Gammons: Francona's job may be in jeopardy

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Gammons: Francona's job may be in jeopardy

Speaking Thursday on 'The Dan Patrick Show,' Peter Gammons said it's possible that Terry Francona's job could be in jeopardy if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs.

"I think to some degree," said Gammons, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's media wing who now works as an analyst for the MLB Network and NESN, when asked by Patrick if Francona was "managing for his job".

"I think it's very strange to think that, but I've sensed an increasing disconnect between general manager Theo Epstein and Terry Francona."

Gammons said there could be both on- and off-field issues between the Sox' front office and Francona:

"I think some of the things that have happened . . . When Terry came out to mercifully take John Lackey out of the game on Monday night -- after 14 baserunners, four stolen bases, a wild pitch, and blowing an 11-5 lead -- and I don't know if John actually realized he did it, he says he didn't, but he stared Francona down. As if, 'How dare you come out and get me?' " said Gammons. "Lackey says that didn't happen, but that's for the world to see and Terry was upset about it.

"But nothing was said. There's no veteran player to get in Lackey's face and say, 'Don't pull that stuff.' And there's nobody in the clubhouse or the manager's office telling him, 'No, don't do that.' . . .

"And I think last night, there's that strategic, 'Why is Josh Beckett coming out for the eighth inning in a tie game when you've got Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon?' "

Gammons noted there's precedent for managers losing the jobs after September disasters.

"You go back over the other, notable, recent collapses, which were the 2007 Mets and the 1995 Angels -- neither of them would be as great as this collapse if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs -- and in each case, the manager was gone by the middle of next season," said Gammons. "And there were major shakeups.

"I don't know if there won't be a lot of changes if the Red Sox end up finishing behind the Angels or Rays."

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.