Hello Total Bases veiwers, and welcome to the first and much anticapted Total Bases mailbag!
Q: Is this the last year that Garnet, Peirce and Ray Allen stay together? It seems that age is starting to take it’s toll on the team. Also, Where would you rather have Victor: first or at catcher?
A: Hello Indains, thank you for your questions! Yes, I would expect this is the last year of the big three. Allen was in trade rumors this deadline, and with his money coming of the books with players like Wade and Bosh avaliable. The Celtics do look very old as of late. I think Rasheed Wallace is a huge problem for this team, and I never wanted him here.
I would rather have Victor at catcher, mostly beacuse the Sox have Youkilis at first. He could play third, but that would mean they would have Varitek as a starter. Having Beltre in the lineup much improves the team compared to V-Tek. I also don’t think Victor’s defense is that terrible. He can catch Wake’s knuckleball, and has helped Buchholz a lot with his development.
Q: Does it worry you that the Celtics split with the Cavs, got swept by the Hawks, and lost the season series to the Magic this year? And also, how old do you think Mike Lowell will be when he retires? The guy is a horse.
A: It worries me a lot. The Hawks are a great team, and I can easily see them go all the way. The Celtics are an old team at this point. They are still one of the best teams in the NBA, but they could struggle with a team like Miami or Charlote in the playoffs. Hell, they lost to the Nets yesterday!
Mike Lowell is 36 right now. I can see him play two or three more years, maybe more. I still think he is a productive player, and I would love to see a Lowell/Ortiz platoon for DH. I don’t think his defense is that bad right now either. He has lost a little range, and that hip is a concern, but he can still get to most balls.
Thank you everybody who answered questions! The next mailbag will be Sunday, and you can submit questions on this post or on the BestBostonSports.com Message Boards. On Wednesday I will have a live post for the NHL trading deadline, and anyone is welcome to add their imut there as well. Thanks again, everybody!
Here are my 10 thoughts on the Boston Celtics.
Thought #1: I like Nate Robinson, but I hate giving up Eddie House. Robinson brings energy, but House did too. When Rajon Rondo commented on the “other ajendas” you knew Eddie was not one of them.
Thought #2: Rasheed Wallace is not working out. I hated the signing to begin with, and I’m proven right again.
Thought #3: The Ray Allen trade rumors defanetly got to his head. He has been on fire since the deadline.
Thought #4: KG looks so much healthier latley. He’s doing all-oops, which is a good sign.
Thought #5: Rondo is awesome.
Thought #6: Fun fact: Stephon Marbury is now playing in China.
Thought #7: Goodbye JR Giddens and Bill Walker. I don’t know how we’ll survive without you.
Thought #8: I miss Eddie House!
Thought #9: I was glad to see Pierce win the three point contest. After the H-O-R-S-E contest, I don’t see how Rondo didn’t make it!
Thought #10: Come to BestBostonSports all season long for Celtics coverage!
Bonus thoughts: Tomorrow’s mailbag deadline is at 5:00 ET. I will answer on Monday. So get in your questions on the Mailbag post comments section, or at BBS.com’s message boards. All questions will be answered, so long as they are sports related! Thank you!
Welcome to the first edition of the Total Bases Mailbag! Here I will answer all your questions on the Red Sox, Pawsox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, MLB, MILB, NFL, NHL, or NBA. To submit your question or comment, comment on this post or on the Mailbag thread on the BestBostonSports Message Boards, which is on the Home Page. You can ask as many questions as you want, so long as they are relavant to all the topics above and appropiate. I will try to answer all questions asked. The Mailbag will be posted every Sunday. I know I am cutting it short this week with only two days, but I get impatiant. Thank you!
-Total Bases/BestBostonSports.com Owner
Here is this week’s BBS and Total Bases schedule.
2/26 BBS: Semi-finals men’s olympic hockey coverage: USA vs Finland 3pm Canada vs Slovakia 9:30pm
2/27 BBS: Bronze medal game. Celtics vs Nets 1pm
Total Bases: 10 Thoughts: Celtics
2/28 BBS: Gold medal game
3/1 BBS: New poll at BestBostonSports.com
Total Bases: 10 Thoughts: Patriots
3/2 BBS: Bruins vs Canadians 7pm. Celtics vs Pistons 7:30 pm
3/3 BBS: Celtics vs Bobcats 7:30pm
Total Bases: 10 Thoughts: Rays
3/4: BBS: Bruins vs Maple Leafs 7pm. Total Bases/BBS: Red Sox vs Twins Spring Training 6:05pm
3/5: Red Sox vs Twins 1:05 pm (I’m going to this game!)
Thought #1: I love the offense. It is so deep at the bottom of the order. When you have JD Drew batting eighth, you are in good shape.
Thought #2: The Red Sox signed a guy named Boof. That can’t be a good thing.
Thought #3: I am exited about the personality on the team this year. Adding a guy like John Lackey is very helpfull for that. The team is too boring, with Ellsbury, Drew, Lester, etc. Now you have personalites like Pedroia, Ortiz, Papelbon, Lackey. They need that, I think.
Thought #4: The Washington Nationals will have a better record than the New York Mets. They have better pitching, other than Santana, but he’s injury prone anyways.
Thought #5: The Orioles will be out of the cellar this season. The Blue Jays will take their place.
Thought #6: Daniel Bard is changing his number from 60 to 51. I don’t get why. I can understand Ellsbury with 46 and 2, that is a drastic difference. But 51? Really? Is that any better than 60? Fun fact: The last Red Sox player to wear #51 was Enrique Gonzalez.
Thought #7: I like Tim Wakefield’s competitive attitude. He expects to start the season in the rotation, and we all know that’s not happening. But I love the competitvness.
Thought #8: I can not believe that Randy Winn is the starting LF for the Yankees.
Thought #9: It is kind of weird having Lackey, though. I always hated him when he was with the Angels. He was always an annoying loudmouth when it came to the Red Sox. And he nearly no-hit them, which is one of my worst fears. So it’s odd rooting for him, but I’m fine with it.
Thought #10: I can’t think of anything else, so go to BestBostonSports.com for Red Sox coverage all season! Spring Training game preveiws are already up!
Red Sox Top 40 Prospects
This is the top 40 Red Sox Prospects List from Total Bases and BestBostonSports.com. It will cover who I think are the top prospects in the organization, as well as full scouting reports and information. If you think of someone not here, feel free to comment about that and I will see if I can put him on the list. I will start with the top 10.
1. Casey Kelly: Kelly was the Red Sox first pick in the 2008 draft. He started out the 2009 season in Greenville but moved on to Salem. He is expected to start the season in Portland. He has a fastball with good motion and is normally in the 89-93 area. Has a plus curveball and changeup. Has nice smooth mechanics with exellent control. He projects to possibly be ready to be in the MLB after next season, or even a September call-up this year. Outstanding athlete, commited to be a full time pitcher after playing shortstop half of last season and in the Arizona Fall League. Was also offered a scholership to play quaterback at Tennasee.
HS: Sarasota High School
2. Jose Iglesias: Being compared to Ozzie Smith with the glove, Iglesias is obviously great defensivly. Has the makings of a Gold Glove shortstop, and can also play third base and second base. Pull hitter without much power. Has trouble hitting it opposite field. Not much of a line drive hitter, has a lot of seeing-eye type groundball hits.
Free Agent signing
3. Ryan Westmoreland: Kalish was the eighth round pick of the 2008 draft for the Red Sox. A five tool player. Smooth, quick swing. Hits to all fields with tremendous power. Strong arm in the outfield. He was also a high school pitcher, and itched a perfect game.
4. Ryan Kalish: Kalish was the Red Sox ninth round pick in 2006. Has the potential to be a leadoff hitter with a lot of speed and quickness. Groundball hitter with not much pop. Decent paitence at the plate. Good intelegence on the basepaths, has a lot of stolen bases, and was named Red Sox baserunner of the year. If he where to be an MLB starter, he would probally be a corner outfielder. Good range, average arm.
HS: Red Bank Cathlic High School
5. Reymond Fuentes: The Red Sox 1st round draft pick of the 2009 season. Compared to Jacoby Ellsbury, he may even have more speed. Is the cousin of New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Also has nice power that has develeped nicley for his age, but is mostly a line drive hitter. He could use a better eye at the plate. Will start the season at Lowell.
HS: Fernando Callejo High School(DR)
6. Stolmy Piemetel: Piementel signed as an international free agent in 2006. Is known mostly for his fastball that sits around 90-95 mph. Also has a good curveball and great changeup with terrific downward motion. He often hangs his curveball too often, though it has potential to be a plus pitch if he adjusts to that problem. Will project to start 2010 in Lowell.
Free Agent signing
7. Alex Wilson: Missed the 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery, but the Red Sox took a chance on him. Hard fastball that has slowed since surgery, but is still 94-95 mph and could get back up to 97-98 soon. Played for the Lowell Spinners last season, could jump to Salem or even Portland this season. Good, hard moving slider that misses a lot of bats with terrific downward motion. Average control, struggles with slider control. Mediocre changup that could improve, and tends to hang down the middle of the plate. If he develeps secondary pitches, he could be a starter.
College: Texas A&M
8. Josh Reddick: Reddick is a good contact hitter with very good power to all fields. An agressive hitter at the plate, he tends to strike out often. Obviously without much discipline, the Red Sox have worked with him on seeing more pitches per at-bat and to walk more. Has a terrific arm in the field and looks as if he will be a right or center fielder. Has been compared to some big MLB bats such as Matt Holliday in the power department.
College: Middle Gerogia
9. Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo is probally the best first base prospect in the Red Sox organization. Has a terrific eye at the plate with a very quick bat. Exelent defensive first baseman, who moves with pretty good flexability for his size. Very big frame with a high power ceiling.
High School: Stoneman Douglas High School
10. Lars Anderson: Power hitter with unlimited potential in that catagory. Very good eye at the plate, gets on base a lot. Good opposite field hitter, oddly has trouble pulling the ball for power. Very streaky hitter at times. Good first baseman, though he does not have much range. Not a stolen base threat. Had a disapointing season last year, and is likley to start at Portland and move up to Pawtuckett.
High School: Jesult(Calafornia)
Next week: 11-20. Will feture players sych as Tazawa, Bates, Bowden, and more.