Dick Williams - the man who managed the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox of 1967 - died Thursday at his Las Vegas home of a brain aneurysm. He was 82.
Williams also led the Oakland A’s to two of their three 1970s World Series titles and led the 1984 Padres to their first-ever National League pennant.
In 21 years of managing, Williams compliled a record of 1571-1451 and earned a place in Cooperstown by making a career of turning losers into winners. He took a ninth-place Red Sox team in 1966 and led them to 92 wins, 20 more than the previous season. The Red Sox came within one win of capturing the '67 World Series, losing 4-3 to St. Louis. He was the legendary manager of the A's, leading them to World Series victories over the Reds and Mets. He was also at the helm of the Angels, Expos and Mariners, where he was fired 56 games into the 1988 season.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday that the team is still mulling its options for a possible starter to take the place of Jon Lester on Sunday afternoon in the pre-All Star break finale against the Orioles at Fenway Park. Lester was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a strained left lat.
"We'll get there," Francona said. "There's just no need for us to do something premature. We'll see how we get through the week. We have certainly some ideas and some things to throw around, which we have. We'll have an announcement when we feel like it, when we think it's appropriate."
Among the candidates to take Lester's spot are Kyle Weiland, who earned a victory on Monday for Triple-A Pawtucket and Kevin Millwood, who last pitched on Sunday for the Paw Sox. The Red Sox have had the fortune of having organizational pitching depth to fill the void left by injuries to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz as Tim...
WILMINGTON -- Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton is the second blue-chip NHL draft prospect in as many years to highlight the Bruins' annual development camp, as he was the star at Ristuccia Arena Thursday, a year after Tyler Seguin came in as the No. 2 overall pick last summer. Unlike Seguin a year ago, Hamilton is not expected to make the NHL roster this season, and figures to head back to Niagara of the OHL for a third season. The Bruins' defensive group is already more than full, with Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski a likely training camp battle for the seventh spot. Given where the Bruins sit in the NHL and their defensive situation, Hamilton doesn't figure to be overwhelmed with trying to force his way in.
"I don't think there's really any pressure," Hamilton said Thursday at Ristuccia. "I want to be an NHL player, and I'm working as hard as I can to make that happen. I think whatever the staff wants to do with me, and...
Six of the nine Red Sox starting battters will hit from the left side of the plate in Thursday's series opener against the Orioles and their righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. Lefties J.D. Drew and Josh Reddick will take the corner outfield spots in right and left respectively while Adrian Gonzalez returns to first base after sitting out his first game of the 2011 season in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays. Switch-hitting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will catch starter Andrew Miller for the third time out of the southpaw's four big-league starts this season.
Although lefties are hitting just .224 against Arrieta, their .761 OPS bests the righties' .706 mark by a longshot, mostly because of Arrieta's inability to keep left-handed hitters off the basepaths (30 walks to LHB vs. 14 to RHB).
Here's the complete Red Sox lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
According to French newspaper L’Équipe, Suns swingman Mickael Pietrus is claiming the C’s are interested in him.
"Phoenix didn’t use me, but that’s their problem," Pietrus said. "I’m going to continue working. The only thing I care about is winning a title. … A lot of teams are interested in me, like the Lakers or the Celtics. This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers."
Pietrus is slated to make $5.3 million from the Suns next season, so his relocation would require a trade. If such a trade were to involve the Celtics, they would have to either sign and trade Glen Davis or another player packaged with their $2.4 million trade exception.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
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.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.