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Nation STATion: Deconstructing Theo


Nation STATion: Deconstructing Theo

It all began when Theo Epstein was named general manager on Nov. 25, 2002.

It all ended when Theo Epstein resigned as general manager on Oct. 21, 2011.

A lot of stuff happened in between:

2003: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, defeated the As in the ALDS (3-2), and lost to the Yankees in the ALCS (4-3). Manager Grady Little was fired and replaced by Terry Francona.

2004: 98-64 .605 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, defeated the Angels in the ALDS (3-0), defeated the Yankees in the ALCS (4-3), and won the World Series over the Cardinals (4-0).

2005: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card and lost the ALDS to the White Sox (3-0).

2006: 86-76 .531 The Sox finished 3rd.

2007: 96-66 .593 The Sox finished 1st, defeated the Angels in the LDS (3-0), defeated the Indians in the ALCS (4-3), defeated the Rockies in the World Series (4-0).

2008: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, defeated the Angels in the ALDS (3-1), lost the ALCS to the Rays (4-3).

2009: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, lost to the Angels in the ALDS (3-0).

2010: 89-73 .549 The Sox finished 3rd.

2011: 90-72 .556 The Sox finished 3rd.

Nine years:
Total wins 839
Total losses 619
Avg. wins per season 93.2
Avg. losses per season 68.7
Most wins 98
Most losses 76
Fewest wins 86
Fewest losses 64
Seasons 90 wins 7
95 win seasons 4
67 loss seasons 4
World Championships 2
AL championship 2
Postseason appearances 6
Finished 1st in AL East 1
Finished 2nd n AL East 5
Finished 1st in AL East 3

Managers 2
Grady Little 95-67 .586
Terry Francona 744-552 .574
Hitting stats
Homers hit
David Ortiz 320
Manny Ramirez 200
Jason Varitek 139

David Ortiz 1028
Manny Ramirez 636
Kevin Youkilis 550

Runs scored
David Ortiz 884
Kevin Youkilis 569
Manny Ramirez 566
David Ortiz 1367
Kevin Youkilis 927
Manny Ramirez 918

Extra base hits
David Ortiz 681
Manny Ramirez 397
Kevin Youkilis 377

David Ortiz 348
Kevin Youkilis 232
Dustin Pedroia 206

Jacoby Ellsbury -23
Johnny Damon 18
Kevin Youkilis 16
Nomar Garciaparra 16

Stolen bases
Jacoby Ellsbury 175
Dustin Pedroia 82
Coco Crisp 70

David Ortiz 996
Jason Varitek 872
Kevin Youkilis - 689

David Ortiz 769
Manny Ramirez 482
Kevin Youkilis 480

Batting average (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .307
Dustin Pedroia .305
Bill Mueller .303
Jacoby Ellsbury .301

On-base percentage (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .406
Kevin Youkilis .391
David Ortiz .387

Slugging (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .576
David Ortiz .570
Kevin Youkilis .492

OPS (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .982
David Ortiz .958
Kevin Youkilis .883

Pitching stats
Jonathan Papelbon 396 games
Mike Timlin 394
Manny Delcarmen 289

Tim Wakefield 243
Josh Beckett 173
Jon Lester 154

Innings pitched
Tim Wakefield 1550.1
Josh Beckett 1112.2
Jon Lester 957.2

Tim Wakefield 95
Josh Beckett 84
Jon Lester 76

Tim Wakefield 86
Josh Beckett 47
Jon Lester 34

ERA (400 innings min.)
Jonathan Papelbon 2.33
Pedro Martinez 3.12
Jon Lester 3.53

WHIP (400 innings min.)
Jonathan Papelbon 1.018
Pedro Martinez - 1.110
Josh Beckett - 1.212

Complete Games
Tim Wakefield 8
Josh Beckett 7
Jon Lester 6

Home runs allowed
Tim Wakefield 209
Josh Beckett 137
Jon Lester 85

Josh Beckett 1014
Tim Wakefield 1002
Jon Lester 894

Tim Wakefield 510
Jon Lester 362
Daisuke Matsuzaka 301
Josh Beckett - 300

Jonathan Papelbon 219
Keith Foulke 47
Mike Timlin 27

Games played by position
Catchers 19
Jason Varitek caught 989 games
Doug Mirabelli 264
Victor Martinez 110

First basemen 32
Kevin Youkilis 581
Kevin Millar 280
David Ortiz 118 games

Second basemen 30
Dustin Pedroia 709
Mark Loretta 138
Mark Bellhorn 124

Third basemen 27
Mike Lowell 528
Bill Mueller 373
Kevin Youkilis 331

Shortstops 27
Julio Lugo 226
Marco Scutaro 241
Alex Cora 171
Jed Lowrie 147

Left fielders 51
Manny B. Manny 839
Jason Bay 199
Carl Crawford 127

Centerfielders 28
Johnny Damon 590
Jacoby Ellsbury 402
Coco Crisp 361

Right fielders 40
J.D. Drew 580
Trot Nixon 387
Gabe Kapler 160

Designated Hitters 49
David Ortiz 1128
Manny B. Manny 131

All in all, a damn good resume.

The best of luck in Chicago, Theo.

ALCS: Judge home run sparks New York, Yankees beat Astros 6-4 to even series


ALCS: Judge home run sparks New York, Yankees beat Astros 6-4 to even series

NEW YORK -  With a soaring shot headed for Yankee Stadium's Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on track for another memorable October.

Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and tie the AL Championship Series 2-2.

The Baby Bombers trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored when Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.

The Yankees overcame three errors and have roared back from a second straight 0-2 series deficit - they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth to cap a three-hitter. New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs and won for the 18th time in their last 21 home games.

Yankee Stadium will be rocking again when Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday. It's a rematch of the series opener, when Keuchel outdid the Japanese right-hander in a 2-1 Astros win.

An AL MVP candidate marred in a sluggish October, Judge sparked the Yankees by chasing McCullers, who baffled the Yankees with his power breaking ball.

Except for the last one.

Judge launched a curveball into the netting above center field's Monument Park for New York's second hit.

"Once we're within striking distance like that, anything can happen," Judge said.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch pulled McCullers after 81 pitches, Didi Gregorius tripled off Chris Devenski and Sanchez brought Gregorius in with a sacrifice fly.

"I thought Aaron's home run just lit a little spark," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Todd Frazier led off the eighth with a double to left, and pinch hitter Chase Headley then did the same - only after falling between first and second base, taking one step back, then heading for second and sliding in ahead of Jose Altuve's tag.

"Panic," Headley recalled. "I went from one of the best feelings of my career to one of the worst in just a matter of seconds, but fortunately it worked out."

Brett Gardner brought in Frazier on a groundout, and Judge came to bat with the bundled crowd on its feet.

He reached down to stay with a slider and drilled a double high off the left-field wall as a fan in a longsleeve yellow shirt reached down and touched the ball. Gardner came home with the tying run, and Gregorius grounded a single just beyond shortstop Carlos Correa's reach to put runners at the corner. Sanchez, who had been 0 for 13 in the series, scored them both with a slicing drive that skipped to the wall in right-center.

Houston had not lost consecutive games since Sept. 8-10 at Oakland and the major leagues' best road record during the regular season. The Astros had just three hits and are hitting .153 in the series.

Yankees starter Sonny Gray pitched one-hit ball through five innings but again had no run support. His teammates have yet to score for him in four career postseason starts while he's still on the mound, including twice with New York this year.

Houston took a 3-0 lead in the sixth after George Springer walked leading off, and Josh Reddick reached on catcher's interference by Austin Romine - inserted into lineup for his defense.

Robertson walked Altuve and struck out Carlos Correa before Yuri Gurriel lined a three-run double past Frazier and all the way to the wall. Gurriel got hung up between second and third as Altuve scored, and he was tagged out by Judge to end a rundown.

Houston added a fourth run when second baseman Starlin Castro misplayed Brian McCann's grounder in the seventh, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score from second. It was Castro's second error of the game.


Ron Gardenhire to interview with Red Sox Wednesday

Ron Gardenhire to interview with Red Sox Wednesday

BOSTON — Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire's interview for Red Sox manager is scheduled for Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. He'll be the third to interview for John Farrell's old job, following favorite Alex Cora on Sunday and Brad Ausmus on Monday — and may be the last to interview as well. 

The Sox could move quickly from here. Announcing hiring is tricky this time of year, because MLB doesn't want personnel moves to detract from the playoffs. 

But if Cora ends up the choice, as is most likely, his introduction is further complicated by the fact that his team, Houston, is still playing — and could be playing in the World Series.


Cora, who would be a first-time manager unlike Ausmus and Gardenhire, is close with Red Sox second baseman and leader Dustin Pedroia and is drawing interest across the game.

Gardenhire would be something of a safe hiring, considering his 13 years as manager of the Minnesota Twins. A few days shy of his 60th birthday, Gardenhire would have to prove he could handle a vastly different market than Minnesota, and also connect with players despite being older than both Ausmus (48) and Cora (41).