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Report card timeDick Flavin

The day of reckoning is at hand. It is time to assess the accomplishments or lack thereof -- of those in whom we have placed our hopes, dreams, and, perhaps, even fears during the baseball season. It's ...

Smead Jolley -- the defense rests Dick Flavin

If Smead Jolley were around today, he'd probably be a very famous ballplayer with a contract worth tens of millions of dollars. Alas for him, that wasn't the case at all; his career in the major leagues ...

Alex Cora, the best man for the jobDick Flavin

Alex Cora is a terrific manager. We've all known that he was good at the job for three years now, or ever since the Red Sox romped and stomped their way to the World Series championship in 2018, but ...

Jeter, Nomar, and A-Rod Dick Flavin

Finally, 20 months after being elected, Derek Jeter has been officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame -- and deservedly so. He was the shortstop for the New York Yankees for 20 seasons and maintained ...

RIP the game of pepperDick Flavin

When was the last time you saw big-league players engaged in a game of pepper? It wasn't lately, that's for sure. In fact, there are probably a lot of players who don't even know what the game of pepper ...

Dinner at Pino's Dick Flavin

In June of 1990, a book written by Dom DiMaggio, "Real Grass, Real Heroes," about the 1941 season, when his brother Joe hit in 56 consecutive games and his friend and outfield mate, Ted Williams, became ...

A team in transitionDick Flavin

The Boston Red Sox are a team in transition. They will always be. "That's the way it is," as Walter Cronkite used to say. In fact, it's the way it has been for a number of years. It has taken a while ...

The day I nearly won the Pillsbury Bake-Off Dick Flavin

This Labor Day weekend marks the 45th anniversary of the time I nearly won the Pillsbury Bake-Off. And I can't even cook. I couldn't cook 45 years ago and I can't cook now. Well, I must admit that I ...