Columnists
RSS Feed  RSS
Weei » Columnists » Rob Bradford
About Rob Bradford

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.

"Share
MOST RECENT COLUMNS
07/21/16 07:15 EST
This obviously wasn't part of the plan. Drew Pomeranz, the latest starting pitcher picked up by Dave Dombrowski at the non-waiver trade deadline, had a most uncomfortable introduction to his new team Wednesday night. Three innings, five runs and eight hits. Oops. But there should be something of a ray of hope when it comes to what might transpire for Pomeranz and the Red Sox in the next few months. History says that Dombrowski usually doesn't miss with these sort of things. There was Doug Fister in 2011. Anibal Sanchez a year later. David Price during the 2014 deadline. And last year, Dombrowski brought the Tigers the pitcher who has turned into their best starter this season, Michael Fulmer. This road the Red Sox president of baseball operations took to Pomeranz a week ago was nothing new. "I think it's more of a case by case basis," said Dombrowski while sitting in the Fenway Park stands during his team's batting practice Wednesday afternoon. "You start with the guys who
07/16/16 12:24 EST
SPONSORED LINKS
NEW YORK -- Drew Pomeranz helps, but this whole thing still centers on David Price. It remains the reality of theRed Sox. The Red Sox needed starting pitching help, and that's what they got when Dave Dombrowski let it fly by dealing top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza to San Diego for Pomeranz. It was a move certainly met with internal applause from the players, who found out about it just before boarding their bus for Logan Airport early Thursday morning. Let's face it: Few if any of those members of the Red Sox who are in the thick of making a 2 1/2-month run toward the postseason had any idea who Espinoza was, or cared all that much that he might be really, really good in four or five years. "I think everybody knew we were going to do something, especially with Dave. That’s what he’s known for," Price said. "He’s not afraid to do stuff like that going back to Miami and in Detroit, as well. I think he said it in spring training: Your team is never a
07/13/16 12:58 EST
Let's get this out of the way: Ned Yost blew it. Sure, he might have led the American League to a 4-2 win over the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, giving his league home-field advantage for the World Series. Good work, Ned. But when you don't pitch the guy with the best ERA in the American League, Steven Wright, even though he was ready, willing and able, that's not right. This wasn't just a pitcher. This was, using a pretty universal measurement, the best pitcher of the first half. Since 2003, seven first-half ERA champs didn't get in the game, but all were deemed unavailable before it even started. And of the rest, none had pitched after the fifth inning. And you thought I was going to use my rant on how fraudulent it is that the winner of this exhibition games defines who gets the enormous edge that is home-field advantage in the be-all, end-all series of the season. That goes without saying. (By the way, six of the last seven World Series champs have started the
07/08/16 10:08 EST
Here we go. Last year, the first real salvo heading toward the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline came on July 23 when Oakland sent pitcher Scott Kazmir to Houston. Three days later Johnny Cueto was reeled in by Kansas City, and off they went. Jonathan Papelbon. David Price. Ben Zobrist. Troy Tulowitzki. David Price. Carlos Gomez. Yoenis Cespedes. This year the Red Sox have helped push ahead the calendar just a smidge thanks to Thursday's acquisition of Aaron Hill. It wasn't huge, but it was something. And what it did was really get the chatter cooking. "Conversations have become more rampant,"Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowskisaid on a conference call Thursday following the Hill trade. "But I don't know if that means anything. Just like if you had asked me about this trade yesterday, I wouldn't have thought we were going to make this trade today. But whatever reason, Milwaukee felt it was the right day for them. We've been trying. It's



Audio On Demand

Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

7-22 Red Sox Review with …

7-22 Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand

Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.

Steven Wright joins OMF, 7-22-16

Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.

7-21 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand Hour 2

The final hour of RSR features your calls as well as some thoughts on Clay Buchholz and Fenway Park.

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

D&C - DJ Gary Tanguay hit…

D&C - DJ Gary Tanguay hits the post of soft rock favorites 7-22-16

Former rock jock Gary Tanguay channels his radio past to attempt to "hit the post" of several classic soft rock favorites as Minihane eggs him on.

D&C - Who would be the #RedSox pitcher in a one-game Wild Card? 7-22-16

Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price

D&C - Kama Sutra talk, Kirk vs. Gary attractiveness 7-22-16

The 8am hour stays off the rails with Kirk and Gary discussing Ken the producer's sex life and how attractive women find them

Steven Wright joins OMF, …

Steven Wright joins OMF, 7-22-16

Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.

OMF on Ortiz, PED's and the HOF, 7-22-16

Acronyms abound, as Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss the MLB Hall of Fame, and PED's. Also, is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

Clay Buchholz is the odd-man-out, 7-22-16

Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss Clay Buchholz' current state of limbo.

Less than a week until th…

Less than a week until the Patriots start another pre-season

With less than a week before camp opens up, we discuss some Patriots on a day that just feels like NFL training camp weather.

Sox keep chugging, offense on fire, no thanks to John Farrell?

We talk Sox on a hot summer Friday, and how John Farrell is in a no-win situation with some fans despite the team's performance.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Best NFL Coach Rants Edition 07-22-16

In honor of the passing of coach Dennis Green, we present four of the best NFL Coaching rants (during press conferences) of all time.

Ep. 24: Lenny Clarke

Ep. 24: Lenny Clarke

Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.

Ep. 23: Robert Lipsyte

Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.

Ep. 22: Lenny Dykstra

Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.

The Hot Tag - Uncle Buck …

The Hot Tag - Uncle Buck Talks WWE Draft

Uncle Buck breaks down the WWE Draft and the new rosters for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.

Teeing Off With Ben Charleston. The Open Championship Recap

This week we look back at the Open Championship.

Fantasy Football Podcast July 22nd Edition:

Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back right on time for the start of the NFL and Fantasy Football pre-draft season. Topics of the day include some news around the league centering on the suspension of Le’Veon Bell, bad news swirling around Ezekiel Elliot and the passing of Coach Dennis Green. Then it’s into the fun stuff featuring conversation about the Patriots Offense with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan and a first look at the Top 12 Wide Receivers heading into Training Camp. It’s time to gear up for Fantasy Football people, giddy up!

D&C - Michael Holley vs. …

D&C - Michael Holley vs. Gerry Callahan on the Michael Brown shooting & relevance 7-15-16

After a few callers argue with Kirk and Gerry about racial profiling in America, the guys get to WEEI's Michael Holley disagreeing with Callahan on the inclusion of Michael Brown into recent examples of tragic deaths of blacks in America.

More from this show

OMF - Red Sox possibly de…

OMF - Red Sox possibly dealing for a Pitcher? 7-19-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian examine the latest Pitcher rumored to be on the Sox' radar.

More from this show

Lay down your arms, defla…

Lay down your arms, deflategate is over. Complete reaction and analysis

Dale, Michael and Jerry talk about the end of it all... Tom Brady will not seek a higher appeal of the US District Court's decision.

More from this show

D&C - Melania Trump defen…

D&C - Melania Trump defense strategy after her plagiarized speech 7-19-16

Gerry, Mut and Kirk dig back into the Melania Trump speech on night one of the RNC and discuss how the Trump team will and should handle things going forward.

More from this show

ESPN Analyst, Stephen A S…

ESPN Analyst, Stephen A Smith Explains Himself 7-15-2016

ESPN analyst, Stephen A. Smith joins to the show to defend his comments that Tom Brady shouldn’t be fighting to the Supreme Court. Glenn, Lou, and Christian demand Stephen explain his reasoning behind calling Brady, “uppity.”

More from this show

News & Analysis