While Jacoby Ellsbury has had a brilliant season -- "Phenominal, magical. Diary stuff. Scrapbook. God bless him," says the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley -- his failure to catch Robert Andino's drive to center with two outs in the bottom of the sixth Monday, which wound being an inside-the-park, three-run homer and was the key hit in the Orioles' 6-3 win, was emblamatic of the Sox' failures down the stretch this year.
"I'm sorry, but the missed catch? It's not an error, but . . . good outfielders make those plays in late September," Buckley said on Mohegan Sun's Sports Tonight.
When asked by co-host Michael Felger if Ellsbury should have caught the ball, CSN's Lou Merloni, the ex-Red Sox infielder who also serves as a radio host on WEEI, agreed.
"In this situation, where this team is right now? Yeah, he's got to step up and make that play," said Merloni. "To say that it's easy? No. But an All-Star-caliber, American League MVP makes that play.
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.
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.