Sox, Cubs to hold press conferences Tuesday


Sox, Cubs to hold press conferences Tuesday

After weeks of its happening . . . wait, not yet . . . OK now, its happening . . . well, wait a second now . . . there will finally be official press conferences Tuesday for Theo Epstein as the new president of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, and Ben Cherington as the executive vice-presidentgeneral manager of the Red Sox.

That was a process though, huh?

The Cubs will hold a press conference at 12 p.m. EST at Wrigley Field, with the Sox holding theirs at 3:00 p.m. EST at Fenway Park.

Epstein, who thanked fans with a full-page ad in the Boston Globe on Sunday and wrote a Farewell, Red Sox Nation op-ed piece in the same newspaper on Tuesday, was hired as GM of the Red Sox at the end of the 2002 season. In his time as GM of the Sox, Epstein helped bring two World Series championships to Boston.

Epstein visited Wrigley Field Monday to meet his new staff, which will include former Padres GM Jed Hoyer, once the Red Sox assistant GM under Theo Epstein.

Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer were co-general managers of the Red Sox during Epsteins brief absence from the position after the conclusion of the 2005 season.

Comcast SportsNet New England will air both press conferences live.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.