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Games cut short…Day 1 from Ft. Myers

Very cool sign at Jet Blue Park.

Very cool sign at Jet Blue Park.

It did rain very hard in Ft. Myers today, but that still beats the weather we are currently getting back north. The Sea Dogs and PawSox games were cut short, as was the Red Sox against the Cardinals.

Portland and Pawtucket played on the back fields at JetBlue Park today. The Sea Dogs were leading the Montgomery Biscuits 3-1 when play was called in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pat Light pitched four innings for Portland, giving up one run. The ‘Dogs scored all their turns in the third inning. Kendrick Perkins led off with a double and scored on a one-out single by Kevin Heller. Heller scored on a run-scoring double by Tzu-Wei Lin.  After a long out off the bat of Jordan Weems, Jantzen Witte nailed an RBI double to right.

Also, I was really impressed with Jonathan Aro. He’s kind of an unknown reliever, who was signed as an International Free Agent in 2011.

A reminder on minor league spring training games, most of the players are playing a level higher for the time being. More moves happen soon and the complete rosters can change as close to the last day of camp.

I had the chance to chat with these great people today: Christian Vazquez, who was doing interviews with a TV station from Puerto Rico, Jared Sandberg (former Sea Dog) and manager of Triple-A Durham. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, Mike Hazen and Bob Brenly.

IMG_4044On Tuesday, the Sea Dogs and PawSox play at Minnesota’s complex. If you missed it earlier this off-season, the New Britain Rock Cats are now affiliated with Colorado, so the Twins Double-A affiliate is Chattanooga.

I’ll be at those games tomorrow! Thanks for reading.

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Minor League dugout 

Good Morning from the Fort

Today I’ll be heading to JetBlue Park for the Sea Dogs and PawSox exhibition games. The Red Sox are also playing at the complex, and I hope to catch up with some players and/or coaches before of after. The Sea Dogs open up on April 9th against the Reading Fighting Phils (Phillies affiliate).  Ironically, the Red Sox open up the season against the Phillies. I advise all Mainers to try and visit this area at some point. The Red Sox and Twins have terrific complexes, and it’s really fun for the kids. In addition to the big league games, you can see all the minor league games for free.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at mantonellis@seadogs.com.

I’ll have an update later

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Off to Ft. Myers

On Sunday morning, I’ll head down to Ft. Myers and provide coverage of the Sea Dogs and Red Sox all week long. I can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity, and a big thanks to the Sea Dogs and the Burke family for sending me down there.

The Sea Dogs began their minor league games on Wednesday, I’l have complete reports from all the exhibition games. Typically, most of the rosters right now aren’t set, and players tend to play a level higher during minor-league spring training.

In case you missed it: The Red Sox announced the Joe Thurston will be added to the Portland roster as a player/coach. Thurston played in the Mexican League last year, but was a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2008 and appeared in 4 games with the Red Sox that season.

Great article on the Red Sox system by MLB.com (currently ranked 2nd overall in MLB).

Studio of our flagship station in Portland.

Studio of our flagship station in Portland.

Hadlock Field on March 19

Hadlock Field on March 19

Sea Dogs Spring Games start today! Full Schedule

I’ll be heading down to Ft. Myers this Sunday and will have complete game coverage all next week.

DATE                        OPPONENT                    AFFILIATE            SITE                 TIME

Wed. March 18         vs. Bowie Baysox                 Orioles           Ft. Myers            1:00 pm
Thur. March 19         @ New Britain Rock Cats      Twins             Lee County        1:00 pm
Fri. March 20             vs. Bowie Baysox                Orioles           Ft. Myers            1:00 pm
Sat. March 21            @ Montgomery Biscuits       Rays              Port Charlotte    1:00 pm
Sun. March 22           CAMP DAY
Mon. March 23          vs. Montgomery Biscuits      Rays              Ft. Myers           1:00 pm
Tues. March 24         @ New Britain Rock Cats      Twins             Lee County        1:00 pm
Wed. March 25         @ Bowie Baysox                    Orioles           Sarasota           1:00 pm
Thur. March 26          vs. New Britain Rock Cats    Twins             Ft. Myers           1:00 pm
Fri. March 27             vs. Bowie Baysox                 Orioles           Ft. Myers           1:00 pm
Sat. March 28           @ Montgomery Biscuits         Rays             Port Charlotte    1:00 pm
Sun. March 29          CAMP DAY
Mon. March 30         @ Montgomery Biscuits         Rays              Port Charlotte   1:00 pm
Tues. March 31         vs. New Britain Rock Cats     Twins             Ft. Myers          1:00 pm
Wed. April 1              @ Bowie Baysox                    Orioles           Sarasota          1:00 pm
Thur. April 2              vs. Montgomery Biscuits       Rays               Ft. Myers          1:00 pm
Fri. April 3                 vs. New Britain Rock Cats    Twins              Lee County       1:00 pm
Sat. April 4                vs. New Britain Rock Cats    Twins             Ft. Myers           1:00 pm

My new broadcast partner for 2015

The Sea Dogs have announced Mark Perlman-Price as the team’s new Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the 2015 season.  Perlman-Price will join Mike Antonellis on the radio broadcast for all 71 Sea Dogs home games this season, as well as assisting Director of Media Relations Chris Cameron with other duties.

A native of Newton, MA, Perlman-Price spent the 2014 baseball season as the Broadcast Assistant for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA-Philadelphia), where he was the flagship producer for the IronPigs Radio Network on ESPN Radio 1230/1320 Lehigh Valley and also served as the studio host for the IronPigs pre and postgame shows.  His previous work in baseball includes a three-year stint as the team broadcaster for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, where he was voted to represent the Eastern Division as broadcaster for the 2013 NECBL All-Star Game.  Perlman-Price’s other broadcasting experience includes two semesters at Harvard as a member of the broadcast crew for the Ivy League Digital Network, and three seasons calling high school football games on radio in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket as well as on the internet at capeandislandsports.com.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Mike on the Sea Dogs broadcasts this season,” Perlman-Price said, “I had been hoping to be back in the broadcast booth this season and as a lifelong Red Sox fan, the opportunity to do so for an affiliate is really a dream come true.  I’ve been to Hadlock Field as a fan and know that the Sea Dogs are a top notch organization, so I feel proud to be able to serve the team both over the airwaves and also in the front office.”

Perlman-Price is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in music.  You can find him on Twitter @mtriplep.

The Sea Dogs open the 2015 season at Hadlock Field on Thursday, April 9th, at 6:00 PM against the Reading Fightin Phils.  Tickets for the 2015 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.  All 142 Sea Dogs games can also be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: 95.5/95.9 WPEI Portland (flagship), WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris, and WTME 780 AM Rumford.

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Pedro and Smoltz interviews, thanks to the Sea Dogs!

I could go on for hours how appreciative I am of the Portland Sea Dogs, for giving me an opportunity to broadcast their games in 2005. The franchise is first class, and that starts from the top with our ownership group – the Burke Family. Yesterday was big news for the Sea Dogs, as John Smoltz becomes the first Hall of Famer to appear in a game for the Sea Dogs.

I had the pleasure of interview John Smoltz in 2009 and Pedro Martinez in 2013. So blessed! Hot Stove is January 16th – hope to see you there.

 

This is 40! Former Sea Dogs added to Boston’s 40-man roster

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox added 4 former Sea Dogs to their 40-man roster. INF Sean Coyle, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, INF Travis Shaw and C Blake Swihart were the four additions, bringing Boston the minimum of 40. All four players appeared in Portland’s record-breaking 2014 season.

From left to right: Travis Shaw, Sean Coyle, Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart are now members of Boston's 40-man roster.

From left to right: Travis Shaw, Sean Coyle, Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart are now members of Boston’s 40-man roster.

Coyle hit .295 in his first Double-A season, hitting 16 homers with 61 RBI, going 13-for-14 in stolen bases.

Rodriguez was acquired by Boston from Baltimore for LHP Andrew Miller during the ’14 season. The lefty dominated Portland, going 3-1, 0.96 ERA (4 ER/37.1 IP) in six starts with the ‘Dogs, earning a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket for their championship run.

Shaw hit .278 with 21 home runs, 78 RBI, and 78 runs scored in 128 games between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014. The Ohio native has clubbed 56 homers over the past 3 seasons – the most in the system.

Swihart was named an Eastern League All-Star in his first Double-A season, hitting .300 with 12 HR and 55 RBI in 92 games. The standout catcher did not have a passed ball all season with the Sea Dogs. Swihart earned a late season promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Off-season moves involving 2014 Sea Dogs: Carlos Rivero signed with Seattle. Carson Blair was signed to a minor-league deal by Oakland and Derrik Gibson signed with Baltimore. Boston re-signed Miguel Celestino, Dayan Diaz and Nate Reed. Former Sea Dog Alex Hassan was claimed on waivers by Oakland, but earlier today, was claimed by Baltimore. Hassan wrote an amazing letter thanking the fans and people in the Red Sox Organization.

Brian Johnson Interview

Winner Take All!!!!

IMG_6485Today is Game 5 of the Eastern Division Championship Series between the Portland Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets…Portland’s last Game 5 was the 2006 Eastern League Championship Series when they beat the Akron Aeros…Binghamton’s last Game 5 was a loss to Portland on September 7, 1996.

Congrats to Richmond on winning the Western Division Championship Series.

B-Mets: Nimmo 7, Rivera 4, Burgamy 3, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Lawley 5, Carillo 2, Tovar 6, Ynoa RH

#SeaDogsBaseball Castillo DH, Miller 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair 2, Chester 3, Welch 5, Wilkerson 8, Roof 9, Meneses 6, Diaz RH

GAME 5 HISTORYPortland is 4-0 in Game 5’s in Franchise History: 7-3 over Binghamton in the Northern Division Championship Series (9/7/96), 10-9 over Norwich in the Northern Division Championship Series (9/6/97), 9-2 over Trenton in Northern Division Championship Series (9/11/05) and 8-5 over Akron in the Eastern League Championship Series (9/17/06).

WHO WILL FACE RICHMOND? The fifth and decisive game of the Eastern Division Championship Series takes place on Sunday afternoon between the Portland Sea Dogs and Binghamton Mets at Hadlock Field…Portland is seeking their fifth trip to the Eastern League Championship Series…Their last game five in the playoffs, was the clinching win in the 2006 Eastern League Championship Series against the Akron Aeros…Binghamton’s last Game 5 was a 7-3 loss to the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field on September 7, 1996.

‘DOGS FEEL THE STING FROM THE B-METS: Binghamton scored seven times in the sixth inning to beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 11-4 on Saturday afternoon, and forcing a game five to decide the Eastern Division Championship Series…The B-Mets sent 19 batters to the plate over two innings, scoring 10 of their 11 runs over frames 5 and 6…Darrell Ceciliani led the 13-hit attack, going 2-fo-4 with 3 RBI…Wilfredo Tovar finished 3-for-5 with a 2-run single in the sixth…Rainy Lara recorded Binghamton’s first quality start of the series, yielding only two runs on five hits over 6 IP…Mike Augliera took the loss, giving up four runs over 4+ innings pitched…Mike McCarthy and Pete Ruiz gave up seven runs and five walks in relief for Portland…Portland received homers by Carson Blair and David Chester.

PITCHING HAS BEEN BIG: Portland’s starters have combined to go 1-1, 3.04 ERA (8 ER/23.2 IP) with Binghamton’s starters posting a 5.79 ERA (12 ER/18.2 IP) over four games…Both teams have scored 22 runs and are 35-for-135 (.259).

 MORE ABOUT THE DIVISION SERIES: Portland is 4-3 in Division Series, winning consecutive North Titles in 2005 & 06…The Sea Dogs lost to New Haven in 1995 (3-1) but beat Binghamton (1996) and Norwich (1997) in five games.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 91-49 (.650), Low-A Asheville 89-49 (.645), Low-A Savannah 85-51 (.625), Low-A Hagerstown and Low-A Hagerstown 87-53 (.621), and Portland 88-54 (.620)…The Red Sox have the 4th best record as an organization in MiLB at 418-347 (.546).

Back at it! Game 2 tonight in Binghamton

After a tough loss last night, the Sea Dogs play game two of the Eastern Division Championship Series on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium…RHP Justin Haley (3-2, 1.19) makes the start for Portland…The righty had a quality start in all six appearances with the ‘Dogs and won his final 3 starts.

RHP Greg Peavey (11-3, 2.90) makes his 19th start of the season for Binghamton…Peavey was 4th in the league in ERA and 1-1, 4.42 ERA in 3 starts against the ‘Dogs.

Recap of Last night’s game from the Portland Press Herald

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Pre-Game begins at 6:15PM on 95.9/95.5 and the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network…Listen online at seadogs.com.

Lineups

#SeaDogsBaseball (Game 2) Wilkerson 8, Miller 5, Coyle 4, De La Cruz 7, Blair DH, Welch 3, Roof 9, Meneses 6, Brenly 2, Haley RHP

B-Mets (Game 2) Nimmo 7, Rivera 4, Burgamy 3, Boyd DH, Ceciliani 8, Taijeron 9, Lawley 5, Carrillo 2, Tovar 6, Peavey RHP

A few notes for today

LAST ONE IN NEW YORK: The Portland Sea Dogs dropped the opener of the Eastern Division Championship Series to the Binghamton Mets, and play Game 2 on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium…Tomorrow night, the series shifts to Hadlock Field for the remaining three games…Portland is now 1-9 in playoff openers, including four straight losses…The playoff berth marks the 8th in the team’s 21-year history, and their first division title since 2004…Binghamton won their first playoff game at home since 2004.

TOUGH FINISH: 2B T.J. Rivera (4-for-5, 5 RBI) hit a two-out, walk-off 3-run homer, giving the Binghamton Mets an 8-5 win in the opener…Portland trailed 1-0, but tied the game in the fourth inning a on two-out homer by Sean Coyle – Portland’s first baserunner off Tyler Pill…The ‘Dogs added four 2-out runs in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Keury De La Cruz and a three-run shot by David ChesterBrian Johnson hurled seven strong frames for the ‘Dogs, yielding two runs on six hits and eight strikeouts…Binghamton scored the final seven runs, but the last five were unearned…In the eighth, an error by Coyle creating two unearned runs…In the ninth against Noe Ramirez, an error by 3B Mike Miller, opened the door for three unearned runs…Binghamton’s bullpen of Hansel Robles (2.1 H, 4 SO) and Cody Satterwhite (win) worked 3.1 scoreless with six strikeouts.

GAME ONE LOSS: The Sea Dogs gave up a four run lead last night…During the regular season the largest lead given up by Portland in a loss was 5 on June 7th against the Bowie Baysox…The eight runs allowed last night was the most since July 10th at Binghamton, when the Mets beat the ‘Dogs 13-3.

MORE ABOUT THE DIVISION SERIES: Portland is 4-3 in Division Series, winning consecutive North Titles in 2005 & 06…The Sea Dogs lost to New Haven in 1995 (3-1) but beat Binghamton (1996) and Norwich (1997) in five games…Portland’s lone championship came in 2006 over Akron…Binghamton’s last E.L. crown happened 20 years ago.

RANKING THE ‘DOGS: The Top 6 winning percentages (Full-Season Clubs) in Minor League Baseball: Low-A Kane County 91-49 (.650), Low-A Asheville 89-49 (.645), Low-A Savannah 85-51 (.625), Low-A Hagerstown and Low-A Hagerstown 87-53 (.621), and Portland 88-54 (.620)…The Red Sox have the 4th best record as an organization in MiLB at 418-347 (.546)…According to the Red Sox media relations department, the five playoff teams in Boston’s organization is the most since at least 1982.

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