Sox still have a shot at their worst record in 47 years


Sox still have a shot at their worst record in 47 years

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the Red Sox' furious push to avoid finishing this season with the worst record of any Sox team in nearly 50 years.

And, it's time for an update.

When we last left Bobby's Boys, they had 24 games left, and 63 wins to their name. That was one better than 1965 Sox who finished with 62.

A year later, Boston finished with 72 wins, and in the 46 years since, no Sox team has eclipsed that level of ineptitude with Butch Hobson's '92 squad and their 73 wins coming the closest. That brings us back to 2012, and the race that's sure to captivate a nation (or much more likely, be forgotten the moment you're done reading this post).

As of today, the Sox stand (actually, let's call it "sit") at 67-81. That leaves them seven short of the '92 team, which means . . . scrambling for a calculator . . . that Boston needs seven wins over their last 14 games to avoid stamping an unenviable place in Red Sox history. That's .500 ball. Can they do it?

That I'm even asking the question is a sure sign of just how pathetic things have become.

That they're most likely going to fall short? A much surer sign.

Listen, the Sox would have trouble winning seven of 14 games against the Royals, Astros and Birmingham Barons. In reality, they're up against the Rays, Orioles and Yankees. That's three teams in the heat of a playoff race with records that are a combined 48 games over .500.

On one hand, maybe the idea of playing spoiler can light a fire under Boston's ass. But when you consider that a few months ago, the idea of winning a World Series wasn't enough to get these guys going and that they're currently trotting out the "weakest September roster in baseball history," something tells me that Hobson, Bob Zupcic, Luis Rivera and the rest of the '92 Sox might want to put some champagne on ice.

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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.