View Poll Results: Who Will Win the 2008 AL Penant?

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  • Tampa Bay Rays

    2 14.29%
  • Boston Red Sox

    0 0%
  • New York Yankees

    10 71.43%
  • Chicago White Sox

    1 7.14%
  • Minnesota Twins

    0 0%
  • Detroit Tigers

    1 7.14%
  • Los Angeles Angels

    0 0%
  • Texas Rangers

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Thread: Red Sox v. Yankees

  1. #226


    Did you read this piece in the Sunday Times about the prospect of a pinstriped Manny?

    (I love the A-rod crack at the end.)

  2. #227


    Tremendous pickup but he comes with a huge price tag... I am not sure he is worth $180MM despite all he has going for him including being a switch hitter, a helluv fielder, and a future 500+ home run clubber

    But $180MM??? jeez... what the hell, I am not paying for it.

  3. #228


    AP source: Smoltz agrees to deal with Boston

    By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer 48 minutes ago

    ATLANTA (AP)—After more than two decades with the Braves, John Smoltz appears likely to finish his stellar career wearing a different uniform.

    In a stunning end to one of baseball’s longest runs, Smoltz reached preliminary agreement on a contract with the Boston Red Sox after failing to work out a deal to return for his 22nd season with the Braves.

    A person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because the final paperwork had not been completed, said Smoltz will sign a guaranteed deal with the Red Sox worth about $5 million and also have the possibility to earn another $5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was expected to be finalized later Thursday.

    The Red Sox also agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Rocco Baldelli, but clearly the deal with Smoltz is the biggest splash yet for a team that lost to Tampa Bay in the AL championship series and is looking to keep pace with the rival Yankees, who’ve doled out $423.5 million in contracts to three players after missing the playoffs last season.

    Smoltz, the only pitcher in baseball history with 200 wins and 150 saves, had pitched for the Braves since 1988. The 41-year-old is coming off major shoulder surgery that sidelined him for most of last season, but feels healthy enough to pitch at least one more year.

    If able to come back, he’ll likely join a rotation that already includes Daisuke Matsuzaka (18-3), Jon Lester (16-6), Josh Beckett (12-10) and another newcomer, two-time All-Star Brad Penny. Smoltz prefers to finish his career as a starter.

    Smoltz’s decision is a startling development given repeated statements that he wanted to spend his entire big-league tenure in Atlanta.

    “I’ve been here for 21 years and I’m going to be here as long as there’s a position for me,” he said in September.

    Smoltz was an unknown minor leaguer when acquired from Detroit in 1987 for Doyle Alexander, but went on to become a cornerstone of Braves’ teams that won a record 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005, including a World Series title in 1995. He apparently turned to the Red Sox after Atlanta balked at giving him more than a $3 million deal, the person said.

    Braves general manager Frank Wren declined comment when reached by e-mail. Boston general manager Theo Epstein was scheduled to meet with the media later in the day.

    Smoltz began his career as a starter, winning 24 games and the NL Cy Young Award in 1996. Numerous elbow problems led him to shift to the bullpen to relieve the stress on his arm, and he set an NL record with 55 saves in his first full season as a closer in 2002.

    After three years finishing games for the Braves, Smoltz moved back to the rotation in 2005 and didn’t miss a beat, going 14-7 with a 3.06 ERA. He went 47-26 in his second run as a starter, but shoulder pain cut short the 2008 season after only six appearances.

    Smoltz tried to pitch one game as a reliever, then underwent surgery to fix what he said were “five or six problems,” including his labrum, AC joint and biceps.

    While acknowledging that similar operations have end the careers of many others, Smoltz felt encouraged enough about his rehabilitation to begin making plans for the new season. The Braves, however, were reluctant to make a deal with the aging pitcher, especially coming off a dismal season in which they missed the playoffs for the third year in a row.
    This Sept. 7, 2007 file photo shows Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz tipping his hat to fans as he leaves the game after giving up a hit to Washington Nationals' Ronnie Belliard, ending Smoltz's bid for a no-hitter, during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Smoltz has reached a preliminary agreement on a contract with the Boston Red Sox, a stunning end to his long career with the Atlanta Braves. The deal was expected to be finalized later Thursday Jan. 8, 2009.

    “I’ve been written off before and I’m sure this is finally the time when everyone says, ‘Finally! This is the end,”’ Smoltz said late last season. “But I certainly don’t think that.”

    His departure figures to create a major public-relations problem for a franchise that has fallen on hard times since the longest stretch of postseason appearances in baseball history. Smoltz has a record of 210-147 with 154 saves and a 3.26 ERA, while also becoming the winningest pitcher in postseason history at 15-4.

    In addition, he became just the 16th pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts last April in one of his final appearances with the Braves.

    Atlanta’s only major acquisition of the offseason has been pitcher Javier Vazquez, obtained in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Wren failed to work out a deal for San Diego ace Jake Peavy and another top pitcher, free agent A.J. Burnett, rebuffed an offer from the Braves to sign with the Yankees.

    With Smoltz having departed, the only pitching holdover from the Braves’ glory years is 42-year-old Tom Glavine. But he, too, is trying to come back from surgery and it’s not known if he’ll be healthy enough to pitch in 2009. The left-hander has said he will retire if he doesn’t play for Atlanta.

    In Thursday’s other move, the Red Sox added Baldelli, who spent the majority of last season on the disabled list for the AL champion Rays. The 27-year-old batted .263 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games.

  4. #229


    Kenny Rogers wasn't available?

    ...Baldelli batted .263 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games for the Rays in 2008. The righthanded hitter spent a majority of the year on the disabled list with a mitochondrial disorder. He was placed on the Rays' 60-day disabled list March 28 and reinstated to the roster Aug. 10 following two rehabilitation assignments.

    The Red Sox have done extensive background work on Baldelli's health. The mitochondrial disorder was re-diagnosed as channelopathy this winter, and there is hope that Baldelli, through diet and medication, can play more than previously anticipated and not suffer the same muscle fatigue to his legs that nearly ended his career a year ago.

    Smoltz, the only pitcher in baseball history with 200 wins and 150 saves -- he owns 210 of the former and 154 of the latter -- had pitched in the majors for the Braves since 1988, though he did miss the entire 2000 season after elbow surgery. He was acquired by Atlanta from the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Doyle Alexander Aug. 12, 1987.

    The eight-time All-Star and winner of the 1996 National League Cy Young Award is coming off major shoulder surgery that sidelined him for most of the 2008 season. He is not expected to be able to pitch in the majors until May or June, but his acquisition gives the Red Sox their desired depth in their pitching rotation, and may make it more feasible to consider trading a young starter such as Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden for a catcher.

    Baldelli has compiled a .281 average, 52 homers and 234 RBIs in 447 games over five seasons, all with Tampa Bay. He was 4 for 20 with two home runs and six RBI in his postseason debut this past fall, and delivered a pivotal hit in Game 7 of the Rays' American League Championship Series victory over the Red Sox...

  5. #230


    I had to look it up.

    Channelopathies are diseases caused by disturbed function of ion channel subunits or the proteins that regulate them. These diseases may be either congenital (often resulting from a mutation or mutations in the encoding genes) or acquired (often resulting from autoimmune attack on an ion channel).

    There are a large number of distinct dysfunctions known to be caused by ion channel mutations. The genes for the construction of ion channels are highly conserved amongst mammals and one condition, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, was first identified in the descendants of Impressive, a pedigree race horse.

    The channelopathies of human skeletal muscle include hyper-, hypo- and normokalemic (high, low and normal potassium blood concentrations) periodic paralysis, myotonia congenita and paramyotonia congenita.
    At least when the Evil Empire signs someone in questionable heath, it's more like a bad back.

    I see a promotional event for the Sox: Channelopathy Awareness Day

  6. #231


    So far for the 2009 season, the Yankee payroll has dropped (I know, hard to believe) $45 million. That's what happens when you already have a big payroll and contracts expire.

    Mike Mussina
    Bobby Abreu
    Jason Giambi
    Andy Pettitte (maybe)
    Carl Pavano (yay, finally)

    I hope this extra cash lying around doesn't translate into Manny. Can't see him in a big Yankee Stadium left field, and he doesn't have a good arm for right field.

    That leaves DH. Lots of idle time to invent media conspiracies.

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  8. #233

    Default Red Sox v. Yankees

    I will be watching the Yankees/Red Sox game on FOX TV today. And I will be rooting for the New York Yankees to beat the Boston Red Sox. I am from Los Angeles. And I live in Los Angeles,CA.

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  10. #235

    Default Red Sox v. Yankees

    That really really is terrible.

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  12. #237

    Default Red Sox v. Yankees

    I will root for the New York Yankees to beat the Boston Red Sox.

  13. #238
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    Root hard.

  14. #239

    Default Red Sox v. Yankees

    I sure will root hard for the New York Yankees to beat the Boston Red Sox.

  15. #240

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