Everyone's Mad At Bill James For Being An Old Dummy

Bill James, father of sabermetrics, consultant for the Boston Red Sox, and guy who routinely shares the sort of opinions that get him publicly clowned by his daughter, unleashed a doozie last night. While engaging in a discussion on Twitter about whether MLB players are overpaid, James wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would […]

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World Series marathon shows MLB must adapt before it’s extinct

CHICAGO — Here was the tweet that either made sticking to the very end entirely worthwhile or enough to make me want to re-evaluate the quality of my life. It was from Stats Inc. (@StatsBySTATS) and it arrived sometime before closing time Saturday morning: “This game has now taken longer than the game time of the entire 1939 #WorldSeries.” I […]

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Dodgers manager leaving the Red Sox too many openings

BOSTON — Simplest explanation: The Red Sox are much better. Those 117 wins (and counting) were not delivered by elves, but by excellence. So perhaps even perfect managing against them might not stop what has felt more and more inevitable since March 29 — a Boylston Street parade. But imperfection — whether on defense or with indefensible strategy — opens […]

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World Series doesn’t look like it will be decided by the starters

BOSTON — We wanted retro. We wanted an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel between elite starters, something that felt grainy and black and white and historic. Something that could conjure a handoff through time that includes Christy Mathewson to Sandy Koufax to Madison Bumgarner. But Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale could not reach back to their better selves — so much for […]

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Conor McGregor gifts Boston firefighters World Series tickets

Conor McGregor visited a fire station in Boston — and gave away 10 tickets to the World Series. “You guys are true, proper heroes,” the UFC fighter said when surprised Beantown’s Back Bay firehouse. “It’s an honor to be here and see this true, proper fire station. We brought gifts — tickets to the World Series. That’s [out of] respect […]

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Look out Dodgers, Brewers – these Red Sox look unstoppable

HOUSTON — Maybe the Boston Red Sox really are who they thought they were.  The team that won a franchise-record 108 games during the regular season, swatted away the 100-win New York Yankees in the first round, and bashed the 103-win Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, is going to the World Series.  The Red Sox are out to prove that not only are they the finest team […]

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Debacle shows MLB must keep older umps off outfield duty

HOUSTON — Forget whether Joe West ruled correctly on Jose Altuve’s first-inning fly to right that was either going to be a game-tying two-run homer or fan interference that would turn a ball Mookie Betts never actually caught into a fly out. Concentrate first on West being stationed down the right-field line to make this judgment in Wednesday night’s ALCS […]

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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery, will miss part of 2019 season

Bad news for the Yankees came out of the Bronx on Friday morning, as the team announced that starting shortstop Didi Gregorius will need Tommy John surgery. It is Gregorius' right (throwing) arm that is injured. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he believes it happened on a play during the American League Division Series games against the Boston Red Sox […]

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