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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:54

Red Sox Report Card – August 2017

It seems like just yesterday that spring had just sprung and we were seeing the first pitches thrown on Opening Day of the 2017 MLB season. And now, just like that, the leaves are turning and we’re in the home stretch. Just one more month before the postseason starts.

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We’re well into August and the MLB season is about to make that final push through season’s end and on into October.

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:38

Red Sox Report Card – July 2017

And now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty.

The 2017 MLB season is four months gone. The standings are shaking out and the Red Sox look poised to do battle with the Yankees over the next 55 games for the honor of taking home the American League East division crown.

July wasn’t a great month for the Red Sox – they wound up shy of the .500 mark and bid farewell to their division lead. The bats have continued to struggle even as the pitching has flourished, leaving fans to once again wonder whether this team will ever be firing on all cylinders.

As we move into the dog days of August, we have to wonder if Boston will be able to put all the pieces together and start performing like their talent level says they should. If they do, they’ll lock down the division. If they don’t, it’s going to be a very tense two months.

On to the Report Card.

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:25

Three new Hall of Famers land in Cooperstown

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez headliners of Class of 2017

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:22

Adrian Beltre joins 3,000 hit club

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre became the 31st player in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 hits for his career. The milestone hit – a double – came on July 30 against Baltimore Orioles starter Wade Miley in the fourth inning.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:55

A Cooperstown conversation with Jay Jaffe

What makes someone a baseball Hall of Famer?

Finding a useful answer to that question is trickier than you might think. That hasn’t stopped author Jay Jaffe from trying to find a way – to create one, really; his new book “The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s In the Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques” (Thomas Dunne, $25.99) is a meticulously-researched and engagingly-written work that not only celebrates the greats in the Hall, but also points out a few of the greats still stuck outside the gates and a number of mediocre players who snuck in through luck and/or cronyism.

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The inroads that statistical analysis has made into baseball coverage over the past decade or so are pretty remarkable. Advanced metrics have become a much larger part of understanding the game.

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By the time you read this, the official halfway point of the Major League Baseball season will have passed; the unofficial halfway point – the All-Star Game – just a few days away.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 09:51

Red Sox Report Card – June 2017

With the end of June, we’ve basically reached the de facto halfway point of the MLB season. Sure, the All-Star break is generally considered “midseason,” but in terms of a true midpoint, the end of June is it – three months down, three to go.

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The Major League Baseball draft is vastly different from those of the other major sports leagues. In the NFL and the NBA and to a slightly lesser extent the NHL, draft picks are expected to join their new teams and start performing more or less immediately.

Not so with MLB.

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