Today’s quote – from George Will:

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.

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Red Sox Minor League Affiliate Wins League Championship

Greenville Drive pic

Greenville Drive
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A Williams College double major bachelor’s degree recipient, Erol Onel completed his doctor of medicine degree in 1992 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has since accumulated nearly 20 years in urology-based research. When he isn’t working, Erol Onel enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox only had one minor league affiliate advance to the playoffs in 2017, but that team made the most of the opportunity. The Greenville Drive, Boston’s Class-A affiliate, finished its regular season with a franchise-record 79 wins and continued that success into the playoffs as it won its first ever Southern Atlantic Championship. The team previously lost in the league finals in 2009 and 2010, but defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-3 in game four of the best-of-five series to secure the 2017 championship.

More than 50 players dressed for the drive throughout the season, including numerous high-potential prospects who could one day star for the Red Sox. One of the major contributors in the playoffs was second baseman Brett Netzer, a 2017 MLB amateur draft third-round pick who recorded a .429 batting average and eight runs batted in (RBI) in 28 post-season at-bats. Bobby Dalbec, meanwhile, recorded one RBI in the series-clinching game as well as a three-run home run in the previous round. He finished the season with 13 home runs and a .246 batting average in 78 games.