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Top Ten Red Sox Prospects

Keith Law released his top 100 prospects in baseball yesterday and today released his top 10 prospect for each team. The future looks bright for the Red Sox. Law has them ranked as the 5th best minor league system in baseball. That is easily the best in the AL East where the Rays rank 23rd, Orioles 22nd, Yankees 20th and Blue Jays 19th.

The Red Sox have five prospects in the Top 100 in baseball. Blake Swihart is ranked 10th, Henry Owens 20th, Eduardo Rodriguez 29th, Rafael Devers 55th, Manuel Margot 70th,

The Red Sox top ten prospects look like this:

1. Blake Swihart, C
2. Henry Owens, LHP
3. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
4. Rafael Devers, 3B
5. Manuel Margot, CF
6. Garin Cecchini, 3B
7. Matt Barnes, RHP
8. Brian Johnson, LHP
9. Deven Marrero, SS
10. Michael Chavis, 3B

New Commissioner Holds Key into Cooperstown for Pete Rose

Rob Manfred officially became the Commissioner of Baseball this week and with that has given several interviews. I have been very impressed with many of the things he has had to say along with the way he has gone about saying them. He seems to be the perfect guy to bring baseball into the next phase.

I am not a fan of all his ideas but I like the fact that he is thinking about ways to improve the game. He seems to understand the importance of the history of the game while also realizing the game does need to adapt as we move forward.

This brings us to the Pete Rose issue. Manfred was asked on the Michael Kay Show if he has any plans to change the process by which the Hall of Fame elects it's members. Manfred explained that the Commissioner of Baseball will now give him a seat at the Board of Directors table of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He said he would use this seat to be very involved and actively engaged into possible changes. Manfred was born and raised in Rome, NY, not far …

The Hypocrisy of Dabo

By all accounts, Dabo Swinney is a really good guy. However, he is not immune to hypocrisy and it is on full display right now. First, let's look back to June of 2008 when DeAndre McDaniel was arrested on charges of aggravated assault against his girlfriend.  According to police, McDaniel covered his girfriend’s face with a comforter, choked her, punched her in the head and chest and then shoved her down a flight of stairs, causing “serious bodily injury.”

McDaniel was permitted to participate in a pre-trial intervention program – and his arrest record was wiped clean. He was reinstated to the Clemson football program by Tommy Bowden while Dabo was on staff. Dabo would take over four months later and was the head coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons which included DeAndre McDaniel on the roster. This is something that the Dabo haters like to point out when Dabo came out against domestic violence this past fall when the Ray Rice situation took over the headlines.
Dabo stated he had a…

Curt Flood: 45 Years Later

45 years ago today, Curt Flood filed the lawsuit that eventually led to free agency as we know it today. He sacrificed the rest of his career by refusing to accept a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. He felt that a player was more than just a piece of property. He fought for the rights of free agency, even though he would never benefit from it. I wonder just how many players in today's game know about Curt Flood. Sadly, I don't think many do. If you don't know about Curt Flood and the sacrifice he made. Here are a couple of clips from Ken Burns and his baseball documentary.

Transition Time for Gamecock Football

It was a tough season with an embarrassing loss to Clemson as the final blow. We now wait for a bowl game that seems beneath us. I have heard comments that we should somehow skip the bowl game because "we don't deserve it". Just stop. The actual game is irrelevant at this point, I get that. What is not irrelevant is the month plus of practice time that we will get for being a bowl team. That is important, especially with what we saw this year on defense. Not playing in a bowl game, just puts us further behind for next season. We can't afford that! I understand the frustration, but let's keep things in perspective.

Where do we go from here? The answer seems to be Will Muschamp. I am on board with that pursuit but I am also very careful to not throw Lorenzo Ward under the proverbial bus. Coach Ward didn't suddenly become awful in one season. He was real good at his job previous to this season. What changed? The talent. I am not saying that Ward shouldn't be …

Celebrating Pedro and the Tragedy of Nomar

Pedro Martinez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday getting almost 92% of the votes. He becomes the first pitcher to be inducted into the Hall of Fame who spent the majority of his career with the Red Sox.

I wish I would have appreciated him more. I was a Roger Clemens fan from an early age and Dan Duquette was public enemy number one for me when he let Clemens walk after the 1996 season. Pedro showed up in 1998 as the new ace and I was reluctant to accept him. Clemens was my boyhood hero and as great as Pedro was, I would never give him his due.

I criticized his lack of endurance and how he threw Grady Little under the bus after the 2003 ALCS. Criticisms that were and are valid, but are far outweighed by his dominance.  His dominance can be summed up by looking at two stats, his won/loss record while with the Red Sox and his career ERA+. His record with the Red Sox was 117-37. That is just ridiculous! His career ERA + is the best in MLB history. It stands at 154 whic…

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

It is time for my 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot. As I mentioned last year, my process begins with the Bill James Hall of Fame Career Standards Number (BJHCS) and the Jay Jaffe War Score System(JAWS). The BJHCS numbers needs to be over 50 and the JAWS number needs to be greater than the JAWS number of the average Hall of Famer. The following players qualify under the BJHCS:

PlayerBJHCSBarry Bonds76Roger Clemens73Randy Johnson65Mike Piazza62Gary Sheffield61Pedro Martinez60Jeff Bagwell59Larry Walker58Craig Biggio57Pete Rose55Mike Mussina54Sammy Sosa52Jeff Kent51Edgar Martinez50

Pete Rose? One of my big pet peeves is that Pete Rose is not on the ballot. I have no issue with him being banned for life. He broke baseball's cardinal rule. However, the rule that banned players can't appear on the ballot was made AFTER Rose was banned. Joe Jackson who was banned in 1920, appeared on the first Hall of Fame Ballot in 1936. MLB says the rule was always implied and they wanted to make it offici…