Sunday, February 25, 2024

More Mailday Madness Pt. 6

Yep.  Still going strong.  One of these days I might actually be caught up on these.

1.  J.D. Martinez.  Martinez is one of those free agents that still have yet to get a new home even though Spring Training has already started.

2.  Xander Bogaerts.  Bogaerts has been moved to second base with the Padres.  That contract is getting worse and worse.

3.  Trevor Story.  Hoping for a fully healthy Story this season.

4.  Babe Ruth.  Ruth is another of those players I never get tired of seeing in sets.  Obviously Red Sox cards only.  

5.  Enrique Hernandez.  Hernandez, like Martinez, is still out there as a free agent.

6.  Rafael Devers.  Devers already has 172 career home runs.  He will not turn 28 until October.  He has a very real chance of breaking 200 home runs this season.  400 home runs seems very much in play for him.

7.  Trevor Story.

8.  J.D. Martinez.

9.  David Ortiz.  Ortiz is #2 on the Red Sox all-time home run list with 483.  

10.  Miguel Bleis.  Bleis has slipped a bit in the prospect rankings after spending most of last season on the Injured List.  He still has a lot of talent though and hopefully will get back on track in 2024.

11.  Rick Ferrell.  Ferrell was the first major player Tom Yawkey acquired after buying the Red Sox in 1933.  He was a worthwhile pickup too as he was eventually elected to the Hall of Fame, though there is some controversy about that.  One theory goes that voters mistook him for his brother Wes. 

12.  Enmanuel Valdez.  Tough to say where Valdez fits in.  The guy can hit, but he's so horrible defensively that you cannot really put him anywhere.

13.  J.D. Martinez.

14.  Alex Verdugo.  This is actually a really nice card where you cannot tell Panini does not have a license.  

15.  Ted Williams.  Another player I always enjoy getting cards of.  The team's franchise player should be in a whole lot of sets.

1.  Hanley Ramirez.  Ramirez was my first attempt at focusing on a Red Sox prospect.  I picked up a lot of cards of him in 2003 and followed him very closely into his Major League debut in 2005.  Then, Boston traded him.  I'm glad he eventually came back and played with Boston and had a great year in 2016.  He hit .286/.361/.505 with 30 home runs and 111 RBIs.  But Boston missed out on the dynamic player he was in his early years with the Marlins.

2.  Brock Holt.  Holt is probably the most random Red Sox All Star during my fandom.  His All Star season of 2015 saw him hit .280/.349/.379 with two home runs and 45 RBIs as a utility player.  Boston had better options, particularly David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.

3.  J.D. Martinez.

4.  Jay Groome.  Now 25 and coming off a season in which he had an ERA above 8.00, time is probably running out on Groome.  

5.  Bobby Dalbec.  Dalbec is already raking in Spring Training.  That is always the case though.  It would be nice if he could carry that over.

6.  Adam Duvall.  Another free agent still out there.  After a blistering start to the 2023 season, Duvall cooled off quite a bit, but still hit 21 home runs.

That will be it for today.  More to come.

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