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Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

 
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Rob Bradford
08/26/2011 - 6:23am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- There were no celebrations, and little reflection. The Red Sox were moving on.
Rob Bradford
08/25/2011 - 4:09am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It might have been a revelation for Red Sox followers, but the Carl Crawford of Wednesday night was nothing new to Tim Bogar.
Rob Bradford
08/24/2011 - 6:35am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Can one player carry a team the likes of the Red Sox? Or how about two, or maybe three?
Rob Bradford
08/23/2011 - 4:32am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jarrod Saltalmacchia spoke the truth after the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Rangers Monday night. Question: Does this defeat, or the fact that the Rangers have now won all four of their meetings with the Sox this season, mean anything come October?
Rob Bradford
08/22/2011 - 2:51am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was one of a flood of introductions Boston had to Erik Bedard, most of which came before the pitcher even set foot down at Logan Airport.
Rob Bradford
08/20/2011 - 4:31am
KANSAS CITY -- How can somebody so unpredictable be so predictable? This is the riddle that follows Alfredo Aceves. The perception -- and reality -- is that Aceves is a non-stop man in motion, both physically and verbally, often times going down one path and then suddenly veering off in an entirely different direction.
Rob Bradford
08/13/2011 - 2:43am
Nobody -- not one person -- was bringing up a rarely-mentioned clause in Dustin Pedroia's contract throughout those first two months of the 2011 season. The reason? He was hitting .239 on June 4, 56 games into his fifth full big league season. 
Rob Bradford
08/05/2011 - 2:01am
How is it going to end for Jonathan Papelbon? Where will the closer's career take him after this season? How long will he stay in baseball? His answer: "No idea." Papelbon, however, has locked in one aspect of his future.
Rob Bradford
08/04/2011 - 8:52am
It's hard to figure out where it started for Jacoby Ellsbury.  On his way out of the clubhouse Wednesday night -- about an hour after teammates had given him the celebratory business for a second straight night thanks to a walk-off, ninth-inning homer -- Ellsbury offered a hint.
Rob Bradford
08/03/2011 - 3:53am
So, Clay Buchholz might be around for the playoffs.
Rob Bradford
07/29/2011 - 8:00am
Bruce Chen doesn't hesitate. Erik Bedard would be his guy.
Rob Bradford
07/24/2011 - 8:10am
It was Saturday, but it could have been any day.
Rob Bradford
07/22/2011 - 7:46am
WOBURN -- John Henry makes you think. First, the Red Sox principal owner took time at Jason Varitek's Celebrity Putt Putt fundraiser at Athletic Evolution to offer his perspective on what may transpire as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2011 - 12:30pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The chaos and euphoria that emanated from the Red Sox' clubhouse after a 5-hour, 44-minute, 16-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays was accompanied by plenty of storylines early Monday morning.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2011 - 4:52am
  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It's debatable what Sunday night (and early Monday morning) will be remembered for.
Rob Bradford
07/16/2011 - 1:15am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sixteen days. That's what is left until we can officially put the non-waiver trade deadline in the rear-view mirror and shift our focus to waiver claims and cemented rosters for the stretch drive. This is where the roster-building heat starts picking up.
Rob Bradford
07/14/2011 - 2:10am
PHOENIX -- As the Red Sox prepare for the stretch drive, coming out of the All-Star break, we look at what each position player has done to this point, and what they will have to do in the final 2 1/2 months of the regular season. MARCO SCUTARO
Rob Bradford
07/13/2011 - 4:51am
PHOENIX -- Before the All-Star Game, Hunter Pence sat in front his locker in Chase Field's home clubhouse and talked some Josh Beckett.
Rob Bradford
07/12/2011 - 8:16am
PHOENIX -- Manny Acta quietly walked out of Chase Field Monday night having done his part to punctuate another semi-chaotic Home Run Derby Day.
Rob Bradford
07/08/2011 - 3:46am
The Red Sox hit six home runs Thursday night, a feat they hadn't accomplished since Sept. 8, 2009.  They also managed to go deep in back-to-back-to-back at-bats for the first time since Aug. 13 of last season.
Rob Bradford
07/01/2011 - 7:50am
PHILADELPHIA -- The pregame image is distinct from what transpires in the rest of the clubhouse.
Rob Bradford
06/30/2011 - 3:19am
PHILADELPHIA -- The perception of John Lackey up until he threw his first pitch Wednesday night was hardly that of the kind of top-of-the-rotation anchor fans hang their hopeful hats on.
Rob Bradford
06/27/2011 - 7:44am
PITTSBURGH -- Alfredo Aceves stopped in his tracks while walking by the media scrum gathered around Andrew Miller after the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Pirates Sunday afternoon, the 6-foo-t7 pitcher's head rising above the group collecting around him.
Rob Bradford
06/25/2011 - 9:10am
PITTSBURGH -- David Ortiz had every right to be somewhat perplexed. When the rain chooses to make its most powerful appearance during a single at-bat -- as was the case when the Sox slugger stepped up to pinch-hit in the eighth inning Friday night -- eyebrow-raising is perfectly acceptable.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Ha…

It Is What It Is Cast: Has Darrelle Revis' impact actually been underplayed?

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

How does Tom Brady's lead…

How does Tom Brady's leadership help the Patriots? 7-29-14

John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker

Headlines Headlines Headlines: Whale Watch Catastrophe 7-29-14

A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor

Red Sox are destroyed by the Blue Jays 7-29-14

Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?

Three For All: Christian'…

Three For All: Christian's girlfriend calls him out, 7-29-14

Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.

The NFL is taking a look at "high-stakes" Fantasy Football, 7-29-14

MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.

Red Sox routed by Blue Jays as trade rumors swirl, 7-29-14

The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.

Have we seen the last of …

Have we seen the last of Jon Lester in a Red Sox uniform?

The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Championship Hangover Edition - 7-29-14

We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

Producer's Podcast-Is Leb…

Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

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Minor Details Ep. 94.2 wi…

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

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Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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Jon Lester is on the tabl…

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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David Ortiz offends the R…

David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

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