Vesey has less than a week to pick his NHL home. (thecrimson.com)

Jimmy Vesey, the Harvard product who won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey last season, is about to end all the drama and mystery when he chooses which NHL team he wants to play for on August 15th. When Vesey spurned the Nashville Predators this past spring and refused to sign with the team that drafted him, he instantly became the hottest free-agent on the market. Intrigue was added after his rights were traded to the Buffalo Sabres at the beginning of the summer, and hometown buddy Jack Eichel got the opportunity to recruit the former Crimson stud. Now all that remains is for Vesey to select which team he’ll call home and if the B’s are fortunate enough to land him, it’ll be the biggest offseason addition since Zdeno Chara 10 years ago. Yes that big. Continue reading Vesey is Key to Rest of Bruins Offseason Plan »

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1. Red Sox

  • Price not worth the Price
  • Everytime I watch Tazawa pitch he is getting ripped but his ERA remains adequate – he threw up some cookies
  • Pedroia is on pace to hit into 30 double plays
  • Can’t believe Dodger Stadium is the third oldest park in baseball
  • Would you trade, as suggested in the Globe, Rusney Castillo for Puig?
  • I love hearing Ortiz had to be taken out of the game for sore body after playing six innings in the field – try being a single parent that works five days a week for $30,000

2. Luck:

Sports writers so want Andrew Luck to be the new quarterback delight now that Peyton is gone. How is he in the postseason compared to Tim Tebow:

  • Winning % : Luck .500 / Tebow .500
  • TD to INT: Luck 9 TD to 12 INT / Tebow 2 to 0
  • QB rating: Luck 70.8 / Tebow 90.0

3. Top Red Sox catcher’s average:

minimum 150 at bats

  • Leyritz….287
  • Fisk……284
  • Leon……272
  • R. Nixon…268
  • Berryhill….263
  • Gedman….259
  • Parrish……259
  • Montgomery .258
  • Cerrone……250

4. Yankees:

Yankees removed $109mm from its payroll for 2017

* A Rod……..$20mm

* Chapman….$11.3mm

* Miller………$9mm

* Teixeira…….$22.5mm

* Sabathia……$25mm

* Beltran……..$18mm

* Nova……….$4.1mm

Amazingly they still have $100mm due to Headley, Tanaka, Gardner, Ellsbury, McCann, Castro, Clippard

5. NFL Hall of Fame induction:

A league of integrity:

* Chris Mortenson received a plaque from the NFL – second time they have given him something

* Eddie De Bartolo – rigged the salary cap (like Denver)

* Brett Favre – who showed his junk around

* Marvin Harrison who was connected to a shooting death

6. Mount Rushmore of Red Sox switch hitters:

Reggie Smith, Bill Mueller, Yoan Moncada, Shane Victorino

7. Amazing Stat:

Jim Furyk a record 58 Sunday

  • Birdies on seven straight holes
  • 10 birdies / one eagle
  • Picked up twelve strokes on the leader
  • Missed six birdie putts

8. Old School – Red Sox averages:

  • Clemens, Lollar, Kelley, Wade Miller, Schourek were 9-16 as hitters – .562
  • Rudy Pemberton has the highest average of any Red Sox with at least 100 at bats – .346
  • Dave Sax, Tony Graffanino, Jemile Weeks, Joey Gathright were 92-289 – .318

9. A Little Bit Outside:

Saw this question the other day – if you could bring a fictional character to life who would it be – some of my suggestions:

* Yukon Cornelius

* Cool Hand Luke

* William Wallace

* Maximus

* Ghost of Christmas Present

* Bugs Bunny

10. Randomocity

* 1st basemen are holding tags on runners that dive back into the base hoping their body is not connected to the base when they go to stand up

* Last thing you want to hear from a dog owner – he’s usually so friendly

* Jason Heyward making $17.5mm – average by month .224 / .217 / .257 / .217 / .250

* How does a 1-0 National win that goes only 8.5 innings take 2:43

* Dave Stapleton hit two home runs in his first two games

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Garoppolo will have a lot on his plate to start the year. (Kevin Hoffman, USA Today Sports).

On July 15th Tom Brady announced to the world he would no longer seek legal action in the infamous “Deflategate” scandal, thus ending the longest, and quite possibly the most ridiculous sports story ever, that was endlessly talked about for the better part of a year and a half. At that moment, it became clear Brady would accept his four game suspension, and put an end to his 14 year starting streak in the process. The man who has grown from hidden-gem to living legend had to hand the reigns over to Jimmy Garopplo, the unproven yet highly touted backup, therefore creating quite the interesting scenario for the QB from Eastern Illinois. Continue reading The Curious Case of Jimmy Garoppolo »

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Mookie Named AL Player of the Month

August 5, 2016 at 10:17am in Featured, Red Sox
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On Wednesday Boston’s center fielder Mookie Betts, was named AL Player of the Month for the month of July. Mookie tour up July, posting some pretty impressive stats. He batted .368, hit five home runs, had 15 RBIs, five stolen bases and had a 1.068 OPS.

At just 23 years of age Betts is having himself a remarkable season. He is arguably the best lead-off hitter in the MLB as he is is in first place in multiple lead-off hitter statistic categories including hits, home runs, RBIs, and doubles.

Mookie currently has 140 hits (31 doubles), 22 home runs, 71 RBIs, and an average of .306. He joins teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. as the only Red Sox players this year to receive player of the month rewards; JBJ won AL player of the month back in May.

Betts keeps proving to everybody that he is becoming an elite out fielder/hitter in this league and I believe he can easily be compared to a Mike Trout caliber player. Hey if you don’t agree with me, the stats speak for themselves.

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1. Red Sox pitchers rank by starts:

* Wright – team record during starts – 13-7

* Price – team record during starts – 11-12 * Porcello – team record during starts – 16-6

2. Draft position of the Patriots leading passer, rusher and receiver during Super Bowl seasons:

2014 –   199 /  undrafted / 42 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Top Sports Moments, Ruben Kinkaid and Celtic Scoring »

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The Sox had a relatively quiet trade deadline today as they only acquired one player in a one for one trade. The Sox acquired left handed reliever Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league lefty Pat Light.

Abad will help the Sox’s struggling bullpen as left handed hitters have only a .163 batting average off him this season. This is not a big trade but will definitely aid the Sox a little with their pitching situation. But the move that everyone was hoping for was to see another stud pitcher in the starting rotation.

Everyone knows Chris Sale was the talk of the deadline but it was no surprise to me that he stayed with Chicago. A dominant pitcher like him is not going to go anywhere without a very large trade being put in place. It’s a shame the Sox couldn’t snag him because he is just what we are missing.

However, I have to say I am very surprised Andrew Benintendi and Joan Moncada stayed with the AA Portland Sea Dogs. I expected the Sox to move at least one of them in a trade to acquire a starting pitcher. Now that they are staying in the Sox farm system, I don’t know what the Sox are going to do with their starting rotation.

The addition of Drew Pomeranz was viewed as a good move at first but is looking a little shaky right now. Steven Wright has had a couple bad starts lately and David Price is still yet to get into a consistent groove. The only consistent pitcher the Sox have right now is Rick Porcello who quietly has been a stud this year with a 14-2 record.

I don’t know what the Sox are going to do but if they want to be serious contenders for the playoffs, their pitching has to make some adjustments. The AL East and the American League in general is very competitive right now and it’s really a toss up for which teams are going to win the division and the wild card.

Safe to say this trade deadline helped, but it wasn’t enough.

 

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1. Red Sox:

* That’s as exciting as it gets – gotta be longest ball Pedroia has hit

* I know that they won but insane that Leon didn’t pinch hit for Hannigan – they have a 227-point differential in average

* Bogaerts has as good as balance as anyone I’ve seen other than Manny

* The Bogaerts, Bradley, Betts trio is the best young group since Fisk, Evans, Lynn, Rice

* Buchholz last appearance as a Red Sox? Three shutout innings and the win

* That win is up there with the Mother’s Day comeback and the Mugsy Allenson walk off bunt

* I love the energy I saw – Bogaerts leading the charge – even Hanley into it Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Deja Vu in Anaheim, Germans Blowing up Jersey, Patriot Fanatics »

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