February 18, 2020

J.D. Martinez Says Roenicke Is A "Perfect Fit" As Manager

J.D. Martinez says manager Ron Roenicke and the Red Sox are a perfect fit.
Ron managed before, he understands it. He was a big piece of Alex's decisions. He understood Alex. Alex always used him, always leaned on him. He knows us, and we trust him. He's a familiar face. He knows the personalities in the clubhouse, and he knows how to handle everyone. I think it's like the perfect fit.
Martinez said he would not like it if MLB cuts off access to in-game video.
To go out there and take all video out ... is a little ridiculous. When I was in the minor leagues, Double-A, Triple-A, we had video systems. It's something you grew up with. You go back and check something in your swing and it helps you throughout the game. ... All of a sudden, you take that away? It's a little extreme. ... It's kind like you're watching the game live on NESN. ... Can you steal the signs? It's too hard. It's cutting in and out. There's a guy eating a sausage and ... all of a sudden [there's] the pitch.
In that example, NESN would stay on the sausage guy and miss the next pitch, but I get JD's point.
If you have to delay it, delay it. Whatever you have to do. But to sit there and take that away? I mean, it's what makes me, me. I'm a very analytical guy. I like to study my swing. I like to study what my back foot is doing, my elbow, whatever it might be. And there's a lot of guys nowadays that are like that. That's the trend of the game.
The Red Sox have reportedly agreed with catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a minor league deal (and spring invite). Lucroy, 33 and a ten-year veteran, hit only .232/.305/.355 in 101 games with the Angels and Cubs last season. His last decent year at the plate was 2016.

Alex Verdugo was assigned #12, but he asked for a different number. He went with #99.
I didn't want to wear a number that a player had just previously worn [Brock Holt, who signed with the Brewers, wore #12 for seven seasons] ... This is kind of a little bit unique. It's not like everybody's number, so it just stands out a little bit more. ... Manny Ramirez went from Boston to the Dodgers, and he wore #99.
Five players in MLB now wear #99, including Keynan Middleton (Angels), Hyun-Jin Ryu (Blue Jays), and Taijuan Walker (Mariners).

Also: The Giants have refused to invite Aubrey Huff to an anniversary celebration of the team's 2010 World Series championship.
Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion. Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.
In November, Huff tweeted that he was teaching his kids "how to use a gun" in case Bernie Sanders wins the 2020 election, because "knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must." In January, Huff tweeted about kidnapping Iranian women and forcing them to "fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things". When criticized, Huff (predictably) whined: "Does nobody have a sense of humor anymore!?" (And: "Never said rape!") He also ridiculed the Giants for hiring Alyssa Nakken as an assistant coach.

Huff dismissed the Giants' statement as "progressive bullshit": "So what. ... I'm not going to ... change what I believe in just so I can go get a five-second hat tip. ... If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be having a reunion."


GK said...

So many players when they show their true selves are real revelations. Never had an idea about Huff (until recently). Racist asshole.

GK said...

"If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be having a reunion."

From Wikipedia about Aubrey Huff
"In 1983 when he was six years old, his father, Aubrey II, was shot and killed as an innocent by stander in a domestic dispute while working as an electrician"

Note to self never assume that a tragedy will bring humility to a person.