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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
11/26/2012 - 12:10am
The Red Sox haven't executed the kind of shock-and-awe signings on which some in these parts might be judging their offseason. But what they've done to this point is telling.
Rob Bradford
11/20/2012 - 10:59am
So, you're asking, "What's the holdup? When are the Red Sox going to spring into action?" Patience.
Rob Bradford
11/19/2012 - 4:53pm
Remember Avery Bradley?
Rob Bradford
11/12/2012 - 8:31am
David Ross isn't about to turn the Red Sox away from Mike Napoli.
Rob Bradford
11/08/2012 - 11:23pm
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The issue revolves around a pitcher who will be 38 years old when next season begins.
Rob Bradford
11/08/2012 - 5:32am
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The answers weren't going to be forthcoming during the two days of General Managers meetings this week. But that doesn't mean significant steps toward finding solutions weren't being taken at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Wednesday.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2012 - 8:02am
"Just because we're in the fact-checking era …" -- Bobby Valentine to Bob Costas Tuesday night. Exactly.
Rob Bradford
10/16/2012 - 9:05am
It is perhaps the most important skill a baseball front office can possess these days -- understanding when it's the right time to swoop in with contract extensions.
Rob Bradford
10/12/2012 - 7:57am
As of late Thursday night, there had been no movement in the John Farrell situation.
Rob Bradford
10/10/2012 - 6:46am
The last anybody saw of J.D. Drew was in amidst the chaos of the final game of the Red Sox' 2011 season. 
Rob Bradford
10/04/2012 - 1:35pm
In the end, Bobby Valentine couldn't stop the negative momentum from September 2011, and the result was the need for yet another Red Sox manager.
Rob Bradford
10/02/2012 - 3:15am
NEW YORK -- The question was posed to David Ortiz: "Do you think you have a better shot at getting a two-year deal heading into this offseason than at this time last offseason?" It was met with another inquiry.
Rob Bradford
09/28/2012 - 7:23am
He gets it, but that doesn't make it any less painful.
Rob Bradford
09/26/2012 - 7:54am
That kind of pitcher -- the one you saw Tuesday night in a Rays uniform in the form of David Price -- was supposed to be Jon Lester this season. It will have to wait.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2012 - 2:01am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The wave of well-meaning advisers has been relentless, a reality that hasn't been lost on the subject of the advice -- Daniel Bard.
Rob Bradford
09/18/2012 - 8:24am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the dust had settled following Terry Francona's departure last October, the clamoring began. People in Boston wanted Joe Maddon to become the Red Sox' next manager.
Rob Bradford
09/12/2012 - 9:07am
David Ortiz, the pretend general manager, is hard to pin down. Asked what the Red Sox need to do in order to be successful in 2013, Ortiz offered a myriad of answers.
Rob Bradford
09/05/2012 - 1:34am
 
Rob Bradford
08/30/2012 - 4:54am
ANAHEIM -- Dustin Pedroia may be heading toward the first losing season of his life. He has certainly been peppered with more criticism than ever before.
Rob Bradford
08/29/2012 - 5:11am
DENVER -- It was supposed to be a tough decision. It wasn't.
Rob Bradford
08/28/2012 - 4:14am
DENVER -- By the time Nick Punto got on the private plane Saturday afternoon, he still didn't truly understand all that was going on.
Rob Bradford
08/21/2012 - 7:34am
Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz got their texts at 5:17 p.m. Josh Beckett had been informed earlier in the day.
Rob Bradford
08/16/2012 - 11:59pm
BALTIMORE -- The thought has at least crossed their minds.
Rob Bradford
08/09/2012 - 7:59am
So, what now? Back on July 23, it was written here that the Red Sox were presented with a make-or-break stretch, one that would either see their entrenched top-of-the-rotation pitchers carry them through a pennant race or put them in late-summer discomfort.
Rob Bradford
08/06/2012 - 1:47am
There are very few certainties when it comes to this Red Sox team. 


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It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

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It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Parcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

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Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

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Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

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Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Lupita Nyong'o is the Most Beautiful Woman 4-24-14

Headlines of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane include the most beautiful woman, three lesbians and a baby, and a murder tattoo.

Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

Daily Diamond: NY's react…

Daily Diamond: NY's reaction to Pineda, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.

Michael Pineda gets ejected for pine tar; suspended 10 games, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Farrell did the "exact right thing", 4-24-14

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

Dale and Holley's Four at…

Dale and Holley's Four at Four Milestone Editon - 4/23/14

We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley: Pierzynski just needs more familiarity with this pitching staff 4-23-14

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

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The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray 4-22-14

Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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