Boston's Second Worst All-Star

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Boston's Second Worst All-Star

As the old saying goes: In life, it's not how you're remembered . . . but that you're remembered at all.

At least I think that's how it goes. Truth is, I just tried Googling that phrase and didn't find anything but a bunch of creepy message board threads about death and the afterlife.

Either way, it makes sense. At the very least it makes for good conversation . . .

Which would you prefer: To be remembered for something that's less than ideal, or to no longer exist?

It's a good question for Scott Cooper, aka the worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history.

"Scott, if you could do it over, would you rather keep things the way they are, and only exist within the context of "Scott Cooper All-Star" Jokes, or would you prefer the legacy of thousands of other forgotten major leaguers?

I think he'd go with Option A. I know I would.

Anyway, I know Coop gets picked on every year around this time, so I figured I'd do him a favor and shine the spotlight elsewhere:

So here's my question: Who's the second-worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history?

After a little research, I've narrowed it down to two finalists. Two guys who just so happened to team up for one of the grossest, most horrific moments in Red Sox history:

Bob Stanley and Rich Gedman.

Stanley was an All-Star in '79 and '83. Gedman made in '85 and '86. Both are clearly better than Scott Cooper. But if I had to choose the second worst, I'll say Gedman.

Steamer had the better the career. He more deserving of his two nods. On the other hand, Gedman had only one great year, and definitely got a boost in reputation due to his association with Roger Clemens.

So there it is: Rich Gedman, your second worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history!

You're welcome, Scott.

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

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.