17 July 2024

Unbelievable:Rafael Devers announce his departure and resignation today…


Before the start of the season, the Red Sox envisioned the heart of their lineup would consist of Rafael Devers, Trevor Story and Triston Casas. There were real questions about the bottom half of the batting order, the thinking went, but at least the Red Sox would have that reliable trio near the top.


Injuries soon took care of that idea. Story suffered a major shoulder injury in the eighth game of the season and is lost for the year. Last month, Casas joined him on the IL with a ribcage injury that will sideline him until late June — at minimum.


Tyler O’Neill has been a nice surprise through the first five weeks, though his durability remains an open question. And the rest of the lineup is mostly dotted with first- and second-year players still trying to establish themselves.


That means Devers is going to have to carry the offense for a while. On Saturday, he came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded but struck out to end the threat. It happens.


But when speaking to the media postgame about the at-bat, a key turning point in the game, Devers seemed to bristle at the line of questioning and became defensive. Devers has to understand that, as the team’s best hitter and (easily) the Red Sox’ highest-paid player, there are certain expectations for him. He’s also the longest-tenured player on the roster and the only one left from the 2018 championship team.


Again, no one is expecting Devers to deliver in every spot. But he has to understand that he’s now the hitter opponents are going to game-plan for, and whether he delivers or not, he’s going to be asked about those situations.


His 10-year, $313.5 million contract makes him the face of the franchise, and with that comes some accountability.


* It should be fascinating to see who replaces Jack Edwards as the Bruins’ TV play-by-play voice on NESN next fall. Figure that Alex Faust, who has local roots (Northeastern grad), extensive NHL experience (L.A Kings) and a foot in the door as a NESN fill-in, will be in the running. Judd Sirott, who’s been the team’s radio voice for the past seven years, might be another name on the list.


One potential candidate to consider: Tom Caron. Caron has carved out his own niche as Red Sox’ studio host, but has done plenty of hockey play-by-play before (Hockey East, Beanpot) and might be intrigued by a career change.


* Say this about the NFL: they sure know how to market their product. What other league could build up a schedule reveal as an honest-to-goodness Event. There will be the usual “leaks” to friendly outlets about the season opener and other showcase games, followed by a slow trickle about the first weekend. And then, the big announcement.

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