1. Poll: Better of Worse: Jacoby Ellsbury's 2009 Stolen Base Total?

    New Poll Question:Better of Worse: Jacoby Ellsbury's 2009 Stolen Base Total?Early last season it seemed like Jacoby might steal 75 bags, but a mid-season slump hit both his bat and his legs and he ended up with only 50...

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  2. Red Sox top MVN's preseason Power Rankings

    The first edition of the MVN Power Rankings are out and guess who claimed the top spot?  That's right, the Boston Red Sox.1...

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  3. Pulled from the comments: Sean O on Mike Lowell

    We all know that Sean O has, what can best be termed, his anti-binkies; Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell. I couldn't pass up his perspective on Mike Lowell in a recent thread without "pulling it from the comments"...

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  4. Jason Bay: For Better or Worse 2009

    In our continuing series of "For Better or Worse 2009" and community projections, I now give you Jason Bay. To catch up on the rest of the series should you have missed it so far, go here...

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  5. A Year Removed from the Shortstop Logjam

    Twelve months ago, I was eagerly looking forward to today because it would be then that the logjam at the shortstop position in the low-minors could be resolved...

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  6. My Favorite Red Sox Players

    On Friday, the Boston Globe ran down the worst breakups in Red Sox history going around the diamond by position. It's a nice (and sobering) read. It made me ask myself "who would be on my personal 'favorite Red Sox' team?" My list is here...

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  7. Mike Lowell "Upset"

    And who can blame him? "I think it's only human nature (to be upset) when you're given the choice (to sign) in more than one place, and you end up signing in a place where you proclaim to enjoy ...

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  8. Fire Brand Flies Along with Paul Byrd

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Byrd. Byrd, acquired from the Cleveland Indians during the latter part of the 2008 season, served the Red Sox very capably out of the ...

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  9. J.D. Drew: The Battle between What We See Visually and Numerically

    JD Drew.The greatest example of Sabermetrics vs. The Human Eye.For two years now, I have defended JD Drew as a player...

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  10. Steroids and the Red Sox

    While many Red Sox fans have met the news of Alex Rodriguez' past transgressions with unparalleled glee, casting enough stones to rebuild the Man in the Mountain, I caution you all to be careful...

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  11. The Red Sox's Top Five In-Season Trade Possibilities

    One reason why many clubs are shying away from doling out big-money free agent extensions (besides the economy, of course) is the potential to land a game-changing hitter at more favorable prices in-season from teams that experience a budget crunch...

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  12. Mechanical Analysis: Michael Bowden

    With Clay Buchholz slowly exhausting his prospect eligibility last season, Michael Bowden emerged by solidifying his status as the next best pitcher in the Sox system...

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  13. MLB Network's Propaganda

    So, here's what's going on with the MLB network this evening. Instead of hiding this story and saying "innocent until proven guilty" and letting the unofficial outlets like ESPN beat ...

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  14. Why Was Josh Beckett "Less Great" in 2008?

    Josh Beckett was a truly great pitcher in 2007. An integral piece to a championship team. Arguably the best pitcher in the American League that season. Arguably. But Beckett's 2008 campaign did not go over as smoothly...

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  15. The Boston Red Sox, from a Fantasy Perspective

    Originally published at Fire Brand of the American League: For those fantasy baseball aficionados, I want to point your attention to two places. First, Fantasy Baseball 365...

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  16. Breaking Jason Varitek's Psychological Hold on the Red Sox

    Yesterday, Pat discussed what the Jason Varitek signing means for the backup catcher position. Today, I look at the man himself, Jason Varitek.What does the return of Varitek mean for the club? Does it mean "more of the same?" No, I don't think it does...

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  17. Kevin Youkilis Signs Four-Year Deal Worth over $40 Million

    Peter Gammons is reporting that Sox first-baseman Kevin Youkilis has signed a four-year pact worth over $40 million, or over $10 million per year. The deal includes an option for a fifth year...

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  18. What Will Youk and Pap Command in Arbitration?

    Jayson Stark's latest piece has a look out on arbitration. Here are the relevant pieces: There's one more groundbreaking case on this list, and Papelbon is it...

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  19. A Look at Dom DiMaggio

    While we wait for the Jason Varitek saga to end, I went digging around in my unwritten entries archive and found one that I wrote a couple years ago that had yet to be published...

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  20. Fireside Chats No. 31: Where a little Smoltz and Baldelli goes a long way

    Boston Red Sox podcast on MVN Radio, Episode 31 where a little Smoltz and Baldelli goes a long way. Episode 31Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim DaloisioGuests: None Paul and Tim seem to have recovered ...

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  21. David Pauley designated for assignment

    David Pauley was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man spot. The Red Sox currently now have a full 40-man roster with the addition of John Smoltz and Takashi Saito.Over three years, Pauley had a 9...

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  22. Why Red Sox's Recent Additions Don't Mean Young Pitchers Will Be Dealt

    The Boston Red Sox have made a few sensational low-cost, high-reward moves lately, bringing in Rocco Baldelli, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, and John Smoltz...

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  23. Lord, I Was Born a Gamblin Man...

    *Editor's note* I've spent the last 5 days in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (yes, I have a real job that requires some of my time) so be prepared for obligatory gambling references...

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  24. Jeff Jagodzinski's Firing Was the Right Move

    A poll on FOXSPORTS.com shows that 75 percent of respondents (over 130,000 votes cast) believe that Boston College football head coach Jeff Jagodzinski should not be fired, the reasoning being that "Coaches interview for other jobs all the time...

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  25. New York Yankees Keep Sticking It to the Boston Red Sox

    It started with Jose Contreras as the first strike then moved on to Mark Bellhorn and Alan Embree...it graduated to Johnny Damon and Carl Pavano.....

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