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The Red Sox win the championship!

Sep 13, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

Pawtucket Red Sox

OK, it was just the Governors’ Cup, the trophy given to the winner of the Triple-A level International League championship. But it is one thing for the Red Sox to celebrate in a dismal 2012 season. They hadn’t won the title in 28 years.

The Pawtucket Red Sox finished a sweep of the best-of-five series over the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox affiliate, on Thursday, winning 4-1.

Journeyman right-hander Nelson Figueroa picked up the win for the PawSox, allowing one run in six innings. Jeremy Hazelbaker, Juan Carlos Linares, Mike Rivera and Che-Hsuan Lin drove in the runs. The lone top prospect in the lineup, right fielder Bryce Brentz, went 0-for-4, but he did finish the series 4-for-12.

Game 2 of the series featured Zach Stewart shutting out his old team for six innings on his way to the win. Stewart pitched for Charlotte before being included in the Kevin Youkilis trade in June.

Now that the PawSox season is over, one imagines a few players will be added to Boston’s roster for Friday’s game. Stewart, Lin and Danny Valencia would be obvious additions.

  1. j0esixpack - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Way to go Pawsox!

    So let’s recap.

    Since the implosion of the end of the 2011 season when the BoSox obviously grew fat and lazy taking a players’ manager granted, the organization has ensured that will neve happen again by making them endure a year with Bobby V

    With only one year on his contract they can easily dump him now that he’s served his purpose and bring in someone better

    They’ve jettisoned $270 million in strangling salary, and their AAA farm team is the best in a competitive league, providing trade bait or young players for the future.

    If the team really isn’t looking to sell, there is something wrong because those are pretty much all the elements of a team ripe to be sold.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      FWIW, the PawSox were the best in the league because they were using a bunch of veterans. Their five innings leaders this year were all major league veterans 28 and over, and that doesn’t count Figueroa, who arrived midyear. Their best hitter was Mauro Gomez, a 27-year-old likely quad-A player.

      They did have Lavarnway, Iglesias and Lin there most of the year, and those guys are all prospects, but probably not potential stars. Middlebrooks was there too, but only for a month.

      • bozosforall - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        Nice to see the blogger in charge recognize what an idiot joe is. Great post, Matt.

      • soxfan1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        Hey, regardless of whether the team was made up of veterans, quad-A’s or Little Leaguers it’s still a bright spot for downcast Red Sox fans. I was able to enjoy a game at McCoy this season, so this story was a good personal “pick-me-up” during an otherwise lost season.

        I always thought that farm teams served two purposes — to train your young up-and-coming players and to provide extra depth for your major league club. Pawtucket may not have had an abundance of younger up-and-coming players (most of the Sox better prospects seem to be at the A and AA level right now), but it does possibly demonstrate that the club was able to stock at least some decent roster depth; probably not a bad thing in light of the fact that more than half of the parent club was on the DL at some point during this season.

        Bozosforall, your comment was totally unnecessary, but on behalf of j0esixpack I wish to apologize for all the baseball fans that are not as intelligent and perceptive as you obviously would wish them to be.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        I don’t view it as a bright spot at all because of the makeup of the roster.

        If anything it highlights just how bad the Sox are at developing and mining talent at this point.

        If it were a team of hot shot prospects beating up on other teams farm clubs, that is great and fills me with optimism.

        When it’s a bunch of Danny Valencias and Jason Repkos and a slew of 30 year old never-will-bes all it does is make me pessimistic about the near future.

      • soxfan1966 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        The two teams they beat to get to the Governor’s Cup (The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Charlotte Knights) weren’t exactly filled with young stud talent, either. I guess it’s to each their own, but I would have felt a lot worse if a team of Quad-A’s and a slew of 30 year old never-wills COULDN’T beat these two teams to take the title. Again, maybe not a great omen for the immediate future, but at least some decent depth to fill in with.

        I am not exactly optimistic about the near future, but at least there appear to be better prospects a little further down the line in A and AA — that may bode well for things a couple of seasons from now.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        “The two teams they beat to get to the Governor’s Cup (The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the Charlotte Knights) weren’t exactly filled with young stud talent, either.”

        So…..whoooo cares?

        That’s the point. It’s a bunch of nobodies blocking the development of potentially good future stars.

        That is what has pissed me off the entire season. Marlon Byrd, Darnell McDonald, Brent Lillibridge….these are guys with NO FUTURE.

        Stop wasting time.

      • soxfan1966 - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        Man, Buckfutter, you ARE a real downer, aren’t you? You need to take a breather and learn to see the glass when it’s half-full.

        Yes, this was a AAA game. No, a lot of these guys may never see the major leagues. No, the Governor’s Cup isn’t a World Series trophy. However, this was still professional baseball, and it was probably pretty important to all those guys involved And I’m happy for them, and I’m happy that the winners were peripherally involved with the Red Sox organization. And what “potentially good future stars” are these guys blocking right now? Most of the Sox good talent is still a rung below this level and not quite ready to play here yet.

        I’d hate to be at a party where you are taking up space.

  2. bmorethansteel - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM


  3. tfbuckfutter - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    So that is why every single trade they made the entire season involved players that belonged in the minor leagues.

    Kind of devious though….stocking your AAA team with “major league” talent just so they could dominate.

    • bbil2012 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      I was not aware that dominating AAA could be so important to people like you and the Red Sox.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        I was not aware that very obvious sarcasm wasn’t very obvious.

  4. lpjr - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Let’s not forget the all important AAA National Championship game, in scenic Durham NC!

    Can’t decimate a team before that big event, can we?

    “Now that the PawSox season is over, one imagines a few players will be added to Boston’s roster for Friday’s game. Stewart, Lin and Danny Valencia would be obvious additions.”

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Congrats to the PawSox. Meanwhile, the Reno Aces (D-backs) play the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) for the PCL title and the right to play Pawtucket.

    Unfortunately, decimating minor league teams before their playoffs is not unusual. The MLB team calls up players from the AAA team, which calls up players from the AA team to fill out its playoff roster. And so on for any other affiliates who make the playoffs.

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