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Rob Bradford
June 12, 2018 - 10:06 pm
BALTIMORE -- Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic properties of...
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USA Today Sports
Rob Bradford
June 08, 2018 - 8:26 am
One reaction to the news that Julian Edelman had been popped for performance-enhancing drugs was telling. "He now has four more games to get his knee in better condition." This wasn't the across-the-board response to Thursday's news, but it was out there. And it was accepted. That shouldn't have...
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USA Today Sports
Rob Bradford
June 01, 2018 - 10:47 pm
HOUSTON -- When Frank Thomas opened the door to a conversation regarding how J.D. Martinez ranked compared to the world of big league hitters a few weeks ago, the Red Sox slugger jumped right in. "To me, baseball has their guys and they're going to advertise them," Martinez said. "If you're not one...
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USA Today Sports
Rob Bradford
May 18, 2018 - 10:22 am
There has been so, so much chest-beating about this whole evolution of hitting. And for good reason. Around here it has been a revelation, with J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few, who have already hit the ceiling on preseason expectations. Launch angle. Hunting pitches...
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WEEI
Alex Reimer
May 14, 2018 - 3:47 pm
Howard Bryant’s latest long-winded essay about racial division in professional sports contains remarks from an anonymous “high-ranking Red Sox official” about his desire for the team to stop playing "God Bless America" at Fenway Park. “Recently a high-ranking Red Sox official told me — nearly 17...
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Alex Reimer
May 14, 2018 - 3:02 pm
Professional sports leagues issued statements today in support of the Supreme Court's decision to allow states to legalize sports gambling. NBA commissioner Adam Silver came out in favor of legalization in 2014, making the argument in a New York Times op-ed . He reaffirmed his opinion in the league...
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Alex Reimer
May 02, 2018 - 2:06 pm
Striking out is no longer anything to be ashamed of in baseball. In fact, it’s now just an act of fitting in. For the first time ever, there were more strikeouts than hits last month in Major League Baseball, per the Elias Sports Bureau . Almost one-third of plate appearances this season have ended...
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USA Today Sports
Alex Reimer
March 22, 2018 - 2:04 pm
By the end of the week, U.S. law will likely allow Major League Baseball to pay its minor leaguers an unlivable wage. The new $1.3 trillion spending bill that passed Congress Thursday contains a provision that exempts minor-league baseball players from labor standards, per the New York Times . MLB...
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Lucy Burdge
March 20, 2018 - 6:58 am
Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire . TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Oklahoma City at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA: Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) NHL: Philadelphia at Detroit, 7:30 p...
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USA Today Sports
Rob Bradford
February 06, 2018 - 2:50 pm
J.D. Martinez isn't alone, and the Major League Baseball Players Association has taken notice. That much is abundantly clear with MLBPA boss Tony Clark issuing a sternly-worded statement, proclaiming that MLB teams are "engaged in a race to the bottom," with an unprecedented amount of free agents...
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