BOSTON - It seems like there is so much happening in the world of Boston sports right now that it is hard to keep track. The 2020 NHL All-Star Game saw Boston Bruins star David Pastrnak net MVP honors in the wake of the Atlantic team's loss, while the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl saw the AFC defeat the NFC, 38-33, with help from Patriots stars Stephon Gilmore and Matthew Slater. In a normal week, this would be the biggest sports news Boston has to offer. Instead, it remains a footnote in the opening paragraph of a larger roundup of sports news.
The big news from the Boston Red Sox yesterday evening was that they had come to an agreement with first baseman Mitch Moreland on a one year contract, per Masslive. Bringing back Moreland, who has performed admirably with the Red Sox in his career so far, including a .252 average season last year with 19 home runs on roughly half a season of play, is a smart move. Yes, he is injury prone and getting up there in age, but he makes for an effective platoon player with Michael Chavis at first. Having that power in the lineup, or even off the bench, is a luxury most teams don't have.
Besides, the Moreland deal is extremely low-risk. It is a one year contract for three million guaranteed dollars, with an option for the 2021 season, as well. With an off-season where the Sox have moved steadily closer to inking Mookie Betts, rather than trading him and Brock Holt remaining unsigned, it's nice to see Boston do something positive.
But it's not all sunshine in the sports world of Boston right now. Sadly, it was also announced yesterday that the offensive line coach of the New England Patriots, Dante Scarnecchia, would be retiring after playing 36 seasons in the league, per NFL. 34 of those years came with the Patriots, where Scar was an undeniable figurehead for the Patriots dynasty. His efforts were so crucial in constructing a series of stellar offensive lines over the years. Without his coaching ability, who knows what happens to the Patriots' championships?
The 72-year-old retired back in 2014, as well, but he returned in 2016 to coach with the team again. His career, which was celebrated in statements from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady yesterday, is definitely one of the best in the history of position player coaching. I believe he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame as the greatest offensive line coach to ever do it. The Patriots organization will certainly miss his expertise.
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