Kalish, McDonald ready for anything

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Kalish, McDonald ready for anything

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

Last season, as injuries derailed their season, the Red Sox found out there were only so many things they could control.

Darnell McDonald and Ryan Kalish, who were given opportunities with the Red Sox last season because of the team's rash of outfield injuries, have adopted a similar approach as they enter the 2011 season without guaranteed spots on Boston's big-league roster.

"I've been playing so long, the biggest thing I've learned is just worry about the things you can control," said McDonald from the 72nd annual Boston Baseball Writers Awards dinner. "I've prepared for every offseason the same way. I'm looking to come into spring training ready to go and compete for a job."

McDonald, 32, has bounced around professional baseball since 2004, spending time in the Orioles, Twins and Reds systems before finding a home with the Red Sox last season. He hit .270 with 9 home runs and 34 RBI in 117 games. He also played effectively in the outfield with outfielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury missing most of the season injured.

Manager Terry Francona seemed optimistic that McDonald would be with the major-league club again.

"McDonald is a guy that came up in the middle of last season and really gave us an added boost," Francona said. "He's a right-handed bat along with Cameron. He gives us that fourth- or fifth-outfielder type that could really help us win games."

Kalish, 22, could be the odd man out when it comes time to determine the Red Sox' major league roster out of spring training.

In 53 games with the Red Sox last season, Kalish showed flashes of ability that had many projecting him to be an everyday outfielder in the future.

He hit .252 with 4 home runs, 24 RBI and 10 steals as a major leaguer in 2010, but he could be starting the 2011 season in the minor leagues with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

"To not hinder his development, we told him this last year, he may need more time in Triple A," Francona said. "That's not the worst thing for his development. If somebody gets hurt or something happens, we've already shown that we're comfortable with him playing here."

Kalish seemed comfortable with the idea of starting the season in the minors.

"In reality there's a lot to learn in this game," he said. "There's a lot to do and that's what I'm ready to do. I don't have any expectations. I'm just gonna go and have fun and play and learn."

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake