Quote of the day: Moe Szyslak on managing

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“The only thing I know about strategy is that whatever the manager does,
it’s wrong. Unless it works in which case he’s a button pusher.”

Moe Szyslak, bartender on the Simpsons, pretty much nailing every fan’s relationship with their team’s manager.

That came from last night’s baseball-themed episode of the “Simpsons” which, in case you missed it, Joe Posnanski recaps on painstaking detail here.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.