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The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr.

By on August 20, 2014 at 8:32pm
Jackie Bradley Jr. (Photo Credit: http://www.cbslocal.boston.com)

Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. When asked by reporters about the move, he said he was “disappointed” in himself. The truth is the Red Sox should be disappointed in themselves for not handling this player better.

The mishandling of Bradley began last season when the Red Sox had him play in the first games against New York in April 2013.

Over a year ago, it all seemed to make sense. Bradley had a phenomenal 2013 Spring Training season, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Through the middle of March 2013, he was hitting .436/.551/.564 in 39 plate appearances. He was the talk of the town all month long.  All of the newspapers, radio and television broadcasters asked, ‘should the Red Sox wait and let him play in Pawtucket to ensure his maturity once he arrived at Fenway Park?’ or ‘should they bring him to the opening series in New York?’ When the first days of April arrived, Bradley was in a Red Sox uniform playing centerfield in the Bronx. Continue reading The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr. »

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Kenbrell Thompkins scored on a beautiful backs-houlder throw from Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the first two pre-season games in the books this Patriots team is beginning to fold into shape.

Offense

Save a pick-six that was intended for tackle turned tight-end Steve Maneri, the first string offense looked very impressive.

The highlight of the night was Tom Brady’s back-shoulder touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. The back-shoulder throw has emerged as an almost unstoppable weapon in the NFL the past few years (nobody uses it more than Aaron Rodgers), but Brady rarely utilizes it. Thompkins started the game at receiver alongside Edelman and Amendola, and it’ll very interesting to see how he is used in Week 1. Continue reading Monday Afternoon Rewind: Patriots vs Eagles »

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Rajon Rondo (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics will officially lose out on the services of superstar power forward Kevin Love on August 23. Once the calendar turns to that date, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to send the first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, Andrew Wiggins, along with a few other assets to Minnesota in exchange for Love. Before Cleveland signed LeBron James, it appeared the Celtics were one of the few teams that had a chance to acquire Love, but the Cavs had plans of their own to sign the big man once James decided to head back home to Ohio.

The Celts were very vocal about the potential of a big offseason this year, but as of now their biggest moves have been re-signing Avery Bradley and acquiring free agent Evan Turner. The question the C’s now face is what to do moving forward, after co-owner Wyc Grousbeck admitted that his team missed out on the “fireworks” they had been hoping for. Continue reading Celtics Should Continue Patient Approach to Rebuilding Process »

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This will be the view from the broadcast booth tonight on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball between the Red Sox and Yankees. (ESPN)

Even after the team shipped out a fifth of the 25-man roster, including its two best starting pitchers in Jon Lester and John Lackey, the Red Sox just keep coming up with reasons for fans to tune in after the trade deadline.

First, it was the potential awkwardness of Stephen Drew and Chris Capuano switching dugouts to play against their former team as members of the Yankees. Then there was the debut of Yoenis Cespedes in a Red Sox uniform yesterday, playing left field (as it turned out) and batting cleanup.

Today’s reason for watching (since it’s certainly not winning)? ESPN will be broadcasting from the Green Monster for Sunday Night Baseball between the Red Sox and Yankees tonight at 8 p.m.

Continue reading ESPN Broadcasting Red Sox-Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball from Green Monster »

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Patriots defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Chandler Jones. (AP Photo)

2013 was an injury riddled season for the Patriots defensive line. Starting tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly had their seasons end in the first five weeks, and the injuries highlighted a tremendous lack of depth on the defensive front.

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The Pats were forced to insert inexperienced players into both tackle spots as a result of these injuries. Joe Vellano and Chris Jones held their own, despite struggling against the run. Late in the season we saw Sealver Siliga (I still don’t know why his name is pronounced sel-ING-ga) inserted into the starting lineup and provide a boost. The experience these three earned last season will be very valuable as they return to reserve roles behind Wilfork and Kelly. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Defensive Line Preview: Jones, Ninkovich, Wilfork, Kelly, Easley »

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Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut playing right field and batting clean up behind David Ortiz against the Yankees today. (Boston Herald)

After arriving late to yesterday’s game against the New York Yankees, newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes will make his debut for the Boston Red Sox today. He is in right field batting cleanup behind David Ortiz.

Cespedes, of course, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline for Jon Lester, who will coincidentally be making his pitching debut for the A’s simultaneously on the West Coast.

Time to find out what sort of damage the right-handed slugger from Cuba can do with the Green Monster looming just 310 feet away in left field.

Continue reading Cespedes in RF, Batting Cleanup for Red Sox Debut at Fenway »

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Chris Capuano will get the start at Fenway, along with Stephen Drew, but both will be wearing Yankee pinstripes. (NY Daily News)

In April, Chris Capuano looked like he would be a key part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen, a vaunted lefty reliever who had given up zero runs in 11 appearances.

Two months later, the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew, solidifying the left side of the infield to make a push for the playoffs.

Today, both will take the field at Fenway Park…only they won’t be wearing Red Sox uniforms. Instead, they’ll be coming out of the visitor’s dugout as members of the New York Yankees.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Red Sox!

Continue reading Awkward Turtle: Former Red Sox Capuano and Drew to Take Field at Fenway…as Yankees »

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