Merry Christmas to all…

Today is Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah. Baseball Ross and I wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays.

Maggie and Veronica tear into their gifts.
Maggie stands in the midst of the wrapping paper
I leave you with this, perhaps the best reading of The Night Before Christmas as read by the late, great Harry Kalas:
Watch HERE.

The best present of all? Only 51 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training!

A merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Josh Tobias goes to Red Sox for Clay Buchholtz

It was announced this morning that former Clearwater Thresher Josh Tobias has been traded to the dreaded Boston Red Sox for RHP Clay Buchholtz.

Tobias started with Lakewood and ended with Clearwater. He is young but showing strong potential. Buchholtz is on the downside of a good career. He has one  year (and 13-million dollars) remaining in his current contract. He may be ok as a temporary stop gap measure while waiting for some of the minor league pitchers continue to develop and mature. That being said, Buchholtz has had issues in the past, ending up in the bullpen on more than one occasion.

Tobias, while young, has shown signs of great potential, with a strong bat. Tobias has a .301 batting average while in the Phillies’ system. You can see his bat strength in this video from the final game of the Threshers season where he hit a strong homer to right. See HERE.

Will the gamble of giving up potential talent for a stop gap pitcher pan out? Only time will tell.