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The end of another long Major League Baseball season is upon us. At the time this piece is going to press, a handful of games remain, but as far as making predictions for MLB awards, the season is effectively over.

A number of players have had spectacular seasons in 2017. In a year where both home runs and strikeouts have come at an unprecedented pace, we’ve seen some incredible individual performances.

Again, it’s possible that a truly monstrous final week – in either the good or bad sense – could alter the trajectory of one or more of these players. However, the likelihood of that is slim. The reality is that what we see is almost certainly what we get at this point.

And so, my final predictions for MLB’s 2017 award winners.

Published in Sports
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.

Published in Sports
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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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.

Published in Sports
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.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:09

Red Sox Report Card – May 2017

And just like that, another month of the MLB season is gone.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:05

Albert Pujols joins 600 home run club

Angels slugger becomes ninth ever to reach milestone

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