Baseball might be returning to the Olympics for first time since 2008. (Getty Images)

Baseball might be returning to the Olympics for first time since 2008. (Getty Images)

Boston mayor Marty Walsh clearly wants the Olympics to come to his city for 2024. According to his comments on Middays with MFB Friday afternoon, he also is pretty jacked up about the possibility of baseball being part of the festivities.

“I think they’€™re trying to keep baseball in the Olympics,” Walsh said. (Click here to listen to audio of the interview.) “Can you imagine having the Gold Medal game in Fenway Park? It would be incredible. Fenway Park is probably the best example of Boston. We’€™ve had World Series there. We’€™ve had concerts there. We’€™ve had hockey. And now to top it off, to bring in the United States, possibiy playing in a Gold Medal game at Fenway Park. How better does it get for a sports fan?”

Walsh is right, there have been rumblings about bringing baseball back to the Olympics, with the sport having been booted from the Games after 2008. And, thanks to newly-mandated flexibility on the part of the IOC, it has a really good chance to make a return.

The IOC recently ruled that starting in 2020 not only wouldn’t it be beholden to the 28-sport limit of years past going forward, but that host cities will be allowed to propose the inclusion of one or more additional events for their games.

You can bet that, with the iconic Fenway Park sitting in the middle of the action, Boston would be pleading for baseball to make a return.

The reality is that baseball might be back in the fold even before ’24, with Tokyo expected to make a push for both that sport and softball for when the host the Summer Olympics in ’20.

So, what would this mean for the Red Sox?

Well, the last time Olympic baseball was played in a Major League city was during the 1996 Atlanta games. On that occasion, the Braves were forced on a 19-day road trip. (That still match up to the Astros’ 26-game road trip scheduled due to the 1992 Republican National Convention.)

The Braves finished their 17-game, 5,600-mile trip with their sanity, a 9-8 mark on the swing, and enough gumption to finish the season in first-place. While many of the Braves players were relieved to get home, some on the trip saw the merits of such a sojourn.

“Now I’ve got to go home and pay the bills and do the wash,” then-broadcaster Don Sutton told the Associated Press at the time. “I’ve been on a 19-day working vacation. I had great room service, played a great golf course almost every day, and I would tell you that Morton’s [the restaurant chain] has a better wine cellar than I do.

“Of course, I had friends with me on the first half of the trip and my wife on the second.”

As for the fear of losing any major leaguers to such an Olympic endeavor, don’t count on it. Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig seemingly threw down the gauntlet when addressing the issue in 2013.

“Look, we can’t stop our season in August. We just can’t,” Selig said. “You can’t say to your fans: `We’ll see you in the next period of time. Your club loses some players but yours doesn’t.”

Just something to think about … for the few years.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

According to team officials, the Red Sox have solidified which players will be in attendance for next weeks Rookie Development Program.

The participants will be: pitchers Eddie Rodriguez, Heath Hembree, Edwin Escobar, Brian Johnson, Zeke Spruill, Sean Coyle, Rusney Castillo, Blake Swihart, Henry Ramos and Mookie Betts.

Check back for more information on the weeklong program …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Those watching the Red Sox play Boston College in the teams’ annual spring training game — kicking off the exhibition schedule at JetBlue Park, March 3 — will see an unfamiliar site.

Those watching the Red Sox play Boston College in the teams’ annual spring training game — kicking off the exhibition schedule at JetBlue Park, March 3 — will see an unfamiliar site.

The Sox and BC players will both be wearing the same style uniform (just different colors) in honor of former Eagles standout Pete Frates.

The uniforms will carry slogan and patch symbolizing Frates’ remarkable fundraising effort in the quest to cure the disease he has been stricken with, ALS.

After the game, all of the uniforms will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the battle against ALS.

To learn more about “Pete Frates #3 Fund,” as well as more about Frates’ story, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Things change, and nothing is set in stone. But John Farrell is offering just enough information that we can at least surmise what the Red Sox‘ regular lineup might look like.

Things change, and nothing is set in stone. But John Farrell is offering just enough information that we can at least surmise what the Red Sox‘ regular lineup might look like.

Appearing on the Arbella Hot Stove Show Thursday night, Farrell offered some explanations as to what he is thinking in regards to his lineup as we draw closer to spring training.

Of note …

– He currently sees both Mookie Betts and Brock Holt as the most viable leadoff options.

– While Rusney Castillo impressed in his role as a leadoff man while in Puerto Rico, the Red Sox manager wasn’t leaning toward putting the outfielder at the top of the Sox’s lineup to begin with.

“I think what Mookie showed in the time that he was in the leadoff spot was very encouraging,” Farrell said. “His on-base skills have been consistent at every level through the minor leagues. It was the same when he came to Boston. Brock Holt is another guy that could fit into that spot when he is in the lineup on a given day. I think in Castillo’s case — while he shows you that ability to steal a base, he has some, I think very good gap power and he swung the bat good for us in the 10 games that he played — I think it is probably best that we bring him along maybe a little bit along the way. Maybe give him some at-bats, whether that is in the bottom third of the order, not to pin him into that spot, but I think that is the best way to acclimate him as we go forward.”

– Farrell likes the opportunity to go lefty-righty-lefty-righty in the middle of the order. That would put David Ortiz at No. 3, Hanley Ramirez hitting cleanup, Pablo Sandoval slotted in at No. 5 and Mike Napoli right behind the third switch-hitting third baseman.

“The one thing that clearly stands out is we have balance left- and right-handed,” the manager said. “I have always liked David in the three-hole. You know he is going to come up in the first inning. That puts Pedroia in that two hole that he feels most comfortable in, and probably has been the best spot for him over the course of his career. This is where when we were at our conversations — and meetings prior to, or right after the season — we were able to aquire both Ramirez and Sandoval. We thought we would be able to get one, the fact we were able to get two, certainly lengthens the lineup. I think Hanley gives David some protection behind him. Then you start to create some protection and we want to keep Sandoval on the left side of the plate as much as possible, so if you sandwich him in between Ramirez and Napoli you start to have a formidable middle of the order where you’re going left-right-left-right all the way through there.”

In the aforementioned scenario, after Napoli that would leave Xander Bogaerts, followed by one of the outfielders (Castillo, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig) and finally a catcher (Christian Vazquez, Ryan Hanigan).

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
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