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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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05/03/17 01:24 EST
I like Jim Duquette. I think he's one of the better baseball analysts we have. So when he goes on MLB Network Radio and expresses an opinion so passionately, my first reaction is to believe he is probably going down the right road. Not this time. In fact, the take Duquette had on MLB Network Radio Wednesday is one I couldn't disagree with more, on multiple levels. As adamant as he might be going down one road, I'm storming down the opposite path just as fast. Here's what Duquette said when talking about Chris Sale throwing behind Manny Machado Tuesday night: "Chris Sale is a really good pitcher, but we've already seen he's tone deaf. He has no clue on how to handle things. … Now when he's doing this yesterday, one batter after the fans had just given a standing ovation to Adam Jones for the racial crap he went through the day before. Talk about totally not the right thing to do anything. I know he thinks in his world that was the right time to do it. Totally not the right time
04/30/17 07:20 EST
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Jon Lester can look back and admit it. When playing baseball for the Red Sox in Boston, life is just different. "No. No," Lester told WEEI.com when asked if there was anything like the experience of dealing with playing in this market. "When we would sign free agents, or trade for guys, you would hear how different it is. But when you're brought up that way and your first start you have the press room and all this stuff you have to do, it's kind of like second nature. It's just one of those deals where this is how it is, and you assume this is how everywhere is. Then you meet guys on other teams and they say you don't have to do that other places. "You get traded to Oakland and my first start I have three reporters around my locker. You're like, 'Oh, OK. I get it.' Then you think it might just be Oakland. But then you get to Chicago and it's a bigger city, but it's still not the same. You don't realize how everywhere else is until you go. … I don't think you full
04/12/17 09:51 EST
It was a conversation that might have altered Steven Wright's fate. The Red Sox pitcher had just gotten demoralizing news, that his attempt to comeback from the shoulder injury that was thrown his way just about a month before had been derailed once again. The outing Wright had attempted in St. Petersburg, Fla. just a few days before hadn't gone well, and now he found himself in Oakland talking to a sympathetic ear in former high school teammate, and A's reliever, Ryan Madson. Madson had experienced his own career roadblocks, not pitching in the major leagues for more than three seasons due to injuries. But he had ultimately made it back, ultimately appearing in 63 games for the A's in 2016. He was a good guy to talk to. "I had known he had done something that was out of the box," Wright said. "I started talking to him about it. I told him we would see what the outcome was, but I might hit him up." "It" was utilizing the resources of a company called Premier
04/10/17 07:33 EST
Mookie Betts. Xander Bogaerts. Hanley Ramirez. They all missed just enough time for us to reflect on who might be the most important Red Sox. But watching the end of the game Sunday, there could be another candidate. The Red Sox really, really need a good Craig Kimbrel. Perhaps the importance of Kimbrel was brought to the surface by the wave of constant reminders what the Red Sox gave up for him. As the closer was struggling to get a save in his team's 7-5 win over Detroit, more than a few took to Twitter to surface the stats of Manuel Margot, who is carrying a .940 OPS with two home runs over his first seven games this season. Yet there is another very simple way to highlight Kimbrel's candidacy for the Sox' most important player: Who would the Red Sox' turn to as a replacement? The Red Sox are currently a team possessing a bullpen with just one player who has enough to experience to be designated a role. Matt Barnes may soon morph into the no-doubt eighth inning guy, and somebody like



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