What should the Sox do about Josh Beckett?
Should they trade him? Send him to the DL? Have him skip another start?
Decisions. Decisions. But if you ask me, the Sox aren't going to make one.
I think they'll probably stick their collective head in the sand, pretend none of this is going on, and carry on with business as usual. When Beckett's spot in the rotation is up, Beckett will take the mound. And you know what? That probably makes sense.
At the end of the day, the only thing that's going to make this better short of a trade is for Beckett to start winning. So you might as well throw him back out there and hope for the best.
I'll say this though: It would be a whole lot easier if that next start came on the road. Away from the booing and craziness. In a spot where Beckett has nothing to worry about but pitching, and can maybe find a little rhythm andor build up some good will with the fans before coming back to face music.
If the call is for him to make that next start, then a road game is clearly the ideal.
Only problem is that it's not the reality. The way it stands right now, Beckett's scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday (his 32nd birthday) AT Fenway, against Seattle, in the last game of this six-game home stand.
I can hear the boos already.
And the more that I think about, maybe Beckett could use an unscheduled 19th offday. After all, it's his birthday. And no one will be at the course on a Tuesday.
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Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.