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About Michael Griffin - RotoBaller

I'm a writer living in New York with my wife, son and two crazy cats. I went to my first baseball game at the age of four and have been a fan since.

Michael Griffin - RotoBaller has written 93 articles so far, you can find them below.

Pablo Sandoval Wants a Better Sequel For Kung Fu Panda in Boston

Pablo Sandoval bid a sad farewell to San Francisco after the 2014 season after signing with Boston. He didn't bowl anyone over during his first season in a Red Sox uniform. His numbers were a far cry from his best days: .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBIs, which came NOWHERE near his '09 line... Read More

4 years ago

Clay Buchholz Sees No Shame in Being No. 2 Starter in 2016

Ever since he got that final out in his no-hitter against Baltimore in 2007, Clay Buchholz has been chasing something. He looked like he was on track in '10, finishing sixth in the American League Cy Young voting. Then he backslid badly, suffering from depression/anxiety in '11 and various injuries over the years, though he... Read More

4 years ago

Dustin Pedroia Wants Laser Show To Last All of 2016

Like several of his teammates, Dustin Pedroia had a truncated 2015 season. Injuries limited him to 425 plate appearances, his lowest since '10. Predictably, Boston saw its season end way earlier than anticipated. Pedroia's determined not to let that happen. Don't bet on a 213-hit, 54-double season like '08, but if he's healthy, he's still... Read More

4 years ago

Craig Kimbrel Bringing Heat to Red Sox Bullpen

The Red Sox and Yankees made it a really interesting off-season with their bullpen additions. Boston acquired Craig Kimbrel from San Diego to be their closer... and New York got Aroldis Chapman from Cincinnati. Coincidence? Maybe. Sure, Boston got Kimbrel because Koji Uehara got hurt last year and he's also 40. But they also got... Read More

4 years ago

Xander Bogaerts Looking To Add More Power In 2016

Boston is still very high on Xander Bogaerts... and with very good reason. He won a Silver Slugger award in 2015, hitting .320 and driving in 81 runs. The thing that was missing was homers - he hit all of seven, below his target of 10. The Red Sox brain trust thinks he'll get more... Read More

4 years ago

David Ortiz's Quest For Final Ring Could Help Draftees

David Ortiz has three rings. He really, really wants to get a fourth one before he retires after the 2016 season. He could help the Red Sox and by proxy those who draft him in leagues that use the designated hitter. Whoever drafts him might get a really big steal... he has a lot of... Read More

4 years ago

Mookie Betts Looks To Bowl Over People Who Draft Him

Mookie Betts is only 23, but people are already anticipating big things from him in his second full season in the big leagues. He'll look to expand on the 174 hits and 42 doubles as he continues learning the pitchers and the ballparks. Where he may really be primed for a breakout is in his... Read More

4 years ago

David Price Aiming To Give Red Sox, Fantasy Owners A Championship

David Price was the largest piece of a potential championship puzzle that Boston gathered this off-season. They figured both he and closer Craig Kimbrel were what they needed to give David Ortiz a final ring before he retired. The front office is obviously unconcerned about his postseason struggles, since they lavished that seven-year, $217 million... Read More

4 years ago

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