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Bisons and Baseball

The Hall of Fame ballot has arrived and this corner has the whole month of December to ponder who deserves to get the call to Cooperstown with Derek Jeter. There's your one sneak peek. You'll have to wait until around Christmas to get the full reveal. But we're going to get some Cooperstown news at the Winter Meetings that open this weekend in San Diego. The "Modern Bas…

Bisons and Baseball

NEW YORK – Everything is fine on the surface with the Yankees. Barring some sort of historic collapse, they're going to win the American League East in a walk and spend the next six weeks or so merely getting things in order for the playoffs. But even though they entered the weekend tied with the Dodgers for the best record in the game, the Bronx Bombers have issues tha…

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ST. LOUIS -- Something about this town makes Boston sports icons speak up and have their teammates listen. It was nearly six years ago, midway through Game 5 of the World Series, when David Ortiz gathered the Red Sox in the Busch Stadium dugout -- in full view of fans and television cameras -- and urged them to settle down and play their game. The message got through…

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BOSTON – Save some for us. Buffalo is not the only city that might be sending that message to folks here as the Bruins opened the Stanley Cup final Monday night against the St. Louis Blues. Forget about Green Bay. Boston has become Titletown and it's reaching the height of absurdity. No city has had three reigning champions in the four major sports in 83 years. A …

Bisons and Baseball

Usually you can draw a few conclusions from the first month of the season, but it's impossible to figure out what to make of April when you look at the American League East. (OK, the Orioles were supposed to be terrible and they have been. The Blue Jays were supposed to range from mediocre to terrible and have been. Toss them out of this discussion). The Yankees can'…

Bisons and Baseball

I want my sport back. Seriously. And not the old days when just about every game in Major League Baseball was played in less than 2 1/2 hours. We're not talking 1977 here. I'd be happy for a return to, oh, 2009. Yes, everybody is supposed to hate commissioners, but I'm rooting for Rob Manfred's attempts to fix what's wrong in baseball. There's nothing wrong with change.…

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Let's get one thing straight right off the top: Harold Baines doesn't matter. The fact that Baines is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame — clearly thanks to the prodding of his former owner (Jerry Reinsdorf) and former manager (Tony La Russa) on the Today's Game Committee — doesn't change the standards for election one bit in this view. Baines never got more than 6…

Bisons and Baseball

Just over four months ago, Steve Pearce was toiling on injury rehab with the Buffalo Bisons – and even wearing a "Buffalo Wings" jersey during his two home games for the Herd. Sunday night, he was at the top of the baseball world as the most valuable player of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, with Pearce's two-run homer in…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jack Eichel's fate was like a lot of America late Friday night: Sleep won over extra innings. The Boston native and avowed Red Sox fan was trying to stay with the historic Game 3 of the World Series between the Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. But as he fessed up here after Saturday's optional morning skate, he didn't make it to see the finish at 3:30 a.m.…

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Fox television executives aren't the only ones who have to love a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. Admittedly you're going to need to be willing to stay up past midnight to see the end most nights, but you'll get a chance to see some massive star power when things get underway Tuesday night in Fenway Park. There haven't been too many like these in recent years. Think of…

Bisons and Baseball

Baseball is making me crabby lately. With so little action at times, games are getting exceedingly dull and I hope the analytics hounds are happy with the overload of strikeout-walk-home run, strikeout-walk-home run. Shifts need to be legislated down a few notches and "The Opener" is just plain awful. Before you send me the Rays' record with relievers starting games, I …

Bisons and Baseball

As we hit the All-Star break, baseball feels broken. The Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are all on pace to win at least 105 games and no league has ever had three 100-game winners. The Orioles and Royals are both on pace to lose 117, and the White Sox will lose 106 if they keep this up. Since starting 11-1, the Mets are playing at what would be a 109-loss pace. This loo…

Bisons and Baseball

TORONTO — The Boston Red Sox are a team you're still trying to figure out. Are they the group that burst from the scene 17-2, giving Alex Cora the best start for a rookie manager since 1900? Or are they the team that entered Saturday just 9-10 in their last 19 and having already blown the 7 1/2-game lead they built on the Yankees in mid-April? The answer probably lies s…

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I must say, I'm touched. The Mailbag took a three-week hiatus and people actually missed it. There was a pile of mail waiting, on all manner of subjects. And no one told me to retire or move back to New England (where I spent last week). It's hard to get to everyone's questions. I still have some good ones sitting in the file from last fall. So in an attempt to be more …