We’re past the opening months of the baseball calendar and starting to get into the meaty part of the season. With the Yankees in town this week, interest in the Red Sox will likely be at the highest point of the season to date, with the possible exception of opening day.
There will be plenty to read and go over in the next few days, but who will you turn to first? Who is the best Red Sox writer in Boston at the moment? Who gets the information you want? There are plenty of options, so I’ve tried to narrow them down to either beat writers, or writers who have a main focus on baseball. I’m leaving out the general columnists. (Sorry, Shaughnessy, Ryan, Massarotti, Reynolds, Megliola, Burt.) I’m also not including writers who are mainly bloggers for online operations. (Jeff Goldberg for NESN.com and Chad Finn at Boston.com come to mind. Massarotti fits here, too.) I’ll do other polls for those categories in the future.
However, I have included Bradford and Speier from WEEI.com and Ian Browne from RedSox.com because these guys are serving up game coverage and features each day and even go on most of the road trips with the club. Even though they’re strictly on-line, they’re still working in the traditional beat writer/baseball writer mold.
Even narrowing it down, I still have a baker’s dozen on the list.
- Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe
- Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
- Adam Kilgore, Boston Globe
- Michael Silverman, Boston Herald
- Sean McAdam, Boston Herald
- Daniel Barbarisi, ProJo
- Joe McDonald, ProJo
- Mike Fine, Quincy Patriot Ledger
- Jon Couture, New Bedford S-T
- Bill Ballou, Worcester T&G
- Rob Bradford, WEEI.com
- Alex Speier, WEEI.com
- Ian Browne, RedSox.com
There are other writers out there that aren’t in the above list, like Brian McPherson of the Manchester Union-Leader, Ron Chimelis of the Springfield Republican, Maureen Mullen of the Lynn Daily Item. If you feel they, or anyone else not mentioned is deserving of consideration, say so in the comments below.