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The Detroit Tigers recently let go of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski had been with the Tigers for nearly 14 seasons.

Dombrowski built the Tigers from the ground up. In his first full season in Detroit, the Tigers had an American League worst record of 119 losses. However, he did not let this be a detriment to his overall plan. Dombrowski was known for not being afraid to pull the trigger on a big time move. Some examples include trading for Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer. Continue reading Dave Dombrowski Should Be on Red Sox Radar »

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Eastern League All-Star Game 2015

This week, the Eastern League All-Star game was held by the Red Sox’ AA-affiliate Portland Sea Dogs (ME). I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege to go attend the game, and what a pleasure it was to watch the Eastern League’s best showcase their talents in front of a sold-out Hadlock Field.

The gates opened to the public at 3:00 for an eventful afternoon in Portland that included the planned Home Run Derby and a festive pregame introduction ceremony that allowed fans to greet the starters as they made their way down to the field from the sky-boxes. After the National Anthem, Blake Swihart threw out the ceremonial first pitch and, around 7:20, it was time to play ball.

On the first pitch of the game Marco Hernandez (BOS) led off with a line-drive single to center field and the game had finally begun. It was a competitive contest and neither team was willing to accept a loss. Both teams attempted to bunt, steal bases, and generally play quality baseball. It was refreshing to watch.

Both teams featured some of the top prospects for each franchise’s respective MLB affiliate. The advertised top prospects in the game were Josh Bell, Gavin Cecchini, Brandon Nimmo, and Bradley Zimmer. Bell is ranked the Pirates third best prospect according to MLB.com and is a promising hitting prospect that is making a transition from the outfield to first base. Although he has a lot to learn at his new position, Pirates’ management is optimistic due to his superior athleticism and eagerly await the addition of this bat to their lineup as early as next season.

The New York Mets had two top prospects selected to this game, their second overall Brandon Nimmo and fourth overall Gavin Cecchini. Nimmo is known as a hitting outfielder with solid , while Cecchini, the younger brother of Red Sox prospect Garin, is a quality defensive shortstop that has made strides at the plate in the last two years. Both are projected to make their MLB debuts in 2016 by MLB.com. Last but not least is Bradley Zimmer, the Cleveland Indians number one overall prospect. Zimmer is a reknown five tool talent with the potential to become a bonafide superstar. He plays a quality outfield, has an advanced approach at the plate, and offers above average speed to go along with his high baseball IQ. The Indians are not expecting to rush Zimmer and his projected MLB debut is 2017.

The most impressive players to me other than these top prospects were Pedro Severino (WAS) and Anthony Gallas (CLE). Both on the Western Division team. Although Severino did not start the game, he was spectacular behind the plate blocking balls in the dirt with precision and athleticism. He also added a hit and a run scored. Gallas was put on a show in the Homerun Derby and contributed a double, single, RBI, and a run scored in the actual game.

Some of the other players in the game that baseball fans may see in MLB in the near future included: Roman Quinn (PHI), Dwight Smith Jr. (TOR), Gary Sanchez (NYY), and Wynton Bernard (DET). Needless to say there was some top level talent on display. The only thing that could have made the event better was if Yaz’s grandson, Mike Yastremski (BAL), would have been able to honor his selection and play in the game. Unfortunately he was battling an injury and did not make the trip.

Now back to the game. Nine innings of quality baseball sulted in a 4-4 stalemate, which lead to quite the unusual ending. Instead of simply ending the contest in a tie the league decided to institute a Home Run Derby Shootout. Each team chose three players who each were given one swing; after these six hitter no one had hit a homerun. After this each round was sudden death. Finally, on the 22nd hitter in the shootout, Brian Pointer (PHI) won it for the Eastern Division. It was a very unusual ending to a baseball game.

After the game Marco Hernandez (BOS) was awarded the game MVP. He contributed a single, a homerun, two RBI, and two runs scored for the Eastern Division squad.

 

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Bruins sign Matt Irwin

July 10, 2015 at 7:27pm in Bruins, Featured, News
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On Friday, the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one year, $800,000 deal.

The 27 year old d-man has played on the San Jose Sharks for the past three seasons, scoring a total of 50 points during that time. He scored 19 points last season. Continue reading Bruins sign Matt Irwin »

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According to Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times, the Boston Celtics have offered Marcus Smart, their number 16 and 28th picks in the first round, to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel and the third overall pick in Thursday’s annual draft. The 76ers however, decided to decline their offer.

The 76ers already have five picks in the draft this year so it would make sense for them to turn it down. Both the Celtics and 76ers are likely to either trade some of their picks or use some to draft international players that they can stash overseas for a few years while still developing. No team wants to have four or five rookies to start a year. Continue reading Celtics Propose Blockbuster Trade to 76ers »

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Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron is a finalist to receive the Selke Trophy on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards. The other finalists are Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings and Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews.

The Selke Trophy is awarded to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Bergeron is the reigning trophy holder and this is his fourth nomination in four consecutive seasons. Continue reading Patrice Bergeron a Finalist for the Selke Trophy »

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See You Later, Carl Soderberg

June 10, 2015 at 7:55pm in Bruins, Featured, News
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On Sunday, Carl Soderberg’s agent J.P. Barry, officially announced that the Boston Bruins decided they will not make an offer this offseason to keep Soderberg. A major part of the Bruins’ decision was their tight salary cap situation.

Soderberg has played on the Bruins since 2012, scoring 94 points in 161 games. He played in all 82 games last season. Continue reading See You Later, Carl Soderberg »

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In case you’re not a self-proclaimed “grammar Nazi,” you may not have noticed that horse American Pharoah’s name is permanently spelled wrong… by mistake.

Many owners through the years have used alternate spellings for their horses, but in this case, the name was incorrectly submitted to a naming contest held by Zayat Stables, the horses’s owner. Continue reading Belmont Stakes 2015: American Pharoah, not Pharaoh #typo »

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