A candid Chris Sale explains why he doesn’t assume Crimson Sox tenure was a hit

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“I solely had one full wholesome season there. I used to be there for seven years.”

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, in Washington. Chris Sale's injury-filled career with the Boston Red Sox ended Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023 when the 34-year-old left-hander was traded the Atlanta Braves for infielder Vaughn Grissom.
Chris Sale’s tenure in Boston was marred by a number of accidents. (AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik, File)

Chris Sale made an immediate impression with the Crimson Sox after he was traded from the White Sox in a blockbuster deal in December 2016.

In his first season with Boston, he completed second within the AL Cy Younger Award voting and ninth in AL MVP voting, going 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a whopping 308 strikeouts in 214.1 innings of labor.

In 2018, he performed a key position in Boston’s run to a World Sequence title — posting a 2.11 ERA over 27 begins. He secured the Crimson Sox’ fourth title within the final twenty years by hanging out Manny Machado with a dirty slider.

However regardless of his spectacular begin to his tenure in Boston, Sale acknowledged on “Foul Territory” Monday that he doesn’t view his whole seven-season run with the Crimson Sox as an entire success.

A majority of Sale’s time with the Crimson Sox was marred by harm. After signing a five-year, $145 million extension with Boston, Sale solely logged 298.1 innings from 2019-23.

He missed your entire 2020 season attributable to Tommy John surgical procedure, whereas touchdown on the shelf a number of different occasions attributable to a myriad of freak accidents and different illnesses.

In simply his second begin of the 2022 season, Sale fractured his pinky finger after getting struck by a line drive by Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks. Boston anticipated Sale to return later that season, however he was dominated out for the remainder of the 12 months simply weeks later after fracturing his wrist throughout a bicycle accident.

“In my thoughts, no, it was not (a hit), due to a pair causes,” Sale stated Monday. “I solely had one full wholesome season there. I used to be there for seven years. I solely pitched tip-to-tip one time, in 2017, and that was really the most effective 12 months of my profession from like a stat standpoint. 2018 was most likely near, if not, the second-best 12 months of my profession. I missed a while, however had a terrific 12 months, and we did find yourself successful the World Sequence.

“I didn’t do something post-contract, which bothers me. If we might have received the World Sequence after I signed that contract, I’d have felt perhaps a bit of bit higher. However I obtained traded there, we received a World Sequence they usually clearly made an enormous dedication to me and rewarded me for having two good years and bringing a championship to that metropolis. ‘Hey, we’re going all in on you. We’ve accomplished our finish of the discount. Right here’s 5 years. Right here’s an enormous contract. Now you get to go preserve doing what you’re doing.’ As a result of they noticed these two earlier years and that’s what they thought that they had signed up for 5 extra years. And it wasn’t.

“One of the best years of my baseball profession had been in Boston, but additionally the worst years of my profession had been in Boston. And if these worst years weren’t, simply to be utterly sincere, so (expletive) costly… It’s a kick, it’s a intestine punch. It’s not a enjoyable factor that I’ll be capable of look again on and keep in mind about my life and my profession. However I realized so much from it. I’d wish to assume you’ll be able to take some good with dangerous and roll with the punches. It’s a blended bag, however general, I suppose briefly reply, if it was one phrase, I might say no.”

Sale was in the end traded by Boston to the Atlanta Braves on Dec. 30, with the 34-year-old lefty signing a two-year, $38 million extension with Atlanta final week.