Friday Update, World Series resumes

Game 3 of the World Series resumes tonight between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field – the first World Series game at Wrigley since 1945.

Sea Dogs News
Moncada shut down by Red Sox due to sprained thumb
2017 Schedule available online




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.