Coffee and Clippings: And then there were two

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Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) of the Boston Globe wraps up the Larry Lucchino departure from 4 Yawkee Way as the Red Sox chain of responsibility is reduced by one… First it was Tito, Theo, and the Trio. There was a lot of arguing and pushback in the Red Sox front office for eight years while the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Positions of need, Red Sox facing some tough decisions

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Alex Speier (@alexspeier) of the Boston Globe talks Red Sox and addresses the long-term needs of the club. The Sox have three corner positions whose future is entwined, the result of one forthcoming vacancy and two of the worst defensive performances in recent memory. The real crux of the Red Sox offseason in terms of […]

Peter Gammons: Kelly, Rodriguez attend impromptu pitching class with Pedro

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When Pedro Martinez finished his on-field uniform number retirement ceremonies before Tuesday night’s game, he went through the dugout, and as he passed the batting cage in the runway spotted David Ortiz and hugged him with thanks. As they talked, Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez walked by. Pedro called them into the hitting cage. Kelly […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays, Royals go all in for Today

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Dayton Moore spent years building the Royals organization, then spent October watching his team come from behind in the play-in wild card game against Oakland and motor all the way to the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven of the World Series. “There comes a point where […]

Coffee and Clippings: Tyler Clippard even more vital after Jenrry Mejia’s moronic act

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Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post discusses Tyler Clippard’s arrival to the Mets as the air of Jenrry Mejia’s 162 game suspension is still swirling at Citi Field … The moron alarm blasted at Citi Field on Tuesday. But the Mets displayed they might just possess sufficient moron protection. Indeed, by the time Tyler […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Biggio revels in moment as Astros fans rise to occasion

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Main Street was lined at 7 p.m. Friday, lined with people in Houston Astros garb. “I don’t ever remember seeing an Astros shirt here,” one Hall of Fame worker laughed. And inside, with the museum open until 8, there were Astros fans filling every room. By 7:30, they’d made a remarkable discovery—the Craig Biggio […]

Coffee and Clippings: Worst Red Sox road trip in 64 years

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Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) of discuss the historically awful road trip for the Red Sox and what players might be heading to another team… This date in history, July 23, 2015: The Red Sox end their first winless trip in 64 years, one that began with a walk-off home run by Mike Trout of the Los […]

Coffee and Clippings: Royals show they’re best in AL

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David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) of ESPN’s SweetSpot discusses why and how the Royals are the best team in the American League… But these aren’t the 2005 Royals. These are the 2015 Royals and they win these games. They battle, they punch, they play Royals baseball, and if you give them an opening, they’ll beat you. Joe […]

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants

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I remember the first time I saw Randy Johnson pitch, in relief in Palmer, Alaska in the mid-eighties, which always served as a reminder of the work he put in to win five Cy Youngs, start four different All-star games, win more games in his forties (75) than his twenties (64) and become one of […]

Peter Gammons: High-stakes evaluations as Trade Deadline approaches

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We get so absorbed in this whole buyers and sellers thing that we forget what Bob Castellini and Mark Attanasio have put into the Reds and Brewers. Or that the only significant player acquired at the deadline by the 2013 Red Sox and 2014 Giants champions was Jake Peavy, who made seven post-season starts for the two […]