New book coming out on Jan. 22 called Francona: The Red Sox Years.
Here's an excerpt according to SI.
Apparently, the Red Sox have issues with meddlesome ownership more focused on star power than fundamental baseball, which is why they haven't contended since 2009. Apparently, the owners wanted a "sexy" team with marketable stars. Even the Yankees don't pull this garbage--which is part of the reason they've contended every year since 1995.
Based on these comments, it shows that the Red Sox ownership is more interested in boosting ratings for NESN rather than building a fundamentally sound team, with no commitment towards developing a core.
Rogers doesn't pull this garbage--at least we waited until the time is right to make trades to make our roster competitive.
<Reputable writers in the Boston area have talked about the Red Sox ownership for years. Ownership in Boston are scum, they've always been. If I had to trust my life with an owner I'd choose Loria before Henry.
As for Rogers, the new board has already started to interfere with the Leafs, I could see it happening with the Jays.
he didn't trade Seguin and Hamilton, he traded the picks that ended up being Seguin and Hamilton. By the way we got a player from that trade who is helping us now. Hamilton has done nothing at the NHL level yet, so let's not crown him, and Seguin is not better than Kessel at this point. <It's amazing how much people shit on Kessel in Toronto. The guy is a consistent and proven scorer. He is exactly what he was supposed to be when he was traded for.
mid-first rounders are typically guys like Antropov, Colaiacovo, Steen, Tlusty, etc... they'll help your team, but if you're offered Phil Kessel (legitimate star talent) for 2-3 of them, it's a deal you have to make.
even considering the trade's basically blown up in his face worst case scenario style, as you say it's still not even that terrible a deal, as of right now.
also people ignore/forget he got a very nice haul for Kaberle, whose play has promptly fallen off a cliff.
Did Beeston ever interfere with Gillick?
I know they were good friends so their relationship might of been different.
And Beauchemin.... Lupul and Gardiner
And the Phaneuf trade....
Not to mention that our farm now looks respectable compared to before.
Burke wasn't the problem, Burke's timetable was.