I’m leaving for Maine in a few minutes, but I wanted to check in one more time from Ft. Myers. This year’s Spring Training coverage was a blast. The opportunity to call a big league game was an amazing start to the trip. I normally venture down here during minor league games, but I had a chance to see what the minor leaguers do for their spring training.
The entire Red Sox minor league system opens up their exhibition schedule tomorrow, taking on the Tampa Bay Rays minor league teams.
There’s always a buzz in the air for Sea Dogs baseball. Fans love the opportunity to come out to Hadlock Field to see the boys of summer. This year, I feel even a bigger buzz with the potential of Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada making their way to Maine. The general consensus is the two will start in High-A Salem. I’m always a wait and see guy! You just never know what can happen the final week of camp.
Social Media: You can follow the Portland Sea Dogs on the following platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and Snap Chat. There’s more social media platforms that will be arriving in the future.
Daniel Bard worked a perfect ninth in yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. Bard is trying to make the Pirates and overcome a very difficult end to his Red Sox career. The righty lost his control after being converted to a starter. Former Sea Dog T.J. Large works for the Pirates minor league system and encourage Bard to try out. If Daniel makes it back to the Majors, this will be a special moment in baseball. A friend reaching out to a friend. I love that story.
Greetings from sunny Ft.Myers! I thought in honor of Pi Day, David Ortiz should have worn 314. Boston’s lineup for today featured 8 of 9 former Sea Dogs, with Pablo Sandoval a former Eastern Leaguer (Connecticut Defenders): Kevin Boles brought out this lineup card on Monday against the Pirates: Betts 9, Pedroia 4, Ortiz DH, Bogaerts 6, Ramirez 3, Sandoval 5, Castillo 7, Bradley Jr. 8, Vazquez 2, Kelly RHP
Monday’s minor league schedule: On-field drills from 8:30-10:00 AM. Batting practice until 11 and intra-squad games until 1 PM. Minor League Spring Training Games begin on Wednesday, the Sea Dogs and PawSox host Tampa’s AAA and AA clubs. Salem, Greenville and Lowell travel to Tampa’s complex.
Portland’s 2016 Minor League Spring Training Schedule:
March 16: vs. Montgomery
March 17: @ Bowie
March 18: @ Chattanooga
March 19: vs. Chattanooga
March 20: Camp Day
March 21: vs. Chattanooga
March 22: @ Bowie
March 23: vs. Montgomery
March 24: @ Bowie
March 25: vs. Montgomery
March 26: @ Chattanooga
March 27: Camp Day
March 28: @ Montgomery
March 29: vs. Bowie
March 30: @ Montgomery
March 31: vs. Bowie
April 1: vs. Chattanooga
April 2: @ Chattanooga
April 3: Break Camp
The Red Sox should announce the full minor league rosters on April 3 or 4. Make sure to check seadogs.com for the full roster.
Great to see Daniel Bard on the mound for the Pirates. Bard got the save in the Pirates win over Boston, working a perfect ninth. Here’s the full boxscore for today.
Hope you’re enjoying the blogs back in Maine! I see temps were near 60s today. The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Ft. Myers. The Red Sox were at Tampa today and the Red Sox minor leaguers had meetings. jetBlue Park at Fenway South was a bit quiet.
Tomorrow is my last full day in Ft. Myers. I will attend minor league workouts in the morning and take in the Red Sox/Pirates game at 1 PM. I’m hoping to get more interviews and video for the blog.
Great tweet by the Portland Sea Dogs
Portland Sea Dogs @PortlandSeaDogs
Congrats to the @ for clinching a second straight playoff appearance. #.
-The Red Claws are the D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics and play in the Portland Expo, next door to Hadlock Field.
Greeting from Ft. Myers! Hope you enjoy my video intros. Every year I’m down here, I think to experiment with different ideas to bring better coverage. The Portland Sea Dogs and the entire Red Sox minor leaguers, worked out on the backfields at jetBlue Park at Fenway South.
Had a great time sitting down with new Red Sox Radio Broadcaster Tim Everett before today’s game. Tim is a New Hampshire native is was previous one of the voices of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today was filled in the broadcast booths as NESN carried the game – Tom Caron and Jerry Remy had the call. It’s always great seeing TC.
One of the highlights of my day was seeing former Sea Dog Mike Brenly. Mike is entering his first full season with the Red Sox. He left Portland last year to assume the bullpen catcher’s job. As we were talking, Marlins Manager Don Mattingly walked by us. Very cool moment. My full interview with Mike is below.
There were plenty of hugs pre-game, as Craig Breslow made the trip for the Marlins. Breslow was a great teammate and loved by so many members of the Red Sox Organization. A few years back, he did a MLB Rehab stint with the Sea Dogs.
The Boston Red Sox suffered a 2-1 loss in Dunedin today against the Blue Jays, but former Sea Dog Sam Travis tied the game in the ninth inning with a solo-homer. Watch Highlight
Had a great time this morning chatting with former Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon. After two seasons as Portland manager, Billy is now the outfield coordinator in the Red Sox system. As I was talking to Billy, I saw Nate Spears make his way over. Nate is now a coach in the Red Sox system. He made it to Boston a few years ago, and finished his playing career in the Independent Leagues.
On the big league field, Clay Buchholz threw a simulated game. David Murphy, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval all took batting practice. The minor league fields featured intra-squad games.
The Red Sox host the Marlins at jetBlue Park at Fenway South on Saturday. Former Sea Dog Henry Owens will make the start.
I had the privilege of calling the Sox/Twins game for MLB.com with Pawtucket broadcaster Will Flemming. Today was one of the best days I’ve had as a professional broadcaster. Getting that opportunity was amazing.
The Red Sox fell 7-2 to Minnesota, receiving their runs on a two-run single by David Murphy in the eighth. David Price made his spring debut, tossing three innings on four hits and two runs – both on back-to-back homers with two outs in the second. Price worked from the stretch the entire outing – spring is the time to work on things. I thought Hanley Ramirez looked excellent at first base. He had great reads and was quick to the ball.
Link to today’s Red Sox Broadcast
Good Morning from jetBlue Park in beautiful Ft. Myers, Florida. First pitch with the Minnesota Twins is 1:05 PM today with temps in the mid 80s. Today is my 11th time covering Spring Training for the Portland Sea Dogs, but the first time I’ll be doing play-by-play for a Boston Red Sox spring training game. I’ll be joining Pawtucket broadcaster Will Flemming on the call. The game will air on MLB.com and the At-Bat app.
I’ll be here until March 15th, covering the Sea Dogs, Red Sox and reporting on any stories related to the Red Sox system.
Red Sox lineup today: Betts RF, Pedroia 2B, , Bogaerts SS, Ortiz DH, Ramirez 1B, Sandoval 3B, Murphy LF, Swihart C, Bradley CF…and, someone named Price is on the mound. David Price makes his spring debut in today’s game against the Twins.
Thursday morning tweets from Sox Beat Writers
Pete Abraham @PeteAbe
Clay Buchholz will throw three innings in a sim game at the Fort on Friday.
Hanley working early this morning with Butterfield at First Base, putting the time in. Yes pic.twitter.com/XjSRRKOspn
In eyes of Red Sox, Travis Shaw earning more and more playing time providencejournal.com/sports/2016030…
Usually when I leave for Ft. Myers it’s in the 30s, even colder, but on this beautiful day in New England, I’m heading to Florida for the 11th straight season. I can’t thank the Portland Sea Dogs enough for sending me down there. Yes, I’m gathering interviews and updating this blog, but being in Ft. Myers for a week is heaven. I wouldn’t call one ounce of it work.
Later tonight or early tomorrow, I’ll have a special announcement in something I participating in. Very excited to share that news.
This year I’m covering Spring Training earlier than normal – largely due to my announcement coming up. The minor league games begin on March 16th against Tampa Bay. Portland and Pawtucket travel together, and for most of the minor league spring training, the rosters are not near what opening day will look like.
Happy Monday! Hope you’re having a great day and getting excited for Sea Dogs Baseball exactly one month from today. The Sea Dogs open the 2016 season in Reading against the Fightin Phils.
Congrats to Pawtucket broadcasters Will Flemming and Josh Maurer on calling today’s Red Sox game for MLB.com and the MLB at-bat app. I’ll have more news on that in a few days.
On Friday, I posted on twitter (@seadogsradio) for your questions. I would love to do a Mailbag Monday during the course of the season. I received tweets and emails (firstname.lastname@example.org)
@ @ lost a lot of kids to Paw and Bos last year. How’s the roster look for upcoming season? Linda, that’s a good thing. I’ve always wanted to see a homegrown roster in the big leagues. I think the question with Eduardo Rodriguez starting the season could change some things. We’ll see what happens in the outfield. Maybe David Murphy starts the season with Boston. I would say a lot of the players that came up late last year will return to Portland.
.@ @ Will you be referring to Benintendi as ‘Benny’ this year? # I like it. I would say yes to that, but I’m assuming he’s italian. So from one italian to another, I’ll have to say his full last name. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in Portland.
@ @ Let’s hear about The chill man himself. @ #‘reIn One of the most underrated prospects in the Red Sox system. This guy has an advanced approach for his age. He’s all business, kind of a throwback player. The Red Sox have 4 great players coming up that could help: Benintendi, Devers, Moncada and Travis. Could be cornerstone players for years to come. Also, I love the twitter handle.
Happy Friday to all! Hopefully the start of Red Sox Spring games have you smiling. I know my mood mood has changed dramatically. I love how baseball in New England makes everyone so happy.
From the Red Sox twitter account
# 3/4 Lineup vs. TB: Betts RF Pedroia 2B Bogaerts SS Ortiz DH Ramirez 1B Sandoval 3B Young LF Swihart C Bradley Jr. CF Kelly RHP
The Red Sox grabbed a 6-5 win at Minnesota’s complex on Thursday night. Boston had 15 former Sea Dogs participate in last night’s game, receiving 2 hits from Travis Shaw and 2 RBI from Marco Hernandez. The list of 15: Barnes, Brentz, Butler, Castillo, Coyle, Cuevas, Hernandez, Jerez, Light, Marrero, Martin, Ramos, Shaw, Sturgeon and Travis.
Off Baseball Topic: I do a lot of freelance work in the off-season, including the UNE Women’s Basketball team, who rank 15th in the country in Division 3. Tonight, they host the first round of the playoffs in Biddeford, Maine. I’m so happy to watch them play. The school is one the most professional places I’ve ever worked. And I thank them so much.