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Daniel BardDick Flavin

Daniel Bard. Who'd have believed it? The news was pretty much buried because it was announced during the middle of the World Series, but he is the National League Comeback Player of the Year for 2020. How ...

Advantage, LA Dick Flavin

Dumb and Dumber. That's how a lot of folks around baseball are describing John Henry and Tom Werner, the chief owners of the Red Sox, in the wake of Mookie Betts' leading the LA Dodgers to the World Series ...

Whitey Ford and meDick Flavin

I always felt a special connection with Whitey Ford, the winningest pitcher in Yankees history, who died Oct. 8, 2020 at the age of 91. I felt that way even though, more than anyone else, he was the embodiment ...

The Red Sox ratings disaster Dick Flavin

If you think the US Congress's poll numbers are lousy, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Just take a look at the Red Sox TV ratings on NESN. They're down a staggering 50 percent from a year ago -- and a year ...

Quo vadis, MLB?Dick Flavin

There has been very little good that has come of the Great Pandemic of 2020. But at least sports fans during September were offered a veritable smorgasbord of games to choose from on TV. The football ...

The rise and hard fall of a hard drinker Dick Flavin

Just 90 years ago, Sunday, Sept. 28, was the final day of the 1930 baseball regular season. In the last of the eighth inning that day, at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Lewis "Hack" Wilson of the Cubs singled, ...

The new conventional wisdomDick Flavin

Old habits die hard. But, like most everything else, they eventually die. So it is with the age-old tradition of teaching young baseball players how to hit. Conventional wisdom has always -- at least ...

History, skulduggery, and bad luck Dick Flavin

Time for a bit of ancient baseball history, mixed in with a touch of skulduggery and a bushel of bad luck. In the summer of 1934, a 15-year-old kid snuck into a tryout on the St. Louis Cardinals held ...