Grantland: The 30 Finale: Throw Your Hands Up Like Max Scherzer and Say Goodbye to the Regular Season
Before the Yankees and Astros square off tomorrow, let's sort through 2015 and take one last look at the good, the bad, and the Scherzer. It's the finale of the 30!
Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer
Those two Red Sox perennials, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, cracked MLB's top 20 list in jersey sales, according to MLB.com, despite the team's third last-place finish in the past four years. Ortiz ranked No. 14, Pedroia No. 18. No Yankees in the top 20.
Tom Brady is experiencing youth sports as a parent, and he sees the difference from when he was a kid and wants kids to get exposure to more sports.
Tom Brady on youth sports: Let kids be kids
Brady, father of 3, was asked about youth sports on WEEI today: "I’ve made a comment for a while now: ‘I hope my kids are late bloomers in whatever they do.’ ... [T]he competition feels like it starts so early for these kids – whether it’s to get into college or getting into the right HS or the right elementary school. I don’t know how it’s taken that turn, but you know, sometimes it’s nice for kids to just be kids." 'It's just different now'
Catching up on a few things that might have been missed over the New England Patriots' bye weekend.
Cincinnati's unblemished record is no fluke, the Dolphins can only get messier if they fire their coach, and what is going on with all the kickers this season?
Red Sox tell Hanley Ramirez to slim down
Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team instructed Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds so he could play 1B next season. Said Lovullo: "It has been discussed. It was outlined in his exit physical that he needs to come in at a certain weight. That's our expectation. To be an infielder you have to be a little more agile." Lovullo added Pablo Sandoval got similar instructions.
With the New England Patriots on the bye, it was a chance to look ahead to their next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys.
Hanley Ramirez, who came into the season bulked up but suffered several injuries and struggled in the outfield, has been asked to lose some weight.
With Don Orsillo announcing his final game with the Red Sox, members of the team and coaching staff saluted him from the dugout.
Join ESPN Boston editors Scott Barboza and Brendan C. Hall at 8 p.m. to recap this weekend's HS football action and look forward to the week ahead.
The Red Sox wrapped up the 2015 season with their fourth straight loss, putting them in last place for the second year in a row.
Danny Salazar finished his first season as a full-time starter on a positive note, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday in their 2015 finale.
The Boston Bruins have signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700,000.
Rusney Castillo surprises in a bad way
After a sparkling 2014, we all expected great things from Castillo this year. However, much like the rest of the Red Sox's season, things did not go according to plan. Rookie surprises, disappointments (Insider)
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Bill Belichick commented on the frequency of Patriots' trades the last few seasons and said, "You know, we haven't been afraid to trade here through the years." Belichick theorized that some of the trades are a result of a player being in the last year of their contract, so perhaps the teams trading those players to New England want to get something for them before knowing they will depart in free agency.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Bill Belichick just concluded an afternoon conference call as the Patriots are on the bye week. The two biggest takeaways: 1) He called DL Akiem Hicks, acquired from New Orleans in a trade, a big, physical player who the team felt like did good things in August's joint practice. That extended look at Hicks in practice helped in making the trade; 2) Belichick said the team wasn't looking to trade TE Michael Hoomanawanui, but to get something (Hicks), they had to give something up.
John Farrell, who recently completed his final course of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will return as manager of the Red Sox in 2016.
Sox retain Farrell, Lovullo
The Red Sox announced John Farrell will be back as manager and Torey Lovullo bench coach for 2016. Lovullo signed a two-year extension as bench coach in which he waived the right to pursue a managing job this offseason. Lovullo's agreement protects the Sox in the event Farrell's health remains an issue. (via Gordon Edes)
Clemson's signature win over Notre Dame on Saturday strengthened the Tigers' claim to No. 1 in the ACC power rankings, while North Carolina makes move.
Check out our player scouting reports and 2015-16 projections for the Celtics.
This week's quick-hit thoughts about the Patriots and around the NFL include a closer look at Bill Belichick's affinity for making trades.
Old friends John Farrell and Torey Lovullo have become even closer in the wake of Farrell's cancer announcement this summer.
No. 23 Tewksbury's upset victory over No. 7 Andover highlighted a soggy night of football Friday across the state.