Tony Massarotti

Mazz: For starters, safety rules ain't worth spit

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?

Mazz: From Jarrett Stidham, Patriots want good stuff cheap

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

Mazz: Did the door just open for the return of Mookie Betts?

Translation: the pandemic and its effects would have major free agency ramifications for a player who has been intent on going to the market from seemingly the day he set foot in the big leagues. And while the likelihood is that Betts would choose a one-year contract and hit the market when all economies are healthier, could the offer like the one the Red Sox presented him last spring be back in play?

Mazz: On Opening Day ... an opening salvo

David Price (and those like him) makes his $31 million annually, fully guaranteed, and takes an eternity between pitches. And then, when the notion of the pitch clock comes up, he doesn’t merely hold on to the ball. They hold on to the ball and defiantly tell you that they have no intention of changing, directly spitting into the face of the person who matters most: you.

Mazz: For Belichick and the Patriots, it feels like a massive rebuild

By Tony Massarotti, 98.5 The Sports Hub If we’re being honest, this is not how anyone envisioned it, least of all Bill Belichick, who started preparing for the departure of Tom Brady almost six years ago. That’s when Belichick selected Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the NFL draft while essentially telling us that…

Mazz: The end of an era

Along the way, of course, there was always the possibility he would leave. Maybe even there was the probability. And yet, as news of Tom Brady’s departure broke this morning, there was s suddenness that felt, well, final.