Eight Quick Points on a Thursday
- Why is this news? If we found out Oil Can Boyd didn’t use cocaine during his career, THAT would be news.
- Tim Wakefield said he is going to make a decision on his future soon. Earlier this week, GM Ben Cherington said an announcement concerning Wakefield and Jason Varitek would be coming in about a week. Ideally, Wakefield will announce his retirement before Cherington says that he won’t be welcomed back. It’s impossible not to sound heartless and unappreciative by advocating that a guy like Wake should walk away. So there’s really no point in trying. And I’m done trying. There is no room for you, Wake (on the 25 man roster). It ain’t happenin’.
- The Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported via Twitter today that lefty reliever Rich Hill toss a solid bullpen session in Fort Myers. You’ll remember that Hill underwent Tommy John surgery last summer. He showed promise early in 2011, despite the agonizingly slow start by the Red Sox. Lefty specialists who can come into a game, throw strikes, and get batters out are invaluable. I don’t believe Hill will be ready to begin the year, but news like this gets me excited. I’d be willing to bet that new manager Bobby Valentine would rather have Hill as a weapon in his arsenal than worrying about a fifth starter. Seriously.
- I’ll stay on the Cafardo train and drop this little nugget of gold.
- I’ve read that arbitration experts are saying that David Ortiz may actually have a legitimate shot at beating the Red Sox in a hearing. WEEI’s Alex Speier breaks down the complicated process here. Either way, I don’t see a designated hitter making $16.5MM dollars on a one-year deal. No way. It sounds like the hearing will take place Monday if an agreement cannot be reached before then. It’s safe to say that by this time next week, we will all know a lot more about what Ortiz will earn in 2012.
- If you go to Truck Day, you’re a loser.
- I’m not going to spend a great deal of time on this because, at the end of the day, don’t really care. Nevertheless, Josh Beckett was recently on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. It is a show that is hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. I actually kind of like it. Beckett broke his silence on the the madness that surrounded the collapse in Semptember during an appearance on the show. As you can imagine, it was a pretty safe forum for the Texan. He took none of the blame. He was not contrite. And that’s fine with me. I don’t care. Hell, I like Beckett. So, come to camp in shape, pitch well, and throw at least 200 innings. Nothing else matters to me. The next time I want to hear about chicken and beer, I better be describing my Saturday night.
- There is roughly 9 days until pitchers between when you finish reading this not-so-entertaining blog and when pitchers and catchers officially report to Spring Training. Good things.