ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Thursday, discussing the future of Bobby Valentine as his first season with the Red Sox comes to an end. Olney believes the Red Sox will elect to fire Valentine rather than bring him back to complete his two-year deal.
"Let's face it. It feels like there's a 'Well yeah, of course,'" Olney said. "We know that this is going to be something that they discuss, and in all likelihood, Bobby's not going to survive."
Olney did say that in the event that Valentine is fired, it will be different from the departure of Terry Francona, as the finger-pointing won't just come from the club, but from the departed manager.
"Bobby and Ozzie Guillen are the two people in baseball where you now this: They're going to have the last word, okay? No matter what happens," Olney said.
"Bobby's going to get the last word in, no matter how...
FOXBORO -- Tight end Kellen Winslow was among five players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice in full pads on Thursday on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Winslow was seen at Patriots practice on Wednesday and was not on the injury report. Winslow has often received days off in the past with previous teams as a way to rest his chronically sore right knee.
Also not spotted at practice for a second straight day were Logan Mankins (hip), Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Justin Francis (ankle) and Julian Edelman (left hand). Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick did return after missing the last week, including Wednesday, with an ankle issue.
Tom Brady was spotted at practice on Thursday after being limited with a right shoulder issue on Wednesday.
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Speaking on a conference call following the league's agreement with its officials, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed an apology to the fans for what the product was in the first three weeks of the season due to replacement officials.
"Sorry to have to put our fans through that," Goodell said of the first three weeks.
Replacement officials made controversial calls in a number of games, but a botched call and subsequent review that cost the Packers in a win in Monday night's game against the Seahawks prompted accelerated negotiations between the league and its officials, with an agreement being reached in time to have the regular officials begin Week 4 on Thursday.
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Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter will be the next manager of the Houston Astros, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Porter is expected to be introduced at a press conference Thursday morning at Minute Maid Park.
Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar interviewed for the position, the second time he has done so. Bogar first interviewed for the job as Astros manager prior to the 2010 season, losing out to former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, who compiled a 171-274 record over two-plus seasons before being fired in August. Bogar also interviewed for the Blue Jays managerial position after the 2010 season, a job that eventually went to former Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning. Understading Cherington wouldn't specifically address if manger Bobby Valentine would return in 2013, Gerry Callahan asked if Cherington would move quickly should the decison be made to fire Valentine.
"I'd always rather get the decision right rather than rush it," Cherington said. "But I think that what we know we need to do is hit the ground running in this offseason. One of the things, as I look back at last offseason, that didn't go perfectly was simply the amount of time that we spent on the manager search and what that did to the rest of the offseason. I would like to spend less time on it this offseason, that's for sure."
Jon Lester allowed three runs in six innings in Wednesday's defeat to the Rays, dropping his record to 9-14 on the season. With a career-worst 4.94 ERA to go with the 9-14 record, Cherington was...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the entire week of K&C shows in one mega Friday edition
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