Mullen's Minor League Notebook: November 13


Mullen's Minor League Notebook: November 13

The Arizona Fall League wraps up its regular season on Thursday. Catcher Christian Vazquez has already finished up his AFL season and transferred to Manati of the Puerto Rican League. In 10 games with the Surprise Saguaros, Vazquez hit .257 with a home run and three RBI.

Right-handers Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin, Ryan Pressly, Pete Ruiz, infielder Michael Almanzar, and outfielder Bryce Brentz are still with Surprise.

Brentz is batting .327 with two home runs, 11 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage in 14 games. Almanzar is hitting just .186 with a .266 OBP and .214 SLG in 19 games.

Both appeared in the Rising Stars Game.

Several other players from the Sox organization are also playing in winter leagues, including left-hander Franklin Morales, who is on the roster of Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan League but has not made an appearance yet.

In the Dominican League, right-handers Josh Fields and Tony Pena, Jr., who is a free agent, are with Aguilas Cibaenas, with Triple-A Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur. Former Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is expected to play for the Aguilas on Wednesday. Right-hander Stolmy Pimentel is with Estrellas de Oriente; right-hander Sandy Rosario and infielder Nate Spears are with Gigantes del Cibao; knuckleballer Steven Wright, catcher Matt Spring, and infielder Mauro Gomez are with Leones del Escogido (as is former Sox shortstop Julio Lugo); and catcher Dan Butler is with Toros del Este.

In the Mexican League, right-hander Marco Duarte is with Aguilas de Mexicali; and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker is with Yaquis de Obregon.

In the Puerto Rican League infielder Ivan de Jesus is on the roster of Atenienses de Manati, along with Vazquez; right-handers Jose De La Torre and Anthony Ranaudo are pitching for Criollos de Caguas; right-hander Jeremy Kehrt is pitching for Indios de Mayaguez; and outfielder Henry Ramos is with Indios de Ponce.

In the Venezuelan League left-hander Ricardo Betancourt, right-hander Luis Diaz, and outfielder Ronald Bermudez are with Morales in Caracas; infielder Heiker Meneses is on the roster of Tiburones de La Guaira; and former Triple-A Pawtucket manager Buddy Bailey is managing Tigres de Aragua.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 


The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.