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Wade Boggs backs Dennis Eckersley in feud with David Price

Wade Boggs backs Dennis Eckersley in feud with David Price

In altercations like the one between David Price and Dennis Eckersley, it gets big enough to where everyone starts to pick a side. In this case, it doesn't seem like many people are backing Price. 

Former Sox third baseman Wade Boggs spoke to the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy and backed his former teammate. 

“This is ridiculous. Everybody in the game loves Eck. He was a great teammate. And Price? Please. He should ask me what it used to be like to play in Boston. These guys today don’t hear any noise compared to the stuff that was aimed at us. I mean, seriously. 'Yuck?’ Give me a break.

Price rekindled the bad blood between him and Eckersley earlier this week after criticizing the Hall of Famer's comments about him in a profile with the Globe. Eckersley responded, saying Price is his new "Kirk Gibson," in how he can't go anywhere without someone talking about it with him. 

What Boggs seems to be referencing here are Price's claims that Eckersley wasn't well-liked among his former teammates, citing an MLB Network documentary about Eck that did not include any of his past teammates. Those claims turned out to be false, since the documentary included multiple former player's speaking highly of the right-hander. 

Price did follow up the headlines he created off the field with strong play on it. On Friday night against one of the worst teams in baseball in the Orioles, Price surrendered six earned runs in just four innings, leading to an embarrassing loss for the Red Sox. 

The former Cy Young award-winner has been a target of much criticism based on his past struggles in the bullpen and his affection for Fortnite. After the leading the Red Sox to a World Series championship with exceptional pitching against the Astros and Dodgers especially, it's really a shame that Price is back battling with the media over something that was definitely avoidable. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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