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Former General Manager for both the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, Jim Duquette has transitioned into one of the top baseball analysts in the game. He is currently the co-host of “Power Alley” with Mike Ferrin on MLB Network Radio and recently joined WFAN New York as a fill-in commentator for their NY Mets radio broadcasts. Duquette can also be seen on The MLB Network and other various sports networks offering his baseball expertise.
Known as one of the good guys in baseball, Alex Cora, who played collegiate baseball at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1996 draft, spent 14 years playing for six different Major League teams. He spent four years with the Boston Red Sox from 2005 to 2008 where he earned his first and only World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox.
A legendary player and broadcaster, Jim Katt is one of the most beloved players to have graced a Major League baseball field. This 16x Gold Glove winner and three time All Star is most known for his quirky delivery on the mound and his honest opinion in the booth. A World Series Champion with the ’83 Cardinals, Kaat spent 22 years calling games for the Yankees and Twins before retiring in 2006. He’s also called games for the World Baseball Classic, MLB Network and NESN.
This former Major League infielder spent 14 years in the big leagues including two stints with the Texas Rangers. With an impressive 19-year career, Catalanotto retired in May of 2010 as a member of the Mets with a .291 batting average and an eternal love for the game. With his baseball passion in the forefront, Catalanotto put his talents on paper with his first book, “Heart & Hustle,” a blueprint for any player who wants to improve and for parents wanting to encourage and support young athletes.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the 1994 draft, Wes Helms made his Major League debut in 1998. Nine years later, he finished his career with a .262 batting average and 69 home runs. He played for the Brewers and Phillies and had two stints with the Florida Marlins, the team he ended his playing days with. Helms is known as one of the most professional clubhouse guys and has been a team leader in every uniform he’s worn. Primarily a third baseman, Helms was also one of the most productive pinch-hitters in the game.
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Currently a broadcaster for The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Rick Dempsey can be heard on both the pre and post game show for the Baltimore Orioles. Dempsey was a Major League catcher for 24 seasons from 1969-1992, most notably for the Orioles, where he received World Series MVP honors in 1983 when the Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. Dempsey is also known for being one of the best defensive catchers of his era.
SportsReel Boston Staff:
Joon Lee is a contributing writer as well as the technical brains behind the operation. Lee, an intern at The Boston Herald, was the 2012 recipient of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism scholarship, an award given to the top student journalist in Massachusetts. Lee has covered the Red Sox at Fenway Park and hosted a weekly baseball podcast “Rounding the Bases.” He can be heard hosting, “The Sports Musings Show with Joon Lee,” available on iTunes. In his free time, Lee likes to take photos and tweet. You can boost his self esteem by following him on Twitter @iamjoonlee.
A season ticket holder at Fenway Park since 1997, Jared Carrabis is entering his eighth season of covering the Red Sox for his blog, SoxSpace. Carrabis’ blog has racked up several awards over the years, including Best Red Sox Blog twice (2009, 2011) and Best Overall New England Sports Blog (2011) at the New England Sports Blog Awards. At the age of 19, Carrabis published his first book One Fan’s Story: If This Hat Could Talk, which chronicles his Red Sox fan experiences, intertwined with the story of the team.