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The demise of Dave DombrowksiDick Flavin

When Dave Dombrowski was brought on to head up baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, he was hired to win "now" -- and he did. His problem was that "now" doesn't have a very long shelf-life; it soon ...

At least they haven't quit Dick Flavin

I'll say this for the 2019 Red Sox: they haven't quit. Things have not gone well this season, not by a long shot. But the team has hung in through all the disappointments and kept plugging away. There ...

Beautiful Park, ugly uniformsDick Flavin

I spent the last weekend of August in San Diego where the weather was, as always, idyllic. I had several good reasons for being there: 1) My daughter Meredith and her family live there; 2) I participated ...

Nothing to see here Dick Flavin

"Nothing to see here. Please disburse." Those words were famously spoken by Leslie Neilsen as Lieutenant Frank Drebin of Police Squad, while standing in front of an exploding fireworks factory in the ...

A not-so-good year for the SoxDick Flavin

Question: What's the difference between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Red Sox earned run average? Answer: The Dow Jones is going down. It is true that the Dow Jones is somewhere around 26,000 ...

A walk is as good as a hit Dick Flavin

"A walk is as good as a hit." That's a baseball axiom with which I became very familiar as a kid, having heard it called out to me by my teammates virtually every time I stepped into the batter's box. ...

Computer: the death of me and maybe of baseballDick Flavin

Baseball has been through gambling scandals, strikes, and steroids, and still it has survived as the best of all games. But can baseball survive computers? The explosion of information we now have at ...

Mookie Betts and his missing smile Dick Flavin

There is something missing from the Red Sox this year. It's something that endeared us to the team in recent years, especially last season. I'm not sure if the fact that it's gone missing is a cause of ...