The BBK Club

775858.jpg

The BBK Club

I was just staring at the Red Sox Baseball-Reference page (because that's what I do sometimes) and noticed something interesting: So far this season, Daniel Nava has walked more times (19) than he's struck out (17). He's the only guy on the team (not counting Jacoby Ellsbury) who can currently make that claim, and it got me thinking:

How rare is it for a guy to play an entire season and finish with more walks than strikeouts?

The answer: It's pretty rare.

Since 2000, only five Red Sox regulars (which I arbitrarily defined as having at least 500 at-bats) have finished the season with a positive BBK ratio.

1. Nomar Garciaparra did it in 2000, the year he hit .372 and won his second straight batting title. It was also the second straight (and last) season in which he joined this exclusive club. Nomar finished the year with 61 walks and 50 strikeouts, and was no doubt helped along by his league-leading 20 intentional walks.

2. Manny Ramirez did it in 2003, powered by a league-leading 28 intentional walks. Manny finished the year with 97 walks and 94 strikeouts, which was just enough to earn him a spot on irrevocable waivers that off-season.

3. Johnny Damon did in 2004, with 76 walks and 71 strikeouts. Respect your Idiots, children.

4. David Ortiz pulled it off in back-to-back seasons. In '06, he drew a league-leading 119 walks (to go along with a league-leading 54 homers and 137 RBI) and struck out "only" 117 times. In '07, he led the league again with 111 walks and struck out 103 times.

5. And finally, there's Dustin Pedroia, who's climbed the vaunted BBK mountain three out of four seasons that he's qualified.

In 2007, he walked 47 times and struck out only 42 times. In 2009, he walked 74 times and struck out only 45 times. And last year, he just snuck in with 86 walks and 85 strikeouts. Phew.

By the way, in the one season Pedroia qualified and didn't make the cut? His MVP season of 2008, when he struck out 52 times and drew only 50 walks. Poor form, Pedey!

Anyway, there you have it. The ball's in your court, Daniel Nava.

Show us what you got.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”