• The Gap Between Boston & New York Just Got Wider

    Posted by on December 6th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    You win 93 games and then go out and add Chris Sale.

    Start planning on a Red Sox-Cubs World Series next year.

    Comments on The Gap Between Boston & New York Just Got Wider

    1. KPOcala
      December 6th, 2016 | 8:03 pm

      Hey! Just be glad that Hal stayed under the tax threshold! We must keep our sense of priorities now. The “play” for Hal is to get, and keep the payroll down. With the team flush with prospects, and other cheap labor he can then SELL! Plus he will have made money off of the new stadium that he let the Citizens help leverage….. Obviously I could be wrong, but I had some nasty arguments here, circa ’08-09 over what would happen when the core got old, and the team owning a nice new stadium. Hal is really just a nicely dressed, skeevy, flim-flam man…… If he makes a play for, and actually lands Otani next year, I might admit being wrong about him. Maybe.

    2. December 6th, 2016 | 9:47 pm

      Here’s the deal. If you have a really smart GM, you can win with a payroll around $150 million. But, we don’t have a really smart GM. So, that plan will never work for Hal.

    3. KPOcala
      December 7th, 2016 | 12:47 pm

      @ Steve L.: “you can win with a payroll around $150 million”. Sure, you “can”, but everything has to “break right”. You Can also go for decades like many teams do and never get a ring. Competitive, but no ring. And the Yankees now have the Red Sox who are going to have a really good team, maybe for years. I’m not crazy about starting the playoffs year after year as the WC. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    4. December 7th, 2016 | 1:21 pm

      Since 2004, the Red Sox have made the playoffs 7 times in 13 years and won 3 rings.

      Since 2004, the Yankees have made the playoffs 9 times in 13 years and won only 1 ring.

      I would trade 7 in 13 with 3, for 9 in 13 with just one, every time.

      The ring is the thing.

    5. Evan3457
      December 8th, 2016 | 1:41 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Since 2004, the Red Sox have made the playoffs 7 times in 13 years and won 3 rings.
      Since 2004, the Yankees have made the playoffs 9 times in 13 years and won only 1 ring.
      I would trade 7 in 13 with 3, for 9 in 13 with just one, every time.
      The ring is the thing.

      You’re stating the choice like its an option. Hal’s organizational philosophy of contending every year and never taking a down year moves them closer to contending most years and further from winning titles in more years.

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