At Home Plate: Red Sox adding role players, not stars

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When the Boston Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it signified a change of philosophy within the organization. More importantly, it also cleared a large chunk of payroll for the team … Continue reading

At Home Plate: Hamilton, not Greinke, worth big contract

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Both Los Angeles teams reeled in a big catch recently. The Dodgers signed the top free-agent pitcher in Zack Greinke, while the Angels brought in the top hitter on the market in Josh Hamilton. Both received multi-year contracts for an … Continue reading

From Left Field: In Mets’ History, Farm System Has Lacked Strong Hitting

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After the trade sending R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, I started thinking that the Mets really have never developed a top-notch catcher out of their minor league system. Todd Hundley is closest thing to being a productive home-grown catcher, … Continue reading

McClancy Teacher Played with Nets (with audio)

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George Bruns was likely very good at keeping his own basketball statistics; he was a math teacher after all. In an interesting turn of events, Bruns, who was teaching at Msgr. McClancy M.H.S., East Elmhurst, at the time, was signed … Continue reading