Today's links look back at the year that was, as well as ahead to the coming year. There is also some analysis of the Hall of Fame ballot, and a look at lineup protection.
Last season was short on wins for Boston, but Tim Britton goes over the five W's that stuck out the most for him. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
As we turn our calendars to 2013, Joe McDonald gives us three predictions for the upcoming year. (Joe McDonald; ESPN Boston)
Joe Posanski goes over the candidates for the Hall of Fame. (Joe Posanski; Sports on Earth)
According to reports, the Red Sox are auditioning a former Yankee for first base duties. (Peter Abraham; Boston.com)
John Tomase writes about some expectations for this team heading into 2013. (John Tomase; Boston Herald)
Sox Prospects goes over their top ten stories from 2012. (Sox Prospects)
Whether or not lineup protection is a real phenomenon is a highly-debated topic around baseball. (Jesse; Blue Bird Banter)