These past couple weeks we have analyzing and ranking the AL East position by position. In most posts, including last week’s which focused on third base, our rankings have been fairly similar. This week however, the shortstop rankings are wide open with no two lists looking the same. Who got it right or is the correct order something else entirely? Let us know at the end!
1. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles: He doesn’t hit for average (.260 career average) and he doesn’t get on base all that much (.312 career OBP). Why then is he ranked first overall? Well when he makes contact he hits it hard, shown by his average of over 25 home runs and 28 doubles in the past three years. Along with his power, Hardy has won two Gold Gloves in the past two years. He is by no means a perfect player, but he contributes every way he can. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Shortstop »
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Tom Werner announced Thursday that Jenny Dell would part ways with NESN. It was her decision to step down from her job. This announcement comes in the wake of NESN’s decision to move her off the field during Red Sox games. All of this happened because of a January 1st tweet, which revealed that Dell and third baseman Will Middlebrooks were in a relationship.
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Boston College handed #1 Syracuse its first defeat of the 2013-14 season, a 62-59 overtime stunner at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. The win ended a five-game losing streak for a BC team that has only won two games in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, both against Virginia Tech. It was an emotional victory for the Eagles, who were wearing “DK” patches on their jerseys in honor of longtime sports information director Dick Kelley, who passed away on February 13 after a battle with ALS.
The unlikeliness of BC’s upset is best reflected in the folowing stat: its 19 losses are the most ever by a team to beat the top-ranked team in the AP standings. The Orange had won their first 25 games by an average of 11.8 points, but had beaten their last two rivals, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State, by a total of just three points. In these teams’ first meeting, Syracuse prevailed 69-59 at the Conte Forum on January 13.
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Tags: ACC, Boston College, C.J. Fair, Dick Kelley, NCAA Basketball, Olivier Hanlan, Syracuse, Tyler Ennis