Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire was named the American League Manager of the Year while Padres manager Bud Black took home the honor in the National League. While Gardenhire claimed a healthy margin of victory over second-place finisher Ron Washington of the Rangers in the AL, Black won by a single point over Reds manager Dusty Baker in the NL.
Gardenhire claimed 16 of 28 first-place votes, with Washington claiming 10. Though he did not receive a single first-place vote, Red Sox manager Terry Francona finished in fourth (the third time he has done so as Red Sox skipper) for guiding a club decimated by injuries to an 89-73 record. Though that was not good enough to reach the postseason, the Sox and Francona received high marks from the baseball world this year for competing hard in the face of injuries to key players such as Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Victor Martinez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.
FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, Tom Brady missed Wednesday practice to rest his foot as the Patriots began on-field work in advance of their latest huge game, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Brady was nursing a foot injury following the loss in Cleveland on Nov. 7 and did not practice last Wednesday. He was also limited on Thursday and Friday but showed no ill effects during a 39-26 thrashing of the Steelers last Sunday night. Brady had his first 300-yard game, throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski while rushing for another.
Also missing from practice again were safety Jarrad Page (calf) and Myron Pryor (back). The team practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette.
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FOXBORO -- With the Indianapolis Colts coming to town this weekend, there will be lots of talk about the single biggest play of the season between the two teams last year at Lucas Oil Field. And like everyone who watched the thriller between the Colts and Patriots, Tom Brady remembers 'fourth-and-2' last November.
Last year, the Patriots needed just two yards for a first down with two minutes to go to salt away a 34-28 win at Indy. But instead of punting the ball away to Peyton Manning and the then-perfect Colts, Pats coach Bill Belichick decided to put the contest in Brady's hands.
"I haven't thought about it at all since probably that game, since that night as a matter of fact," Brady said Wednesday. "Our coaches have always had a lot of faith in what we do offensively and the way the offensive line protects and the way the receivers get open. He's gone for it a bunch on fourth down this year...
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
The main topic of conversation was the controversy involving NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell, whose inflammatory e-mail about Marc Savard caused a firestorm this week.
"When you're in a position to impact a guy's life in some way by disciplinary action or heavy fines, which they now have in the NHL, you can't form those opinions at least in terms of expressing it in a way that goes public," Milbury said. "The e-mail thing was just simple, logistical — you can't be that stupid in order to do it. The actual content of it was worse. I think he made a mistake. I don't think it impacted any judgments that I know of.
"Colie is a terrific guy, he tries to be fair, but he stepped in it. Whether...
According to a report in the Dominican daily newspaper El Dia, the A's made an initial offer to Red Sox free agent Adrian Beltre of five years, $45 million. The story indicates that this is the first offer made to Beltre.
UPDATE: ESPNDeportes.com is now reporting that the offer was for five years and $64 million, matching the size of the contract Beltre signed with the Mariners after the 2004 season.
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
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The great Lisa Scherber joined us to discuss today's trip to Fort Myers with 46 Jimmy Fund patients.
D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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