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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
08/16/2013 - 8:48am
TORONTO -- John Farrell won't hesitate in revealing his answer to the question, "What is the toughest part of managing?" "Managing the bullpen," the Red Sox skipper said.
Rob Bradford
08/14/2013 - 2:51am
TORONTO -- During most postgame media sessions, Red Sox manager John Farrell will turn a specific question into some sort of synopsis for what transpired throughout the entire game. Tuesday night was no different.
Rob Bradford
08/13/2013 - 8:46am
KANSAS CITY -- Blanche Peavy's experience when it came to hitting a ball with a bat boiled down to some sandlot baseball, and a little late-in-life fast-pitch softball. That didn't matter to his grandson. Jake Peavy always turned to his 'Paw Paw' in times of need.
Rob Bradford
08/10/2013 - 5:34am
KANSAS CITY -- It was just one of a clubhouse full of ice packs wandering throughout the Red Sox' clubhouse Friday night after their 9-6 loss to the Royals. But Shane Victorino's bandages perhaps best represented the current plight of this team.
Rob Bradford
08/08/2013 - 4:24am
HOUSTON – Thursday will bring more isolation for Daniel Bard.
Rob Bradford
08/02/2013 - 5:21am
The game of the year was punctuated with perhaps the quote of the year. "In a word," said Red Sox manager John Farrell upon arriving for his postgame media session Thursday night, "magical."
Rob Bradford
07/30/2013 - 10:08am
In what is shaping up as at least a semi-fascinating final few days of July, it represents perhaps the most interesting question for the Red Sox heading toward the non-waiver trade deadline. What are they going to do at third base?
Rob Bradford
07/27/2013 - 12:52pm
It might be time to give Will Middlebrooks another look.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2013 - 3:02pm
The first time the mention of a contract extension surfaced from Dustin Pedroia was during a mid-August swing through Kansas City in the midst of the 2011 season, during a dinner with his agents from ACES. Almost two years later, it's no longer just talk.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2013 - 1:50am
With every day that goes by, Brandon Workman is viewed less as a rookie and more of a savior. It might not be fair, but it is reality.
Rob Bradford
07/21/2013 - 8:28am
The news came down Saturday that Jon Lester would not be making his scheduled start Sunday against the Yankees, but instead would be making his first post-All-Star break appearance Tuesday. The reason?
Rob Bradford
07/19/2013 - 9:01am
Seventy-eight days. That's how long it took for the moment to stop consuming Drake Britton.
Rob Bradford
07/18/2013 - 7:16am
He represents one of this season's most important reminders.
Rob Bradford
07/15/2013 - 10:51pm
NEW YORK -- About an hour before Clay Buchholz strode to his booth during Monday's American League All-Star media availability, Cliff Lee sat in a similar setup a few feet away while in the midst of the
Rob Bradford
07/11/2013 - 8:07am
It was perhaps the best middle-of-the-order combo the Red Sox have ever seen.
Rob Bradford
07/08/2013 - 8:37am
Jacoby Ellsbury isn't flinching. And neither is his agent.
Rob Bradford
06/29/2013 - 3:49am
Dustin Pedroia had to think long and hard. When he thought of a player who might do the near impossible in this day and age of professional sports and stay with the same team for their entire career, who might offer the best example? "Pierce comes to mind," Pedroia finally revealed.
Rob Bradford
06/28/2013 - 9:18am
On the night the Red Sox hit their halfway point, Mike Napoli was not in the lineup.
Rob Bradford
06/18/2013 - 7:52am
"Wow, this game is getting physical."
Rob Bradford
06/17/2013 - 7:37am
BALTIMORE -- Matt Garza. Cliff Lee. Yovani Gallardo. Ricky Nolasco. Bud Norris.
Rob Bradford
06/15/2013 - 8:20am
BALTIMORE -- Jose Iglesias will start at third base for the Red Sox Saturday.
Rob Bradford
06/13/2013 - 7:09am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Will Middlebrooks is ready to go. It's still three hours before the Red Sox will take on the Rays Wednesday night, but all the talk of what lies ahead -- for both the series finale and the coming months -- has the third baseman restless.
Rob Bradford
06/11/2013 - 3:46am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- By the time 1:30 a.m. hit on the clubhouse clock, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was still in his game clothes, soaked from head to toe.
Rob Bradford
06/06/2013 - 9:15am
The answer was as predictable as the question.
Rob Bradford
05/30/2013 - 7:39am
PHILADELPHIA -- Dustin Pedroia wasn't happy.


Audio On Demand

Bill Belichick joins Dale…

Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve to talk about the next round of cuts, 8-25-14

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.

It Is What It Is Cast: Jimmy Garoppolo to start preseason finale

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.

Julian Edelman: Brady is always competitive. 8-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.

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.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network on the Castillo signing 8-22-14

Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.

Daniel Nava with Dave O'Brien and Lou Merloni after the win against the Astros

The Sox outfielder joined Dave and Lou after the comeback win, in which he had three hits and knocked in the tying run.

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

Rick Stroud on the Logan …

Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

Chris Nowinski on the future of Wes Welker

Chris Nowinski discussed the future of Wes Welker.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Robin Williams joke 8-27-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Buck.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Three For All: Lou hunts bats, 8-27-14

Tim talks about the city of Las Vegas attempting to get an NHL franchise. Lou wards off "huge" bat. Christian winds up in the dog house again, for what happened on MFB yesterday.

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

4 at 4: AFC East Preview …

4 at 4: AFC East Preview 8-26-14

Dale, Field Yates, and Andy Hart give a brief preview of the AFC East.

Taylor Twellman, on Wes Welker and concussions. 8-26-14

Taylor Twellman, who had to end his career early due to concussions, discusses Wes Welker's most recent concussion.

The Patriots trade Logan Mankins 8-26-14

Dale, Andy Hart, and Field Yates react to the Logan Mankins trade.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

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.

Minor Details Ep. 98: You…

Minor Details Ep. 98: Youth without the transition - Rusney Castillo and Brock Holt

How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Bradfo Show: Who will be the next Hall of Famers?

Rob Bradford is joined by Turtleboy of TurtleboySports.com to discuss which current major leaguers might be in line to become Hall of Famers. The duo dive into the difficulties facing the current crop of big leaguers when trying to reach Hall of Fame status.

Fantasy Football Podcast: High Value Targets

Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. This Podcast focuses on the High Value Targets you can get in your drafts if you draft smartly. These players can slip to you and make a great impact on your roster as the season moves on. The draft is won in the middle to late rounds when the best upside players are taken. Jim and Pete give you in depth analysis on the High Value Targets to seek along with the Rookies that can make an impact this year. Jim and Pete will be back this Sunday morning too, on-air at WEEI FM 93.7 with even more. Prepare and enjoy!

Jenny Dell lashes out at …

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

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Minor Details Ep. 98: You…

Minor Details Ep. 98: Youth without the transition - Rusney Castillo and Brock Holt

How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Tom Brady reacts to the P…

Tom Brady reacts to the Patriots' third preseason game 8-25-14

Brady joins Dennis and Callahan heading into week four of the preseason. He explains how he exercises his brain to maintain and build brain fitness.

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Tom E. Curran blames Peyt…

Rick Stroud on the Logan …

Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

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