Tagged: Mike Mussina

Red Sox Awards, Burnett, Mussina.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is going to be pitching in the World Classic this year, with Japan of course. He was their MVP in 2006, and wants to help Japan defend its title. In ’06 he went 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA, and a year later was signed to the Red Sox for six years. 

The Red Sox have announced some “team” awards that they are going to be giving at the Boston Baseball Writer’s Dinner. The Red Sox named Pedroia as their team MVP, which is not surprising at all. It was definitely a hard choice between Kevin Youkilis and Pedroia, just like it was for the AL MVP.  Kevin Youkilis will be presented the Jackie Jensen award, which is given for spirit and determination (this award was named after the Red Sox outfielder who played with them from 1954-1959, and 1961). 
Youkilis also won this award two years ago, the only other player to win this award twice is Johnny Damon (’04-’05). Hopefully, Youk won’t follow the same path that he did. Jon Lester will be recognized as Boston’s pitcher of the year, 


Jacoby Ellsbury was named Red Sox Rookie of the Year, Jonathan Paplebon is the Red Sox Fireman of the Year, Sean Casey with the Good Guy Award, and Jeff Bailey with the Red Sox Minor Leaguer Award. I’m sure we’ll be seeing Bailey a lot in Spring Training. Jason McLeoad, the amateur Red Sox scouting director, will receive the Unsung Hero Award, seeing that Youkilis, Pedroia and Lester are all “homegrown products”. 
On another note, AJ Burnett’s agent wants to have Burnett signed to a five year contract, which apparently, might keep the Yankees out of contention for Burnett. Plus, they might be a little apprehensive about his injuries, I mean, look what happened with Carl Pavano. How many games did that guy pitch? 
Also, with Mike Mussina retiring, there is a lot of talk about him eventually being voted into the Hall of Fame. His numbers match up with some of the guys who are already in there… and he’s had some great seasons. I think that one day, he’ll be in there. 

Mussina Retires, Hal Steinbrenner steps up, Ramon Ramirez


Mike Musisna announced today that he will officially retire. He had something like 270 career wins. He had a great career, and was always a menace on the mound. He started with Baltimore in ’91, and went to the Yankees in ’01. His career record is 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA. So that’s why the Yankees are in the market for so many pitchers! They’re losing a lot, hopefully Cheng Meng-Weng (pardon my spelling) will come back, and this time not destroy his season by stepping on home plate. That really riled Georgie up, didn’t it? He started ranting about the National League and how it should adopt the designated hitter strategy. I’m actually incorporating pictures into my blog?? Wow, this is cool! 

Speaking of Georgie, I was in PE today, on an elliptical, and was watching Sports Center when I saw the breaking news: Hal Steinbrenner is now the principal owner of the Yankees. I’ll bet he’s pretty smart, after all George doesn’t just let that job go to anyone, plus he’ll still probably have a stay in some operations. 
On to the Red Sox. So we’ve established that Coco has been traded… and it’s probably for the best (for both organizations that is). He’ll get more playing time, and bring his experience and feistiness to Kansas City, and Ramirez will bring the depth to the bullpen that the Sox organization had been seeking. Now, according to Theo, we will be looking for an outfielder, and I think we signed one to a minor league deal earlier today. As for Ramon Ramirez, apparently he has a pretty sick change up, that looks like a splitter, and a fastball that ranges between 92-95 mph. 
I think I’ll start using more pics in the future… it adds some color to the blog rather than just words… We had to offset the yankee pic with a Red Sox pic, I suppose… I thought this was hilarious. We’ll miss you Coco 🙂