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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:58

The Sports Edge - Trading places

By the time you read this, the major league baseball trading deadline will have come and gone, the 'experts' will have weighed in on the winners and losers, and the Red Sox will likely find new ways to disappoint fans down the stretch. New Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski has been proactive both in the offseason and in advance of the deadline but while he may have made some good deals, Double-D has a way to go to join the ranks of truly memorable trades that I've assembled in my unscientific list of the greatest moves in the history of the game.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:55

Some very big deals

Trade deadline thoughts

Things certainly heated up in a big way at the Major League Baseball trading deadline.

In one of the most active periods perhaps THE most active - in the history of the deadline, a whole lot of teams made some major changes to their squads; some were aiming for a championship today, while others were looking down the road and building for tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:50

Red Sox Report Card - July 2016

And the rollercoaster ride continues.

The Red Sox have had an OK July in terms of their record; they remain solidly in the playoff hunt despite the unexpected competitiveness at the top of the AL East. They've won more than they've lost for the month, though they certainly missed opportunities to have a much better stretch.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:37

Griffey, Piazza inducted into Hall of Fame

Two more greats to grace the gallery at Cooperstown

It would seem that the voters for baseball's Hall of Fame have finally eased up the tight-fisted take on enshrinement that had hobbled the process for so long, with two more inductees made the grade this year. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will see their plaques go on the wall in Cooperstown this summer. That makes nine that have been elected in the past three years.

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Looking at the awards races at the midseason mark

With the All-Star Game behind us, we have passed the unofficial halfway mark of the MLB season (Yes, it's technically more than halfway, but we're close enough).

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New book an informative, entertaining introduction to sabermetrics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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