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Fake Sox Game Four: Tough end to a tough series

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Six homers for the Blue Jays does in Red Sox pitching

The following simulation is courtesy of Out of the Park Baseball 21.

Our Fake Sox did not have a great time up in Toronto for their opening four-game set against the Blue Jays. All four games were close, with this last one going extras, but the good guys dropped three out of four.

In Sunday’s game, Shun Yamaguchi got the start for the Jays, but it wouldn’t last long. In fact, it would last...

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Red Sox Lookback: Rich Garcés

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Looking back at a fan favorite

We are obviously without baseball right now, which is a bummer for a number of reasons. This is not the most important reason, but one tough part of this is that there is simply less to write about here, and that will become more true the longer this lasts. So, with that I decided to use some of this time when I can’t think of a topic to look back at the career of some former players. To do this I will use three different...

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Creating the Next Great (Virtual) Red Sox Prospect

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Introducing Oliver T. Marquez, who will be attempting to climb the ranks of the Red Sox organization in MLB the Show.

Pretend baseball and baseball from the past are the only kind we can get right now. We’ve already seen what a pretend season simulation yielded for the 2020 Boston Red Sox, but what about at the individual level? The ebbs and flows of a season are a bit different when just...

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OTM Open Thread 3/29: It Is Sunday

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Happy Sunday everyone. A little bit of a change coming for our Fake Sox series, though nothing that will really affect most of you. I’m going to move away from the live broadcast style and pre-record these. This is just a scheduling thing to make things a bit easier for me so I can just pre-record a few at a time and not have to carve out time every day to do them and then write them up. They’ll go up on YouTube and here on the site when first pitch was...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Ron Roenicke, Josh Kantor

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Sean McAdam looks at what the new deal between the players and the league means. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

One possibility on the table is an expanded playoff field this year. (Tim Kelly; WEEI)

John Tomase looks at a variety of options to get baseball in in 2020. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

An interview with Rafael Devers that happened just before baseball shut down. (Jason Mastrodato; Boston Herald)

Tara Sullivan has a look at Ron Roenicke, who...

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Watch: David Ortiz has Uplifting Message For Mass. General Hospital

Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has a message for everyone at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Fake Sox Game Three: The bats go silent

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Martín Pérez and company held off for as long as they could, but the Red Sox bats just couldn’t get it going.

Our Fake Sox rebounded from a tough Opening Day loss in Toronto with their first win of the 2020 season on Friday, and they were looking to make it win number two on Saturday. Unfortunately, while the pitching did okay and was able to finangle themselves out of a couple of jams, the Red Sox bats went mostly quiet and wasted a couple of...

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Catching up with the American League East: Baltimore Orioles

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They are... Not good.

Over the next few days, we will be taking a look at the Red Sox competition in the American League East and digging into what their roster look likes. Obviously the world is throwing a wrench into our normal schedule, but there doesn’t seem like there will be any changes between now and whenever the season does start, so this look should still be relevant whenever the season does start. With that said, given that we don’t know...

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OTM Open Thread 3/28: It is Saturday

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Happy Saturday everyone. Our Fake Sox are 1-1 thanks to a clutch Jackie Bradley Jr. dinger and will be back in action in our fake world at 3:00 PM ET this afternoon, so that’s a thing. Beyond that, ESPN is airing eight hours of baseball starting at noon this afternoon with four 20-strikeout games, starting with that of Roger Clemens from 1986 with the Red Sox. AMC is showing a Rocky marathon today as well, starting at 3:00 PM ET. Use this space to discuss...

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Who makes a 29-man roster?

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There will likely be expanded rosters if there is baseball in 2020, so who makes the cut?

On Friday, MLB and the Players Association officially agreed to a deal to cover some different scenarios regarding baseball in 2020 and how exactly that would play out after the beginning of their season, at least, was put on hold due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about some of those changes and how they could affect the Red Sox...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, Tom Brady

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The Red Sox did good here, opening up their pool of money for workers to include the concession workers employed by third-party company Aramark. (Michael Silverman; Boston Globe)

With the new agreement between the players and the league, there is a real possibility that Mookie Betts never plays a game for the Dodgers. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Who are the most likely first-time All-Stars in the division? The Red Sox choice won’t come as much of a surprise. (Bill...

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Fake Sox Game Two: Jackie Bradley Jr.’s clutch homer leads to victory

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The Red Sox avenge the tough Opening Day loss with a close win on Friday.

(Excuse the technical hiccup trying to get the game started initially)

Our fake Out of the Park Baseball 21 Red Sox did not get their season off to their desired start with Thursday’s Opening Day loss in Toronto and they were looking for revenge in game number two. They were going up against top prospect Nate Pearson, who was not going to start the year on the real Blue Jays...

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FanPost Friday: Favorite Red Sox

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Bringing back an oldie but a goodie.

Opening day should have happened. We should be talking about the 2020 Red Sox. We should be talking about something related to the 2020 Red Sox. Instead we have no baseball, so we will talk about the not 2020 Red Sox.

Pick your favorite all-time Red Sox at every position.

Thankfully, Red Sox history has a lot of teams and players to choose from that are not the 2020 Boston Red Sox. This weekend, we’re going to celebrate...

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OTM Roundtable: What about the All-Star Game?

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It’s not the most pressing issue in the world, but it’s an interesting one.

There are a lot of pressing issues with baseball right now and, more importantly, the world. This may come as a surprise, but we here at Over the Monster don’t have great answers for you. That said, we still have some opinions on lower stakes questions, one of which I decided to have us tackle for this week’s Roundtable. MLB and the Players came to an agreement last night...

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OTM Open Thread 3/27: It is Friday

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After a gut punch of a loss on Thursday in our OOTP season’s Opening Day, we’ll be back in action for another stream tonight at 7:00 PM ET in the second game of this four-game season-opening series against the Blue Jays. Meanwhile, back in the real world, ESPN is showing The Rookie tonight, a movie I didn’t really care for but perhaps some of you enjoy. That’s honestly really it as far as I can tell. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d...

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Red Sox Top Prospect Voting: Bryan Gonzalez tries to find the map

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An under-the-radar name to remember.

When you get this deep into a prospect list, particularly for a system that is, frankly, among the worst in baseball, it becomes a little less about overall talent and more about what you as an individual prefer. This latest round of voting, as we delve deeper into this list than we normally due to, well, you know, came down to a battle between two prospects. One was a pitcher who gets a good chunk of his value from being...

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MLB, Players Association agree to deal regarding 2020 season contingencies

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It’s nice to see the two sides work something out. It’s not so nice for it to come at the expense of amateurs and the low-minors.

We all know there is a big fight coming at some point relatively soon between MLB and the Players Association with their collective bargaining agreement set to expire at the end of the 2021 season. In the meantime, however, they have more pressing matters to which to attend regarding the 2020 season. We still have no idea if...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Guerin Austin, Opening Day

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Chris Sale needs Tommy John, as we know. Can you really justify not waiting on that surgery given what’s going on in the world? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

COVID-19 is going to lead to a second spring training if baseball is able to start back up, and it won’t be the first time this happens for the sport. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Chad Finn talks about the feelings involved with missing Opening Day. (Chad Finn; Boston.com)

John Tomase looks back at some memorable...

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Red Sox News and Notes: Colten Brewer, Draft, FanPulse

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We have a few news and note items to catch up on from today. Rather than try to split it up into three different posts, I’ll throw it all together. Deal? Deal.

Red Sox make a few roster moves

We’ll start with the Red Sox-specific bit of news, which is that they made some procedural moves for their roster. Specifically, the have optioned Colten Brewer, Chris Mazza, Matt Hall and Jeffrey Springs to the minors. They also officially added Yairo Muñoz with an...

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Fake Season Game One: A gut punch for Opening Day

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Poor managing, poor situational hitting and poor baserunning in a tough Opening Day loss.

We started our day-by-day Out of the Park Baseball 21 simulation of the Red Sox season today with our Opening Day contest up in Toronto, and things didn’t go too well. You can check out the full game (the game itself was probably like 25ish minutes) above, or you can just read along with the quick recap.

Things got off to a solid enough start for the Red Sox when...

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