It all ends for Boston’s Lost Boys of Summer. Starting Friday, the Red Sox play the final three games of their season in the cellar at Fenway Park, against the New York Yankees. The Hub will bid retiring Derek Jeter au revoir forever and baseball adieu until next April, when the World Series champion Washington Nationals come to town for the Sox’ home opener.

With a bite of autumn crispness in the air and the Red Sox concluding a disappointing season, summer has turned its back and turned up its collar. So, let’s send off the 2014 regular season with a few random baseball thoughts:

Maybe the landmark $263 million salary dump deal the Red Sox made in August 2012 with the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t such a clear-cut win for the Sox after all. Saddled with the salaries of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett, the Dodgers clinched their second straight National League West title on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Gonzalez leads the major leagues in runs batted in. Crawford missed a month and a half with a sprained left ankle, but has hit .317 with an .812 OPS since returning July 11, bringing his season totals to .295 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs. He has 23 steals, his most since 2010. Beckett’s contract comes off the books after this season. He is out for the year with a torn labrum in his hip and mulling retirement. But the cantankerous Texan threw a no-hitter this season and was 6-6 with a 2.88 earned run average in 20 starts.

If Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and the other members of Major League Baseball’s pace of game committee want to speed up the proceedings they should clone Clayton Kershaw. I attended an Aug. 21 Kershaw start …read more