Local Sports Columnists

State pitchers hated seeing Steve Balboni stride to the plate

Easily the most prodigious home run hitter to come out of New Hampshire, Steve Balboni was a classic big swinger. In 11 major league seasons, the Manchester-raised Balboni hit 181 home runs and drove in 495 runs, but he also struck out 856 times, including an American League-leading 166 in 1985 ...

Independent league gives local ballplayers another option

Summer baseball on the local scene is often much more than just baseball. For evidence today, we take you to the Hollis-Brookline baseball community, where coach Rich Loftus’ Dodgers just completed their season in the New England Independent League semifinals. The Dodgers are a ...

This time Belichick needs to actually say something

No one in the history of any universe has spoken so many words and said almost nothing. In Bill We Trust to never take the easy way out by muttering, “No comment.” Bill Belichick prefers muttering time-honored prattle. His eyes narrow quickly when asked about something he refused to ...

Price has hit another low for Red Sox

There are a million different theories on baseball and why it has ground to a halt in the era where games of 3:30 or longer are the norm, not the exception and 2:30 is nearly unheard of. The Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers Friday night in a classic pitcher’s duel, 1-0. Thanks to ...

COLUMN: Nashua’s Levine gets call to Tewksbury High Hall of Fame

It’s an honor that is so well-deserved. Longtime Nashua resident Steve Levine will be inducted into the Tewksbury (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony this fall. A retired physical education teacher and coach, Levine retired back in 2011 after 38 years of service to the ...

Holman’s history was the real star on Wednesday

Home run. Sure, the huge extravaganza planned for the Futures Collegiate League All-Star Game and 80th Birthday Celebration of Holman Stadium took a bit of a hit with Tuesday’s rain. The crowd was announced as 2,825, but there were some unused tickets, likely due to the change. But certainly ...

City, FCBL made the safe call in moving All-Stars to Wednesday

On his way out of town 15 years ago, former Nashua Pride general manager Billy Johnson was asked what was needed to make baseball in the city and at Holman Stadium successful. “You know what we need in Nashua?” Johnson said with a very serious face. “We need it not to rain.” See, some ...

Here’s one scribe’s top 10 Holman Stadium experiences.

It's never easy coming up with a Top 10 of anything, is it? Choosing often means losing. But for yours truly, Holman Stadium has so many modern memories over a 32-year span, that the choice is even more difficult. We came up with a Holman Top 10 (personal) Mements five years ago when the ...

Eckersley fondly recalls All-Star Game memories

BOSTON – He was 22 years old, and it was two o’clock in the morning. The bleary-eyed, right-hander from Fremont, Calif., picked up the phone in his hotel room in Texas. On the other end was the Cleveland Indians traveling secretary, Mike Seghi, who was calling to inform the future Hall of ...

Futures League has future to consider, plus other items of interest

There's a lot going on behind the scenes this summer so let's give you some tids and bits to keep you up to date: ---We may have jumped the gun late last month when we said the Futures Collegiate League was in the clear in terms of possibly losing the strong Worcester franchise to a possible ...

Hey, Marcus Smart; it is all about money, right?

When a professional athlete begins his great free agent adventure, it is inevitable that he will solemnly tell the world, ‘This is not just about the money.” To any thinking person, that empty chatter is greeted with arched eyebrows at one end of the spectrum and soft, cynical chuckles at ...

Nashua’s Mike Fontanez chasing Olympic boxing dreams

With social media, there are no secrets in sports, and as we saw with multiple videos emanating from an AAU basket-brawl in Atlanta this past weekend, the “bad” and the “ugly” are readily available. So why not some “good” this morning in the tale of Nashua’s Mike Fontanez. By ...

FCBL should tweak the incoming freshman rule

We're into the meat and heat of July so it's only fitting that we examine a key Silver Knight topic with just under a month to go, believe it or not, in the regular season: First, what are your feelings on the number of recent high school grads playing in the Futures Collegiate League, ...

Cora, Red So relying heavily on Reonicke

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Experience is a big deal in baseball and the man standing next to rookie Red Sox manager Alex Cora in the dugout is a guy with a lot of it. The game moves fast and being ahead of the game is a must in Major League Baseball. Red Sox Bench Coach Ron Roenicke has been there ...

FCBL should further limit number of high schoolers

We’re into the meat and heat of July so it’s only fitting that we examine a key Silver Knight topic with just under a month to go, believe it or not, in the regular season: First, what are your feelings on the number of recent high school grads playing in the Futures Collegiate League, ...

Some post July 4 sparklers to view and ponder

Here's a few local and regional tids and bits as we are now in the post -July 4 block of summer: Yours truly was very surprised at the lackof Boston fanfare surrounding the free agent departure from the Bruins of Merrimack's Tim Schaller. Now, Schaller would've loved to have stayed a Bruin but ...

I am riveted to the World Cup. Soccer. Yes, there I said it. I can’t get enough of it. Put two teams on a pitch, break out the face paint, the flags and those left over noise-makers from New Year’s Eve, and let’s go. If you’re not watching World Cup Soccer, you are missing a ...

The Summer of Holman begins with a splash of Fame

It's the Summer of Holman Stadium. Its all-day 80th Birthday Celebration, which also includes the Futures League All-Star Game, most know by now is set for Tuesday, July 17. But every summer we celebrate Holman, don't we? That's because every year on July 4 the Nashua Lions Club inducts ...

Sullvan has his place in Silver Knights and Holman history

The Mayor was back at Holman Stadium on Saturday night. No, not hizzonor, James Donchess. He'll be there enough in the next few weeks with July 4 festivities and July 17 Holman 80th Birthday Celebration. We're talking about former longtime Nashua Silver Knight Ryan Sullivan. Believe it or ...

James with Celtics? Bite your tounge

Boston Celtics star LeBron James ... Why some folks can absorb those words without fear of acute nausea is a mystery here. It is possible for one man’s trembling fingers to hunt-and-peck through those words only because there is zero chance of it happening. It has been fodder for radio ...