Today, on the last day of the Major League season, at least according to the schedule, we kick off “Hirings and Firings,” our new, occasional series on what teams should do with its roster this offseason. We begin with the Red Sox, who disappointed their rabid fanbase this season by (literally) limping to a distant […]

So I cruise on in to my local SBUX this morning for my grande bold, and happen to see a Boston Globe lying on one of the tables. I’m immediately arrested by the screaming headlines and massive above-the-fold image of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, circa 2003, both pointing skyward. Steroid Scandal Hits Home; Shaughnessy: […]

It sure seems like David Ortiz has broken whatever horrible curse had been placed upon him for all of April and May. On the last day of May, Ortiz’s fall into the depths of utter despair cratered out at a batting average of .185. Then the calendar turned to June, and since that time, Ortiz […]

David Ortiz finally hit a dinger. I don’t think words can quite do justice to the response in Fenway. But they say a picture’s worth a thousand words — so when that ball got out, this is approximately what happened in Boston:

David Ortiz is off to yet another terrible start this year.  He had a terrible first month last season too, when he batted .198 with a .300 OBP and 5 homers in April, and is off to an even worse start this year, with an April batting average of .230, an OBP of .290, and […]

It’s a gorgeous late-summer day (at least it is here in New England) and you, young sir (or miss) should be playing outside. But since you’re not, here’s a fresh roundup of links: Shaun Marcum has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, swapping roster spots with lefty John Parrish. I figured it was a chance for Toronto’s […]

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December 5, 2011

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