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Tradition is a hell of a thing. It's hard to overstate just how difficult it can be to overcome the inertia of 'this is how we've always done it.'

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:40

Red Sox Report Card - June 2016

What goes up must come down.

That's the unfortunate reality faced by the Boston Red Sox, whose white-hot month of May essentially ensured that June was going to be a letdown to some degree. The team just couldn't be expected to maintain that level of production for a full season.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:37

The Sports Edge - A Baseball Future

Baseball: 2056

As we get ready for the 2056 Intercontinental All-Star Game, it seems appropriate to look back to see just how far we've come in transforming the once-moribund game of baseball into the wildly popular global pastime of today.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:13

Rolling the MLB draft dice

Taking a look at Boston's 2016 selections

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.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:19

Red Sox Report Card May 2016

You probably don't need me to tell you that May was a very good month for the Boston Red Sox.

The team has put up the best record in the American League for the month, along with some of the most impressive offensive numbers we've seen in quite some time. Apparently, April showers bring May power.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:03

Clubhouse leaders MLB Awards Edition

Picking some award winners at the quarter-season mark

Major League Baseball has the longest season of any of the major professional sports leagues, with 162 games to be played before reaching the October postseason. That many games leaves room for a lot of changes to happen over the season's six-month course.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 12:54

Play ball! (03-23-2016)

Previewing the 2016 MLB season

Once again, spring has sprung. Regardless of what the weather outside brings, there's no escaping the fact that we're just days away from the beginnings of another baseball season. The crack of the bat and the smack of the mitt will soon surround us.

There's a lot to look forward to in 2016. We get to see the Kansas City Royals as defending champions for the first time in 30 years. We get to watch as generational talents such as Mike Trout and Bryce Harper redefine what a young player can do; we also bear witness to a season-long good-bye from Red Sox all-timer David Ortiz. Exciting young teams like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros will show us the future of the sport.

Published in Cover Story
Thursday, 01 August 2013 12:05

Red Sox Report Card July

We're about to enter the dog days of the MLB season. While the Red Sox have sat at the top of the American League East division for much of the season, their performance in July has brought them back to the pack; the Tampa Bay Rays are neck-and-neck with Boston thanks to a scorching-hot month of baseball, while the Baltimore Orioles lurk not far behind. And of course, only a fool counts out the Yankees especially with two months left in the season.

Still, the Red Sox are playing solid baseball. Considering the quality of the division in which they play, they're performing reasonably well a couple of games over .500 for July is nothing to sneeze at. You'd like to see them put some distance between themselves and the rest of the AL East, but that seems unlikely to happen. Expect even more of a battle in the month of August.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:59

Red Sox Report Card June

We've reached the halfway point of the 2013 major league baseball season and the Boston Red Sox are looking as strong as ever. The month of June was particularly good for the BoSox; they went 17-11 and have retained their position atop the division with the best record in the American League.

There has been a bit of adversity injuries and ineffectiveness have popped up here and there but for the most part, this Red Sox team appears to be firing on all cylinders going into the second half of the long MLB season. While the pitching has been touch and go, the bats have been red-hot and show no signs of slowing down. We should be in for a stretch run that will be a pleasure to watch.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:14

Red Sox Report Card May

The month of May is in the books for the Boston Red Sox. While they didn't have quite the success that they did in the season's first month, a 15-15 record certainly isn't terrible. They've fallen back to the pack a little bit in terms of production, but at the end of the day, it's your place in the standings that counts.

And as of June 1, Boston's place is first.

It hasn't been ideal there have certainly been bumps in the road along the way but the fact remains that this is a team that is fun to watch. Here's hoping for four more months of the same.

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