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Column: The Red Sox and their bullpen

Column: The Red Sox and their bullpen

The AL East leading Boston Red Sox are also pretty well rounded. They have a deep lineup, are solid defensively and have a couple aces up their sleeve. If you’ve been watching, you know it’s a weak link that has been broken time and time again this year (and the past couple years).

Former MLB player Hanley Ramirez connected to federal investigation

News broke Friday afternoon that former MLB player Hanley Ramirez may be connected to both ongoing federal and state investigations.

Ramirez’s connection to the investigation was first broke by Boston-based investigative journalist Michele McPhee. McPhee, one of the first reporters to break the Aaron Hernandez story five years ago, sent out an ominous tweet regarding Ramirez.

Upon further explanation, it seems that Ramirez’s involvement in the case stems from a contact of his being stopped by police in Lawrence, MA, with a significant amount of drugs. The suspect claimed that one of the items in the vehicle belonged to Ramirez and went on to FaceTime the 34-year-old former first baseman in front of authorities.

The Red Sox cut Ramirez on May 25th. Since the news has broken, the organization has made it a point to explain that the move was strictly baseball-related.

Kevin Gregg, the Boston Red Sox vice president of media relations, said yesterday, "The Red Sox are unaware of any investigation involving Hanley Ramirez."

Meanwhile, Ramirez’s agent, Adam Katz, spoke to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, "Hanley has no knowledge of any of the allegations contained in this media report and he is not aware of any investigation."

Members of the Boston media are saying differently. One radio host explained on Twitter that he first heard the Ramirez rumors on May 29th, just four days after the Red Sox made the roster move.

It would make sense that this rumor has been out there for a while. While a talented Red Sox team cut Ramirez, there’s certainly room out there for the first basemen on another MLB roster. Up until Friday, it was surprising that Ramirez had still not found a job.

It may not be as surprising anymore.

Connor Donahue is the digital editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at He tweets @conn_donahue.

Column: Boston turns to Alex Cora to steer shaky ship

Column: Boston turns to Alex Cora to steer shaky ship

On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox officially hired Alex Cora to be their new manager for the next three seasons, plus a club option for 2021. Cora, who enjoyed an 11-year playing career that included a four-year stint with the Red Sox, spent the 2017 season as A.J. Hinch’s bench coach for the Houston Astros.

Point/Counterpoint: Whose loss is worse?

Point/Counterpoint: Whose loss is worse?

Perhaps the worst part of being a sports fan is suffering tough, heartbreaking losses. For Fandom Week, this week’s Point/Counterpoint pits Boston fans against New York fans in a debate about their worst losses.