They still won 89 games in the most difficult division in baseball, in an unbalanced-schedule environment, with Dustin Pedroia hurt, with Kevin Youkilis hurt, with all kinds of devastating injuries, Mike Cameron. The fact that those guys come back healthy and then you add Gonzalez and Crawford to the equation, thats quite a formidable crew.
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Are they better, are they worse? Its hard to say. Youre talking four great players there. So, they could be debated up and down all the different things that they bring. But I felt like, and I told Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein this before, with the injuries they had last year to win 89 games in incredible. So, Sox manager Terry Francona did a great job, the front office did a great job finding players to replace them.
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You look at, everyone has injuries and thats fine. But, I think they were second- or third-most DL days in the A. But they're all All-Star caliber players. So how much that changes things I don't know. But I just think by virtue of better health, they're going to be a great club. I say it all the time, the job that Theo Epstein and his staff have done winning two World Series is incredible.
They're competitive every year.
Theyre one of the most respected front offices in baseball. On the A. Certainly Brian Cashman's won the World Series multiple times. So irrespective of the resources and the finances, I know that's the focus of this division, that doesnt deter me nearly as much as looking at the intelligence and the savvy of every front office and every general manger in the division. That's the easiest way to say it. I'm a great admirer of both players. They have the wherewithal to do the things they can do and we have to respect that and admire it and whatever your opportunities, are you try to make the most of it.
On the outside looking in, they've done a very nice job. But if you're a ballclub that has the ability to do that, you do it. More power to you. You did what you can do. But throughout the industry, there are limitations with a lot of clubs and everyone has their budgets and everyone has their limits and you try to work within your parameters.
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And if your parameters stretch farther, where you can do that, then they're doing what they can do. If someone else is limited, then youre going to do what you can do within your limitations.
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So, it's competitive and we wish them the best. Very positive about what the future holds for us. We're looking to improve our club and that's where it stands. In this process, you never know what can happen. Players have the right to make their own calls. But we were in pursuit of Crawford and it didn't work out. That's part of this business. I understand it, been through the process before. So it's not new.
It's like the old days. When you see the kind of money the Red Sox and Nationals who signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year contract spent, and the kind of deal Cliff Lee is going to get, coupled with the fact that the Cubs and Mets are holding back for Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols next offseason. But now that this kind of money is being spent, do you think someone like Joey Votto is going to do that kind of deal? Not when he knows what's waiting for him as a free agent on the open market.
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He believes his mistakes helped him grow as a person. So I think everything happens for a reason, and everything is working for the good. Manny Ramirez told me he thinks the big group of steroid-linked players will eventually get in HOF and he feels Pete Rose should, too. As for other players who have been caught or suspected of using PEDs, Ramirez still believes one day they'll make their way into the Hall.
The year-old likens the situation to that of Pete Rose, who currently is ineligible for Cooperstown due to his ban from the league in That's it. Below is the information that should be present in these notices. It is designed to make submitting notices of alleged infringement to us as straightforward as possible while reducing the number of notices that we receive that are fraudulent or difficult to understand or verify.
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This item has not been rated yet. Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Horatio Alger Jr. His writings were characterized by the "rags to riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age. Essentially, all of Alger's juvenile novels share the same theme, known as the "Horatio Alger myth": a teenage boy works hard to escape poverty.
Often though, it is not the hard work itself that rescues the boy from his fate, but rather some extraordinary act of bravery or honesty.