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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.

 
COLUMNS
Rob Bradford
06/04/2014 - 2:09am
CLEVELAND -- If there was ever a night that highlighted one of the Red Sox' biggest problems, it was this one.
Rob Bradford
06/03/2014 - 1:19am
CLEVELAND -- Every start says something. But, as Justin Masterson explained after his win over the Red Sox on Monday night, that doesn't mean he has to listen.
Rob Bradford
06/02/2014 - 1:42am
CLEVELAND -- It's going pretty well for the Red Sox. Seven straight wins kind of well. So why change?
Rob Bradford
05/28/2014 - 4:17am
ATLANTA -- The process is nothing new.
Rob Bradford
05/27/2014 - 12:30am
ATLANTA -- Juan Nieves said this about Clay Buchholz Monday: "We're not expecting him to be Cy Young."
Rob Bradford
05/26/2014 - 1:00am
ATLANTA -- One Red Sox player walking out of Tropicana Field this weekend surfaced the reality that has come to the forefront courtesy this 10-game losing streak.
Rob Bradford
05/19/2014 - 1:57am
It's time. The Red Sox should make their move on Stephen Drew (whatever that move might be). It might not work out, but it will be worth a try. At this point, they need to try something.
Rob Bradford
05/16/2014 - 7:49am
Joe Maddon put it best. "It's kind of getting freaky," said the Tampa Bay manager. It is bizarre. No question about it.
Rob Bradford
05/14/2014 - 9:34am
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most of these Bruins know what they're getting into Wednesday night when it comes to their decisive showdown with the Canadiens at TD Garden. This collection has had its share of Game 7 crossroads before.
Rob Bradford
05/12/2014 - 7:54am
As we sit here, Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Rob Bradford
05/08/2014 - 2:31am
By the time Will Middlebrooks' single found its way through the Reds infield, giving the Red Sox a lead they would never relinquish, Jake Peavy already found himself back in the
Rob Bradford
05/01/2014 - 7:46am
Throughout Felix Doubront's young career he has has consistently uncovered solutions to his problems via specific alterations in between starts. There have been slight mechanical adjustments, mixing up the day he throws his bullpen sessions in between starts and even a conscious effort to not pay any attention to the radar gun readings.
Rob Bradford
04/30/2014 - 9:08am
The words of A.J. Pierzynski to Red Sox radio broadcasters Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien immediately after Friday night's win in Toronto were telling.
Rob Bradford
04/27/2014 - 8:28am
TORONTO -- Who knows what's going to happen? The career path for Jackie Bradley Jr. is undefined. There can be a wave of comparisons and simulations, but getting through an entire major league season will be the only true springboard for semi-valid predictions. 
Rob Bradford
04/26/2014 - 1:14am
TORONTO – Games like Friday night make you remember. Jake Peavy is a pretty good pitcher.
Rob Bradford
04/24/2014 - 3:07am
David Ortiz dubbed it "way too obvious." A.J. Pierzynski said, "It's bad for the game, it's bad for everything." Jake Peavy dubbed it "offensive." All true.
Rob Bradford
04/18/2014 - 8:40am
"What next level is there?" -- Jon Lester to WEEI.com, 2013 spring training Jon Lester has officially answered his own question.
Rob Bradford
04/12/2014 - 11:38pm
NEW YORK -- If they want to keep Jon Lester -- truly keep Jon Lester -- the Red Sox are obviously going to have to do better. Potentially a lot better.
Rob Bradford
04/12/2014 - 2:41am
NEW YORK -- The word was passed down to the members of the Red Sox bullpen just before Friday night's National Anthem -- Koji Uehara would not be available to close out any Sox win at Yankee Stadium that evening.
Rob Bradford
04/10/2014 - 7:34am
So, this is what it feels like. The Red Sox are heading to New York to take on the Yankees as the team with Mariano Rivera.
Rob Bradford
04/04/2014 - 7:10am
Stop for a minute. Forget about Jon Lester's contract, the Milwaukee Brewers or any fretting that goes with knowing Xander Bogaerts still will be represented by Scott Boras six years from now.
Rob Bradford
04/03/2014 - 3:26am
BALTIMORE -- He knows the deal. He wants to change the deal.
Rob Bradford
04/01/2014 - 6:39am
BALTIMORE -- It's been more than two years since Boston has seen one of its teams up there. On the podium, just behind the president, punctuating a world championship in suits while laughing at jokes from the world's most powerful man and waiting to execute a memorable handshake. That was the Bruins' big day (or at least we thought).
Rob Bradford
03/31/2014 - 1:53am
"One hundred and 62. That's my goal. I want to play every day." -- Shane Victorino in mid-March
Rob Bradford
03/24/2014 - 2:07am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The argument is a convenient one for those believing Sunday’s news of David Ortiz’s extension should have never come: Just let the designated hitter play out another season and worry about re-signing him after that.


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Patriot Matthew Slater wi…

Patriot Matthew Slater with Dale and Holley

We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola talks Reggie Wayne and offensive tempo in Game 3, 8-31-15

Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player…

Jackie Bradley Jr. Player Of The Game Interview 8-31-15

Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.

The Sunday Sports Roundtable with Butch Stearns and John Tomase -- A look at the current Red Sox rotation and possible ways to improve in the offseason as well as John's take on the Don Orsillo situation - 8-30-15

Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

Joe Kelly Player Of The Game Interview 8-29-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines Hulk Hogan apologizes 9-1-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

What's next with Brady and Goodell? 9-1-15

Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.

Tom E. Curran on Goodell 9-1-15

Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.

Jay Feely talks about wha…

Jay Feely talks about what was said in the robing room, 9-1-15

Jay Feely explains why he was in court with Tom Brady on Monday, and what was said in the robing room with Judge Berman.

Three For All - Former Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie rats out Tyler Seguin, 9-1-15

Tyler Seguin was partying all summer in Toronto. Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie tattled on him. Also, Marshawn Lynch continues to be awkward, as he sells Skittles on cable TV.

Shannon Sharpe compares Tom Brady to Alex Rodriguez, 9-1-15

Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.

Bill Belichick: Even the …

Bill Belichick: Even the early cuts are hard to make

We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.

NYDN's Gary Myers: NFL's offer was full admission for a 1 game reduction

We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 08-31-15

We wrap up a Monday with some of the best sound bites you may have missed.

Chris Mortensen made some…

Chris Mortensen made something up?!?!?!?!

Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald Legal Analyst

Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.

Chris Villani talks deflate gate and Chris Mortensen

Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.

#RedSox Farm Report Podca…

#RedSox Farm Report Podcast featuring MLB.com's Jim Callis - what does Dave Dombrowski do with the Farm?

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.

Fantasy Football Podcast “Draft Strategy”

It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!

SoccerCast - Best transfer moves, Alex hates Arsene Wenger & how far can the Revs go? 8-27-15

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?

Butch and Bradford detail…

Butch and Bradford detail the NESN decision to not renew Don Orsillo's contract

Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the details behind NESN not renewing play-by-play man Don Orsillo, and take calls from fans about the choice.

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Chris Mortensen reports 1…

Chris Mortensen reports 11 of 12 footballs were under-inflated in AFC Championship; callers react with Mut, 1-20-15

Chris Mortensen, ESPN, reports on Twitter that the "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources." He went on SportsCenter to talk about his report. Mut and his callers reacted to the breaking news

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Butch & Bradfo on Tom Bra…

Butch & Bradfo on Tom Brady's Friday performance; and the most interesting person in Butch's phone contacts

Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.

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The Fantasy Football Hour…

The Fantasy Football Hour with Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson - 8-30-15

Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get things going this week discussing all of the latest injuries that can effect your fantasy team or draft in the midst of Week 3 of the preseason. They talk some of the impressive performances coming out of the games Thursday-Saturday. The boys chat about the various rankings and how they are constantly updating these list on Rotobahn.com and the Rotobahn 500. They go in depth on the tight end position, which is very top heavy -- 5 or 6 very good TE's and then a bunch of mediocre guys and unknowns. Jim and Pete also get into 10-team and 12-team league approaches, value picks late in your draft and how the waiver wire is your friend.

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Danny Picard talks Sox an…

Danny Picard talks Sox and Patriots with the Obnoxious Boston Fan Bill Speros

Danny Picard and Bill Speros discuss the state of the Boston Red Sox after taking two of three from the NY Mets, and the state of the Patriots after their third preseason game.

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