K.C. Royals vs S.F. Giants World Series: what to watch

Bud Selig

The 2014 World Series may not get the highest ratings, but it will be the most eventful. Sure, there are no Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, but there are the Cinderella story Royals and dynasty-craved Giants.

Not only is Ned Yost undefeated in his first playoff appearance with a Royals team that hadn’t been here since 1985, but on the other side Bruce Bochy looks to cement himself in the Hall of Fame by becoming the 10th head coach to win three World Series.

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Former Red Sox All-Star Shea Hillenbrand attempting comeback

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One of the more improbable of comeback attempts is that of two-time major league all-star Shea Hillenbrand, who averaged just over 85 runs batted in for his first four full seasons (’02-05 with Boston, Arizona and Toronto) before falling out of any level of affiliated baseball five years ago.  He did log 36 games (.340) with York in 2008.

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Cubs and Red Sox trade players to be named later, and Chris Carpenter

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The Chicago Cubs today sent a player to be named later to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.  Sounds spine tingling, the Cubs also through in pitcher Chris Carpenter. With this trade, compensation for Theo Epstein joining the Cubs as the team’s President is complete.  [Read more…]

Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Eagles Failures Animated by Taiwanese (Videos)

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Highly publicized East coast teams in both the MLB and the NFL are suffering right now. The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles’ misfortunes are so prodigious that their stories are big in Taiwan. That’s right they’re huge in Taiwan. Watch the two animated videos after the jump.

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Terry Francona is the Wrong Boston Red Sox Fall Guy

Theo Epstein

When a team has the largest collapse of all time during the month of September, there is plenty of blame to go around. Terry Francona, former Boston Red Sox manager, received the brunt of it recently after his meeting with the team’s hierarchy. The franchise decided not to pick up Francona’s option for next season.

Theo Epstein is widely viewed as a baseball mastermind. With Brad Pitt playing another baseball executive in Moneyball, it’s a stretch to put Epstein into the same category. Many of his signings haven’t produced the forecasted results. There have been rumors of him heading to Chicago to work with the Cubs, but it’s difficult to fathom his departure unless he is forced out. The only thing that the Windy City brings to the table is a bigger challenge and the headaches that accompany it.

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The Chicago Cubs season is like the Cubs … almost over

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I am catching everyone a bit off-guard here on Friday, but it is always good to change things up a little bit, right? Just like the Cubs are going to need to change things up more than a little bit when it comes to their 2012 roster.

So, let’s get going and starting rambling, and maybe even start talking about next year a little bit.

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Boston Red Sox Game Rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene, New York Orders Evacuations

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Hurricane Irene is shaping up to be the kind of storm that tells us “don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” This could be the first real threat to the northeast corridor since Hurricane Gloria in 1985. It’s going to threaten New York City, maybe making land fall as a Category 1; and even reach Boston as a tropical storm with 80 mph winds.

The Boston Red Sox will no longer have a Sunday afternoon game with the Oakland Athletics, moving that contest to Saturday, the team announced in a press release. That game will start at 5 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader, following a first game set to begin at noon.

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White Sox Handle Good Teams, Struggle Massively vs. the Bad Ones

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The Boston Red Sox were everyone’s preseason champions, and up until the last few days, one of the hottest teams in major league baseball. It was the 27-31 Chicago White Sox who cooled them off, sweeping the BoSox in Fenway. This makes it seven in a row white over red. Chicago is starting to own Boston in the same manner the Minnesota Twins own them.

Or how the New York Yankees own the Twins in the postseason. The White Sox season has now been upgraded from nightmarish train wreck to mediocre with some rays of hope. They’ve passed up the Kansas City Royals for third place in the AL Central, and are currently within striking distance of reaching .500 and catching the second place Detroit Tigers.

But one number sums up their season more than any other.

By Paul M. Banks

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2011 Baseball Season has been Bizarro World So Far

Fans of all sports typically love to see David slay Goliath. They usually root against the haves and in favor of the have-nots. They must really enjoy attending MLB games so far, because unpredictability has been the norm in April. Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau, and the Boston Red Sox are all prime examples of conventional wisdom being useless thus far when analyzing the early portion of the season.

While the regular season is only about ten percent complete, the relevance of the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians is refreshing to observers all over baseball because it shows the league is not in danger of turning into the NBA.

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