Alive And Kicking In Kansas Or Not ………. But Dorothy And Toto Are Still Popular

Alive And Kicking In Kansas Or Not ………. But Dorothy And Toto Are Still Popular

There’s no reason to think that the mindset of an organization is about to change merely because the ownership makes certain pronouncements . The idiocy of this all is that nothing has changed with the Kansas City Royals . Merely because within the AL Central they sit mid table with an under .500 record (22-28) simply means nothing . Based on the team’s most recent form and the fact that this cannot simply find any consistency much less form in their play , consistency some observers feel that the team and organization simply aren’t warranted of any criticism. Well I say this, if abject futility is something that you feel a team is obliged to offer their fans then you simply can’t understand the premise of objectivity much less being subjective .

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In their most recent game played against the Texas Rangers played at Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington , Texas . The Royals were simply out-matched and outplayed by a Rangers team that got the better of the Kansas City Royals and made this team look less than ordinary. I’ve no doubt that team owner David Glass wants the best for this team given the organization’s history but at this juncture I for one feel that this team is so far off from where they need to be that they won’t be challenging for any postseason honors anytime soon ! The Texas Rangers’ offense in this game simply was on fire hitting back to back to back to back home runs and the Royals starting pitcher Sean O’ Sullivan was made to look ordinary at best in the Royals’ 10-1 loss to the Texas Rangers .

At this juncture there’s not much more to say concerning the Royals other than to suggest that their time may well come but it certainly won’t this season or anytime soon . And that’s in spite of their minor league system , draft choices or their top 10 prospects that the organization obviously has a great deal of faith in. Now I might add that although baseball has seen a gamut of financial mismanagement from its hierarchy on down to the general managers and team owners . Please someone tell me how the hell that this travesty within the game can be allowed to continue ? But yet there are those who carry on as if baseball is in a healthy financial state ?

Is it me but the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista is making a mockery of the season in terms of having hit 20 home runs in a mere 50 games for the Blue Jays this season . If Bautista keeps up this pace then quite possibly the single season home run record could very well be in jeopardy . Granted , Barry Bonds’ 73 home runs is still looked upon as being tainted but herein lies the odyssey of this all MLB simply as well as Elias Sports Bureau recognizes this as being a legitimate statistic that’s duly recognized. Can’t say that I blame either organization because as things continue and the records are assailed they will still come under a great deal more suspicion !

In their last ten games the Boston Red Sox (28-22) are 7-3 and are a mere .03 of a percentage point behind the New York Yankees (27-21) within the AL East . The division itself now seems to be a three horse race with the Tampa Bays Rays also making their presence felt , that the AL East is liable to be so competitive and contentious that you’d be hard pressed to pick an outright favorite within the division at this juncture . Each of the three teams in question have been playing at a high level and the mere fact the teams also have their flaws makes the season within the division all the more suspenseful from the fans’ standpoint .

Adrian Gonzalez has had a terrific season thus far for the Red Sox and their initial start to the season now seems to be something of the past . Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has to pleased with what he’s now seeing from his team and in particular now with Carl Crawford having hit his stride as a Red Sox player. GM Theo Epstein may well have had his doubters when he acquired both Crawford and Gonzalez but the general manager knew that having the duo would make this team a great deal more formidable. All that’s now needed is for their pitching to be far more consistent over the course of the season .

As the first half of the season I’d like to think that the second half will provide us with a great deal of suspense as things play themselves out ! The upcoming All Star Game being played at Chase Field in Phoenix , Arizona could very much be surrounded in a great deal of controversy with the state legislature having passed into law the state’s immigration bill ( SB 1070) which provides law enforcement with the power to request a suspect provide identification as to their immigration status. Now one might take umbrage at that proposal but Gov Jan Brewer (R-Az) felt the need to address this issue knowing full well that the passing of that law would have its consequences amongst its detractors as well as its supporters . With certain provisions in the bill having been struck down by the Appellate Courts at the request of President Obama of which task had been undertaken by the Justice Department . This new bill still gives statewide law enforcement the right to question a suspect as to their immigration status . Something of which many believe should be an issue dealt with by the Department of Homeland Security through the Immigration & Natural Service .

This immigration bill obviously hasn’t sat well with the Hispanic players around the league and I would certainly like to think that the players would be willing participants in the All Star Game but at the same time I understand that they may not favor the enactment of this law within the state of Arizona . This much I do know furor surrounding this emotional issue isn’t about to die down anytime soon , as both sides feel that they have something to prove . The Obama administration may well feel that the state of Arizona has overstepped their boundaries but I do feel that successive Presidential administrations down the years have simply shied away from having a comprehensive immigration bill on the books as a statute. Make of it what you will but simply ask yourself who benefits from the idiocy we are now seeing on both sides of political aisle ?

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To the points raised within this piece what thoughts if any do you have on those mentioned and how do you see the season panning out within Major League Baseball ? Simply chime in with a comment as you’d deem fit .

Alan aka tophatal ………………………………

Picture and slide show details .

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(1) Kansas City Royals’ Jeff Francoeur (21) tosses his bat after striking out against Texas Rangers relief pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Arlington. Francoeur went 1-for-4 with no runs in the 10-1 Rangers win. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ….

(2) Texas Rangers’ Mike Napoli (25) is greeted at the dugout by Ian Kinsler, right, and the rest of the team following Napoli’s solo home run off Kansas City Royals’ Sean O’Sullivan in the second inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ……

(3) Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Sean O’Sullivan (37) walks to the back of the mound as Texas Rangers’ Mitch Moreland, rear, rounds the bases following his solo home in the second inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez …..

(4) Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Hill swings at a ball from Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Harrell as catcher Ramon Castro and home plate umpire David Rackley look on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Sunday May 29, 2011. The Blue Jays would defeat the White Sox 13_4 . AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young ….

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(5) Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista watches his three-run home run hit during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Toronto. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese …..

(6) Detroit Tigers’ Andy Dirks, right, scores against Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek from first base on a double by Brennan Boesch in the first inning of game two of a baseball double-header Sunday, May 29, 2011 in Detroit. AP Photo/Duane Burleson……

(7) Adrian Gonzalez (28) of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate Carl Crawford (13) after Gonzalez scored in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 22, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Before this series, the two teams haven’t played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Elsa Martinez / Getty Images North America …

(8) Digger Phelps throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the Chicago Cubs’ baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Chicago. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ……

(9) Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells wipes his face after Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ronny Cedeno’s three-run home run, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Chicago. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ….

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NB: Can someone remind Digger Phelps that the Chicago Cubs play baseball and not college basketball ! His thoughts during his rendition of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame ‘ and the thinking that Cubs could overcome a 10-0 deficit with three innings to go against the Pirates simply shows what an asshole this guy is at times ! The Cubs would actually be blanked 10-0 at Wrigley Field by the Pirates .

As of 28th May when this piece was originally written the MLB standings having changed .

When You’ve Got Nothing At All Constructive Or Good To Say About Something Or Someone It’s Best To Say Nothing At All Or Merely Just Proffer Up An Opinion ………….

When You’ve Got Nothing At All Constructive Or Good To Say About Something Or Someone It’s Best To Say Nothing At All Or Merely Just Proffer Up An Opinion ………….

Just like when I listen to many of our Federal legislators such as those from the House of Representative, congressmen and the members of the Senate. I’m simply amazed at times at how little if any knowledge that they allegedly have on a wide variety of subjects. I understand that theirs isn’t a job that requires a specific expertize in a wide variety of topics. But what does it suggest to you when almost 25 % of the federal legislators are in fact lawyers or come from the field of business but actually show no sign of understanding the rudimentaries of either subject ? The same can be said to an extent for the beat writers or columnists when they tend to opine on a particular sport’s topic.

Roy  Halladay  formerly  of  the  Blue  Jays   is seen  here  pitching   for  the  team  in  AL  game  against  the  Los Angels  of  Anaheim  at  Anaheim  Stadium  in  May of   2009.     photo  appears   courtesy  of  Getty  Images/  Stephen  Dunn ..................
Roy Halladay formerly of the Blue Jays is seen here pitching for the team in AL game against the Los Angels of Anaheim at Anaheim Stadium in May of 2009. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Stephen Dunn ..................

Over the last decade we’ve seen the Toronto Blue Jays as an organization, merely just stumble from one morass or quagmire to another. Why baseball is still being played in Canada is totally beyond me at this point ! It’s not as if the games being played in the Jays’ home venue of Rogers’ Center formerly known as the Skydome , would suggest that what little attendance the ‘team’ now gets , is at best just above the league average, if that. Isn’t ‘hockey’ still meant to be Canada’s sport ? But then again have you seen the now depleting attendance for NHL games around the league ? Which is the lesser of two evils at this juncture ? Attending a baseball game or an NHL game in Canada ?

In the AL East the Blue Jays have to co-exist in what can be described as the most competitive and contested division in all of baseball (MLB). And there you have the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. And were it not for the resurgence of the Rays, we would consider the division over the last two years merely a ‘two horse race’ between the ‘two most formidable teams’ in all of baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The Orioles for their part have shown as much visibility and competitiveness within the division as Clay Aiken would be accustomed to being in a room full of hetero-sexual males. It’s not at all environment that either is completely happy in. And the same can be said of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Blue  Jays'  GM  and Senior  Vice  President  of   Baseball  Operations.  The   young  GM  is   seen  in a  similar  light  to  the  Boston  Red  Sox's  The  Epstein  .  And  the  organization  is  hoping  that   Anthopolous  can  attain  the  same   sort  of  success  that  was  achieved  by  his  couterpart  in  Boston .    photo  appears   courtesy  of   ap/  Paul   Crabtree  .....................
Blue Jays' GM and Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations. The young GM is seen in a similar light to the Boston Red Sox's The Epstein . And the organization is hoping that Anthopolous can attain the same sort of success that was achieved by his couterpart in Boston . photo appears courtesy of ap/ Paul Crabtree .....................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

Halladay trade was a strong first move

By Ben Passan , Yahoo Sports

2009 record: 75-87
Finish: Fourth place, AL East
2009 final payroll: $84.1 million
Estimated 2010 opening day payroll: $68 million

OFFSEASON ACTION

Oh, you know. Just a wee little trade.

It took a new general manager, two extra teams and a mighty deep swallow, but the Toronto Blue Jays finally did under Alex Anthopoulos what they wouldn’t under J.P. Ricciardi: trade Roy Halladay their ace, their franchise, their linchpin.

Painful though it was, the specter of Halladay’s impending free agency hanging over an entire season necessitated it, and Anthopoulos ably recognized that when he took over for Ricciardi in early October. Ten weeks later, Halladay was outfitted for a Phillies uniform and handed a $60 million extension, and Anthopoulos, 32, had executed a career-defining deal months into his job.

He will make dozens more moves over his career as Blue Jays general manager, big and small, and none will ever face the scrutiny of this one. His return, in the end, was pitcher Kyle Drabek, infielder Brett Wallace(notes) and catcher Travis D’Arnaud, and while they don’t need to succeed in triplicate, this had better not be a Blake Stein, Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews-type situation, either.

The Blue Jays lasted deep into the Aroldis Chapman negotiations, a sign that the team’s financial landscape isn’t barren. Which is good to see, considering outfielder Vernon Wells is owed – gulp – $107 million over the next five years.

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The Cito Gaston managed team has done the best that it can over the years . But at the height of the organization’s success when they repeated as ‘back to back’ World Series champions in 1992 and 1993. Since then it has been somewhat of a downward spiral for the organization. Gaston at the time was at the helm as the manager for both successes for the club. And he’s still viewed as something of a savior by the fans and the organization.

The club is owned by the Rogers’ family through a syndicated corporate partnership under which Rogers Communications has a large equity stake in the club, as well as owning the Rogers Center. However, to suggest that as patrons of the baseball franchise they’ve been good custodians , would be to suggest that Josef Mengele cared about the patients he exacted some of the most heinous acts of torture ever imagined that one could inflict upon another human being. The Rogers’ family despite their immense wealth are more concerned with other areas of their vast financial empire, than they are with the Toronto Blue Jays. The sole reason why they still own the team is merely to receive the monies afforded to them under Bud Selig’s asinine edict of the tax sharing revenues, that is shared amongst the mid and small market teams around MLB. Anyone who’s still of the belief that they want to build a ‘successful and competitive ‘team’ is in some serious need of psychiatric help.

With the departure of former GM J P Ricciardi . The position has now been entrusted to wunderkind Alex Anthopolous, who now becomes the General Manager as well Senior VP of Baseball Operations. A mouthful by any stretch of the imagination. But clearly he’s being viewed as the Blue Jays’ answer to the Boston Red Sox’s Theo Epstein. The ‘primary architect’ for much of the Red Sox’s success over the last few years. Larry Lucchino may well be Boston Red Sox’s Team President. But it’s essentially Epstein who ‘runs the show’ when it comes to the vast majority of the personnel decisions being made within the organization. There might not be a more astute mind in all of baseball when it comes to personnel maneuvers and decision making – ‘bar none’ ! As to whether or not Anthopolous can replicate the same sort of success attained by his Red Sox counterpart remains to be seen. But it’s being hoped by the fans and the organization as a whole that he will be able to do so.

With the team having traded away their ace pitcher in, Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for some minor league prospects and a starter . All of which was part of a ‘multi-player’ blockbuster trade that saw the Phillies’ Cliff Lee depart to the Seattle Mariners. The trade also constituted cash considerations as part of the deal.

To say that Anthopolous doesn’t have a tough task ahead of him would be to suggest that he’d find it a great deal easier to climb Mount Everest. But that may well be how difficult the task may well be to perceive. The organization is hampered by the ownership’s unwillingness to ‘spend money on the team’ and at the same time the budgetary restraints that’s placed on them by declining revenues from their baseball operations as a whole. And if that weren’t enough the fans aren’t that eager to come and watch a team that isn’t anywhere near as competitive as their ‘main triumvirate’ of rivals within the AL East, the Red Sox , Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. The Baltimore Orioles have now become the ‘bottom feeder’ within the division . A place that was exchanged between themselves and the Tampa Bay Rays over the last decade. But now it appears that they’ll have a new neighbor with regard to sharing that dubious distinction. The Rays for their part held the legacy of having not finished better than first , until they won the division in 2008 and then went on to win the AL Pennant, before making that unexpected trip to the World Series , where they would end up losing to the eventual winners, the Philadephia Phillies. They’ve now fallen back to the pack while the dominance of the New York Yankees seems to be on the rise once again.

And once again as World Series champions the New York Yankees now reign supreme over the baseball landscape. Don’t you think that the ‘Steinbrenner family’ as well as Brian Cashman are entirely happy at this juncture ? When your gross revenues outstrips that of the lowest dozen teams in MLB , then it can be said that you’ve got to be doing something right. Either that , or the imbalance between ‘the haves and have nots’ within the game, is far more than any of us could ever have realized. And that’s what an inspirational commissioner Bud Selig has become. No pun intended . Of course it was, who the hell am kidding ? As in large part, Bud Selig is entirely responsible for the imbalances that we now see within the game !

Former Blue Jays’ great, Joe Carter hits the winning home run that would give the team its second consecutive World Series title in 1993. The losing team on this occasion were the Philadelphia Phillies.

If the Blue Jays are to acquit themselves within the division as well as with the rest of the league. Then it will be down to the veterans such as Vernon Wells, Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind , Jose Bautista, Lyle Overbay , Aaron Hill and a pitching rotation that will have to carry the load defensively for this team. That may well be the only way for the Blue Jays to contend as a team within the division. And given the fact that they’re also hampered by Wells’ lack of productivity and a bloated and exorbitant contract that had been agreed to by Anthopolous’ predecessor , J P Ricciardi. A contract that Wells has failed to live up to . You can now well understand why the has been mired in such mediocrity. Ricciardi went out of his way to spend money like a drunken idiot , merely because he felt it was necessary to spend it. Rather than acquiring talent for the organization that would prove to be fruitful. Never mind the fact that the ‘farm system’ is depleted of any real tangible talent. They’ve merely been living on a ‘wing and a prayer’ that they would be able to hit ‘pay dirt’ by uncovering a diamond in the rough within their system. As of now that has been very much a none factor.

As to this upcoming season , it will be very interesting to see how the Toronto Blue Jays fare and whether or not they prove to be competitive throughout the season. If not then once again they’ll just become a bye line for most of the baseball stories that will take place throughout the season.

Keeping Up Appearances Or In This Case Anything You Can Do …. We’ll Try And Do Better Than You ……The New York Yankees …………..

Well it had to have stuck into the claw of Boston Red Sox President,Larry Lucchino and the team’s General Manager,Theo Epstein, to see the New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies to raise their 27th World Series title. Albeit,that it was their first since 2000.

Larry Lucchino  (center)  and  Theo  Epstein,  (right) seen here  with   principal partner  and  owner   John  Henry  of  the  Boston  Red  Sox.  picture  appears  courtesy  of  AP/photo/  Chris Argyle  ...................
Larry Lucchino (center) and Theo Epstein, (right) seen here with principal partner and owner John Henry of the Boston Red Sox. picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ Chris Argyle ...................

Having made the playoffs the disappointment of having lost to the Los Angeles Angels was a bitter pill to swallow. And in many ways it was somewhat indicative of their season as a whole. Wherein, at times there were playing outstanding baseball. But more often than not there were those momentary lapses in concentration and where their game became entirely inconsistent of what one had come to expect of the organization.It may well have been from over complacency on their part or quite possibly from the fact that this time around they simply weren’t just good enough.

Courtesy of The Patriot Ledger

Red Sox on the prowl before player market gets busy

Epstein’s history is to deal before winter meetings

By Mike Fine, The Patriot Ledger

The perception of the annual MLB winter meetings is that it’s a free-for-all meat market of free agents replete with clandestine meetings in shady corners between general managers and agents, and wholesale sell jobs by those agents.

True, but the league’s GMs would much prefer to avoid the clamor and make their deals well before the meetings commence. The Red Sox have been fairly successful in doing just that during the Theo Epstein regime, making numerous deals before the meetings, which this year begin on Dec. 7.

(Epstein made this year’s first move on Thanksgiving Eve, acquiring infielder Tug Hulett from the Royals. Hold the applause.)

Epstein’s first coup, in fact, was the signing of Curt Schilling. Six years ago he was sitting in Schilling’s dining room partaking in the Thanksgiving dinner that led to the Schilling acquisition, thereby keeping him away from the Yankees and any other vultures who’d be awaiting him as the meetings loomed. Schilling told WEEI listeners on Wednesday that while the Sox were visiting, he took an illicit call from the Yankees in another room.

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Roy Halladay on  the  mound    for the   Toronto   Blue Jays.  The  pitching  ace  is  said  to be  a desired  target  of the AL  East's  Boston  Red  Sox.  As to  what it'd   take to  pry  away  the  player  from  the Blue Jays is said  to be  open  to speculation.  But names  being  mentioned   are   that of  Red  Sox pitchers either   Jon Lester  or  Clay Bucholtz  and one  or two  members  from  within  their  farm  system .   picture appears  courtesy of  AP/photo/  Chris  Nettles  ....................
Roy Halladay on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays. The pitching ace is said to be a desired target of the AL East's Boston Red Sox. As to what it'd take to pry away the player from the Blue Jays is said to be open to speculation. But names being mentioned are that of Red Sox pitchers, either Jon Lester or Clay Bucholtz and one or two members from within their farm system . picture appears courtesy of AP/photo/ Chris Nettles ....................

The team’s nucleus is totally reliant on an aging but experienced roster but there’s little by way of a real emerging presence of a leader to take over from team captain, Jason Varitek. Certainly, there wasn’t anything coming from the likes of Jason Bay, Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield,David Ortiz, Victor Martinez or any other of an assortment of players on the team. And it became even more apparent that players such as Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell didn’t seem ready to step up to the plate and assume that role. Though it has to be said that the diminutive Dustin Pedroia seemed to fit the role but no one would follow suit. And it typified the struggles that the team faced throughout much of the regular and postseason. It certainly wasn’t lost on the casual observer of the game or the most ardent of fans and many of the analysts, commentators covering baseball and MLBin particular.

Terry Francona, as manager of the Red Sox, has guided the team to two World Series’titles in his first four years as the team’s manager. And that success hasn’t been lost on the die-hard fans within the ‘Red Sox Nation’. If anything, they’ll forever be eternally grateful to Francona for that success , having drifted in the wilderness of mediocrity for a number of years and being the butt of jokes from the Yankees’ fans as well from the rest of the baseball world. But seemingly, as times changed, so too did the mindset of the Red Sox fans and the organization. They sat back and rested on their laurels. They seemed to have forgotten that the once ‘sleeping giant’ known as the New York Yankees weren’t about to let the Red Sox seem to think that they were the dominant force in baseball. The game has its pecking order ….and that appears to be ..it’s the New York Yankees and then everyone else in no discerning order.

Courtesy of The Detroit Free Press

Tigers would need super offer to trade first baseman Miguel Cabrera

By John Lowe , Free Press Writer

Amid continuing speculation that the Tigers will trade first baseman Miguel Cabrera this off-season, here are some things to keep in mind:

• Cabrera’s contract could represent a huge deterrent for any team, even a high-payroll one. For each of the remaining six years of his contract, Cabrera will make at least $20 million. That’s more than $120 million total.

• Unlike with a free-agent signing, any team that takes Cabrera would have to come up with more than big bucks. They’d also have to send players to the Tigers. If the Tigers took players in the trade whose combined salaries are close to Cabrera’s, that would contradict one speculated reason for the Tigers to trade Cabrera: cost-cutting.

• If the Tigers receive an irresistible offer for Cabrera, he could be gone — just as almost any other player in the majors could be traded for the right offer. For this reason, among others, clubs are reluctant to declare that any player of theirs is “untouchable.”

• Evidence that the Tigers are actively shopping Cabrera to other teams is hard to find.

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Now it is being rumored that the Red Sox will make a full court press to land pitching ace, Roy Halladay, of the Toronto Blue Jays. And with the Blue Jays being in the midst of an upheaval not just within their onfield personnel but also within their front office. There’s bound to be a great deal of speculation as to what the Red Sox will be prepared to give up and what the Blue Jays in return will desire from the Red Sox in order to let go of Halladay. And it is being further mentioned that the team is said to be thinking of acquiring the Detroit Tigers’ slugger, Miguel Cabrera. Tigers’ general manager,Dave Dombrowski, it appears is about to have a fire sale of the majority of team’s roster, as they seek to start afresh building around youth and through their ‘farm system’.

While no one doubts the financial acumen of the Boston Red Sox organization. And that of its principal partners,John Henry , Tom Werner, film and television mogul. It’ll take a phenomenal amount of maneuvering to make both deals happen.In Theo Epstein, the Boston Red Sox might just have the most astute general manager in all of baseball. His knowledge of the game is unprecedented and his assessment of talent is second to none. And if anyone is able to make such a deal materialize,then he’d be the guy to do it. Albeit, that there may well be one or two opponents against such a deal. In the case of Cabrera, it would mean having to be tied to the player’s $120 million dollar contract for the money that he’s owed over the next six years. Financial constraints being what they are, in essence for the Red Sox, it’s about trying to keep apace with the New York Yankees, rather than falling too far behind.But also Epstein and Lucchino have thought that with Jason Bay seeking to pursue the free agency market, some additional ‘pop’ on the Red Sox’s offensive will be needed. Far too often, their bats at times were found to be wanting . And as prolific on appearance as their offense is said to be, when it mattered most in really tight games , it was nowhere to be seen.

And within the always competitive AL East , where it’s always been primarily about the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. It hasn’t helped that the waters have become somewhat muddied with the ascendancy of the Tampa Bay Rays, who view themselves as the ‘new kids on the block’ looking to usurp the dominance of these two fabled foes. With them now becoming more competitive within the division where they were once the doormat that everyone seemingly beat up on. Now things have taken on a sense of urgency for both of these two dominant teams.

Miguel Cabrera (24) of the Detroit Tigers watches his fourth inning grand slam in front of Jarrod Saltalamacchia (21) of the Texas Rangers during Opening Day on April 10, 2009 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.    picture appears courtesy of  Getty Images/  Gregory  Shamus .........................
Miguel Cabrera (24) of the Detroit Tigers watches his fourth inning grand slam in front of Jarrod Saltalamacchia (21) of the Texas Rangers during Opening Day on April 10, 2009 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. picture appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Gregory Shamus .........................

In the meantime, the other occupants within the division,the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays can only sit back and watch in amazement, as they’re left further behind from the triumvirate ahead of them in the pecking order within the most competitive division in all of baseball. And for them the appearance of being competitive is akin to trying to ascertain the number of sand grains it would take to fill an hour-glass. Their’s at present is a thankless task, which hasn’t been made any easier by owners who on appearance alone have no guts to show that they’ve got what it takes to either show an interest in their respective teams. If I am indeed wrong ,then please avail of the information that indicates that Peter Angelos of the Baltimore Orioles or Rogers Communications of the Toronto Blue Jays actually gives a damn about their respective baseball organizations ? Because I for one, have yet to see it for myself over the last decade and counting. And that is the misnomer that MLB Commissioner,Bud Selig would contrive to have us believe about the game and its erstwhile and compassionate owners. Absolutely nothing could be further from the truth.

With the Winter Meetings scheduled to start in the first week of December (December 7th),it’ll be interesting to see what materializes from the get together of the major league general managers, agents ,coaches and their ancillary staff.This is in effect is where a great deal of the back door maneuvers and deals in essence take flight or get burnt down as the case maybe. And on hand to report it all with the usual aplomb will be the cabal of baseball writers, analysts looking to give light to a rumor or just to be seen doing their jobs in the customary fashion.As to whether or not there’s to be a major scoop to come out of it all. We’ll just have to wait and see. One thing is certain however, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will most definitely have one or two irons in the fire looking to wheel and deal. As to the others in attendance as it was so made abundantly clear by Marie Antoinette “……let them eat cake.”

NB: Boston Red Sox Front Office, click here to view in its entirety ….

OFFICERS
Principal Owner John W. Henry
Chairman Thomas C. Werner
Vice Chairmen David Ginsberg, Phillip H. Morse
President/Chief Executive Officer Larry Lucchino
Director George J. Mitchell
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PARTNERS
Theodore Alfond New York Times Co. (Jim Lessersohn, Janet Robinson)
William Alfond Arthur E. Nicholas
Thomas R. DiBenedetto Frank Resnek
Michael Egan Martin Trust
Michael Gordon Jeffrey Vinik
John A. Kaneb
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FRONT OFFICE
EVP/Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy
EVP/Business Affairs Jonathan Gilula
General Counsel of NESV Ed Weiss
Vice President, Emeritus Joe McDermott
Vice President, Team Historian Dick Bresciani
Executive Consultant Lou Gorman
Senior Advisor/Baseball Projects Jeremy Kapstein
Senior Advisor/Strategic Planning Michael Porter
Special Assistant to the Principal Owner Sylvia Moon
Senior Business Analyst Tim Zue
Special Assistant to SVP Business Affairs Katie Haas
Special Assistant to COO and CSMO Fred Olsen
Executive Assistants Fay Scheer (to the President/CEO)
Barbara Bianucci, Jeanne Bill, Claire Durant, Kathleen Fleming
Special Projects Coordinator Jon Dienstag
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BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein
Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ben Cherington
Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jed Hoyer
Senior Vice President/International Scouting Craig Shipley
Assistant to the General Manager Allard Baird
Senior Advisor/Baseball Operations Bill James
Director of Baseball Operations Brian O’Halloran
Director of Baseball Information Services Tom Tippett
Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Zack Scott
Special Assistant to the General Manager David Howard
Executive Assistant Erin Cox
Traveling Secretary Jack McCormick
Instructors Johnny Pesky, Jim Rice, Luis Tiant
Medical Director Dr. Thomas Gill
Team Internist Dr. Larry Ronan