Pedroia Named AL MVP

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was named AL MVP today by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Chad Finn has story on Boston.com. Sean McAdam has the story on the Herald website. Alex Speier weighs in on  WEEI.com. Tony Massarotti points to the 18 at-bats when Pedroia stepped into the cleanup role after Manny Ramirez was traded as what tipped the scaled in Pedroia’s favor. That, and the fact that he is 5 foot 8.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News left Pedroia off his ballot completely. Before you slam him too badly, his first place vote went to Kevin Youkilis.

Mike Reiss has his Patriots Mailbag for the week.

On the BSMW Full Court Press, we weigh in on the ridiculous Garnett Suspension.

Wednesday Quicklinks

On Patriots Daily this afternoon, Tyler Carter examines Matt Cassel’s first fouth quarter comeback.

The Patriots got two pieces of good news today, first the news came out that Vince Wilfork will not be suspended by the league and then LaMont Jordan returned to practice.

On the new-look BSMW Full Court Press, we’ve got a look at ESPN’s fascination with crowning the Lakers as NBA champs this season, and their decidedly flimsy reasons for doing so.

Brett Myers is still a scumbag, though I’m sure Dennis and Callahan still feel that Manny Ramirez is more of one.

Sports Media News has Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the Celtics/Cavs game last night. 

Tony Massarotti says that Tony Allen is very happy to put last season behind him.

McCarver A Hero Among Boston Sports Media

Tim McCarver, roundly mocked by the Boston sports media in the past for his work on the FOX baseball broadcasts, is now their new hero for his comments about Manny Ramirez as recorded by Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“It’s extraordinary – the dichotomy between what he was in Boston and what he is in Los Angeles,” McCarver said. “I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable – like not playing, refusing to play. Forgetting what knee to limp on. And now it’s washed, it’s gone.”

Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus has a rebuttal to McCarver’s quote.

Hey, some guy named Bruce Allen is analyzing the Patriots/Chargers game with the NBC Football Night in America crew. (And its not the Tampa Bay Bucs GM.)

Nice article in the Baltimore Sun: Ex-Colts connecting again. It about legendary Colts receiver (and former Patriots coach) Raymond Berry reconnecting with Leroy Vaughn (Mo’s father) after the two were rookie teammates on the Colts over 50 years ago.

Comcast SportsNet has their Celtics broadcast schedule for the new season. The big news is that for the first time in 28 years, Tom Heinsohn will only be doing the home games with partner Mike Gorman. Donny Marshall will go on the road with Gorman, and Heinsohn will remain in the studio for those games. Greg Dickerson will again serve as the sideline reporter. All games this season are in HD.

Tony’s Top 5 reasons to root for a Sox-Dodgers World Series. Tony’s all about the Stoooorry Lines. Not whether the games would actually be good or not. I’m rooting hard for that series NOT to happen. I want either team in the series, but not both.

I’m occasionally accused of ignoring Boston College athletics, and I’ll plead guilty to that charge, not because of lack of desire, but a lack of time. Here are two good blogs for keeping up with BC, first, Eagle in Atlanta wonders if BC could host the ESPN Gameday set on October 18th. A second blog is BC All Access.

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