By David Scott
Boston Sports Media Watch

Joe Sullivan’s constantly evolving and revolving sports desk at the Globe will be dealing with another beat change in addition to Chris Snow’s departure from the Sox beat.

Shots has confirmed that Nancy Marrapese-Burrell will be stepping aside from her Bruins’ beat duties for this upcoming season, handing the Bruins beat hockey stick off to teammate, Fluto Shinzawa. Shinzawa had been doing mostly college hockey and NASCAR back-up for the paper.

It appears NM-B will slide over to more of a general assignment role, essentially swapping spots with Shinzawa.

Reached via email, Marrapese-Burrell, a 1982 UNH graduate (as was Jackie MacMullan Boyle), told Shots:

“After 16 1/2 years of doing the same job – covering the Bruins – it comes down to the fact that it was a lifestyle decision more than anything,” said NM-B, whose husband, Jeff, is a Quincy police lieutenant. “The travel was really beginning to be a grind and during the lockout, I came to the realization that I liked being home. . .I love hockey and will continue to be around the team on some occasions but I’ll be doing a lot of college hockey – games, features and the like. It’s a chance to have a more sane schedule and a chance to have more time to work on features, etc, as opposed to grinding out running game stories, notebooks, etc.

The hockey slot switch-a-roo comes at a time when the rest of Joe Sullivan’s desk is going through some additional adjustments. Snow’s byline hasn’t been seen recently as he prepares for his move to Minnesota. It is still believed that Amalie Benjamin will fill the Snow spot.

Also, the paper’s Patriots beat has been recently reinforced with the re-positioning of Mike Reiss to a full-time No. 2 under Jerome Solomon.

This means the “Dean” of the Globe’s regular Big 4 beat people will now be Shira Springer on the Celtics.

[The Herald, for comparison sake, despite its lean staffing and always uncertain future, has been able to maintain good consistency on virtually all of its beats - Jeff Horrigan/Michael Silverman on the Sox; Steve Conroy/Stephen Harris on the Bruins; Steve Bulpett and Mark Murphy on the Celtics and Mike Felger and relative newbie, John Tomase , on the Pats. No telling what that says about each place-of-employ, but it should, in some sense, give the Herald an advantage in the "writer familiarity" department. Readers are likely more familiar with the names Horrigan and Bulpett than they are with Benjamin and Springer and familiarity usually builds loyalty.]

“I know Fluto Shinzawa will do a terrific job and I look forward to working with him,” said Marrapese-Burrell, who has also written for in the past.

. . .Benjamin would be the third straight “limited-experience” baseball beat writer used by the Globe in the past three years, including Bob Hohler and Snow. Perhaps Dan Shaughnessy could look into some sort of “Curse of the Sox Beat Person” angle when he returns from his hatus?

. . .Shots will have a regular Friday edition featuring: a look at the Globe’s enterprise Sports package by Bob Hohler from earlier this week; some more fallout from red Sox Nation’s Civil War; and other juicy tidbits. See you then. . .