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Red Sox honored at TD Garden before Bruins game

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Red Sox honored at TD Garden before Bruins game

The 2018 World Series champion Red Sox were honored in TD Garden once again, this time by the Bruins.

Red Sox owner John Henry, CEO Sam Kennedy, and pitcher Joe Kelly donned the Black and Gold as they wrapped up the Sox' victory lap.

The Red Sox also were honored by the Patriots before Sunday night's game vs the Packers, and received a rousing ovation at TD Garden before Thursday night's Celtics game.

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Report: Drew Pomeranz signs with Giants, ends underwhelming Red Sox tenure

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Report: Drew Pomeranz signs with Giants, ends underwhelming Red Sox tenure

The Drew Pomeranz Era in Boston is over.

The San Francisco Giants are signing the free-agent pitcher to a one-contract worth $1.5 million, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirmed Wednedsay. KNBR's Larry Krueger was the first to report the signing.

Few expected Pomeranz to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox after his one-year, $8.5 million deal expired this offseason.

The 30-year-old left-hander enjoyed brief spurts of success with the Red Sox since joining the club via trade from the San Diego Padres at the 2016 MLB trade deadline. He posted a 17-6 record with a 3.32 ERA during the 2017 season while pitching a career-high 173 2/3 innings and at his best was a solid back-end starter for Boston.

Injuries and inconsistency plagued Pomeranz in 2018, however. He appeared in just 26 games while battling arm problems and put up an unseemly 6.08 ERA, resulting in his demotion to the bullpen. He also was left off the Red Sox's playoff roster, a sign that he wouldn't figure into manager Alex Cora's pitching plans in 2019.

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Is Curt Schilling "on his way" to Hall of Fame? Bob Costas makes case

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Is Curt Schilling "on his way" to Hall of Fame? Bob Costas makes case

The clock on Curt Schilling's Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy ticked closer to midnight Tuesday.

While Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina all made the cut for 2019, Schilling received 60.9 percent of votes, well short of the 75 percent threshold needed to reach the Hall.

It's Schilling's seventh year on the ballot, which means he has just three more years of eligibility. But Tuesday's results suggest the former Boston Red Sox pitcher should make it as soon as next year.

That's what Bob Costas believes. The MLB Network analyst long has supported Schilling's candidacy and made this definitive statement Tuesday night, via Boston.com:

"Curt Schilling took a significant jump. He should have been in on the first ballot. The other considerations are not relevant. Curt Schilling is on his way to the Hall of Fame."

Schilling's politics and poor business decisions have earned him plenty of criticism. But his baseball résumé holds up: six All-Star appearances, three World Series titles and a career 3.46 ERA over 20 MLB seasons spent mostly with the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox.

If you compare those numbers with Mussina's -- five All-Star nods, zero World Series titles and a 3.68 career ERA over 18 MLB seasons -- Schilling certainly seems worthy.

But let's forget stats for a second to look at Hall of Fame voter trends.

Schilling has seen a 15.9 percent increase in votes over the last three years: from 45.0 percent in 2017 to 51.2 percent in 2018 to 60.9 this season.

Here's how many votes Mussina and Martinez (the two non-first-ballot Hall of Famers in the 2019 class) received in the previous three seasons, followed by the votes they received this year:

Mussina:
43.0 percent in 2016
51.8 percent in 2017
63.5 percent in 2018
76.7 percent in 2019

Martinez:
43.4 percent in 2016
58.6 percent in 2017
70.4 percent in 2018
85.4 percent in 2019

Schilling is pretty much right on the same track as Mussina (albeit a year behind), and if he continues that trend should receive right around 75 percent of votes in 2020. Considering he was the leading vote-getter among non-Hall of Famers this year, it seems very likely Schilling becomes the 12th Red Sox player to earn a place in Cooperstown.

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