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Red Sox ace Chris Sale "would love" to stay in Boston with new contract

Red Sox ace Chris Sale "would love" to stay in Boston with new contract

Chris Sale played a critical role in the Boston Red Sox winning the 2018 World Series, but it's unknown if he'll factor into the team's postseason success for the long-term. 

Sale is entering the final year of his contract in 2019 and can become an unrestricted free agent when the upcoming season is over. He's slated to earn $15 million in salary this season -- a very team-friendly number. 

The 29-year-old ace was asked Wednesday at spring training about his future in Boston, and he made his feelings toward the team and the city quite clear.

“I would love to (stay in Boston),” Sale told reporters. “I’ve said that since after my first year (in Boston). This is a special place. This is a special group of people, a very special city and an unbelievable fan base. Not to mention the fact that we’ve got a hell of a team and we’re going to have that team for a few years to come. It’s a good place for me, it’s a good spot. I love playing here. I’d love to keep playing here.

“We’ll see how it works out. That’s what all this stuff is for -- you have agents, contracts, all this stuff. I’m going to let them play that out. If it works, it works. If not, it’s been a blast. I have no hard feelings, no ill will and I'll keep doing what I do.”

Sale's on-field performances have been among the best in baseball for several years. He went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in 158 innings last season. There are few, if any, pitchers in baseball who teams would rather have in an important game.

Re-signing Sale should be a no-brainer decision for the Sox front office. The only pause would be Sale's injury history. He's missed several games over the last two seasons due to injury, so that will be something for all parties to monitor in 2019. 

The Red Sox have a lot of important players due for contract extensions and pay raises in the near future, but very few of them play a larger role in the team's performance than Sale. If he's healthy, the Red Sox would be wise to lock him up to an extension before rival teams can enter the bidding in November.

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Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."