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Could an MLB players strike come in the middle of the 2019 season?

Could an MLB players strike come in the middle of the 2019 season?

When Red Sox spring training opened earlier this week, staff ace Chris Sale was candid about his own future in Boston, but also baffled that former closer Craig Kimbrel was still on the free agency market.

"It’s crazy to me,” Sale told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t want to get too far into it with the politics of baseball and all that stuff, but [Kimbrel’s] as good as it gets. He 100 percent makes any team better that he plays for, right? And it’s crazy to think that there really hasn’t been a whole lot of traction with him."

And Kimbrel is far from the only. It's mind-boggling to think that two of baseball's biggest superstars, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, are still on the market as camps break -- and they're just two of more than 100 still out there unsigned. That could have long-term consquences, as St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright told Inside STL's Tim McKernan:

A mid-season walk-out could be a coup de grace for a sport already struggling with issues of ratings declines, falling attendance and players' marketability.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

As the Red Sox look to fill its pitching coach opening vacated by Dana LeVangie, they appear to be looking into former Reds manager Bryan Price. 

Price replaced Dusty Baker as the Reds manager in 2014 and went 279-387 before he was fired after the start of the 2018 season. 

Before that, Price served as pitching coach for the Mariners from 2001-2006, winning the Pitching Coach of the Year award in 2001. He then joined the Diamondbacks staff at the same position until 2009 and joined as pitching coach for the Reds following the '09 season. 

Price certainly has an accomplished background as a pitching coach, even though his time as manager yielded a few rants directed at reporters and umpires. If he can help right the ship for the Red Sox pitching staff, a crew that probably deserves most of the blame for Boston's demise in 2019, then I'm sure Red Sox fans will be all for it. 

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Celebrate 15th anniversary of epic Red Sox-Yankees 2004 ALCS Game 7 with this highlight

Celebrate 15th anniversary of epic Red Sox-Yankees 2004 ALCS Game 7 with this highlight

Can you believe it's been 15 years since the Boston Red Sox shocked the world and pulled off the most amazing comeback in Major League Baseball history?

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of Boston's 10-3 win over the rival New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox lost 19-8 to the Yankees in Game 3 of the series at Fenway Park to fall to the brink of an embarrassing elimination. The Sox then defied the odds by winning the next four games to become the first team in MLB postseason history to win a series after trailing 0-3.

Game 7 had several memorable moments/highlights, most notably David Ortiz's two-run homer in the first inning, Johnny Damon's two home runs (including a grand slam) and Derek Lowe's excellent performance as the starting pitcher.

It all led to a huge celebration after the final out:

The Red Sox went on to win the 2004 World Series with a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, and thus breaking the "Curse of the Bambino".

The Sox have won four World Series titles since the start of the 2004 season, while the Yankees have only one championship over that span. In fact, the Yankees' Game 6 ALCS loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night marks New York's fourth consecutive ALCS series loss, which ties an MLB record. The 2010s also are the first decade since the 1910s in which the Yankees failed to reach a World Series.

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