Continuing our position by position ranking of the AL East, today’s focus is second base. If you missed last week’s make sure to check it out here. These rankings are a way to ramp up for the baseball season and to incite your own thoughts on the rankings. At the end of the piece feel free to comment of where you think we were wrong (and right!). So without further ado here are this week’s rankings.
1. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: There really should not be much argument here, as Cano’s departure for Seattle makes Pedroia the de facto premier second baseman in the division. Pedroia is a leader at the plate and on the field and does not do anything halfway. While his hard play should be praised, it did lead to a thumb injury on the first game of the season last year, which led to a decline in power (only 9 home runs). With his thumb fully healed, expect Pedroia to be on top of his game this year. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Second Base »
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If you watched the first meeting between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues then you know the two teams play each other like two heavyweight contenders trading haymakers. That first meeting was on November 21, 2013. Since then not much has changed as both teams are still near the top of their respective conferences and virtually identical in all major statistical categories.
The big difference between the latest game and the one in 2013 is that the Bruins were without captain and star defenseman Zdeno Chara. Chara was in Sochi with the distinct honor of carrying the flag for his native Slovakia in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Continue reading Chara-Less Bruins Put Up Valiant Fight Against Blues »
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2/24 Blanket Dinner theme announced – Sports-Medicine – Three renown leaders in orthopedics, concussions and sports psychology – checks for tickets ($50 includes dinner, entertainment and donation) or donations can be sent to StonehamBank at 80 Montvale Avenue in Stoneham 02180
1. What to look forward to during the dark days of sports:
* NHL playoffs
* NFL Draft
* Red Sox spring training
* Opening Day and raising the flag
* Celtics losing and getting in the lottery
* Boston Marathon and potentially Boston’s greatest day
* 75 degree weather
* Blanket Dinner 2/24 – Doubletree in Cambridge Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Just a Bunch of Stuff »
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Can you imagine 60,000 plus fans letting out a giant WOOO after a Bruins goal? That may be a possibility sooner than you think.
According to Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal, the NHL is considering holding a game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens in Gillete Stadium.
While the Bruins have had an outdoor game before it wasn’t in a stadium as large as Gillette and it was still in Boston. In 2010 the Bruins hosted the annual Winter Classic at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers. Continue reading Gillette Stadium Could Host Bruins-Canadiens? »
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Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just over a week. Besides Jon Lester, Koji Uehara, and other major league pitchers of the World Champion Red Sox team, top minor league prospects will join them on the field in Fort Myers, Florida. Top prospect pitchers that quite possibly could be at JetBlue Park include Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens. Let’s take a look at these three players and see what they may add to the Red Sox major league bullpen.
Continue reading Promising Pitching Prospects: Ranaudo, Barnes, and Owens »
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I fully understand the reasoning behind the Boston Red Sox extending David Ortiz, and him bringing the subject up in interviews. For the Red Sox, Big Papi has been a rockstar for the franchise both on and off the field, delivering three parades down the Charles and assuming a huge (omni)presence in the Boston community. For Ortiz, he has the security of an extra year of multimillion dollar earnings and doesn’t have to answer constant questions about his impending free agency from the relentless Boston media. Heck, Carlos Beltran just signed with the New York Yankees for three years, $45 million! So what’s one more year for the face of the franchise?
The Red Sox fan in me says another year is nothing (besides the millions of dollars, obviously). But when, after serious effort, I step back, separate myself from the emotional attachment to a Boston sports demigod, and survey the situation from as objective a perspective I can achieve, why should the Red Sox re-up with Ortiz a year before his age 39 season? Continue reading Should the Red Sox Extend David Ortiz? Survey Says No »
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1. Peyton stuff:
- 11-12 in playoffs
- Tebow is as good as Manning both – .500 Bronco playoff qb
- Manning – SI athlete of the year and hasn’t won anything
- In three Super Bowls – 3td / 4 int
- Manning and Chamberlain one championship Continue reading Connellys Top Ten: Manning Gets Pumped and Jacked »
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