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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:40

Umpire fails

Blunders by MLB's on-field officials

Baseball probably has more purists than any other American professional sport. The game is deeply connected with its own history; that sort of historical connection inevitably leads to staunch resistance to the idea of change.

But the hands of the game's powers that be may just have been forced.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:29

Red Sox Report Card April

We're a month into the 2013 Major League Baseball season and things are looking awfully good so far for the Boston Red Sox. They're sitting at the top of the division and performing well in just about every aspect of the game. 

While they've had to deal with some injuries, the general esprit de corps of this team has made them a pleasure to watch a far cry from the frankly unlikeable squads Boston has sported over the past couple of seasons. Regardless, it's nice to have baseball back.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:55

An explosion of extensions in MLB

Teams signing players to lengthy, high-dollar deals

Back at the turn of the 21st century, the world of baseball economics experienced a complete overhaul. The massive multiyear contracts of players like Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million) and Manny Ramirez (eight years, $160 million) introduced the sports landscape to the concept of the $20 million-a-year player.

However, while those contracts were (mostly) successful in their way, there were also a number of lesser players who received deals that far outweighed their actual value. Forgettable pitchers such as Darren Dreifort and Chan Ho Park got multi-year deals and huge paydays. The failure of those deals helped to stabilize the market.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:30

Play ball! A 2013 MLB preview

It's that time of year once again. The snow is melting and the grass is showing through. That whiff of spring is in the air.

Time for baseball.

The start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner and there's plenty of intrigue out there. Some teams went all-out in attempts to get over the hump (Blue Jays, Dodgers). We even saw a team switch leagues for the first time since realignment (Astros). And we saw the San Francisco Giants win their second title in three years. Last year, we saw the first Triple Crown winner in over 40 years with Miguel Cabrera and perhaps the greatest rookie season of all time with Mike Trout. How will they follow history?

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:46

Respect to a retiring rival

2013 season will be Rivera's last

As Red Sox fans, many of us carry with us an antipathy toward the New York Yankees. The until-recently wildly one-sided Boston/New York rivalry has inspired some of the strongest, most passionate feelings in all of sports fandom. And there are plenty of players on each team that incur the wrath of fans on an individual basis.

But there are also players on either side that transcend the more base aspects of the rivalry. These are the players whose excellence both in talent and attitude earn the respect of the opposing fan base. All-time greatness is difficult to hate.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:35

It's never too early to talk Red Sox Baseball

WZON hosts its 10th Annual Baseball Hot Stove Night

BANGOR - The Boston Red Sox don't start spring training for a few more weeks, but fans came out to the Bangor Civic Center Monday Night ready to talk about how the team will fare in the upcoming season.

Six hundred baseball fans came out for the 10th Annual WZON Baseball Hot Stove Night. This was a night where fans were treated to the presence of Red Sox radio personalities Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien. During this two hour event, fans were given the opportunity to ask questions to Castiglione and O'Brien regarding the Boston Red Sox.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:39

The passing of a great Stan Musial

Cardinals legend dies at age 92

Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial passed away last week at the age of 92. He is one of the all-time greats, among the historic leaders in almost every statistical category. He won three National League MVP Awards and was elected to 24 All-Star teams, all with the St. Louis Cardinals over the course of a career that spanned over two decades from 1941 to 1963.

And he might be the most underrated great player in Major League Baseball history.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:40

Boston's burning hot stove

A look at some Red Sox signings

After an abysmal 2012 season that saw the Boston Red Sox finish with 93 losses their worst season in 40 years and engage in perhaps the biggest salary dump trade in the game's history, the team finds itself in a rebuilding phase.

They have made some free agent signings aimed at altering the franchise's trajectory and halting the downward spiral they've been in for the past couple of years. Here's one fan's take on those big signings as well as one former franchise fixture's return to the division on the other side of its most heated rivalry.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:37

Baseball's big offseason moves

MLB's biggest free agent signings and trades

Major League Baseball's offseason is often filled with intrigue and surprises as assorted free agents sign with new teams and blockbuster trades are made. The winter of 2012 has been no different thus far as some of the game's big names and elite talents will be doing their thing from new zip codes come April.

This year's two biggest free agents were an interesting pair; two immense talents who have each dealt with their fair share of adversity both on and off the field.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:24

We Got To Play Baseball' a solid hit

Collection offers 60 stories from behind baseball's scenes

Of all the major American professional sports, perhaps none carries as much reverence and respect for its own history as baseball. It is a game built generationally, each era constructed on the foundation of the one that came before it.

It is also a game that comes to life not just through its numbers, but through its stories. That's what makes a book like 'We Got To Play Baseball' (Strategic Book Publishing, $15.95) such an engaging read.

Published in Buzz
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