The Red Sox clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday with their win over the Blue Jays.
It's the third consecutive season in which the Sox clinched a playoff spot, matching the longest such streak in franchise history (2003-05, 2007-09). They are the first team to earn a playoff berth this season and the sixth-quickest team to do so since 1996.
With Tuesday's win, Boston improved to an incredible 99-46 on the year. The franchise record for regular season wins is 105 (1912).
The magic number to clinch the AL East is now 9 following the Yankees' loss.
The ballot for the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class has been revealed, and it features several players who played for the Boston Red Sox.
Here's the full list:
The players on the ballot who spent time in Boston are Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Jason Bay, Roger Clemens, Derek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Billy Wagner and Kevin Youkilis. Schilling and Clemens have been on the ballot for several years but haven't yet received higher than 60 percent.
The players most likely to be inducted are Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Edgar Martinez. Rivera, MLB's all-time saves leader, and Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, are on the ballot for the first time, while Martinez is entering his 10th and final season on the ballot. Martinez received 70.4 percent of the vote last year, just shy of the 75 percent needed for enshrinement.
There never has been a unanimous vote for one player. Ken Griffey Jr. was on 437 of 440 ballots in 2016, making him the closest to being unanimous in the history of the voting. Rivera might have a chance to be unanimous, but it seems like some members are just against the idea of a player being on every ballot.
Hall of Fame voting is cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Two of the heroes from the Red Sox historic World Series run were set to become highly touted free agents at the start of the offseason.
World Series MVP Steve Pearce quickly got back on board with a one-year , $6.25 million deal to return to the Red Sox.
Nathan Eovaldi, who inexplicably threw 97 extra innning pitches in the marathon that was Game 3 of the World Series, is expected to get a bigger contract.
The 28-year-old right hander is reportedly drawing interest from as many as nine teams early on in the free agency process. The potential suitors are the Brewers, Phillies, White Sox, Braves, Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Padres along with the Red Sox.
Many of those teams can outbid Boston for Eovaldi, but he has stated a desire to stay with the Red Sox.
Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly are also free agent pitchers the Red Sox have expressed interest in bringing back, so it should be interesting to see which dominos fall first.
If the Red Sox don't want to pay big money for Kimbrel, maybe they allocate their money in Eovaldi and Kelly. If Eovaldi or Kelly is lured away, will the Red Sox need to bring Kimbrel back to salvage their depth in the bullpen?
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