World Series with a Red Sox twist

Michael Martinez spent some time this year with the Red Sox.

Michael Martinez spent some time this year with the Red Sox.

The World Series opens tonight between two baseball cities, starting for a World Series. How ironic the Theo Epstein-run Cubs, takes on the Indians, managed by Terry Francona.

Former Red Sox and Sea Dogs with the Cleveland Indians
Coco Crisp (Red Sox)
Michael Martinez (Red Sox)
Andrew Miller (Red Sox)
Mike Napoli (Red Sox)

Coaches: Terry Francona (Former Red Sox Manager), Brad Mills (Former Red Sox Bench Coach), Former Red Sox pitcher Scott Atchison works with the Indians as a Major League Advance Coach and Staff Assistant – he never pitched with the Sea Dogs, but threw a simulated game at Hadlock Field in 2011.

Former Red Sox and Sea Dogs with the Chicago Cubs
John Lackey (Sea Dogs/Red Sox)
Jon Lester (Sea Dogs/Red Sox)
David Ross (Sea Dogs/Red Sox)
Anthony Rizzo (Sea Dogs)

Coaches: Assistant Hitting Coach Eric Hinske (Red Sox), Third-Base Coach Gary Jones (Manager in Pawtucket),

Familiar Names in the Cubs Front Office that have Red Sox ties: Theo (he’s earned the one-word name), Tommy HottovyJed Hoyer, Darnell McDonald, Jason McLeod, Jared Porter.

Happy Birthday to Pedro Martinez, here’s my interview with Pedro back in 2013

Tuesday Nuggets

  • Great article on Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo beating cancer.
  • Cubs Bullpen Coach Mike Borzello appeared as John C. Reilly’s catching double in Universal Pictures’ “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks to hire Amiel Sawdaye as Assistant General Manager.

Meet new Sea Dogs employee, Video Recap of the Week

Meet New Sea Dogs Assistant Ticket Office Manager Allison Casiles

1. Let’s get to know your background. Where are you from? Education and prior job to the Sea Dogs.

I grew up in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod and graduated from University of Maine in Orono in 2011 with a BA in Biological Psychology and Minor in Neuroscience. In 2016, I graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Sports Leadership degree. Prior to working at Portland Sea Dogs, I worked for the City of Portland as a recreation programmer. Shout out to Riverton!

2. Did you play sports growing up

Yes, my two favorite sports to play growing up were soccer and lacrosse but I also played golf, tennis and ran indoor track in high school.  I grew up skiing but switched to snowboarding after I graduated college…bring on the snow!

3. What attracted to you apply for a position with the Sea Dogs?

Having recently moved up to Portland, I wanted to work for a professional sports organization in the area. Also, I love the atmosphere at baseball games especially on a summer night and being able to be a part of a team that creates that environment definitely attracted me to apply at the Sea Dogs.

4. Was the highlight of your first week, going bowling?

Going bowling was pretty awesome, not going to lie, but I think the highlight is definitely meeting everyone here in the office. Everyone has been such an integral part in making me feel part of the team and I know that’s what makes this organization so great.

5. Favorite comfort food

Anything with potatoes especially twice baked potatoes.  Grilled cheese. Fresh baked bread. Ugh, I love it all.

6. Have you been to Hadlock Field as a fan?

Yeah, I visited when I was a senior at University of Maine. I had friends living in Portland so I used to come down and visit. I loved catching a game and then heading out in the Old Port afterwards.

7. Have you had a Sea Dogs Biscuit?

Not yet, but I’m sure that’ll change in a few months.

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone, however I’ve been considering jumping ship to something different.

9. Favorite movie

It’s between Dumb & Dumber and Forrest Gump.

10. Favorite vacation destination

Anywhere I haven’t been before. I love traveling and discovering new places and learning more about the area and the people.

Connections to Andrew Miller

1b953_225860_red_sox_pirates_baseballThe Cleveland Indians are having a great postseason run, needing a win later today to advance to the World Series. Lefty Andrew Miller is my postseason MVP right now. Terry Francona is using him in so many spots, and why not? Miller is a game-changer, and might be the most versatile reliever this October.

After doing some research this morning, it’s interesting the connections Andrew Miller has to so many players and organizations.

-Originally drafted by the Tigers as the 6th overall pick in the 2006 draft (Dave Dombrowski was the General Manager).

Big thanks here to Baseball Reference.

How about Mike Hazen? A big congrats to Mike, someone that has been connected to the Sea Dogs Organization as the Red Sox General Manager, Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development.


Friday News and Notes (Video update included)


Earlier today, a staff challenge was made. Director of Sales Justin Phillips lost a 30-yard dash to Sea Dogs General Manager by a close margin.

Moncada shines, Sea Dogs Alum in Winter Ball

moncada_yoan_dvm16-2The Arizona Fall League opened up on Tuesday, and Yoan Moncada went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double in Surprise’s 11-2 win over Mesa.  The Saguaros are led by Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles and take on Peoria today at 12:35 MST.

Some fans might not know, but minor league players had their season end last month, but many play in winter leagues.  Below are former Sea Dogs playing in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Aguilas del Zulia
OF Ronald Bermudez (2011-13)
1B/OF Reynaldo Rodriguez (2011-12)
Bravos de Margarita
C/INF/OF Cody Decker (2016)

Caribes de Anzoátegui
1B Luis Jimenez (2006)

Leones del Caracas
RHP Luis Diaz (2014-15)

Tiburones de La Guaira
RHP William Cuevas (2015)
INF Heiker Meneses (2011-14)

In other Sea Dogs news, former Hitting Coach Jose Castro (1994, 98-2001) was renewed as Atlanta Braves assistant hitting coach on Tuesday.





Fall League opens today, Tough day for Red Sox fans

The Red Sox went from worst to first, but I know that doesn’t make many people feel better today. I think the Red Sox are heading in the right direction. They have a young core and flexibility to build or acquire talent. I give the Indians a ton of credit, they did the little things right to win in postseason: pitching, defense and running the bases.

Sea Dogs Manager from 2016 Carlos Febles is managing the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, which opens up today. Sea Dogs Alum from left to right, Yoan Moncada, Mauricio Dubon and Jalen Beeks.

Emotional ending to last night’s game at Fenway Park, as we all knew that was the last game for David Ortiz. I loved how he came back out to salute the crowd. Ortiz rehabbed for the Sea Dogs in 2008 against the Connecticut Defenders, the catcher was Pablo Sandoval.

Back in 2008, David Oritz rehabbed at Hadlock Field. Pablo Sandoval was the catcher.

Back in 2008, David Oritz rehabbed at Hadlock Field. Pablo Sandoval was the catcher.

Happy Friday from Hadlock Field!

Friday has been a tough morning for many fans across Red Sox nation, but it’s one game. It’s the playoffs. I thought last night was a great game, just didn’t work out for Boston. Nice to see so many former Sea Dogs make a difference in last night’s game:

Performances from #SeaDogsAlum last night: Andrew Benintendi (2-for-4) homered in his first postseason at-bat. Mookie Betts (0-for-3, BB), Xander Bogaerts (0-for-4), Jackie Bradley Jr. (0-for-4), David Ortiz (1-for-4), Dustin Pedroia (1-for-5) and Hanley Ramirez (2-for-4, RBI, 2B)

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Lucky 13! Former Sea Dogs ready for postseason work

Great photo from the Sea Dogs' Instagram account.

Great photo from the Sea Dogs’ Instagram account.

The Boston Red Sox announced their postseason roster earlier today and 13 former Sea Dogs are on the 25-man roster, including 7 of 9 in tonight’s starting lineup.

Full list of former Sea Dog on Red Sox postseason roster: Matt Barnes (13), Andrew Benintendi (16), Mookie Betts (14), Xander Bogaerts (12-13), Jackie Bradley Jr. (13), Clay Buchholz (07-08), David Ortiz (08), Dustin Pedroia (05), Hanley Ramirez (04-05), Eduardo Rodriguez (14), Travis Shaw (12-14) and Christian Vazquez (12-13).


MLB Playoffs begin, greetings from Hartford, Connecticut

View of Dunkin Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats.

View of Dunkin Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats.

Greetings from Hartford! This week I started my new position with the Sea Dogs as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. I’ll still be on the air for all 142 games, but I have an extended role with the team, which I’m so excited about.

Over the next 3 days, I’ll be at the Eastern League Meetings, and will get a glimpse at Dunkin Donuts Park.

Tonight the play-in game starts at 8 PM between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto’s Jason Grilli is the lone Sea Dogs Alum on the two rosters. Maine native Ryan Flaherty is on Baltimore’s roster.

Tomorrow night is the National League play-in game, with the Red Sox and Indians starting on Thursday.

In other Sea Dogs related news:

  1. On Monday, former Sea Dogs Manager Rick Renteria was named the skipper of the Chicago White Sox.
  2. Earlier today, John Farrell announced Clay Buchholz as the Game 3 starter.
  3. Sea Dogs have released 2017 Schedule
  4. Sea Dogs made a few front office changes.
Monday was my first day back in the office.

Monday was my first day back in the office.

Red Sox Announce 2016 Minor League Awards

Below is the official release from the Boston Red Sox…Mauricio Dubon and Yoan Moncada spent the second half of the season with Portland.

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2016



Recipients to be Honored in Pre-Game Ceremony Today


BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today announced infielder Yoan Moncada as this season’s Minor League Offensive Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Roniel Raudes as the Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Third baseman Rafael Devers has been named the organization’s Minor League Defensive Player of the Year, while shortstop Mauricio Dubon has earned Baserunner of the Year honors. The Latin Program Player and Pitcher of the Year honors have been awarded to infielder/outfielder Pedro Castellanos and right-handed pitcher Ritzi Mendoza, respectively.


Additionally, left-handed pitcher Robby Scott has been recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Lou Gorman Award. Created in 2011, the award is given annually to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the Major League team.


The 2016 Minor League Awards are selected by the Red Sox baseball operations department and minor league roving instructors. The recipients will be honored during a pre-game, on-field ceremony at Fenway Park tonight prior to Boston’s 8:08 p.m. game against the New York Yankees.


Moncada, 21, finished sixth among Red Sox farmhands with a .294 batting average and fourth with 15 home runs while leading the organization with 45 steals in 57 attempts. In his second professional season since signing as an international free agent in March 2015, the switch hitter played 61 games for High-A Salem and 45 for Double-A Portland before being selected to the major league roster on September 2, combining to go 119-for-405 with 94 runs, 31 doubles, six triples, 15 home runs, 62 RBI, and a .918 OPS over 106 minor league games. After earning mid-season and post-season All-Star honors in the Carolina League, Boston’s 2015 Baserunner of the Year became the first Red Sox prospect and first Cuban native to be named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.


Raudes, 18, ranked third among Red Sox minor leaguers and tied for third in the South Atlantic League with 11 wins over 24 starts with the Single-A Greenville Drive, also finishing eighth in the organization with a 3.65 ERA (46 ER/113.1 IP) and striking out 104 opposing hitters compared to just 23 walks. The right-hander began the season 6-1 with a 3.04 ERA (16 ER/47.1 IP) in his first 10 starts before earning recognition as a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star, and posted a 3.28 mark (21 ER/57.2 IP) in 12 second-half starts for the Drive. The Nicaraguan-born Raudes has played two minor league seasons since signing with the Red Sox as an international free agent in July of 2014, going 18-9 with a 3.32 ERA (69 ER/187.0 IP), a 1.09 WHIP, and 183 strikeouts compared to 32 walks.


Devers, 19, committed only 15 errors over 117 games (116 starts) at third base with High-A Salem, leading Carolina Leaguers in fielding percentage (.960), total chances (377), putouts (104), and assists (258) at the position. Having played no defensive position other than third base since signing as an international free agent in 2013, Devers has improved his fielding percentage each season, from .905 in 2014 to .949 in 2015 and .960 this year. Named a post-season All-Star in the Carolina League, the left-handed batter hit .282 (142-for-503) in 128 games at the plate with 64 runs scored, 32 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 71 RBI, and 18 stolen bases. Over three seasons Devers has posted a .293 average (361-for-1,233) with 182 runs, 87 doubles, 14 triples, 29 home runs, 198 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 313 minor league games.


Dubon, 22, recorded the third-most stolen bases (30-for-37) among Red Sox minor leaguers over 124 total games between Portland (62) and Salem (62) this season. The 2016 Carolina League mid-season All-Star was successful in 22 consecutive stolen base attempts from May 3 to July 7, while his overall success rate of 81.1 percent matched his career high set in 2015. He also ranked third among all minor leaguers in runs scored (101), while his 157 hits were the most among Red Sox farmhands. In 486 at-bats between the two clubs, Dubon finished third in the organization with a .323 average (157-for-486) and recorded 31 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, and 69 RBI. Originally selected by the Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2013 June Draft, the infielder has hit .306 (388-for-1,268) in 330 games over four professional seasons.


Castellanos, 18, finished his first professional season with a league-leading 23 doubles and 47 RBI in 62 games for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox 2. The first baseman led the team and ranked among league leaders with a .326 batting average (12th) and a .496 slugging percentage (5th), also collecting four triples, three home runs, 47 RBI, and 26 multi-hit games. In a 7-1 win over the DSL Mets 2 on July 14, the right-handed batter went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI, belting his first career grand slam in the fifth inning. Castellanos ended the campaign with a season-long 14-game hitting streak, batting .423 (22-for-52) with three runs, nine doubles, one triple, and 20 RBI during that time.


Mendoza, 20, finished his fourth professional campaign 7-0 with a 1.05 ERA (8 ER/68.1 IP), the third-lowest mark among qualified Dominican Summer League pitchers. The right-hander’s seven wins were tied for eighth in the DSL, as he was one of only three DSL pitchers to win as many as seven games without suffering a loss. Mendoza limited opponents to a .166 batting average over 14 starts, striking out 48 and issuing only 13 walks (3.69 strikeout/walk ratio). He surrendered two runs or fewer in each of his outings, allowing only one run in 12 of them and no runs in six. The Venezuelan native has made 54 appearances (23 starts) since joining the organization in 2013, going 14-6 with a 3.00 ERA (56 ER/168.0 IP), 100 strikeouts, and three saves.


Scott made his major league debut on September 2 in Oakland at the age of 27, more than five years after the Red Sox purchased his contract from the independent Yuma Scorpions. The non-drafted free agent left-hander has compiled a 19-12 record with a 2.75 ERA (96 ER/314.0 IP) in 156 minor league games (10 starts) since signing with the Red Sox, earning mid-season All-Star nods in 2014 and 2015 while with Portland. He began the 2016 season with 32 appearances (six starts) for the PawSox, going 4-3 with a 2.54 ERA (22 ER/78.0 IP) and 73 strikeouts against 14 walks before earning his selection to the major league roster on September 2. Since then, Scott has thrown 4.0 scoreless relief innings in his first two big league outings, including 3.0 frames in his Fenway Park debut Thursday against the New York Yankees.