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Ranking the Top 10 biggest brawls in Red Sox history

Ranking the Top 10 biggest brawls in Red Sox history

The 2020 MLB season is already going to look different.

Teams will only play 60 games instead of 162. There likely won't be any fans in the stands. The National League will use a DH. Extra innings will start with a runner on second base.

But thanks to the realities of the coronavirus and the need to stay socially distanced, we're unlikely to see one staple of the baseball season: bench-clearing brawls.

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Tempers often rise along with the temperatures, and when the bad blood boils and pitches start flying high and tight (or sometimes behind) batters, teams mix it up and start throwing punches.

That doesn't mean we can't look back at some of our favorites, however. The Red Sox have been no strangers to fisticuffs over the years, from Billy Martin jumping Jimmy Piersall in a tunnel before a game in 1952 to Machine Gun Joe Kelly beckoning Tyler Austin to join him on the mound in 2018.

This list was originally going to be top five, but there were too many memorable options and no shortage of worthy candidates the ended up on the cutting room floor -- David Ortiz vs. the Orioles' Kevin Gregg was a good one, for instance. So enjoy this list and don't be surprised when a number of entries are accompanied by a jolt of adrenaline.

Click here for the gallery of the Top 10 Red Sox brawls of all-time.

Who are the Top 5 right-handed starting pitchers in Red Sox history?

Who are the Top 5 right-handed starting pitchers in Red Sox history?

The Red Sox once featured a right-hander so good, they named an award after him. Then came the turn of the most recent century, and a pair of righties finally surpassed him.

It's crazy to think, but for nearly 100 years, the greatest right-hander to pull on a Red Sox uniform was Denton True Young, better known as Cy. He stayed atop the list until the 1980s, when Roger Clemens burst onto the scene. As the century drew to a close, Pedro Martinez took center stage.

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And so as we make the case for the best right-hander in Red Sox history, it really comes down to Roger vs. Pedro, just as it did a handful of memorable times in the late-1990s when the Rocket joined the Yankees.

A strong case can be made for either man — Pedro for pure dominance that burned quickly, or Clemens for longevity.

It's an incredibly close call, but you'll have to read on to find out which way we go.

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MLB Draft: Best players taken by Red Sox in each round

MLB Draft: Best players taken by Red Sox in each round

The MLB draft starts Wednesday tonight, and unless you read a lot of Baseball America, you probably haven't heard of the odds-on No. 1 pick, Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson.

We like to refer to drafts as crapshoots, but nowhere is that more true than baseball.

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The Red Sox have selected thousands of players over the years, and it's shocking how few of them have blossomed into stars. Peruse the first 20 rounds of their June drafts, and naming the best player at each spot is a surprising exercise in scarcity. The first round is not as deep as you'd think, the third round is pathetic, and the fifth is relatively star-studded.

So who are the top players in each round? Read on to find out. And to be clear, we're talking the traditional June draft, which dates to 1965. The old January draft yielded players like Carlton Fisk, Curt Schilling, and Ellis Burks, but it ceased to exist in 1986. The same goes for the various secondary drafts of yore.

Click here for the Red Sox's best draft picks in each round of the MLB Draft.