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Yankees Offer Stadium For Possible A-Rod Apology Press Conference

By on February 16, 2015 at 7:38pm
Alex Rodriguez (Charles Cherney/AP Photo)

Like it or not, it looks like Alex Rodriguez is going to force his way back into baseball after receiving his controversial one-year suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

I’ll tell you one thing — I bet the Yankees aren’t too thrilled to have the 39-year-old back in uniform, and I’d put a wager in now if it was available for MLB betting on William Hill. I mean, New York made it clear they want to move on and paid Chase Headley $52 million over four years to man A-Rod’s old position of third base.

A-Rod, to his credit, sought to have a meeting with team officials this week to clear the air. Continue reading Yankees Offer Stadium For Possible A-Rod Apology Press Conference »

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Alejandro De Aza

Yesterday the Red Sox traded Alejandro De Aza to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league reliever Luis Ysla. According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Red Sox will still have to pay $650K of De Aza’s remaining salary as part of the deal. This is the second time De Aza has been traded this year, after Boston acquired him earlier in the season from the Baltimore Orioles.

At the time the Red Sox were still in contention but needed outfield help and De Aza filled that void. During his time in Boston De Aza performed above expectations; in 161 at bats he hit .292 with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 4 home runs, and 25 RBI. He also played great defense in the outfield. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Alejandro De Aza to San Francisco Giants »

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In a stunning move, NESN has fired longtime Red Sox play by play announcer Don Orsillo. Orsillo will stay on for the remainder of the season and will be replaced in 2016 by Dave O’Brien. Orsillo, who has been with NESN since 2001, has become a fixture in New England and has been there to call some of the greatest moments in Red Sox history such as Manny Ramirez’s 500th home run and the the 2004 World Series Ring ceremony held on opening day of 2005.

Despite the Red Sox being bottom-feeders over the past two seasons, Orsillo has been a mainstay and one of the most enjoyable parts of NESN broadcasts. Orsillo has also been brilliant when faced with challenges, namely the revolving door he has had in the booth over the past several years. Color commentator Jerry Remy has been with Orsillo nearly all of this season, but has missed significant time over the last few seasons due to illness and to personal issues. Despite this, Orsillo was always at the top of his game, making his work with 26 different partners while Remy was out dealing with his son’s arrest look effortless.

When asked about Orsillo’s departure, Remy was visibly dejected. “I love him,” Remy said.

Orsillo will be missed from Spring through Fall on TVs across New England. His professionalism and broadcasting talent have brought the game to life for fans and his ability to switch from comedy to announcing skill will be sorely missed. In what might be the greatest testament of all to Orsillo’s time in Boston, no one that has come in to contact with him could have a negative word to say. Orsillo was, and remains, the class of broadcasting. His replacement, Dave O’Brien, has been calling Red Sox games for WEEI and will be able to handle the work. But even though  O’Brien is a qualified broadcaster, this move is a sad one for Red Sox Nation.


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The Detroit Tigers recently let go of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski had been with the Tigers for nearly 14 seasons.

Dombrowski built the Tigers from the ground up. In his first full season in Detroit, the Tigers had an American League worst record of 119 losses. However, he did not let this be a detriment to his overall plan. Dombrowski was known for not being afraid to pull the trigger on a big time move. Some examples include trading for Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer. Continue reading Dave Dombrowski Should Be on Red Sox Radar »

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Fenway Faithful

Don’t look now but the Red Sox are only five games back of the AL East lead. Pretty soon all of the band-wagon Red Sox fans out there will start tuning in to the games again. We all know this season has been tough to watch at times, but it feels like the team has finally turned a corner.

Earlier in the season it seemed as though nothing could go right. The team just wasn’t clicking. On nights when the starting pitcher would throw well the offense would not score runs, and when the offense did come alive the pitchers would struggle to get outs. It was not a winning formula. Continue reading Keep the Faith 2015 – Red Sox Only 5 Games Out »

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Major League Baseball cancelled 60-65 million All-star game votes due to a high percentage of votes going to Kansas City Royals players. Can the MLB do this? Is it fair?

If voting were to close today eight Kansas City players would be part of the team. This is a classic case of technology beating the system.

Continue reading MLB Cancels 60 Million All-Star Game Votes »

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Eduardo Rodriguez (photo credit to BostonGlobe.com)

Despite getting swept in three games by the Minnesota Twins, the Boston Red Sox have at least something to look forward to on their plane ride from Minneapolis to Arlington, Texas: the pitching debut of Eduardo Rodriguez.

Manager John Farrell announced before Wednesday’s 6-4 loss that Rodriguez will be called up to get his first Major League start against the Texas Rangers Thursday evening.

The Red Sox will be throwing a six-man rotation for this turn, but this will likely be Rodriguez’s only start this go-around. Farrell said that this current stretch of 20 consecutive games played offers a good time to get a spot starter up, giving each pitcher in the rotation an extra day of rest. Continue reading Eduardo Rodriguez to Make Major League Debut for Red Sox in Texas »

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2015 MLB Expert Picks

April 7, 2015 at 7:58pm in Featured, MLB, Now!, Opinion, Red Sox
Jon Lester headlined a free agent class that saw more than a few big names change teams, with trades sure to come in time. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Baseball season is finally here, with a game in the books. Lots of offseason moves were made, especially with top pitchers, but just before the games got underway, San Diego acquired elite closer Craig Kimbrel and pricey outfielder Melvin Upton (formerly BJ, who rejoins his brother Justin) from Atlanta in a rare right-before-the-season deal.

All the moving made it a real possibility that last year’s playoff bracket could get shaken up quite a bit this year. Seattle and San Diego made plenty of acquisitions to bolster needs, and it’s making them trendy picks. Ditto for the Red Sox. As for the likes of Baltimore, Kansas City and San Francisco, who lost some key pieces, it’s tougher to see how the losses will affect them, especially with the teams around them in their divisions also having to be considered.

But that’s the fun of picking winners and losers as the season begins, and that’s why we’re here. Scoring is as before:

  • Correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing which team will finish #1 in each league is worth five points, then four points for #2, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with MLB’s best record is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will finish with MLB’s worst record, then second-worst, then third.

So check below for everyone’s picks, and be sure to come back at season’s end for the results. Continue reading 2015 MLB Expert Picks »

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