And so this time, Kyrie engineered his own operation, recruiting Kevin Durant and signing with his favorite team as a child, the Nets. And he’s not happy now, either. Not long after Kyrie went AWOL for reasons only Kyrie understands, the Brooklyn Nets this week acquired the ballooning James Harden, adding fat to an escalating grease fire.
Now, is it possible that Benintendi is a victim of launch angle and analytics? Absolutely. What Benintendi was, out of college, was a true, bona fide baseball player, which is something that isn’t really valued much anymore. If the Red Sox took that and tried to change it – unsuccessfully after taking Benintendi with the seventh pick of the 2015 MLB draft – that is entirely on them.
And so, if 2020 was a transitional year following the departure of Brady, so be it. But what, exactly, are the Patriots transitioning to?
If the Bruins want Charlie McAvoy to become the franchise defenseman he can and should be, then moving on from Zdeno Chara was a necessary step to take.
The Patriots are spending a whole week's time in Los Angeles, and they get the better team this week. Can the Pats stay on "The Path" toward a playoff spot?
Is a quarterback change coming with the Patriots? Or is Bill Belichick simply playing motivational games with Cam Newton?
But when Belichick voluntarily cites his son – something he does not typically do – there is an obvious question: What’s the motive? Was it a simple fact? And is this Belichick the coach talking or Belichick the father?
Let’s make this as simple as possible for everyone: Gordon Hayward wants Indiana. Indiana wants Gordon Hayward. But to make that happen, both need the Celtics. In that way, Danny Ainge has held the keys to unlock the deal.
I’ve said this before and I’ll undoubtedly say it again, albeit in far louder and more annoying terms and tones: the quality of the baseball product stinks. It’s unwatchable. And more important to Major League Baseball, it’s unsellable. If you have disagreed with me on this, you’re certainly entitled. But we now have one of the most accomplished executives in baseball history telling us the game is being ruined – and that should count for something.
Allegedly, Bill Belichick likes and wants pushback from his assistant coaches. But based on how he handled it today with the media, I think we can safely surmise that he doesn’t exactly respond well to it.
Before you start fantasizing about quick-fix moves the Red Sox can execute this offseason with the hopes of becoming relevant again, here’s a tip: get real. Yes, the Red Sox have money to spend, but Bloom isn’t likely to throw around stupid money or forfeit draft picks and/or international signing money, both of which he would have to relinquish if the Red Sox were to sign a free agent who obtained a qualifying offer.
The Red Sox are down to five candidates, at least officially, but we all know that’s a stretch. The real number is one or two. And if the Red Sox are smart, here’s what they should do: Bring back Alex Cora. And then make Sam Fuld his bench coach.
Bill Belichick can blame whatever he wants. At the end of the day, when it comes to the Patriots' problems , the buck stops with "Three-Dollar Bill."
There were no analytics for what Mookie Betts did on third base last night. The player just played. We’ll never know what might have happened if Blake Snell were just allowed to pitch.
Simply put, the Patriots look slow, soft and woefully ill-prepared, which can’t help but bring one to a conclusion that Brady camp came to long ago. It was never Belichick the coach who covered for Belichick the GM. It was Brady the QB.
In the span of roughly two years, after having what Belichick himself called “the best quarterback situation in the league,” the Patriots effectively lost both Brady and Garoppolo for a second-round pick in 2018 and a compensatory selection in the 2021 draft, which feels like one of the worst examples of roster management in the history of all professional sports.
But this isn’t about the Dodgers, the Rays or the World Series, per se. It’s about the state and future of baseball – assuming there is one. If 2020 just proved that 60 games is all we need, then maybe it’s time for baseball to take a good, hard look at what it can do to improve its product and adapt to the times.
Meanwhile, Betts is now 2-for-14 in the NLCS (a .143 average). This postseason, in 40 plate appearances including 33 official at-bats, he has no home runs. The Dodgers have hit nine home runs in their current series and 11 in the postseason overall – but the man who tied teammate A.J. Pollock for the team lead with 16 during the regular season does not have a single one of them.
Admittedly, I’m conflicted. I suspect you are, too, because as inspiring a story as the Tampa Bay Rays have become, I still do not want the Red Sox to become them.
The Red Sox might be ruining Andrew Benintendi – and the cookie-cutter mentality that preaches launch angle and encourages strikeouts may be to blame.
The Patriots have rarely looked as bad at quarterback as they did in Kansas City. And somewhere, Tom Brady is laughing his pads off about it.
Is Bloom the next Epstein – or at least something far closer to it than Ben Cherington or Dave Dombrowski? Maybe. Let’s hope so. Because while the Red Sox actually have won one more title than Epstein since his departure, they’ve lived an elevator existence that has brought their fan base to the exhaustive point of emotional detachment. At the end of the day, they’re just getting too hard to live with anymore.
In the wake of the Ron Roenicke firing, Mazz examines the chances of Alex Cora returning as manager of the Red Sox. Audio from Bloom's presser is included.
Amidst The Season That Never Was, maybe we’ve simply neglected the most obvious question about the uncertain future of the Red Sox: who will lead them?
From a pure pitching standpoint the short-term challenge is both obvious and daunting for the 2021 Red Sox. They have to get something out of nothing.