In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball's National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond. The principles the document laid out, largely the work of Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert, would provide the basic model for every major team sports league in the world that followed. The constitution is getting a public airing for the first time in more than a century when it's put up for sale by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, California, starting Wednesday. "The idea that grown men would pick up a bat and ball and put on costumes was suspicious," said John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball.
It was an issue the day the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale. The Sox had seven starting pitchers potentially: Sale, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz, Clay Buchholz and David Price. Back then, it was this observer’s opinion the Sox should trade none of them. They dealt Buchholz, and that proved a fine move considering he underwent forearm surgery. Still, this is one area where Dombrowski shares the blame with the prior administration. Pitching depth is a very difficult thing to acquire from the outside. You need players who are capable but also young enough that they have minor-league options remaining, so that they can move between the majors and Triple-A. Good pitching
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talks about the play of Marcus Smart, who had a career-high 27 points.