One week ago, I released a ranking of the top 10 players in Boston sports. I wanted to give Boston fans a chance to revise those rankings how they see fit. After 22 polls over 5 days, here’s the official fan voting results for the top 20 athletes in Boston sports.
The landscape of Boston sports looks much different than it did a year ago. Five All-Star level players have left town since last March and it’s time to reevaluate the hierarchy among players in New England. Considering all the great talent that has left, it’s remarkable how many great players remain in Boston. The number of difficult decisions and tough cuts that were present in putting this list together should give everyone hope for the future of Boston sports. Here are the 10 best current athletes in the region:
In my last article, I ripped Red Sox president Sam Kennedy for pitching the Red Sox $9 student tickets and $99 family packs during the press conference in which Red Sox ownership denied that 2020 is meant to be a bridge year and that they did not trade Mookie Betts to get under the luxury tax. I raised the question, why would go to a game if the best he can try to do is sell me on a team that traded Mookie Betts for “great value”, coming in the form of 2 prospects and noted problem-child Alex Verdugo? Well, luckily for Sam Kennedy, I’ve done some thinking. And here’s the result. In honor of Sam Kennedy’s favorite number, here’s 9 reasons to get excited for the 2020 Boston Red Sox season.
There’s plenty of reasons for pessimism in Boston around the baseball team. Mookie Betts is gone, their World Series winning GM and manager from 2018 are both gone and Chris Sale’s health status is very murky. Still, you shouldn’t give the Red Sox a pass on the season. They may have lost their best player this offseason, but that shouldn’t give them an excuse to miss the postseason in 2020.
Why the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts has been subject to some debate. Was it to save money? Was it because Betts didn’t want to re-sign in Boston? Was it because they didn’t want to pay Mookie Betts what it would cost to keep him? Regardless of what their reasoning was, it highlights one of baseball’s biggest issues: free agency.
Before you dismiss this headline as an overreaction, it’s important to understand that the declining interest of fans when it comes to the Boston Red Sox is real. While this decline can’t be attributed solely to any one cause, there is one major factor that is helping slowly but surely drive the interest of the fans directly into the ground, and if those who are at the root of this problem continue to ignore it, rather than facing it and making the necessary changes, then we will continue to see ticket sales, TV ratings, and overall interest in the Red Sox continue to decline in the coming years.
After the Mookie Betts trade appeared to be falling apart at the seams, the Twins, Red Sox and Dodgers were able to come to an agreement Sunday evening to a revised deal that appeased all parties.
After days of trying to rework the Mookie Betts trade, the Minnesota Twins have supposedly pulled out of the deal, per LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. However, Neal later clarified the report saying the Twins merely don't expect a deal to be done, but have not officially pulled out just yet.
Well, the big news that we have all been dreading has finally broken. Mookie Betts and David Price have been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox will be acquiring outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitcher Brusdar Graterol in a three-team deal that saw the Twins acquire Kenta Maeda.
After an offseason full of fruitless speculation and devoid of any legitimate trade buzz, it appears the Red Sox have finally found a suitor for Mookie Betts. The Dodgers and Padres have both shown interest in the MVP outfielder over the past week or so. The question isn’t whether or not the Red Sox should trade Mookie Betts anymore, it’s whether Red Sox fans should want them to.