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Red Sox's offseason questions

Beards have been shaved, duck boats have been put away, and the long offseason has begun for the world champion Boston Red Sox. The team extended qualifying offers to three key players today -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli. Ellsbury is likely to test the free-agent market, but Drew and Napoli seem far more likely to return after turning in unexpectedly solid seasons. The team also has to decide what to do at catcher -- they did not extend Jarrod Saltalamacchia a qualifying offer and could go for free agent Brian McCann to take up duties behind the plate.

  • Where will Jacoby Ellsbury be playing next season?

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  • Who would be a better choice to start for the Red Sox at shortstop this season?

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  • Who would be a better choice to start for the Red Sox at catcher this season?

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  • Should the Red Sox offer Mike Napoli a multi-year contract?

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Red Sox win Series in six games

For the first time in 95 years, the Boston Red Sox fans got it: a World Series title clinched at Fenway Park. The win, sealed with a 6-1 victory Wednesday night, adds a third trophy to their post-curse case -- enough to bring up the "D" word. And we don't mean "David Ortiz," whose walk-filled Game 6 added to his MVP performance (.688/.760/1.188, seven runs, six RBIs, two homers). Is Papi the best postseason hitter ever? Is Boston MLB's best franchise?

Are the 2004-present Boston Red Sox a dynasty?

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  • What grade would you give the World Series?

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  • How will you remember the 2013 World Series?

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  • How do you feel about the Red Sox beating the Cardinals in the World Series?

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  • Is David Ortiz the most clutch postseason hitter of all time?

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  • How would you describe John Lackey's career?

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  • Is Michael Wacha a future ace?

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  • Will Koji Uehara, now age 38, be an elite closer next season?

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  • Which is the best-run franchise in baseball?

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  • Which team is best set up for the future?

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  • Which is the better baseball city?

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  • How will the Cardinals fare in 2014?

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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John Farrell vs. Mike Matheny

Neither John Farrell nor Mike Matheny have a whole lot of experience as managers, and it's shown at times in the World Series. Farrell and Matheny have made both great calls and somewhat questionable ones in the first five games of one of the more exciting World Series in recent memory. Which manager has been doing the better job with the tools he's been given?

Who has done the best job in the World Series?

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  • How would you grade John Farrell's performance?

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  • How would you grade Mike Matheny's performance?

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  • What has been John Farrell's best decision so far?

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  • Which has been John Farrell's most questionable decision so far?

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  • Which has been Mike Matheny's best decision so far?

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  • Which has been Mike Matheny's most questionable decision so far?

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David Ortiz on fire in World Series

The existence of an ability to be ''clutch'' is still undetermined, but those who believe in it would do well to point to the example of David Ortiz to bolster their arguments. Ortiz's postseason résumé was already stellar before this year, but his performance in this World Series is something otherworldly. Cardinals pitchers have mostly shut down the Red Sox, but they can't seem to get Ortiz out -- he came into Game 5 with a .727 average in the World Series and somehow raised it six points by the end of the night. If the Red Sox end up winning, he's a lock for World Series MVP.

  • Is David Ortiz the most clutch postseason hitter of all time?

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  • How surprised are you at David Ortiz's production (.733/.750/1.267) in the World Series?

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  • Who was the greater World Series player?

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  • Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

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