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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.

Published in Sports
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
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