Author: Scott Frizzell

Random Red Sox of the Day: Jody Reed

Drafted by the Red Sox The Boston Red Sox selected Jody Reed out of Florida State University in the eighth round of the 1984 draft. Reed had already been through several draft phases, but never signed. He began play immediately in A-Ball at Winter Haven. After spending all of the 1985 season at Winter Haven as well, Reed started to climb the ladder. In 1986 he played at both AA New Britain and AAA Pawtucket. Even though he had struggled at New Britain, Reed showed his promise in Pawtucket. In 1987 he played the full season at Pawtucket before...

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All about Basketball Players

Professional basketball players in the NBA are some of the most famous people in the world. Famous basketball players name like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and even Shaquille O’Neal are seen in almost every basketball jersey. While everybody knows their names, no one knows the kind of struggle it takes to reach that far. For those who are aspiring to become some of the big names in the NBA someday, you can start your journey by doing the following things; Watch the game as many times as possible You can easily access and watch basketball online through VPNor on...

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How Divorce Can Affect Top Athletes

Divorce is ranked as one of the most traumatic life events people experience next to the death of a loved one or serious illness. Deciding to go your separate ways is a huge deal that brings with it a lot of financial, personal and legal trouble. It is not surprising that when someone goes through a divorce, the stress that results can often leave the person in extreme distress. Such pain and agony not only affects your well being but also your athletic performance, especially if you’re a sportsman. Here are 5 ways of how divorce can affect your...

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Who has the Inside Track on the 2019 NBA MVP Award?

James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant – these are just a few of the top NBA stars in the running for the league’s MVP award. Of course, the MVP race is extremely subjective with no clear definition on what truly makes a player the MVP. After all, “value” doesn’t always equate with “best”. The MVP may be the most important player for the league’s best team, or the star with the most impressive individual statistics, or the one whose team would be the most affected by his absence… Our friends from Betway have put together this infographic to explain...

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WATCH: Wayne Rooney Scores and Incredible Goal

Wayne Rooney has scored many sick goals over the course of his career — the majority of them at either the international or EPL level. But he plays in the MLS now, for DC united, and is the unquestioned leader of the team. Since coming on board, Rooney and DC United have been off to a fast start. According to omegatipsters, United is one of the most favored teams to win the MLS cup this year. And don’t think for a second that he doesn’t have the skills and high IQ to will his way toward a goal that few others in the league can pull off. That’s exactly what he did during Sunday’s match against Orlando FC, when he took a set piece from a difficult angle, and instead of passing, like many others would’ve done, he somehow curled the ball into the corner of the net. Rooney really scored from that angle 🤯(via @FOXSoccer)pic.twitter.com/vqz6jxgoGg— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 1, 2019 That’s the goal of the year so...

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Random Red Sox of the Day: Tim Naehring

“Random Red Sox of the Day” is a new series of articles I will be periodically writing. This one is the first installment in the series. Random doesn’t mean they weren’t good, just that they aren’t names you will hear come up often in this day and age. Tim Naehring, for instance, was a good player for the Red Sox who seemingly adding to his game every season until an elbow injury ended his career prematurely.

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BSE Baseball Writers Postseason Predictions

Following up our predictions for the major awards in the upcoming baseball season, the baseball writers here at Boston Sports Extra make our predictions on the most important thing of all; the postseason. Who will win their divisions, who will sneak in as Wild Cards, and ultimately, who will win the World Series? American League East Thom Howland: Boston Red Sox No bullpen? No problem. Sale is ready for a Cy Young season, Price is over the playoff hump, Porcello is a rock, and EROD is about to make the leap.  The lineup is 2004 deep, and AC is...

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BSE Baseball Writers MLB Awards Predictions

With the baseball season arriving, our baseball writers have come together to predict the 2019 award winners. In this article we each choose the winner of the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year Awards for the coming season. We will follow shortly with a second article predicting the division winners and postseason results for the coming season. American League Most Valuable Player Thom Howland: Jose Ramirez hit .270 last year with an unlucky 25% hit rate. With his top tier power, peak age, and a Cleveland team gunning for another AL Central crown,...

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Chatting with Former Red Sox Jeff Frye

I had the pleasure of chatting with former Red Sox second baseman Jeff Frye. Frye played in the Major Leagues for eight seasons, three of which came in Boston. He was a career .290 hitter, .295 with the Red Sox. Nowadays, Frye works as a sports agent at Frye McCann Sports and does some pre and postgame work for the Texas Rangers. BSE: You began your career as a 30th round draft pick; what was it like clawing your way up to the Majors? Jeff Frye: I never even thought I really had a chance of making it to...

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Jackie Bradley Prime for Breakout

Jackie Bradley has shown up to spring training with a new swing. After an offseason working with swing guru Craig Wollenbrock, Bradley might be poised for a breakout season. Yes, it’s only spring training, but Bradley showed off his new swing with a home run in his first at-bat. JD Martinez Helps Out JD Martinez has been a godsend in more ways than one. Not only did he rake to the tune of a .330/.402/.629 batting line last year, but he has been helping other players with their swings. Multiple times last season he noticed something in a players...

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How Red Sox MVP’s Have Fared the Following Season

Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts is coming off an MVP Award for the 2018 season. There have been 11 seasons before Betts’ MVP season in which a Boston Red Sox won the award. Only one of those seasons saw a guy win his second MVP Award. 1912 Tris Speaker won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1912. The award then was not the modern MVP award. From 1911-1914 it was named the Chalmers Award, for the automobile company. However, just like now, baseball writers were the ones who determined the winner. The modern award was started in 1931. As...

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The Red Sox History as Defending World Champions

The Boston Red Sox are coming off perhaps the greatest season in franchise history, and one of the greatest seasons any team has ever had. Coming off the ninth World Series championship in franchise history, I wondered how the previous defending champions they have had performed the following season. 1903 World Champions Still named the Boston Americans, the franchise won the first ever World Series in 1903. They faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in a best of nine series, winning five games to three. The team didn’t change much in the offseason as they got set to defend their world...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 71+

For the final article in my series of the greatest Red Sox players to wear each uniform number, I will cover the numbers 71 and higher. This one will get a little weird, with guys who didn’t play much wearing the number or still haven’t played much. However, they are all recent guys and have made some sort of contribution at least, so I didn’t want to leave them out. Many numbers up this high have never been worn, and a few others have only had one guy wear them. Number 71 – Austin Maddox Maddox didn’t pitch long...

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Top Casino Mistakes You Are Making and How to Stop

There are various reasons why people go to casinos. Some people go to get entertained and to pass the time, while others go to make money. Between the two, a good number of people who go to the casinos usually go for the primary purpose of making money. However, there are certain things they do while that end up not making them the amount of money that anticipated making. If you want to better your game and become a good gambler, you have to learn about these mistakes that people make and how to avoid them so that the next time you hit the slot machines, you have everything going well for you. Here is a look at some of the top casino mistakes you have been making and how to stop them Playing without learning the rules The first mistake is an obvious one, and this is when people go to the casinos and start playing without knowing any rules to the game. Essentially, what you’re doing is to simply tell the casino to take your money and make you broke. Before you start playing any game in the casino, you must learn all the rules and ensure that you understand all of them so that when the game begins, you’re not in any disadvantaged position. Therefore, before you’re tempted to play any game, ensure that the first...

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A Cheaper Closing Option

As the Red Sox struggle to avoid massive penalties from the luxury tax, the question of who will be the team’s closer remains. Many of the top free agent relief pitchers have already been signed. Craig Kimbrel is still on the market, but the contract he would command would be much larger than the Red Sox will go. Ideally, the Red Sox could find a cheap closing option to avoid even stiffer penalties than they already face. The Early Years Greg Holland was once one of the most dominant late-inning bullpen options in the game. His rookie season of...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 61-68

As the numbers extend higher, the pickings continue to thin. Fewer and fewer players have worn the numbers as they climb into the sixties and beyond. The numbers have also generally been worn for shorter amounts of time, assigned to rookies just making the Majors. If the rookie succeeds, they usually change their number the following season. If they don’t make it, well, they aren’t wearing the number long. Therefore, I am going to do more than just five players at a time and close out this series of articles with just two more articles. Unfortunately, no Red Sox...

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WAYS TO CELEBRATE END OF SEASON BY A SOCCER TEAM

This is the time of the end of season celebration from various soccer teams across the world! There has been feeling of sorrow among the players as they would have to remain away from the stadium for a longer time, yet this is the time where they would be able to celebrate and party with their friends and fellow sportsmen for all the hard work they have done on the field. The celebration would stimulate the players and boost up their energy level so as to help them in to go for the next playing session in an energetic...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 56-60

The uniform numbers 56-60 for the Boston Red Sox feature the franchise’s greatest closer, and one of the more dominant postseason closers ever. It also celebrates a man who had a t-shirt made about him this past season. Find out who makes the cut for the numbers 56-60. Number 56 – Joe Kelly Joe Kelly gathered quite a following for himself this past season. On April 11, Joe Kelly hit Yankees Tyler Austin with a pitch and urged him to charge the mound. Kelly proceeded to win the fight and the hearts of many Bostonians. Shirts were made about...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 51-55

The higher the numbers get, the less they have been worn. As we enter the fifties, the amount of players to select from, and generally the quality of players lessens. That is not to say these guys did not have their value, but you might not find yourself remembering who wore these numbers. Number 51 – Daniel Bard After wearing number 60 as a rookie in 2009, Bard switched to the number 51. He had his best career season in 2010. Daniel Bard threw easy heat; He didn’t look like he was exerting much effort, but the ball would...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 46-50

The players stay strong as we move through the end of the forties and into the fifties.  The best players to wear the uniform numbers between 46 and 50 all played key roles on some good Red Sox teams.  One is the franchise all-time leader in games pitched, another is the franchise leader in innings pitched.  Take a look. Number 46 – Bob Stanley Born in Portland, Maine, Bob Stanley spent 13 seasons with the Red Sox, and is the franchise leader in games pitched with 637.  He started a healthy amount the first few seasons of his career...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 41-45

The uniform numbers 41-45 feature another retired number from the Red Sox. Yes, 42 is retired, but that is for all of baseball, not a Red Sox retired number. The Red Sox’ 42 brought some serious clout to the plate though. The series continues and starts with a current Red Sox. Number 41 – Chris Sale Chris Sale has only been with the team for two years, but he has already accomplished so much. Most important, he was on the mound for the final out of the 2018 baseball season, striking out Manny Machado to clinch the World Series...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 36-40

The greatest Red Sox to wear the numbers 36-40 is next up in the series.  Although as a group this one drops off a bit, there are still some good names here.  One is a postseason hero, while another is the oldest player to win a professional game. Number 36 – Tom Gordon Tom Gordon wasn’t with the Red Sox a long time, nor was he always effective, but he did enough to be the choice at number 36.   Gordon signed with the Red Sox as a starting pitcher for 1996.  Despite a 12-9 record, Gordon was not...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 31-35

The greatest Red Sox to wear the set of numbers between 31-35 are all recent players.  In fact, the one who played for the Red Sox the longest ago was a key member of the 2004 curse breaking team.  These five players won 10 World Series rings with the Red Sox.  There is a retired number, a captain and a current Sox player. Number 31 – Jon Lester Lester played the role of Red Sox ace for several seasons.  Before he got there, he had to overcome cancer at the age of 23.  After his return from cancer, Lester...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 26-30

The uniform numbers 26-30 bring two more Hall of Famers and retired numbers.  On top of that, we have a hero from the 2004 team that broke the curse.  Who are they and who joins them on this list? Number 26 – Wade Boggs Wade Boggs is a Hall of Famer and has his number 26 retired by the Red Sox. He built his Hall of Fame career with the Sox as the best hitter of the 1980’s, and is a top five third baseman of All-Time.  He led the league in batting average in five out of the...

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The Greatest Red Sox Legends by Uniform Number: 21-25

There are no Hall of Famers in the numbers 21 through 25 for the Red Sox. However, that statement can be a bit misleading. Four of the five I have selected could be Hall of Famers if not for varying reasons. Two of them are borderline cases that have received varying support, while another clearly has the numbers to be there. Number 21 – Roger Clemens “The Rocket” would clearly be a Hall of Famer based purely upon his numbers and awards. During his time with the Red Sox, Clemens became “The Rocket” and was a Hall of Fame...

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