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(AUDIO) Jackie Bradley Jr. Interview

Before today’s Red Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles, I had a chance to catch up with former Sea Dog Jackie Bradley Jr.

Wednesday’s Schedule (Day 4 from the Fort)

Ted Williams wore #9 for 19 years, still the most of All-Time in the Majors.

Ted Williams wore #9 for 19 years, still the most of All-Time in the Majors.

Good Morning from Ft. Myers! I’ve heard the northeast is getting some snow, but things aren’t too bad in Portland. Down here, most of Floridians will be in sweatshirts today, due to temps in the 60s.

Portland and Pawtucket travel to Minnesota’s Minor-League Complex to play the Twins affiliates. The complex is a 10-minute drive from JetBlue Park. Both games today start at 1 PM. Follow @JoshMauerRadio on Twitter for Pawtucket updates.

 

Starting 9

  1. Who will bat first in Boston? Jackie Bradley Jr. or Grady Sizemore. Both played in the Eastern League.
  2. Two ways to tune into Sea Dogs baseball at Hadlock Field this year – on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network or MILB.TV.
  3. I have three days left on my trip. Had to throw that in there.
  4. For the 4th straight year, Portland will have a New England Patriot visit Hadlock Field – Shane Vereen on May 8th.
  5. Anthony Ranaudo pitched 5.2 innings on Tuesday for Pawtucket. The game was played on the Major League field.
  6. Six days until the Sox open up in Baltimore.
  7. San Francisco has the 7th highest payroll in MLB at 154,185,878, according to the AP.
  8. Sea Dogs at Reading in 8 days from First Energy Stadium.
  9. Ted Williams has still worn #9 more than an Major League player.

 

A different type of format today (Day 3 coverage)

Due to rain this morning, the Sea Dogs played a different kind of game today on fields 3 & 4 at JetBlue Park.   The host team was Tampa Bay’s Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits.  On both fields, just the pitcher, catcher and batter were on the field. The grounds crew didn’t want anyone on the infield, and there’s no bases put down. Portland’s hitters were on field 3 and the pitchers on field 4.

Notes from today

  • Andrew Miller pitched an inning for Portland and was scoreless
  • Aaron Kurcz, recovering from Tommy John surgery, looked sharp…(VIDEO) of Kurcz throwing.
  • Michael Olmsted pitched a scoreless inning…he was released by the Brewers earlier in Spring Training and signed by Boston.
  • Hitters on field 4: Sean Coyle, Ryan Dent, Keury De La Cruz, Peter Hissey and Shannon Wilkerson.

Pawtucket played Durham on the Major League field today, due to the wet grounds on the minor league fields. Durham won 4-0, but Anthony Ranaudo was sharp over 5.2 IP on one run.

Pawtucket playing Durham on the big stage.

Pawtucket playing Durham on the big stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the Green Monster at JetBlue Park.

View of the Green Monster at JetBlue Park.

Boles Interview/Afternoon Update (Day 3)

(AUDIO) Interview with former Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles

Had a great conversation with Kevin Boles, who will now be the skipper at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Portland and Pawtucket are playing the Rays affiliates today. The Triple-A team is suing the big-league field.  Anthony Ranaudo told me he was staring the game, really nice catching up with him.

View of the monster at JetBlue Park.

View of the monster at JetBlue Park.

Morning Report from the Fort (Day 3)

Captain Carl - my first baseball memory. His number is retired in front of JetBlue Park.

Captain Carl – my first baseball memory. His number is retired in front of JetBlue Park.

Good morning from Ft. Myers, where it’s still raining today, and could throughout the day. Still, it’s amazing down here and not 10 degrees like it is in my town of Old Orchard Beach.

The Portland Sea Dogs and Pawtucket Red Sox are expected to play Tampa Bay’s AA and AAA teams this morning at JetBlue Park.  There’s a good chance with the rain arriving this morning and into the afternoon, both of these games could get cancelled. Yesterday, Portland and Pawtucket had their games cancelled in Sarasota, so they played intra-squad games at JetBlue Park.

My links for today

Where are my seats?

Where are my seats?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A protective netting covers the monster seats.

A protective netting covers the monster seats.

Afternoon Report from Ft. Myers (Day 2)

Very cool sign near the minor league fields.

Very cool sign near the minor league fields.

Due to the rain this morning, the Red Sox Double-A and Triple-A players played an intra-squad game on the back fields at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. Pretty cool to see Christian Vazquez batting with Dan Butler catching. Rich Hill pitched the final inning, but the game came to a halt due to the rain.

(VIDEO) Ruby De La Rosa to Mookie Betts

Boston left for Sarasota at 8:30 AM and there game with Baltimore is slated to start after 2 PM. The starters that stayed behind, took batting practice on the Major League field early this morning.

Jet Blue Park literally has tours all day. I bumped into a few people from New England, including a couple that frequently vacations in Bar Harbor

  • Craig Breslow made his spring debut in the Single-A game against Baltimore minor leaguers: IP, H, 0 BB, K, 18 pitches/11 strikes
  • Former Sea Dogs I saw in camp: Bryce Brentz, Butler, Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, Jeremy Kehrt, J.C. Linares, Heiker Meneses, Henry Owens,Pete Ruiz, Vazquez and many more.
  • Aaron Kurcz is doing well after missing all of last season with Tommy John Surgery.
  • Michael Olmsted pitched with Portland in 2012. He was in Milwaukee’s system last year, but released this Spring Training, and signed back with Boston. Nice catching up with Mike.
  • Kevin Boles, Bob Kipper, Dave Joppie and current Sea Dogs Manager Billy McMillon were in the dugouts for today’s game.
Former Sea Dog Alex Hassan should bat high in the order with Pawtucket.

Former Sea Dog Alex Hassan should bat high in the order with Pawtucket.

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Live from Ft. Myers (Day 2) Morning Edition

IMG_4067The rain has arrived in Ft. Myers, but the temps should near 80 by mid-day. Portland’s exhibition game in Sarasota against Bowie was cancelled due to rain.  The entire minor league system will play intra-squad games beginning at 12:30 at JetBlue Park.

My interview with Shoe and Joe on the Big Jab 96.3 earlier today

Morning Batting Practice at the Big League Field featured: Xander Bogaerts, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia and David Ross. Former Sea Dogs Manager Kevin Boles is out on the field with Assistant Hitting Coach Victor Rodriguez.

Red Sox Pre-Game Notes in Sarasota courtesy of the Boston Globe

Shane Vereen coming to Hadlock Field

Welcome Back Dinner

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Greetings from Ft. Myers (Day 1)

I’m lucky! So lucky! Getting the opportunity to come down here every year is amazing. I can’t thank the Sea Dogs enough.

What a great sign as you enter JetBlue Park at Fenway South

What a great sign as you enter JetBlue Park at Fenway South

Below is the remaining Spring Training schedule for Portland and Pawutcket. I’ll be traveling to Baltimore’s complex tomorrow to see the Sea Dogs. Last year my first game was at Baltimore’s complex. Will be nice to see former Sea Dog Brock Huntzinger.

March 24

Pawtucket/Portland @ BAL

March 25

Pawtucket/Portland vs. TB

March 26

Pawtucket/Portland @ MIN

March 27

Pawtucket/Portland vs. MIN

March 28

Pawtucket/Portland -CAMP

March 29

Pawtucket/Portland vs. MIN

March 30

CAMP DAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Notes from Ft. Myers

I probably got strange looks for taking this photo in Florida.

I probably got strange looks for taking this photo in Florida.

Luck of the Irish…Opening Day is soon

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And a Happy Birthday to Celtics Executive Danny Ainge. The luck of the irish to have his birthday today.  In addition to his great career with the Celtics, Ainge started his career playing professional baseball, landing in the Majors with Toronto.

Happy Birthday to Danny Ainge.

Happy Birthday to Danny Ainge.

Baseball birthdays on this St. Paddy’s day: Chris Davis, Cito Gaston, Tim Lollar (as a pitcher, had a pinch-hit single for Boston), Bill Mueller and John Smiley

I’m assuming Monday’s work production will slow down a bit with people franticly filling out their brackets. I love March Madness because it signals the start of baseball season.

  • This Sunday I leave for Ft. Myers and will be covering the Sea Dogs and the Red Sox Organization for a few days.
  • Former Sea Dogs reassigned today: RHP Allen Webster, C Christian Vazquez optioned to AAA Pawtucket. SS Deven Marrero reassigned to minor league camp.
  • In case you missed it, my broadcast partner is Dan Acheson. He was with me in 2012 – great to have him back.
Deven Marrero shined in big league camp. Could start the year in Portland.

Deven Marrero shined in big league camp. Could start the year in Portland.

Minor Details WEEI (AUDIO): Henry Owens and Ralph Treul

(VIDEO) Slugger’s Big Announcement 

(VIDEO) Sea Dogs Update: Episode 2

Slugger continues to amaze

To celebrate his 20th birthday, Slugger will walk from Fenway Park to Hadlock Field, to raise money and awareness for Tourette’s Syndrome.

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Sea Dogs Update: Episode 2

2014 Printable Schedule

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