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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast -August 21, 2016

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It is Sunday and time for The Sunday Request.

Chris Sale, Alex Gordon, Robbie Ray, Yoenis Cespedes, Lonnie Chisenhall, Clayton Richard and Denard Span all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

Oh Curt… the idea of you debating Elizabeth Warren is absurd.

The idea of you debating Bill Lee… is delicious.

It is a non Partisan episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 19, 2016

 

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Spaceman, the Bill Lee biopic starring Josh Duhamel (and, for one scene, your pal Sully)is opening today. I brought writer/director/producer Brett Rapkin onto the show to chat about it.

He was at the airport on his way to the Boston premiere with Bill Lee.

It is a “Silver Screen” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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 Reynaldo Lopez, Kris Bryant, Dillon Gee, J. J. Hardy, Justin Ruggiano, Clay Buchholz and A. J. Reed all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 18, 2016

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The San Francisco Giants are reeling, but they aren’t getting blown out so perhaps this is simply chance working against them.

Meanwhile the Kansas City Royals are lurking in the weeds.

It is a “feels like 2014” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Chris Archer, Carlos Martinez, Yasmany Tomas, Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, Anibal Sanchez, Christian Friedrich and Yunel Escobarall added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 17, 2016

 

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Washington Post

 

What baseball fan base has suffered the longest?

Before you say “Cubs”, keep in mind what Washington fans must be going through.

You’ve got to have heart for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

 

Chase Utley, Jason Hammel, Mookie Betts, Danny Duffy, Mitch Haniger and Gary Sanchez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball August 14, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Matt West – Boston Herald

Mookie Betts homered 3 times, added a fourth hit and drove in 8 to lead the Red Sox to a 16-2 laugher over Arizona.

Michael Fulmer threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 9 Rangers earning the 7-0 decision for Detroit.

Ryan Braun went 3 for 4 with 2 homers and 6 RBI and helped Milwaukee beat the Reds, 7-3.

Steven Matz pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings of 1 hit shutout ball, striking out 8 Padres and got the 5-1 win for the Mets.

 

They All Owned Baseball on August 14, 2016.

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In Memoriam Video For all baseball family who have passed since 2015 ASG.

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 12, 2016

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Charles Wenzelberg

 

The Mets have a shot to be THE team of the New York… and it is slipping away.

Is Terry Collins to be blamed? Well, he isn’t helping.

It is a “Don’t Blow This” episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Danny Duffy, Jameson Taillon, George Springer, Charlie Blackmon, Kennys Vargas, Erick Aybar and Eduardo Rodriguez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 29, 2016

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Can we put a stop to any more books about the 1986 Mets please?

Is it a reflection of Gen Xers being as precious with OUR childhood as Baby Boomers were to theirs?

It is a “Let the Past Be the Past” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Cole Hamels, Tanner Roark, Max Kepler, Aledmys Diaz, David Price, Jacob deGrom, Adam Jones and Martin Prado all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Andrew Benintendi Could Be Promoted By The Boston Red Sox Very Soon

Following the promotion of Alex Bregman and David Dahl, Andrew Benintendicould be the next star prospect called up to the big leagues. The Boston Red Sox organization could use an everyday outfielder in left field, and Benintendi could be the answer.

 

Benintendi was drafted seventh overall by the Red Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft. Since stepping on the field as a Red Sox prospect, Benintendi has done nothing but impress. He has proven his bat is above average, possesses above average speed, and he has very good defense in centerfield. Over the past two years, he has started every game in centerfield, but the Red Sox have switched him to left field over the last two games. Many people believe this position change is prepping one of their top prospects for a move to the big leagues.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 23, 2016

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The Indians of the 1990’s never could win it all and desperately needed an ace. They ALMOST traded for Pedro Martinez. He could have worked.

It is a “You had your chance” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Matt Kemp, Zach Eflin, Manny Machado, Kyle Gibson, Brandon McCarthy, Christian Yelich, Jose Abreu and Jake Odorizzi all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 21, 2016

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The Red Sox won, the Giants lost and the Yankees won. My reaction to these events make me state in disbelief like a character in a Spielberg film.

It is a stare up and wonder episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Hanley Ramirez, Jedd Gyorko, Carlos Carrasco, Jeremy Hellickson, Trevor Brown, Melky Cabrera and Justin Verlander all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Dave Dombrowski Living up to Reputation, Which is Exactly What the Red Sox Wanted

Following last-place finishes in three of the last four years prior to 2016, the Boston Red Sox decided it was time for a change in ideology with regard to baseball operations.

Nearly a full calendar year in his new position, Dave Dombrowski has made his impact felt with numerous moves, which is exactly what the Red Sox were looking for this year and the immediate future. Here’s a look at some notable acquisitions made since last winter:

It’s still pretty early in trade season with regard to the August 1 deadline, but Boston has undoubtedly been the most active team thus far.

This is exactly the reason why ownership pegged Dombrowski as their top choice for this role. As much as he has a reputation for balancing analytics with more traditional player evaluation, he’s also known for being unafraid of making a big splash.

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Midseason Top 100 MLB Prospect Rankings Analysis (21-30)

Below you can find my analysis for the prospects ranked between 21-30 for the 2016 midseason top prospect list. If you want to see the full top 100 list, please visit the following link: SEE THE TOP 100 PROSPECT RANKINGS. I will be posting daily analysis of every player listed in the top 100, so please follow my blog and other social media for updates.

 

  1. Orlando Arcia (MIL, 21 Years Old, SS): The smooth-fielding shortstop has struggled a little during the 2016 season, but his future remains bright. In 382 plate appearances at Triple-A, Arcia is batting .269, with seven home runs, 44 RBIs, 56 runs, 13 stolen bases, .325 OBP, and a .407 slugging percentage. He still profiles as an above average shortstop in the big leagues, but I’m not convinced he is going to be an elite fantasy baseball player. He has the ceiling to produce 15-20 stolen bases, .270 BA, 10-15 home runs, and a .340 OBP once he reaches the bigs. If he does put up those numbers, I retract my statement about his fantasy baseball value.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 17, 2016

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It is time for the Sunday Request.

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Sure the Giants infield is intact, but man their bullpen is looking mighty bad now.

It is a “Plug the Leaks” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Matt Shoemaker, Khris Davis, Jake Lamb, Adam Wainwright, James Shields, Brandon McCarthy, Ian Kinsler and Buster Poseyall added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Midseason Top 100 MLB Prospect Rankings Analysis (41-50)

Below you can find my analysis for the prospects ranked between 41-50 for the 2016 midseason top prospect list. If you want to see the full top 100 list, please visit the following link: SEE THE TOP 100 PROSPECT RANKINGS. I will be posting daily analysis of every player listed in the top 100, so please follow my blog and other social media for updates.

 

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  1. Jason Groome (BOS, 17 Years Old, LHP): Well, this ranking won’t mean anything if the Red Sox don’t sign Groome after drafting him 12th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Sox and Groome are still in negotiations, but nothing as been finalized yet. At only 17 years old, Groome is incredibly advanced on the mound. He throws a mid-90’s fastball from the left-side, which has great late movement. He also shows a great feel for his breaking ball and changeup. To go along with his great repertoire, Groome has showed great command for a kid his age. Many people expected Groome to go first overall in the draft, but he started to trend downwards due to maturity questions and sign-ability issues. If the Red Sox sign Groome, he has the upside of a frontline starter.

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For Whatever League Wins The 2016 ALL – Star Game: Chances Are Home Field Wont Matter In The World Series Because Of The Dumb 2 – 3 – 2 Format

Chances are that whichever League wins this game tonight will actually plays less games at home in the World Series is more likely to happen, than a 7 game set in the World Series.

Chances are that whichever League wins this game tonight will actually plays less games at home in the World Series, as a 5 games Fall Classic  is more likely to happen, than a 7 game set in the World Series.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

Yeah I said it… and fully mean it.  This is my annual gripe of how the ALL – Star Game winner will likely not play more games at their home park because of the 2 – 3 – 2 format.  I am sure that a lot of people hate the fact the Midsummer Classic even determines home field advantage.

I actually don’t think the game meaning something is a bad idea.  I guess no one remembers that drab games we suffered from about 1995 – 2002 – where more players would exit the game and hop on a pending flight, than actually stayed?

For the most part,  the MLB has made nice changes to the ALL – Star Game.  Having the fans only vote on the starters, the players on the reserves, with the managers picking their pitchers.  I also like that Catchers can reenter the contest. 

As for the league winner of this game and home field advantage for the Fall Classic. You are way more likely to a series go 5 games as opposed to 7.  It also baffles me how the team with a home field advantage for a series ever trails in games played at their venue.  There will be another follow up article near the playoffs in pertaining to this article.

The MLB should use a 3 – 3 – 1 format instead of the 2 – 3 – 2 as a counter, for this would be ideal to clone what clubs go through in the regular season.  Series of 3 are perfect.  I understand it is too hard with travel, to use the best series setup of 2 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 1. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 5, 2015

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HISTORY LESSON: Manager Grady Little infamously left Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

The Kevin Durant signing in the NBA reminded me how close the 2003 Red Sox came to being beloved and members of the 2004 champs were almost obscure.

It is an “Make the right call” episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Gregory Polanco, Junior Guerra, Mike Napoli, Aaron Sanchez, J. T. Realmuto, Max Scherzer and Rougned Odor all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks for Fanduel, Draft Kings, and FanPicks 7/5/16

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Daily Matchups for 7/5/2016

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Carrasco, Price, and MadBum…… All with sketchy match ups.  I’m personally fading all three, if I had to choose one, I’d go Carrasco. He’s kept the Tigers in check with exception of Miggy, but the Tigers can blow up at any time. More of a tourney play.

MID RANGE

Masahiro Tanaka– Whitesox hitting a combined .224 vs him and he’s been pretty reliable this year.

AJ Griffin– Current Sox 9-38 off him and he’s limited the HR’s this year. Sox do appear to be heating up, so there’s some risk but he could pay off nicely,

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Tim Lincecum- Rays have made a lot of below average pitchers look good this year, they K a bunch vs righties and its in the Trop.  Not high upside here, but 6 innings, 2 ER with 5-6 K’s and the W is a reachable line.  And his price could allow you some big bats.


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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks – 7/4/16

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Daily Matchups for 7/4/2016

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Max Scherzer

CC Sabathia

Rick Porcello

Kyle Hendricks

Matt Harvey

Archie Bradley


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Yadier Molina10 for 28, 8 singles, 1 double, 1 HR, .357 BA vs. Jonathon Niese

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 3, 2016

 

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After years of communication and podcast appearances, I finally got to meet Lisa Swan of Subway Squawkers in person. We talked in the Upper West Side about the state of the Yankees.

It is an “Old Friends Meeting For The First Time” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

C.J. Cron, Melvin Upton Jr., Danny Duffy, Scott Kazmir, Brandon Crawford and the cycle man Rajai Davis all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 1, 2016

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It is a “world wide leader” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Danny Espinosa,  Kendrys Morales. Kenta Maeda, Carlos Carrasco, R. A. Dickey, Hyun Soo Kim, Javier Baez and Mike Leake all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 29, 2016

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For the first time since 2002, I went to a game at Fenway Park. And this time, I went with my sons.

This was my record of the evening.

It is a “you CAN come home again” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Matt Carpenter, Brian Dozier, Matt Wisler, Carlos Gonzalez and Cheslor Cuthbert  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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The Atlanta Braves Need To Trade Julio Teheran, But It Might Not Happen

As it gets closer to the trade deadline, Atlanta Braves pitcher, Julio Teheran, is gaining more and more attention. Through five starts in June, Teheran has been absolutely dominant throwing 37.2 innings, with a 1.91 ERA, 17 hits against, 37 strikeouts, and only four walks. The Braves will bring in quite the haul if they decide to deal the right-hander to a competing team at the trade deadline.

 

So far in 2016, Teheran owns a 3-7 record, with a 2.46 ERA, 70 hits against, 99 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 106 innings pitched. Pay no attention to the record since he is currently playing for the worst team in baseball, but this might not be for long. Many teams have expressed interest in Teheran, including the Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and other teams competing for a spot in the playoffs.

 

Teheran would help a competing team, but he may not be worth the price the Atlanta Braves are asking for. Not only is the price high, but there are some concerning factors that might show that Teheran’s success in 2016 could be a fluke.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 27, 2016

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I visited Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University. Part of the stadium was the home of the Boston Braves.

At one point this was considered to be one of the crown jewels of baseball. Now it is almost totally forgotten.

It is a remember a forgotten past episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Tyler Duffey, Jose Fernandez, Lonnie Chisenhall, Freddie Freeman, Bartolo Colon, Odubel Herrera and Oswaldo Arcia all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 23, 2016

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went to two places of my youth, Newbury Comics in Boston and the souvenir store outside of Fenway Park, and thought about not growing up.

It is a turn back time episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Trevor Bauer, Adam Conley, Melky Cabrera, Aledmys Diaz, Coco Crisp and Gregory Polanco all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 20, 2016

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I am thrilled for Cleveland and their fans, who finally got to experience a championship.

I am reminded of how 2004 felt as a Red Sox fan. And guess what? With more than a decade past that moment, I can tell you sports have become MORE fun without the question “will I ever experience happiness”?

It is a well deserved celebration episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Julio Teheran, Jered Weaver, Marcell Ozuna, Matt Wieters, Matt Garza, Michael Taylor and Devon Travis all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 16, 2016

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I am at a point where I can not want for more as a sports fan. If I went back in time and talked to my 14 year old self, he wouldn’t believe what I have seen.

It is a glass runneth over episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Freddie Freeman, Noah Syndergaard, Rougned Odor, Drew Smyly, Cody Asche, Adam Wainwright and Michael Martinez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For All Teams (Updated for Freddie Freeman, 6-15-2016)

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The First Cycle of the Year!

And true to 2016 Atlanta Braves style, the team almost lost the damn game. It took extra innings, but Freddie Freeman made the list. This might be the highlight of Atlanta’s season!

Here is the list, updated for today’s action!

Xander Bogaerts Is Becoming An Elite Option For Fantasy Baseball Owners

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Trey Rose (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com) 

In case you haven’t been following baseball news recently, Xander Bogaerts extended his hit streak to 24 games on Tuesday night. The Red Sox shortstop has been making headlines throughout the entire 2016 season. He is one of main reasons the Red Sox are currently 32-20 and in first place in the American League Central.

Throughout the first 50 games of 2016, Bogaerts is leading the American League in hits and batting average. He is currently batting .350, with 76 hits, six home runs, 30 RBIs, 42 runs, seven stolen bases, and a .401 OBP.

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The Tampa Bay Rays Are Just A Few Moves Away From Being Competitive

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Sean Morash (BBBA Writer/Owner – offthebenchbaseball.com) 

The Tampa Bay Rays sit at 21 -25, 7 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. They’re still fighting the uphill battle against organizations with more money to spend to try to compete annually.  They’ve got an chance to get after it this year and make some noise, but currently sit in an interesting position where they could become sellers and pack it in in preparation for next season should things continue to go awry in key areas.

The modern Rays don’t really sell; they’re always looking to add value and remain competitive while waiting for a little magic dust to come flying in.  I think that’s a good plan again this year as they sit near .500 today, and they’ve got some magic dust on the way.

The pitching staff has reinforcements coming soon: Brad Boxberger will soon return from the DL to fortify the bullpen.  Alex Cobb is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and could help in the second half.  Blake Snell is among the top 15 prospects in baseball and threw 134 innings last year with a 1.41 ERA.

But the problem with all these guys waiing in reserve is that the pitching staff has already been pretty solid and could be even better if a few contributors return to their expected level.  They’re 5th in the AL in xFIP despite Chris Archer sporting a 4.62 ERA and Matt Moore owning an even worse 5.47 figure.  Both guys are former All-Stars.

The pitching staff has been pretty decent and should improve even without the additional reinforcements.

The lineup? They’re a well-rounded and athletic group with a number of moving and interchangeable parts.  They’re currently 3rd in the AL in WAR, but just 11th in runs.

See how Sean thinks Tampa Bay continue to get better by addressing a possible problem.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 27, 2016

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Two Hall of Famers misbehaved the other day.

Wade Boggs bringing his Yankees World Series ring to a Red Sox celebration was playful needling.

Tony LaRussa crashing the Pirates broadcast booth was him being a jerk.

It is an “ain’t misbehaving” episode of The The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

George Springer, Jose Fernandez, J. A. Happ, Adeiny Hechavarria, Michael Bourn, David Ortiz, CC Sabathia and Mike Leake all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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