1. Jason Varitek: No, He Cannot Field

    As I work through the Fielding Bible, Vol. II (Defensive Runs, Defensive Misplays), I keep coming across nuggets of information that impact my beliefs surrounding defense of any given player...

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  2. Previewing the 2009 MLB Draft: Part II (6-10)

    In Part I of the five part series on covering the 2009 Draft, I gave brief scouting reports over the well-known names in amateur baseball. Strasburg remains at the top and is having an unbelievable Junior year (...

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  3. Can the "Oki-Doke" poke his overachieving head out again?

    Many expected the 2007 version of Hideki Okajima to disappear as we headed into last season.But he didn't. Okajima stuck around another year, and was roughly the same pitcher that he was in 2007, overall...

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  4. Handicapping the Backup Infielder Race

    With the news that Julio Lugo is undergoing arthroscopic surgery tomorrow, the question becomes who is going to pick up the slack. Lugo may return in time for Opening Day...He could return a few days after...

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  5. Why Extend Jason Bay Now?

    I was one of the very few people unhappy (extremely so) with Jason Bay's acquisition at 3:59:59 on July 31, so that will obviously color the reaction to this piece, but try to hear me out...

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  6. Julio Lugo to Have Surgery, Dustin Pedroia Hurt

    Dustin Pedroia strained a muscle near his ribcage during Team USA workouts on Friday. It's not anything to be concerned about, but this next piece of news is...

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  7. Tim Wakefield: Mr. Reliable for the Boston Red Sox

    A few years back, 2007 to be exact, I used the term "effective" to sum up what Tim Wakefield was as a pitcher. It was a debate about whether or not the Red Sox were good enough to win the World Series that season...

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  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka: For Better or Worse 2009

    In our continuing series of "For Better or Worse 2009" and community projections, I now give you Daisuke Matsuzaka. To catch up on the rest of the series you may have missed so far, go here...

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  9. Some quick notes from Ft. Myers (Fife, Pimentel, etc.)

    I've been down at the Fort for the past couple of days, and have spent most of that at the Player Development Complex. Here's some quick notes from yesterday and today: Tewkbury's son was at camp, taking drills at SS, though he looked a bit rough...

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  10. Red Sox Defense: Runs-Saved Statistics

    A couple years ago, The Fielding Bible took baseball by storm with John Dewan's Plus/Minus system to evaluate fielders...

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  11. Coco Crisp: Gone in a Flash, Undervalued in Hindsight

    "Coco won more games with his glove than Drew won with his bat." -My Dad, right after the 2007 season ended And he was right.In fact, Coco saved more runs in the field than anyone in 2007...

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  12. Jason Varitek: For Better or Worse 2009

    In our continuing series of "For Better or Worse 2009" and community projections, I now give you Jason Varitek. To catch up on the rest of the series you may have missed so far, go here...

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  13. Red Sox Out For Fans' Money Despite Woeful Economy

    Earlier today for MVN Outsider, I commented on the poor economy and how the Arizona Diamondbacks are taking steps to ensure that the consumer can still afford to go to a game, while ...

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  14. Red Sox Prospect Lars Anderson to play some OF in AAA

    Last December, Sox Director of Player Development Mike Hazen released a statement to announce that the ultra-versatile Casey Kelly will both pitch 100 innings and play shortstop in ...

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  15. Larry Lucchino and John Henry Want Civilized Spending

    John Henry has made his opinion clear...Henry believes that Major League Baseball should implement a salary cap. Or at least seriously explore it.Larry Lucchino shares Henry's belief on the matter...

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  16. Boston Red Sox: 2009's Affirmation

    It felt very good, today, listening to the panel of gurus on MLB TV agree with Baseball Prospectus that the Red Sox are most likely to win the powerful AL East in a hard fought three-way race...

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  17. Poll: Better of Worse: Jacoby Ellsbury's 2009 Stolen Base Total?

    New Poll Question:Better of Worse: Jacoby Ellsbury's 2009 Stolen Base Total?Early last season it seemed like Jacoby might steal 75 bags, but a mid-season slump hit both his bat and his legs and he ended up with only 50...

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  18. Red Sox top MVN's preseason Power Rankings

    The first edition of the MVN Power Rankings are out and guess who claimed the top spot?  That's right, the Boston Red Sox.1...

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  19. Pulled from the comments: Sean O on Mike Lowell

    We all know that Sean O has, what can best be termed, his anti-binkies; Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell. I couldn't pass up his perspective on Mike Lowell in a recent thread without "pulling it from the comments"...

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  20. Jason Bay: For Better or Worse 2009

    In our continuing series of "For Better or Worse 2009" and community projections, I now give you Jason Bay. To catch up on the rest of the series should you have missed it so far, go here...

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  21. A Year Removed from the Shortstop Logjam

    Twelve months ago, I was eagerly looking forward to today because it would be then that the logjam at the shortstop position in the low-minors could be resolved...

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  22. My Favorite Red Sox Players

    On Friday, the Boston Globe ran down the worst breakups in Red Sox history going around the diamond by position. It's a nice (and sobering) read. It made me ask myself "who would be on my personal 'favorite Red Sox' team?" My list is here...

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  23. Mike Lowell "Upset"

    And who can blame him? "I think it's only human nature (to be upset) when you're given the choice (to sign) in more than one place, and you end up signing in a place where you proclaim to enjoy ...

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  24. Fire Brand Flies Along with Paul Byrd

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Byrd. Byrd, acquired from the Cleveland Indians during the latter part of the 2008 season, served the Red Sox very capably out of the ...

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  25. J.D. Drew: The Battle between What We See Visually and Numerically

    JD Drew.The greatest example of Sabermetrics vs. The Human Eye.For two years now, I have defended JD Drew as a player...

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