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Fair or Foul Question of the week

Here is a little curveball for all of you foulliners out there. With the Major League Baseball G.M. meetings set to start November 5th, I’m giving you the chance to play general manager.

Who would you rather have on your team, Manny Ramirez or Alex Rodriguez?

Let’s look at how they match up.

One is a home-run hitting, enigmatic, sometime clubhouse cancer. The other is Manny Ramirez.

Manny has found ways to infuriate me every season. He doesn’t hustle on balls he hits to the infield. He plays the outfield like he’s on roller skates. He needs a chinstrap to keep his batting helmet on. He milks injuries. And he always seems to cause some offseason drama when he decides he would be happier playing somewhere else. But just when I think I am at my wits’ end with Man-Ram, he turns into a modern day Ted Williams and crushes the ball just when the Red Sox need him the most. Manny has proven to be a big-game hitter.

This brings us to Alex Rodriguez. This guy has all the talent in the world and may go down as one of the greatest ball players in Major League history. He can hit the long ball, fields his position well, and has proven to be a base stealing threat. He has won one MVP award and is expected to win another one this year after leading the majors with 54 home runs. But unlike Manny, A-Rod shrinks when he’s on baseball’s biggest stage. Through season after season of putting up great statistics, A-Rod has continued to disappoint when the playoffs start. Not to mention, Alex Rodriguez is a free agent and is expected to command $30 million per season.

So who would you rather have? A guy that will make you pull your hair out all season, then perform brilliantly when it matters? Or a guy that will carry a team all year, only to stink it up in the postseason?

You Decide: Man-Ram or A-Rod

Fair or Foul results are in!

What started out as a close competition on who was the team MVP has turned into a commanding defeat by Mike Lowell. First a career year, then a World Series MVP award, and now most importantly Mike Lowell has won the Fair or Foul question of the week as voted on by thefoulline.com readers.

This was a really tough decision, as both players played great this season and were the backbone to the team’s success. But like he has done all year, Lowell came through in the clutch to win this prestigious award.

All year long, Mike Lowell has been a great clubhouse guy and a team leader. He is universally respected by the Red Sox players and management, which was reinforced during the World Series parade when several Sox players held up signs to Re-Sign Lowell!! Lowell is also active in the community and has proved to be a great influence on the younger Red Sox players. Mike Lowell is a great player, but I’m starting to think that M.V.P. might stand for Most Valuable Person.

Fair or Foul results are in!!

What started out as a close competition on who was the team MVP has turned into a commanding defeat by Mike Lowell. First a career year, then a World Series MVP award, and now most importantly Mike Lowell has won the Fair or Foul question of the week as voted on by thefoulline.com readers.

This was a really tough decision, as both players played great this season and were the backbone to the team’s success. But like he has done all year, Lowell came through in the clutch to win this prestigious award.

All year long, Mike Lowell has been a great clubhouse guy and a team leader. He is universally respected by the Red Sox players and management, which was reinforced during the World Series parade when several Sox players held up signs to Re-Sign Lowell!! Lowell is also active in the community and has proved to be a great influence on the younger Red Sox players. Mike Lowell is a great player, but I’m starting to think that M.V.P. might stand for Most Valuable Person.

Fair or Foul Question of the Week

With the ALCS still a day away, I thought that it would be a good time for the always popular Fair of Foul Question of the Week.

Last week I gave you guys a no-brainer. Everyone knew the Red Sox were going to sweep the Angels. This week, I’m hoping you get your thinking caps on and make a tough choice.

So without further adieu, the Fair or Foul Question of the Week: Who was the Boston Red Sox MVP this season?

This is really a two-horse race, Beckett or Lowell. Both of these guys had monster seasons. I can also appreciate the irony that they both came to Boston in the Hanley Ramirez/Anibel Sanchez trade. After a decent season from both of these guys last year, they have turned it on, and have played unbelievable baseball. Do you think the Florida Marlins are looking for a do-over?

In this corner… Josh Beckett. 20-7, 3.27 ERA, 194 strikeouts, AL All-Star game, 4-hitter in the ALDS. This guy was the ace of the staff. He was the guy that consistently won the big game, and will be the guy the Red Sox look to to lead the team going into the World Series.

In the other corner… Mike Lowell. .324 batting average, 21 home runs, team-leading 120 RBIs. During a season where Manny was an offensive no-show and Big Papi had injured knees and shoulder, someone had to step up and carry this team. Who would have thought it would be Lowell? This guy has always been a great defender and had above average offensive numbers. It’s like he found the fountain of youth, and he may have played his way into a new contract with Boston.

This is a good spot for Sox fans to be in… a team with two legitimate MVPs.

Fair or Foul Question of the Week

Game one of the American League Divisional Series is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Everyone knows that the Boston Red Sox are going to win. The Fair or Foul question of the week is:

 

How many games is it going to take for the Red Sox to advance to the ALCS?

Fair or Foul results are in!!

Should the Boston Red Sox re-sign Curt Schilling?

With an overwhelming 88% of the vote, thefoulline.com readers have decided that this should be Curt Schilling’s last season in Boston.

I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me says get rid of him. He is a self-involved blow-hard. His best years are behind him, and he seems to be more interested in his video game company. He makes $13 million per season that could be used to give the Sox more flexibility in the offseason.

The other part of me says keep him. He has really improved over his last few starts, and when you think of big game pitchers in Major league baseball history, Schilling is on the short list. Three days ago, I would have said let him go, but with the recent developments with Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield having back problems, if Schilling would sign a one-year deal in the $13 million neighborhood, I would keep him.

Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot in my heart for bloggers.

Fair or Foul Question of the Week

Will Curt Schilling still be playing for the Red Sox in 2008?

Fair: Curt Schilling has been better than his 8-8 record indicates. He has a 3.97 ERA and has pitched pretty well during his last three starts. Not to mention, with the playoffs right around the corner, few pitchers pitch as well as Schilling when it matters. Let’s not forget 2004 and the bloody sock.

Foul: Curt Schilling is past his prime. He came into spring training out of shape and it really affected his performance early in the season, even leading to a stint on the DL. Maybe if he spent more time working out instead of working on his video game company it would justify a new contract. Put his $13 million to a better use.

Don’t forget to vote!

Fair or Foul results

With 68% of the vote, readers have chosen Jacoby Ellsbury to be the Red Sox starting center fielder in 2008.

I couldn’t agree more with this vote. Ellsbury has done it all since his call-up to the majors: stolen bases, hustle, great defense. He is the prototypical lead-off man the Sox desperately need. I just wish that it wouldn’t come at the expense of losing Coco.

Stay tuned for the next Fair or Foul Question of the Week…

Fair or Foul Question of the Week

The Red Sox have a dilemma for the 2008 season. They have four quality outfielders, Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury, and only three positions for them to play.

With Manny under contract for one more year and no other team in baseball willing to put up with Manny being Manny, he’s in for next season. J.D. Drew is under contract for four more years, and the Red Sox aren’t giving up on him yet. So this leaves potential Gold Glove Coco Crisp and up-and-comer Jacoby Ellsbury.

Coco is batting .217 with 24 stolen bases and, most importantly, has become the best defensive outfielder in the AL, all for only $5 million per season. On the other hand, Jacoby Ellsbury has dominated at every level of the minor leagues. He has come up to Boston and proven to be a quality major leaguer whose deserves to be on the Major League roster playing everyday.

So here is this week’s question. Who will be the Red Sox centerfielder in 2008, Coco Crisp or Jacoby Ellsbury?

Fair or Foul: The Results are in!

The most recent Fair or Foul Question of the Week asked, “What should the Red Sox do with Mike Lowell?” The votes have been tallied, and with 59% of the vote Boston fans chose to keep Mike Lowell for the next three seasons instead of going for a bigger name in Alex Rodriguez.

I had really mixed feelings about this question and here’s why: Mike Lowell is one the classiest athletes in all of sports. He plays the game hard and has solidified the third base position for the Sox both offensively and defensively. Lowell is having a career year and is leading the Red Sox in batting average, hits, and RBIs. He is clearly the MVP of the team.

On the flip side, Lowell is 33 years old and had the best season of his career this year. Who’s to say that he can continue at this pace? Also, although he is still a solid defender, his days of being a Gold Glover appear to be over. Is he worth the $13-15 million a year to keep him? Or is it better to put that money towards someone else?

My opinion is that this is Mike Lowell’s last year in Boston. The Red Sox are going to make a big push for A-Rod this offseason. Red Sox owners have been enamored with A-Rod since their failed attempt to trade for him in 2003. He consistently puts up big numbers at Fenway and is still a good defender.

Not to mention, stripping the Yankees of their best player would be pretty sweet.