Tag: Boston Red Sox

The White Sox Let Two Position Players Pitch And Blessed Us With A Hilariously Slow Hit By Pitch

Monday afternoon was blessed with two of baseball’s quirkiest traditions: morning baseball and position players pitching. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Chicago White Sox on Patriots Day at Fenway Park, with an 11 am first pitch that usually coincides with the running of the Boston Marathon. With no Marathon due to the still-ongoing coronavirus […]

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The Twins Postponed Their Game With Boston After Minnesota Police Shot And Killed Daunte Wright

On Sunday, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota during a traffic stop. The officer has claimed that she fired her handgun accidentally when she meant to use her taser, but that excuse has drawn skepticism from some and, even if true, doesn’t change the fact that […]

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2021 MLB Season Preview: Team-by-Team Capsules

In baseball these days, it’s all about perception and percentage. As the country stirs cautiously back to normal life, each ballpark comes with its own set of pandemic restrictions: 12 percent capacity at Fenway Park in Boston, 25 percent capacity at Marlins Park in Miami — even (gulp) 100 percent capacity for the opener at […]

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LeBron James Leads a Generation of Athletes Into Ownership

In an age marked by kneeling protests and cross-league walkouts in sports, which gained new traction in 2020, it’s easy to put too much faith in the ability of professional athletes to make social change. True empowerment will only come when more players cross the longstanding divide between management and labor and enter the ranks […]

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#BossMoves: LeBron James, Maverick Carter Become Part-Owners Of The Boston Red Sox

NewsOne Featured Video NBA star LeBron James is putting the focus on expanding his sports ownership portfolio. According to ESPN, the Ohio native has become a Fenway Sports Group partner which gives him an ownership stake in the Boston Red Sox. LeBron James is becoming a part owner of the baseball giants, the Boston Red […]

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Red Sox Rebuild Jettisoned Entire 2018 World Series Outfield

The Boston Red Sox picked the right season for their worst winning percentage since 1965. Sure, they lost 36 of their 60 games in 2020, and their 5.58 earned run average was the highest in team history. But there were no witnesses in the Fenway Park stands, and they left the scene in a hurry. […]

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Introducing Bianca Smith, the 1st Black Woman to Coach Major League Baseball: ‘The Opportunity Is Amazing!’

Screenshot: MLB Network Last week, Becky Hammon made history when she became the first woman to act as an NBA head coach during a regular-season game, assuming coaching duties for the San Antonio Spurs against the Lakers after head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected. And now we have another historic first in professional sports, as […]

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Mark Shields and the Best of American Liberalism

I don’t know if it was midcentury liberalism or the midcentury record of the Boston Red Sox, but Mark instinctively identifies with the underdog. Every year he invites me to do an event with him with Catholic social workers. These are people who serve the poor and live among the poor. They have really inexpensive […]

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Steven Cohen, Justin Turner and Alex Cora Were All Shown Mercy on Friday

As the presumptive new owner of the Mets last week, Steven A. Cohen spent days answering fans’ questions on Twitter. The Mets’ loyalists, he wrote, are the “most knowledgeable fans around” — and Cohen has always been one of them. On Friday, when he closed on a record $2.475 billion purchase of his favorite team, […]

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How a Journeyman Infielder Taught Dave Roberts to Slow the Game Down

When the Dodgers won the National League pennant last week, Dave Roberts, the Los Angeles manager, was unusually emotional as he spoke at a lectern about how this would prove to be the Dodgers’ year. Roberts is normally seen as an unflappable, self-possessed figure standing in the dugout, calmly writing snippets of tactical information and […]

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Mookie Betts Leads the Dodgers’ Stars With a Masterful Performance

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mookie Betts was 24 years old when he wondered if he would ever be any better. Betts had just finished as the runner-up to Mike Trout for the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2016, with a season full of hits and homers and steals and defensive excellence. What could he […]

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Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth in Pandemic-Shortened Season

Before the 2020 season was originally supposed to begin in late March, the Yankees were considered among the favorites to win the World Series. Most of the team that won 103 games last season and reached the American League Championship Series was back. And they had added one of the best pitchers in baseball, Gerrit […]

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Even in a Pandemic, Everyone Still Hates the Astros

Just the thought of the Houston Astros skating away without any public rebuke rankled Jon Wilson. A 43-year-old software consultant from California’s East Bay and a devout Oakland Athletics fan, Wilson was stewing at the injustice of it all as the 2020 season approached. First the Astros cheated their way to the 2017 World Series, […]

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Even With an Early Outbreak, Baseball Still Has a Path Forward

Jeff Katz stopped by the Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he served three terms as mayor. It was strange, he thought, to see no plaques in the gallery for the 2020 class, headlined by Derek Jeter. The plaques were always in place on the Tuesday after induction ceremonies. This summer there […]

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Mookie Betts Arrives as a Capstone to the Dodgers’ Patient Project

The last time he played at Dodger Stadium, in 2018, Mookie Betts hit a home run in the clinching game of the World Series. The next time he plays there, on opening night of the major league season Thursday, he will be the highest-paid player in the National League. Betts won his championship with the […]

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