Thomas, Chara, Seguin named All-Stars

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Thomas, Chara, Seguin named All-Stars

The NHL All-Star Game roster is out, and three Bruins players have been selected for the midseason exhibition in Ottawa.

Tim Thomas had already been selected to his fifth All-Star game by fan votes. Joining him will be Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and 19-year-old star-in-the-making Tyler Seguin, who were both named as part of the contingent headed to Scotiabank Place.

Patrice Bergeron was expected in many corners of the NHL to make his first trip to All-Star weekend given the excellent all-around season hes enjoying in Boston, but he was not selected.

Seguin leads the Bruins with 17 goals and 38 points. He leads the entire NHL with a plus-33 in his second pro season. Bergeron, on the other hand, is on pace for 23 goals and 76 points while winning nearly 60 percent of his face-offs and gaining ever-growing support for his candidacy for the Selke Trophy at seasons end.

Bergeron could still be selected if there are injuries leading up to the All-Star game, but it appears his best shot would have been in the fan voting. However, Ottawa fans stuffed the ballot boxes in order to get four Senators players invited to All-Star weekend, snubbing Bergeron.

In a development that may have Bs fans up in arms about Bergerons absence, much-maligned former Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman was among the select group of players tapped for All-Star Game. It will be interesting to see if Chara and Wideman end up in a pairing together.

The weekend has been a busy one for Chara in particular over the last few seasons as he has won the Hardest Shot Competition in the last four All-Star Game Skills Competitions.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.