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A Possible Impact Rookies for Every AL East Team in 2019

Despite the dozens of scouts watching, the thousands of MLB players who have played a substantial amount of games in the Minor Leagues, and the overage of statistics on every AAA player, it’s still incredibly hard to project a prospect’s MLB career before it happens. Although the top prospects, Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna, won the 2018 Rookie of the Year awards, there are always surprises such as Joey Wendle and Harrison Bader, as well as disappointing rookie seasons such as Scott Kingery and Lewis Brinson.
At this point in the offseason, it is slightly premature to look at what prospects will make the biggest difference in the upcoming season. Nobody has shown off in Spring Training, top prospects can still be traded, and a number of free agents have yet to sign and could ultimately take away a starting role from a rookie that currently slots into the lineup. Nonetheless, rookies can make a huge and unexpected impact on any team’s season, and it is important to know who can make a name for themselves.
Baltimore Orioles: DJ Stewart, RF

Stewart has never been ranked among the top prospects, and none of his tools particularly stand out. However, he’s been productive at every level, including a short 17 game stint in the MLB. He’s currently projected by Roster Resource to be the team’s starting right fielder. He won’t be a great defender as scouting reports say, but his bat is intriguing as a three-true-outcomes type hitter.
Stewart had walked over 10% of the time in each of the last 3 minor league seasons, and although he strikes out more than the average player, it has never been at unbearable rates. In his short MLB stint, Stewart had a 12.1% whiff rate, which is certainly playable. Considering his plate discipline and the fact that he sprays the ball all over the field, Stewart’s hit tool may translate better to the MLB than many had previously thought.
Whether Stewart’s raw power translates as well will make or break his career. He showed off his power with 3 home runs in his first 43 MLB plate appearances. His average batted ball distance in September of 2018 was 195 feet, and although that’s not always the best predictor for future home runs, it is notable that he sits around Jose Ramirez, Daniel Murphy, and Matt Kemp.
The Orioles are expected to play plenty of rookies this season, as they won’t be making a strong attempt to compete so they will put an emphasis on development. Not many of their top prospects will play a large portion of the season on the MLB roster, especially if they choose to manipulate the service time as many teams choose to do with their prospects.
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Watch: Red Sox players ride on duck boat into Gillette Stadium with World Series trophy

Category : MLB , Red Sox

The Patriots had some friendly faces at Gillette Stadium for Sunday’s game against the Packers, and they really fired up the crowd.
A duck boat rolled onto the field before the game against the Packers kicked off, and they were carrying Red Sox players — namely JD Martinez, Brock Holt, Steve Pearce and Joe Kelly.
The Red Sox players rolled onto the field on the duck boat, holding the World Series trophy. And, as you might imagine, they received quite the ovation from Patriots fans.

An iconic moment in Boston sports history. pic.twitter.com/WDYJxwGPDG
— NESN (@NESN) November 5, 2018

It’s safe to say that none of the guys on that duck boat will never have to pay for a drink in Boston again.

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Watch: Red Sox troll Yankees during champagne clubhouse celebration

Category : Featured , MLB , Red Sox , Trending Now , Yankees

The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, and the team made sure to sneak in a troll job at the expense of its division rival.
Boston’s players and coaches were living in the present during the champagne celebration in the clubhouse that followed the 5-1 win, but they were also seen poking fun at the Yankees — the team the Red Sox beat to advance to the World Series.
Plenty of singing and dancing took place in the clubhouse, while champagne bottles were popped. And, at one point, the Red Sox were overheard singing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” a clear shot at the Bronx Bombers.
The Red Sox are world champions once again, and they made sure to let their AL East rival know about it.

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Look: Chris Sale's stunning wife steals the show at World Series

Category : MLB , Red Sox

Red Sox ace Chris Sale was the team’s best pitcher this season, and he’s made another strong case to win the Cy Young Award.
But behind every great man is a great woman, and Sale’s wife, Brianne Aron, definitely fits that description. So if you haven’t yet seen photos of her, you’ll want to check out this post.
Sale married his longtime girlfriend back in 2011. They have two sons, Rylan and Brayson.
As for Brianne, she’s an absolute stunner. Check out some photos of her and her World Series champion husband. There aren’t all that many, as neither Brianne nor Chris is on Instagram or Twitter. But we do have these, for your viewing pleasure.

Sale stays winning — on and off the field.

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Rangers poke fun at Dodgers on Twitter after World Series loss

Category : Dodgers , Featured , MLB , Red Sox

The Dodgers’ loss in Game 5 on Sunday night resulted in them having lost back-to-back World Series.
It will likely be difficult for Dodgers players, coaches and fans to digest, but one particular team that knows all about consecutive World Series losses lended their “support.”
The Texas Rangers lost in the 2010 and 2011 World Series, and given how much talent the team had on its roster during that time, it was surprising that they weren’t able to win the Fall Classic, at least once.
As such, the Rangers sent this funny tweet after the Dodgers were defeated by the Red Sox in Game 5.
No one really remembers the team that finishes in second place, so the support group idea makes sense, even if it doesn’t really exist.

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Watch: Chris Sale makes Manny Machado fall down on game-ending strikeout

Red Sox ace Chris Sale closed out the World Series in a big way on Sunday night.
Sale came in to pitch in the ninth inning of Game 5, as he was asked to come in and shut the Dodgers batters down. His team was enjoying a 5-1 lead at the time, and Sale did exactly what was asked of him — retiring the meat of the Dodgers’ lineup, in order.
And while Sale is known for starting games, rather than closing them out, he really shut the door on the Dodgers quickly on Sunday. It took him only 15 pitches to strike out the side, as he retired Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez and Manny Machado. Not only that, he accomplished the feat in style — getting Machado to swing so hard at a slider that he fell down.
Here’s how the 2018 World Series came to a close.
That was the final pitch of the World Series, and it really summed up how dominant the Sox have been during both the regular season and the playoffs.

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Look: Andrew Benintendi becomes instant meme with sick leaping catch

Category : MLB , Red Sox

Most athletes try their best not to become a meme during games, but Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi actually managed to put himself on a poster — in a good way — on Wednesday night.
Benintendi, who has been known for his stellar defensive play and highlight-reel catches, made a sensational leaping grab to help prevent the Dodgers from adding to their 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Check out this snag he made on the run at the wall in Fenway Park — robbing Brian Dozier of at least a double at the warning track.

Andrew Benintendi with the grab! pic.twitter.com/3VLU4wlUv4
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 25, 2018

That sweet catch resulted in some Twitter memes being produced.

If Andrew Benintendi ever gets his own sneaker line, this is the logo #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/V5Ua0HpROU
— Igor Mello (@SuperIgor) October 25, 2018

not only he robbed a hit, but Benintendi struck a perfect pose for a photo, which is a bonus pic.twitter.com/TqGQoPt9D7
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) October 25, 2018

Benintendi's baseball ballet… pic.twitter.com/0a7gUfLPvZ
— Vick "truth isn’t truth" Mickunas (@BookNookVick) October 25, 2018

The Sox went on to score three runs in the bottom of the inning, paving the way for a 4-2 victory, so Benny’s catch proved to be a potential gamesaver/gamechanger.

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Watch: Chris Taylor throws dime through Ian Kinsler's legs for out

Category : MLB , Red Sox , Trending Now

The Dodgers appear to know they’re up against a buzz saw — known as the Red Sox — in the World Series, and that their defense has to be on point in order to be competitive against the offensive juggernaut.
Chris Taylor showed exactly that during Game 2 at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, when he threw an absolute dime to third base to nab Ian Kinsler.
Not only that, the throw even took a short hop and bounced through Kinsler’s legs — arriving just in time for Manny Machado to tag the opportunistic Dodger for the out.

Ever seen a #WorldSeries nutmeg?
You have now. pic.twitter.com/Ld19Ih3mox
— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 25, 2018

Sick throw, but Kinsler probably just should’ve stayed at second base there, especially with two outs. His decision proved costly. The Dodgers now face a 0-2 deficit, and head back to Los Angeles heading into a must-win Game 3.

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David Ortiz, 2004 Red Sox legends throw out first pitch before World Series Game 2 (Video)

Category : MLB , Red Sox , Trending Now

The Red Sox used a number of familiar faces to help set the mood for Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
A number of players from the 2004 team — which defeated the Cardinals to be named world champions — threw out a collective “first pitch” before Wednesday’s game. David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Alan Embree, Kevin Millar, Keith Foulke and Tim Wakefield all lined up alongside each other near the mound, and they hurled the ball toward recipients squatting near home plate.

The band's back together! #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/OxCaYFAa0o
— MLB (@MLB) October 25, 2018

That particular moment was powerful, especially since now-Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was also a member of the 2004 World Series-winning squad.

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Look: This massive lightning bolt lit up Fenway Park before Game 1 of World Series

Category : Dodgers , MLB , Red Sox , Take a Look

The first game of the 2018 Fall Classic at Fenway Park was lit — literally — thanks to an extremely small strike zone from home-plate umpire Tim Timmons.
Not only that, the sky was lit as well before the game, due to Mother Nature’s influence on baseball’s biggest stage of the season.
There were thunderstorms in the forecast, and, sure enough, they came — as advertised. Check out this one particular bolt of lightning, which looked like something out of a movie.

Is that … lightning? @rgaut999 captures the lightning as a storm passes through Fenway Park before Game 1 of the #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/ELHIQ3qxSq
— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) October 24, 2018

Wait for it! Check out the lightening at Fenway Park!! @redsox @dodgers @MLB #worldseries #octoberbaseball pic.twitter.com/4cIv1VEjTJ
— Janet Wu (@JanetWuNews) October 23, 2018

Video: Lightning strike just seconds ago. Empty seats out at Fenway Park right now as lightning and rain continues to be an issue. #RedSox #Dodgers #WorldSeries first pitch is supposed to be at 8:09. @NBC10Boston pic.twitter.com/Ul5wQ4SPLq
— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) October 23, 2018

The stands were cleared as a result, but fans were allowed to return to their seats for the first pitch, scheduled for just after 8:05 p.m. ET.

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