We hear at YFSF like to stay at least three days behind the news. So, in that spirit, rounding up from a couple days of Sox- and baseball-related news:
- Baseball America (subscription required) said the Red Sox did the best job of any team in the 2006 draft, and the Globe notes that first-round pick Daniel Bard is already hitting 100 in the fall instructional league. Considering most pitchers need a couple levels of coaching and mechanics work before they can max out their velocity, this is indeed impressive. Also earning high marks: Pitchers Kris Johnson, Justin Masterson, Caleb Clay, Bryce Cox and Josh Papelbon, 1B Lars Anderson, IF Kris Negron and OF Jason Place, another first-rounder. I keep waiting for a site like Baseball Analysts, which focuses heavily on the drafts, to pick this up and do the kind of in-depth analysis I don’t have the time or energy to do. Alas, no luck thus far.
- Guillermo Mota has been suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy. Mota, of course, was traded to the Sox with Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett, then was shipped to the Indians as part of the deal that landed Coco Crisp, Josh Bard and David Riske before ever throwing a pitch. At least he was classy about it — as classy as you can be when you’ve been caught cheating, anyway:
"I have no one to blame but myself. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept MLB’s suspension. I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable.To my teammates and the entire Mets organization, I am sorry. I truly regret what I did and hope that you can forgive me."
- The AL Gold Gloves are announced today. Here’s rooting for the Sox’ deservees — Lowell and Alex Gonzalez.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka may be posted this week — the Providence Journal certainly thinks so — but others have said differently, and The Seattle Times reports the process could begin "as early as today," which is journalist-speak for, "We really have no idea, but just in case it happens before you read this, we’ve got our butts covered."