Category Archives: Red Sox

2016 MVP Ballots

Unless your team wins the World Series, there are few days on the calendar sadder than the day the last out settles into a player’s glove and baseball slips into hibernation.  Among the few reprieves from the long, dark winter … Continue reading

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Forecasting October with Playoff Runs

If you’ve paid any attention to baseball over the past decade or so, you know that playoff results are governed by something other than logic. There is no formula that can identify a great playoff team. October baseball is driven … Continue reading

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The Gift of Papi and other Red Sox Tales

Here’s one I wrote for The Forecaster a few weeks ago.  At the bottom of the page, you can follow links to the rest of my work for the paper this summer. __________________________________________________ Think about the best Christmas present you’ve … Continue reading

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Let’s Pick Some All-Stars

If you’ve been around these parts before, you know I’m not a fan of picking all-stars based on a 50-game sample at the beginning of a season, and that I don’t like giving lifetime-achievement awards to aging players in July either.  … Continue reading

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2015 Baseball Preview

Opening Day is less than two weeks away, which means we shouldn’t expect more than two or three pitchers to tear elbow ligaments before the season starts. That kind of confidence makes a season preview less of a fool’s errand … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Great AL Shortstop?

It looks like the Golden Era for shortstops is over. From 1984 to 1996, there was little debate about who should start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the American League.  Cal Ripken, Jr. was always healthy, always playing, and … Continue reading

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2014 Walter Johnson Awards

The awards for best pitcher, at least in the American League, are worth far more ink than I’m about to spill on them. Alas… NL Walter Johnson Award 1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers You were expecting Dan Haren? Kershaw hasn’t quite … Continue reading

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