Book Review: Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

Whether you fancy yourself a baseball historian or a baseball fan with at least a remote interest in the game’s glorious history, Charles Leerhsen’s Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty is an absolute must read. Leerhsen’s wide-ranging reporting and storytelling skills are on full display as he debunks the myths and sheds light on the complicated … Continue reading Book Review: Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

Baseball’s Unbreakable Records: Cy Young’s 511 Career Wins

As we Celebrate Denton True "Cy" Young’s birthday, here is Part 3 of “Baseball’s Most Unbreakable Records”. There is a reason why we celebrate baseball’s greatest pitchers with the Cy Young Award. The name Cy Young is synonymous with greatness. Born on this day in 1867, the former Red Sox great was the ultimate workhorse, … Continue reading Baseball’s Unbreakable Records: Cy Young’s 511 Career Wins

The Great Tris Speaker: Baseball’s Unbreakable Records (Almost)

The second part of a semi-regular series on “Baseball’s Most Unbreakable Records”. Sometimes baseball’s most unbreakable records need to be framed in the proper context.  Sometimes luck or fate has more affect on the baseball record book than we realize. Tris Speaker never actually came close to Joe DiMaggio’s “unbreakable” 56-game hitting streak established decades after … Continue reading The Great Tris Speaker: Baseball’s Unbreakable Records (Almost)

Travis Shaw Ready For Full Time Job

With his job on the line, John Farrell has let it be known that Travis Shaw is in the mix for a starting position and Pablo Sandoval is playing for his job. Farrell told assembled media yesterday that Sandoval is “very well aware of it.” He also discussed “not limiting [Shaw] to just a utility … Continue reading Travis Shaw Ready For Full Time Job

Topps 2016 Baseball Makeover Is A Hit

The long overdue Topps Baseball makeover has finally happened. The 2016 base version features an almost-full-bleed photo -- a distinct and much-needed difference from the white borders that became a pillar in recent Topps releases. The new look is similar to the popular Topps Stadium Club and Fleer Ultra sets of the early to mid … Continue reading Topps 2016 Baseball Makeover Is A Hit

Joe DiMaggio’s Unbreakable Hitting Streak

The first of a semi-regular series on "Baseball's Most Unbreakable Records". During the summer of 1941, Joe DiMaggio established the measuring stick for hitting streaks when he achieved the most treasured – and, arguably, unreachable – record in baseball history. The same year that Ted Williams hit .406 for the Red Sox, DiMaggio compiled a … Continue reading Joe DiMaggio’s Unbreakable Hitting Streak

Xander Bogaerts Looks To Anchor Red Sox Line Up

The emergence of Xander Bogaerts was the top takeaway from the Red Sox dismal 2015 season. The 23-year-old shortstop had a legitimate breakout season, batting.320 -- trailing only four-time league batting champion Miguel Cabrera -- and appears to be on the verge of stardom. In 156 games, Bogaerts compiled a .776 OPS, tops among American League … Continue reading Xander Bogaerts Looks To Anchor Red Sox Line Up

Red Sox Leaning Away From Analytics, Emphasizing Scouting?

John Henry’s declaration that the Red Sox have relied too much on analytics in recent years has made for interesting sports radio fodder, but does the Red Sox owner really mean what he says? After all, his team employs Bill James, the father of sabermetrics, and spends more money on statistical analysis than most major … Continue reading Red Sox Leaning Away From Analytics, Emphasizing Scouting?

The (David) Price Is Right

New Red Sox president/GM/baseball czar Dave Dombrowski is bold, decisive, and clearly the man running the show.  By signing left-handed ace David Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract, Dombrowski was able to persuade owner John Henry to make a complete philosophical change in how to build a baseball team while laying the groundwork for … Continue reading The (David) Price Is Right