Baseball

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Alex Reimer
February 21, 2019 - 12:03 pm
Baseball’s glacial free agent market serves as a perfect symbol for the biggest problem that ails America’s former pastime: nothing happens, and when something actually does happen, it takes forever. In a sport where the ball isn’t even put into play 31-percent of the time, roughly two dozen...
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John Tomase
February 21, 2019 - 8:40 am
Here's a tale as old as No, No, Nanette: you can't pay everyone. Even baseball's highest payroll isn't limitless, and Red Sox owner John Henry made it clear on Monday that he won't run the Red Sox as a loss leader. "We have free agency in baseball," Henry said. "We have a lot of young players who...
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Alex Reimer
February 20, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Get ready for more Dennis Eckersley in the NESN broadcast booth this Red Sox season. The animated analyst tweeted Wednesday he's signed a five-year extension with the regional sports network that will put him in the booth for 85 games. It's time to party. Earlier Wednesday, NESN announced its booth...
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John Tomase
February 20, 2019 - 9:16 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Eduardo Rodriguez was being circumspect. At his introductory press conference of the spring, Red Sox ace Chris Sale mentioned that Rodriguez was working on a new pitch that had everyone excited. Fellow starter Rick Porcello seemed involved on a back field. Pitching coach Dana...
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Manny Machado
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Scott McLaughlin
February 19, 2019 - 1:03 pm
Finally, one of baseball's two big-name free agents has a new home. According to multiple reports , Manny Machado has agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. The deal, which is the largest for a free agent in the history of American sports, reportedly has an opt-out the 26...
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Alex Reimer
February 19, 2019 - 10:33 am
Red Sox pitchers can say they love their fans, but their opposition to the pitch clock shows their words are nothing more than lip service. It is selfish behavior to expect people to wait 25.2 seconds between pitches, which is the average time it took Red Sox pitchers to throw the ball last season...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 8:11 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before Jackie Bradley Jr. left the premises to spend the rest of Monday with his wife and young daughter he took one second to sum up spring training's first full workout. "Today," he told WEEI.com, "was a good day." The impetus for Bradley Jr.'s optimism stemmed from the...
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Dale & Keefe
February 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Hour 3: Dale and Keefe are in studio after the NBA All Star Game and tackle some Red Sox spring training storylines, including a possible Chris Sale extension. Dale would sign Sale to a long-term deal right now, Keefe would not based on his injury history. Plus, should Rob Manfred just unilaterally...
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