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How Red Sox Blew Hundreds of Millions

Benjamin Morris, Five Thirty Eight

Maybe Red Sox Aren't So Crazy, After All

Neil Payne, FiveThirtyEight

Boston Should Suck It Up and Dump Drew

Chris Villani, Boston Herald

Still Too Early to Write Off Red Sox

Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight

Red Sox Fans Deserve Better Than This

Steve Buckley, Boston Herald

The film version of “Moneyball” depicts many establishment baseball types as ignorant of where wins in baseball come from and clueless about how to properly valu...(full article)

A season after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, there’s no getting around how lousy the team has been. With a record of 43 wins and 52 losses, the Red Sox entered the...(full article)

We all make mistakes, and some are more costly than others. The Red Sox made a mistake when they signed Stephen Drew and it’s going to run them $10 million.   Full disclosure, I...(full article)

A season after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, there’s no getting around how lousy the team has been. With a record of 43 wins and 52 losses, the Red Sox entered the All...(full article)

That A.J. Pierzynski was going to be bad news for the Red Sox was made obvious back on May 22, when he did a duck-and-cover after Jon Lester had been lit up by the Toronto Blue Jay...(full article)

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