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Former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr is still breaking baseball records 64 years after he retired from the game. Thursday, Doerr, at 97 years and 72 days old became the oldest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The last man to achieve this distinction was former catcher, Al Lopez, who died in 2005. He was 97 years and 71 days old. He played for and managed professional baseball teams in Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, ending his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1947.

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Maybe we shouldn't rely on Sandoval's glove work

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was benched for Thursday night’s game versus the Atlanta Braves after Red Sox management discovered he was liking images on Instagram during Wednesday’s game.

Travis Shaw started at third base.

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Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Flynn, and Tom Brady at OTA's

With the Super Bowl rings now handed out to last year’s championship team, and OTA’s underway, eyes are turning to what kind of squad the Patriots will put on the field this fall. In New England, it seems there are always questions about what kind of team will be assembled. Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick seem to have had no issues parting ways with big names over the years like Wes Welker, and more recently Darelle Revis and Vince Wilfork.

The coaching staff under Belichick are always eager to begin the molding process of players that even avid Patriots followers will not have heard much about. So what questions do we have this year? What will the defense look like without Big Vince Wilfork? Will the secondary recover from loosing arguably the best defensive back in the game? Who will be in the backfield when the season starts? One question that hasn’t needed to be asked in a long time is who will be the starting quarterback? That question now looms ahead as Brady and New England await the decision of his appeal to the findings of, and subsequent suspension from the Wells report, which is now being handled by Rodger Goodell. Continue reading Preparing for Life Without Brady, a Look at Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Flynn »

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Lebron James submitted another epic Game 6 stat line, but came up short  as Steph Curry and the Warriors clinched their first NBA title in 40 years. (CBS Sports)

Counting down to the tipoff of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, guest analyst Dwyane Wade brought up Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, in which Lebron James nearly singlehandedly fended off the Boston Celtics and elimination (and his 2008 demons) at the TD Garden, effectively closing the Big Three title window for good.

As painful as it was to be forced to recall that deeply suppressed memory, it made me somewhat giddy. Was I about to see Lebron go full supernova to save the Cleveland Cavaliers season and force a Game 7? Without having it come at the expense of my own team? Was anything even out of the realm of possibility?

When the final horn sounded, Lebron’s stat line didn’t disappoint: 36 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, just shy of his third triple double of the Finals. But somehow his performance still was disappointing, as the Golden State Warriors withheld a furious JR Smith heat check 3-point barrage in the final minutes to end the franchise’s 40 year title drought. Continue reading Lebron Falls Short as Warriors End 40 Year NBA Title Drought »

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Through the first four games of last season, the Patriots offense was in shambles. Tom Brady was constantly under pressure and the team was struggling to move the ball even against inferior opponents, such as the Raiders and Vikings. The woes culminated in a 41-14 drubbing at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The offensive line began to play better in the loss to the Chiefs, thanks to the insertion of Bryan Stork as starting center. The line stabilized and was solid through the rest of the Patriots championship season. That does not mean that the problems went away, however. Brady was sacked four times in a late season game against the Jets and twice in the Divisional Playoff win against the Ravens. The Patriots did a much better job of protecting and getting the ball out quicker as the season wore on, but it was an area that needed to be addressed.

The Patriots drafted Florida State guard (and former Stork teammate) Tre Jackson as well as Georgia Tech guard/center Shaq Mason. Dan Connolly, a mainstay on the Patriots offensive line, has not been re-signed after his play dipped a bit last season and Ryan Wendell has proven to be an adept run blocker but has had inconsistencies in pass protection. Currently, the Patriots would have Wendell, Stork, and Marcus Cannon as their three interior offensive lineman if the season began today. Cannon struggled mightily last season and despite having a full offseason to work at guard, his performance should not be expected to be strong.

Enter Jackson. The 6’4″, 326 pound lineman played 49 games for Florida State in his career there and was a unanimous All-American in 2014. He played both guard and center for the team in his career and could play either guard spot for the Patriots but he played mostly on  the right in college. His could potentially solidify the interior of the line next to Stork, so long as he improves his technique which was lacking at times in college. Dave DeGuglielmo will have the responsibility of improving Jackson’s technique so he can excel at the NFL level.

It is possible that both Jackson and Mason start for the Patriots at points this season, but the better bet is for Jackson. Mason is an excellent run blocker, but he is coming from a Georgia Tech team that rarely passed (203 total attempts in 2014) and his pass blocking skills need work. Jackson could be an immediate starter and contributor. There would be growing pains, as with any rookie, but if Jackson earns a starting nod the Patriots would go a long way in have a stable interior line for the foreseeable future.

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DeMarre Carroll (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

I have been resistant to buy into DeMarre Carroll as much as some. But there is quite a bit of buzz about the Atlanta Hawks wing (no pun intended) coming to Boston and also a lot of buzz about him receiving the most overpriced contract of this offseason. It’s true that paying $12 million per year for a 27-year-old guy with only two years of consistency might not have a great track record. But maybe Carroll is worth it.

I was always on the side of using the extra money to try and trade for or sign a top level star but surprisingly, the Cavs success (who did use their money to get a couple pretty good stars last offseason) have convinced me otherwise. It’s strange but the idea is that any team that just makes the NBA Finals at least has a punchers shot at winning four out or seven games. I thought Golden State would fin in five but due to a herculean performance by Lebron James, the disappearance of Golden States key players and the emergence of an Australian phenom, the Larry O’Brien Trophy is as close as it’s ever been to Cleveland (even though I still don’t think it’s going there). Continue reading Talking Myself Into DeMarre Carroll as a Celtics Target »

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After Zdeno Chara’s lackluster and injury-filled 2014-2015 season, some hockey experts and Bruins fans began to wonder if this past season would be his last or one of his last seasons, speculating that Chara may choose to retire before the last 3 years of his contract are up.

Those people could not be any more wrong.

“My contract goes for another three years and I’d like to play until then,” Chara said in a recent interview. “I think we still have a competitive team with some good young players.” Continue reading Zdeno Chara Not Worried About His Age »

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