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Rob Bradford
September 25, 2019 - 10:30 pm
The foundation for how Mookie Betts is approaching his future started long before anyone could predict superstardom or contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It began on a youth football field in Tennessee. "I had started playing football and it was the first day I ever put on pads and I...
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Rob Bradford
September 25, 2019 - 7:56 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scratch one (significant) name off the list. Speaking to reporters in Pittsburgh, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein addressed the rumors that he might be a candidate for the position with the Red Sox vacated by Dave Dombrowski. "There’s nothing to that story,"...
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Rob Bradford
September 25, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Dave Dombrowski was let go by the Red Sox on Sept. 9. Since then the Red Sox baseball operations have been run by the group consisting of Eddie Romero, Brian O'Halloran, Zack Scott and Raquel Ferreira. During these few weeks, the Sox' ownership has been formulating a plan for what the decision-...
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Rob Bradford
September 25, 2019 - 10:13 am
(The following is an excerpt from the latest "The Sunday Baseball Column" which ran on Sept. 21.) Bobby Dalbec had already made his presence felt with the Red Sox' big league coaching staff. That's why he survived until the very last cuts of spring training. But even after 1 1/2 months in Fort...
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Rob Bradford
September 25, 2019 - 1:24 am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- In many respects, this one had all the makings of that sort of meaningless Game No. 157 that suggests everyone is counting the minutes toward Sunday's final pitch. Two teams with no hopes of playing beyond September, trudging through a 90-degree Texas night while avoiding pulled...
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Rob Bradford
September 24, 2019 - 5:34 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dave Dombrowski drafted Rick Porcello and then traded the pitcher. When given the chance to entertain a contract extension for the pitcher -- at what Porcello identified as a discounted rate -- the former Red Sox president of baseball operations decided to prioritize other...
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Rob Bradford
September 24, 2019 - 1:12 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The beauty of baseball is often times the opportunity to show up on the most hum-drum of days and find yourself with something you've never seen before. For instance, watching Mookie Betts throw a baseball 305 feet through the air to third base in the sixth inning of the Red...
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Rob Bradford
September 23, 2019 - 10:25 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In case you needed a reminder of Mookie Betts' skill, the outfielder offered a pretty strong reminder in the sixth inning Monday night. Betts made what was undeniably the throw of the Red Sox season, throwing out Tampa Bay's Avisail Garcia trying to stretch his no-out liner...
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Rob Bradford
September 23, 2019 - 8:47 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox have their reasons to activate Heath Hembree with just one week left in the regular season, and so does the pitcher himself. For the Red Sox, they want to get another look at the reliever, who had been on the injured list with right lateral elbow inflammation...
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Rob Bradford
September 23, 2019 - 11:24 am
(The following is an excerpt from the latest "The Sunday Baseball Column" which ran on Sept. 21.) Xander Bogaerts has a good chance at landing in the Top 10 in MVP balloting, which would be a first for the shortstop. It is a new existence that has him rethinking 2020. "Coming into this year for...
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