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American Jews & America’s Game: A Review

April 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball is so much more than the action on the field and in the box scores. Untold numbers of people have used the game to help shape who they are, and connect them with their ethnicities and national identities on whole new levels. Larry Ruttman’s American Jews & America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy […]

Bobby Valentine: Enemy of Progress

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Boston Red Sox started off this season in miserable fashion, dropping 5 of their first 6 games, displaying atrocious pitching, and losing MVP candidate Jacoby Ellsbury to injury. Things didn’t look good heading into last weekend, but the team somehow rallied and put together an impressive 3 game winning streak against the formidable Tampa […]

Ben Cherington Needs To Pick It Up

December 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

It has barely been two months since Ben Cherington took over as Red Sox GM, but to date his work has been extremely underwhelming. This impression has been in place ever since the prolonged and possibly botched managerial search, which ultimately netted Bobby Valentine. Although Cherington and the team professed that Bobby V. was their […]

Un Mago En La Ciudad De Los Vientos (A Wizard In The City Of Winds)

November 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Entre las mil y una condiciones que se han logrado como beneficios laborales regulados para los que trabajan para MLB, esta una de gran valor aunque polémica: para elegir un manager de un club, es necesario entrevistar a por lo menos un representante de todos los departamentos de coaches que trabajan para un team. Sin […]

Can Dan Duquette Save the Baltimore Orioles?

November 6, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Media reports indicate that the Baltimore Orioles are on the verge of naming Dan Duquette as their new general manager. This may prove to be one of the better decisions that embattled team owner Peter Angelos has made in some time. The Orioles have been amongst the laughing stock of baseball for the majority of […]

Clearing The Bases

October 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2011 World Series has certainly been memorable.  Whether it’s Albert Pujols hitting three HRs in a single game or phone gate when Tony LaRussa couldn’t get Jason Motte warmed up in the bullpen during Game 5, not like we’re going to forget this series anytime soon.  Let’s see what else is going on throughout […]

Fair Or Not, Terry Francona’s Departure From Boston Is Imminent And Necessary

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

According to published reports, the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona will agree to part company this morning after an eight-year marriage that brought the franchise a pair of World Series championships – its first titles since 1918. Tito won’t be fired… his contract expired on Wednesday night and it has been agreed by both […]

2011 Pre-Season Preview: AL East – Baltimore Orioles

March 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Orioles RF Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles (2010 record: 66-96) Two words: Buck Showalter. His hiring has meant instant credibility for a moribund franchise. He brought energy, intensity, knowledge and savvy to the baseball diamond and the clubhouse… and he directed the team to a 34-23 finish after his arrival in Charm City – the second-best […]

Gonzalez’ Agent Encouraged After Negotiation Session With Red Sox

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

John Boggs, the agent for Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez, arrived in Fort Myers yesterday afternoon. He didn’t waste any time getting down to business, as he met earlier today with Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington to discuss a contract extension for A-Gon. After the meeting, he said he would be “extremely surprised” if the […]

Is Marco Scutaro Clearly The Starting Shortstop For The Red Sox In 2011?

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro There was an excellent article about Marco Scutaro in today’s Boston Globe. Columnist Nick Cafardo crafted an insightful story in which he detailed the shortstop’s health issues last season, providing a considerable amount of behind-the-scenes information that fans had not previously known. But does that mean Scutaro should be the […]

Spring Training Wrap-up, 2/18/11… Crawford: “I figure as each and every day goes on, I’m going to get more comfortable.”

February 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

OF Carl Crawford met the media today in Fort Myers Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford spoke with the media today at the Red Sox complex in Fort Myers. He was glib and very animated. He laughed a lot, especially when asked if his stolen base totals would go down because he wouldn’t be playing […]

Beltre Signs With The Rangers… And The Red Sox Keep Getting Richer

January 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I posted this article about Adrian Beltre’s new contract with Texas on my website a few days ago… I am re-publishing a portion of that article here today: As the 2010 season unfolded, the Red Sox front office declared it was interested in re-signing soon-to-be-free-agents Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez. And as the off-season began GM […]

Winter Recess

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone.” – Christina Rossetti Doubleday Field, Cooperstown The winter meetings have come and gone. Theo Epstein (currently known in New England as Santa Claus) and the Boston Red Sox have succeeded brilliantly in signing both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl […]

Maple Street Press Belts One Onto Lansdowne Street

March 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

My buddy Matt Aber wondered aloud in his recent review of Maple Street Press’ Phillies 2010 Annual if these are the franchise’s “Golden Days,” which made me wonder if these aren’t also the Red Sox’ “Golden Days.”  Perhaps, although it’s going to be tough to top the 16-year stretch from 1903-1918 in which they won […]