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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Numbers game. Last week I said that Kevin Millar was putting up “Scott Rolen-like” numbers. After Millar’s most recent surge let’s take another look:

Rolen: 12 HR, 51 RBI, .293, .537 SLG, .934 OPS in 242 AB
Millar: 11 HR, 46 RBI, .304, .537 SLG, .907 OPS in 214 AB

Old friend Brian Daubach (.231, 2, 8), on the other hand, is putting up Troy O’Leary-like numbers (.216, 3, 16) in Chicago in very limited playing time. It was good to see Dauber hit a big fly last night. His lack of playing time is linked to Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko’s strangle-hold on the job at first, but really, don’t you make room for a guy who had hit 20 or more home runs in his first four major league seasons? DHing once in a while? Spelling Carlos Lee in left?

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Sunday, June 15, 2003

So long, blueliner. Last night’s solid victory over the Astros 8-4 was ho-hum sports page fare next to this bombshell in the Globe:

“Sweeney gets pink slip as Boston blueliner”

That’s right, Bruins defenseman Don Sweeney who joined the club in 1988 will not be offered a contract by the team for next season. Sure, Don Sweeney isn’t the player he once was; he was scratched for several games this season in favor of healthier, younger legs. Not seeing his number 32 on the ice next year, however, will take getting used to.

Sweeney, for his part, is not angry or surprised; instead, calmly and smartly weighing his options as he did so consistently on the ice for the B’s over a fifteen year career in the hub of hockey.

In recognition of Don Sweeney’s longevity, here’s the list of Sox regulars from the summer of 1988, the summer of Sweeney’s first Bruins training camp and season with the B’s – take a look and realize that 1988, the summer of Morgan Magic, the acquisition of Mike Boddicker, the last summer that Wade Boggs won an American League batting title:

C Rich Gedman
1B Todd Benzinger
2B Marty Barrett
3B Wade Boggs
SS Jody Reed
LF Mike Greenwell
CF Ellis Burks
RF Dwight Evans
DH Jim Rice

SP Roger Clemens
SP Bruce Hurst
SP Oil Can Boyd
SP Mike Smithson
SP Mike Boddicker

CL Lee Smith

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