When the Sox fell out of contention in August, the trade of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers gave Ben Cherington the opportunity to change the roster of a last-place team in a fundamental way.
It’s a relatively small space where players, coaches, reporters and clubhouse workers all collide. Dan Shaughnessy takes us on a tour of the Fenway clubhouse.
Some baseball people believe winning breeds good chemistry and losing brings on bad chemistry. Others will tell you good chemistry is dumb luck.
Who have been the been and worst influences on the Red Sox in recent seasons? Our chemistry kit examines their rosters.
Tasked with restoring a franchise that has fallen far from a once-lofty perch, Farrell carries high expectations from players, ownership and fans.
The Red Sox Pedroia joined in 2006 treated every game like it was their last. Somewhere along the way, that changed. Pedroia intends to change it back.
He’s a high-character, high-energy guy. The new face of the new Red Sox. And he says the Red Sox have “the right chemistry.” But can the ex-All-Star still produce?
One of the high-character additions to the Red Sox, Gomes has persevered through some traumatic life experiences.
After five years of decline, there is a plan in place. Is this a playoff team? Probably not. But the 2013 Red Sox will be worth rooting for, and that represents progress.
Toronto has the best team on paper, and may rule an AL East that could see both the Red Sox and the Yankees finish at the bottom.
A year after finally reaching the playoffs, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and the talented Nationals look like the team to beat.
2013 MLB predictions
Twenty years removed from their last playoff appearance, the Blue Jays appear poised to make a serious run at a title.
Sunday Baseball Notes
He’ll have half the payroll he did in Boston and likely half the talent, but Francona is determined to find a way for the Indians to compete in the AL Central.
These are heady times when it comes to the fan’s fulfillment of getting the news or opinions you want when you want from the venue of your choosing. Fans are more informed than ever – 25 years ago, only subscribers to then-niche publication Baseball America or readers of Peter Gammons’s column had more than an inkling of their favorite team’s top prospects. Now, Jackie Bradley Jr. is bordering on being a household name before he’s had a plate appearance in Triple A, let alone the majors. But the modern information overload can also be overwhelming, and it raises an interesting question: Do fans – specifically Red Sox fans for the sake of today’s debate – seek out media that is most likely to jibe with their own already-formed opinions?
Francona, in his book with Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, revealed the inner workings of his clubhouse during his 8 years leading the Sox.
Some debuts (such as Mike Napoli’s and Daniel Nava’s) are more memorable than others. But that first appearance makes a mark for all.