Martinez? Unless or until we find out more in a world with limited media access, he has no defense or excuse. It sure feels like Captain Video pulled a Manny Ramirez in New York last weekend, refusing to hit in one of the few games where the Red Sox have had a chance this season. Whether they won or lost the game is irrelevant. The whole point, this year especially, is to try.
You learn more about people in failure than in success. Keep this in mind as the Red Sox spiral into oblivion as one of baseball's worst teams.
Hightower, Chung and Cannon head a list of six Patriots players who have opted out of the 2020 NFL season in recent days, all for reasons that are both personal and obvious. In the NFL, sooner or later, you can indeed reach a point where the punishment is no longer worth it, especially if you have what those three men possess.
Tony Massarotti breaks down the Red Sox debut of outfielder Alex Verdugo for 985TheSportsHub.com. How did it go in Verdugo's first at-bats?
Mookie Betts got his money, which was always his right. Nobody has ever suggested otherwise. But knowing what we know now, can we all agree that there was zero chance that Betts was ever going to get it in Boston?
And yet, I keep coming back to this: baseball has the best chance. It’s a no-contact sport in which the players rarely have to be within six feet of one another for any extended period of time. Social distancing is built in. If baseball can’t be played, other team sports have no hope - so you should be rooting hard for baseball even if you hate it.
Now here we are, two years later, and suddenly Martinez regards himself as a DH. Hmmm. How convenient. In case you missed it, baseball will employ a universal DH this year – that means in both leagues – and the rule will almost certainly carry over into the next bargaining agreement between players and owners. The days of pitchers batting for themselves have likely gone the way of the payphone, so guys like Martinez no longer need to be so disingenuous.
If you’re keeping score, as the result of disciplinary action by the league for Spygate, Deflategate and the Bengals taping incident, the Pats have now lost: two first-round picks, a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick. That is a ton of draft collateral, especially for a team that has not drafted well in recent years.
What does baseball even give the fans anymore? The only thing they're giving them now is a middle finger salute. And at this point, the fans would be foolish not to give the finger right back.
Mazz on the latest developments in Major League Baseball. The owners and players may be trying to save the season, but can they save the game overall?
Last night, conveniently and as baseball continued what certainly feels like another labor war, ESPN aired “Long Gone Summer,” the documentary that highlighted Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and the pursuit of baseball’s single-season home run record, once regarded as the most significant record in all of sports. The price for baseball back then was that the record now means nothing at all, swallowed by a steroid era that made McGwire and Sosa look like caricatures of themselves.
When Manfred wanted to aggressively pursue pace-of-play initiatives, the union stood in his way. MLB allies then told us that Manfred had the power to unilaterally impose a pitch clock, but he never used that power. Now the union is threatening Manfred to unilaterally impose a 50-game schedule, presumably because union officials think he won’t do that, either.
Last year, despite a career high in receiving yards, Edelman’s play had slipped by year’s end. During the regular season, he led the NFL with a whopping 13 drops. Maybe that was the result of injury, maybe that was the result of overall workload resulting from four Super Bowl appearances in the five previous years, maybe it was the result of … age.
Mazz gets into the latest back-and-forth over money between players and owners in Major League Baseball. Have the two sides finally reached a magic number?
Earth to baseball: you’re losing us. And the fact that you’re losing us now should tell you something. Now make of this what you will, but I recently asked, on Twitter, the simple question of whether people wanted baseball to return in 2020. A whopping 60 percent basically said no.
What union? Tony Massarotti explains why MLB is all about the stars when it comes to money and the negotiations for how to pay players in 2020.
In terms of off-court impact, Michael Jordan has few peers. And if Tom Brady really wants to be in that conversation, he's still got a long way to climb.
With all due respect to Duchene, who has every right to voice his concerns, this is, in a word, impossible. There is risk. There will continue to be risk. If it’s "no risk" that Duchene and the players want, then there will be no games.
In the midst of a global pandemic, certain rules make all the sense in the world. Others don’t. Outside the foul lines and between innings? The more the better. But if were going to go through all these measures … isn’t the point so that players can play the game on the field without significant limitation?
Bill Parcells showed up and gave the Patriots instant credibility, and football in New England hasn’t been the same since. That's why whoever denies him the Pats Hall of Fame needs to get over themselves.
With Tom Brady gone and the Patriots entering a new era at quarterback, the 2020 season will show us how problematic Brady's attitude was at the end.
With golf courses expected to open soon in Mass., people can finally get back to what should have always been a compromise for the coronavirus shutdown.
Last season, during Tom Brady’s final year in New England, the Patriots ranked 10th in the NFL in cash spent at the quarterback position with slightly more than $24.5 million according to spotrac.com. But as of Monday, the Patriots had dropped all the way to 30th in the NFL, ahead of only the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals
In the end, here’s the ultimate point: if Rodgers had been performing to his capability in recent years, the Packers probably wouldn’t have drafted any quarterback in the first round. They wouldn’t have needed to. Maybe the Patriots felt the same way about Brady.
Was this all a way to back the Bengals into a corner? Again, maybe yes and maybe no. But at the moment, it certainly doesn’t seem if Cincinnati has anywhere else to turn.