivera and Eric Sabatier as the two top candidates on there board, Rivera had comparisons to Randy Johnson and Sabatier put up great K numbers and was compared to Clay Buchholz by many in the Red Sox organization or a younger Pedro Martinez, but Boston had been set on Rivera as the big leftie would add to an already young core of pitchers in the Boston farm. However, luck would see both of those two and in particular see Rivera go right before them. Boston would go on to select Chester "El Duque" Edwards out of St. Johns in New York.

    Edwards was 8-2 with a 1.65 ERA with 31 BB and 128 K in 93 innings pitched.

    Edwards is a dead on sinker ball pitcher, who immediately drew comparisons to the former and original El Duque Orlando Hernandez and former Red Sox great Derek Lowe, Only thing that Boston wasn't 100% sold on was his control at only a 55 potential but Boston felt they could improve that and even if they did not improve it would be good enough for the deadly sinker baller. Edwards will be pitching this year at rookie ball and will be put on a pitch count in order to prevent any injuries. Edwards looks to pitch at most 90 innings the first two years for the Red Sox organization.

    From all indications the Red Sox are going to have to put up quite a bit of money for Edwards as he is represented by Scott Boras and as we all know Boras does not let clients sign for cheap. Numbers originally being put forth by Boras is around 4 million dollars.

    Two big things that Boston liked was the work ethic and loyalty that were both high and not a huge factor for money. (y)

    We will keep an eye on negotiations between Boston and Edwards, as well as coverage of all picks by the Red Sox who have the 5th pick in each subsequent round.

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