The Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Luis Tiant is one of 10 candidates named to the 'Golden Era' ballot for induction in the Class of 2012.
Any candidate to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 22, 2012. The voting will take place on Dec. 5.
Tiant pitched for 19 seasons (1964-82), finishing his career with a record of 229-172 with an ERA of 3.30. He pitched for the Red Sox from 1971-78, posting a record of 122-81 with a 3.36 ERA. Tiant won two games for the Sox in the 1975 World Series, tossing a shutout in Game 1 vs. the Reds and a complete game in Game 4.
Tiant debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1988 and received 30.9 percent of the votes, his highest total but well short of the required 75 percent. His final year on the ballot was 2002.
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Sources told WEEI's John Dennis that Terry Francona will interview for the vacant St. Louis Cardinals managerial position on Friday.
A report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates the Cardinals on Thursday will begin the search for a manager to replace Tony LaRussa. The report has the Cardinals looking at a pool of "less than 10" candidates for the job, a list that includes former Red Sox manager Francona, Ryne Sandberg and Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on Wednesday that there might not be a need for a second round of interviews. The Cardinals hope to name the next manager before the MLB general managers meetings in Milwaukee on Nov. 14.
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Roger Clemens threw a bullpen session in Puerto Rico, and now a newspaper in that country is reporting that Clemens is considering suiting up for Indios de Mayaguez, the team his son Koby is playing for this winter. El Nuevo Dia quotes an unnamed player as saying Clemens "wants to pitch, that's 100 percent sure. I saw his desire to compete again. He was [at] the practice and said he wanted to play with his son."
However, the New York Daily News quotes a source saying that speculation about the 49-year-old returning to the mound is "pure gossip." Clemens last pitched in 2007 with the Yankees. He is due to go on trial in April for lying to Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
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According to a report from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Red Sox and Cubs have asked the Rangers for permission to speak to Mike Maddux about the vacant managerial job.
Maddux has been rumored as a candidate for the position since the departure of Terry Francona. The 50-year-old Maddux has been the pitching coach for the last three seasons for the Rangers, taking over a staff that had an AL-worst ERA in 2008. The Rangers have finished eighth, third and fifth in ERA in Maddux's three seasons, with the club winning the AL pennant each of the last two years. Maddux pitched for the Red Sox from 1995-96.
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Red Sox vice president of player personnel and professional scouting Allard Baird decided not to accept an offer to interview with the Baltimore Orioles about their GM vacancy. He cited his desire to work with new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington in explaining his decision.
"I was honored that the Baltimore Orioles expressed interest in me as a candidate for the GM position," Baird wrote in a text message. "The opportunity to possibly work side by side with [Orioles manager] Buck Showalter made this so attractive. At the end of the day, it came down to my loyalty to the Red Sox [and] Ben Cherington."
Baird, formerly the GM of the Royals, joined the Red Sox as a consultant late in the 2006 season before entering the organization full time in 2007. Since then, he has served as one of the most trusted talent scouts in the organization, in addition to an assortment of organizational duties.
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Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.