2014 Minor League Spring Training Schedule

View of the Green Monster at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers.

View of the Green Monster at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers.

2014 Minor League Spring Training Schedule

The Sea Dogs and Pawtucket have the same Spring Training schedule and play on a separate fields…Hopefully in the coming weeks, we’ll be able to update you on what field each team is playing. Enjoy your trip if you’re heading down there.

Game Schedule

March 12

Pawtucket/Portland vs. MIN

March 13

Pawtucket/Portland @ MIN

March 14

Pawtucket/Portland vs. BAL

March 15

Pawtucket/Portland @ TB

March 16

CAMP DAY

 

March 17

Pawtucket/Portland vs. BAL

March 18

Pawtucket/Portland @ TB

March 19

Pawtucket/Portland @ BAL

March 20

Pawtucket/Portland vs. TB

March 21

Pawtucket/Portland vs. MIN

March 22

Pawtucket/Portland @ MIN

March 23

CAMP DAY

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

 

Games against BAL begin at 12:30pm
Games against MIN and TB begin at 1:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland in 1998

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days (1998).

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days . (Photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor, Sittingstill Photography)

On Sunday Morning, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal gave the Red Sox media their first big story of Spring Training with this tweet:

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal  BREAKING: Ryan Dempster will not pitch for #RedSox in 2014 due to physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids.
Dempster went 4-3, 3.22 ERA in 7 starts with the Sea Dogs in 1998.  In 16 Major League seasons with Florida, Cincinnati, Chicago (NL), Texas and Boston, the righty went 132-133 with a 4.35 ERA in 579 games. He closed with the Cubs between 2005-07, compiling 85 of his 87 career saves.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to, said Dempster. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right.”
If Dempster retries, which has not been decided, his final batter faced was in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series, striking out Matt Adams to end the game.
When informing John Farrell of decision not to pitch this year, he told him, “I guess you’ll need to find new Opening Day starter.”

Dempster announcing his decision for 2014 (photo courtesy of Jason Mastrodonato)

Dempster announcing his decision for 2014 (photo courtesy of Jason Mastrodonato)

The Red Sox will reportedly place Dempster on the restricted list and he will not receive his 2014 salary of $13.25 million.
Big thanks to Jason Mastrodonato for providing a photo for the blog…He tweeted this earlier.
Jason Mastrodonato ‏@JMastrodonato  Pedroia, Napoli, entire starting staff, much of the front office came outside to watch Dempster’s final press conference. He was well-liked.
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Former Red Sox Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin Being Converted Into Pitcher By Rangers

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How about this about Che-Hsuan Lin, a former Sea Dog.

Originally posted on NESN.com:

Che-Hsuan LinThe Texas Rangers announced Monday that they have signed Taiwan native Che-Hsuan Lin to a minor league contract.

The Rangers have some unique plans for Lin, too, as Texas intends to convert the former Boston Red Sox outfielder into a pitcher this season, according to multiple reports.

Lin, who was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2007, appeared in nine games with Boston in 2012. He played in right field for six games and in center field for three games, hitting .250 (3-for-12) with a run scored.

Lin spent the 2013 season in the Houston Astros organization, where he hit .234 with three homers, 42 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 121 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 25-year-old, who is known for his defense and strong arm, also made two perfect relief appearances, seemingly capturing the Rangers’ attention in the process.

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2013 Portland Sea Dogs: Where are they now?

Riding the roller coaster in Altoona this past season.

Riding the roller coaster in Altoona this past season.

Status update on everyone who played in Portland in 2013 (updated 2/4/14)

Position Players

Michael Almanzar – Selected by Baltimore in the MLB Phase of the Rule 5 Draft

Ronald Bermudez – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent

Xander Bogaerts – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Garin Cecchini – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Ryan Dent – Re-signed with Boston

Stephen Drew – Major League free agent

Leonel Escobar – In Boston’s system

Derrik Gibson – In Boston’s system

Kevin Heller – In Boston’s system

Peter Hissey – In Boston’s system

Brandon Jacobs – Traded to Arizona by Chicago (AL) in the off-season

Matty Johnson – In Boston’s system

J.C. Linares – In Boston’s system

Deven Marrero – In Boston’s system

Heiker Meneses – In Boston’s system

Nick Natoli – In Boston’s system

Alberto Rosario – Signed by Los Angles Dodgers as a minor-league free agent

David Ross – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Travis Shaw – In Boston’s system

Matt Spring – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent

Tony Thomas – Signed by Minnesota as a minor-league free agent

Christian Vazquez – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Kolbrin Vitek – In Boston’s system

Shannon Wilkerson – In Boston’s system

Will Garin Cecchini return to Portland in 2014? (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Will Garin Cecchini return to Portland in 2014? (Photo courtesy of sitting still photography).

Pitchers

Chris Balcom-Miller  – In Boston’s system

Daniel Bard – Signed by the Texas Rangers

Matt Barnes – In Boston’s system

Craig Breslow – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Drake Britton – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Miguel Celestino – Signed by Boston as a minor-league free agent

Keith Couch – In Boston’s system

Terry Doyle – Minor League free agent

Charlie Haeger – Minor League free agent

Chris Hernandez – In Boston’s system

Brock Huntzinger – Signed by Baltimore as a minor-league free agent

Kyle Kaminska – Retired

Jeremy Kehrt – In Boston’s system

Kyle Kraus – In Boston’s system

John Lackey – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

Bobby Lanigan – Minor League free agent

Will Latimer – Minor League free agent

Matt Maloney – Minor League free agent

Chris Martin – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal

Mike McCarthy – In Boston’s system

Franklin Morales – Traded to Colorado in the Jonathan Herrera deal

Eric Niesen – Minor League free agent

Matty Ott – In Boston’s system

Henry Owens – In Boston’s system

Mickey Pena – In Boston’s system

Rafael Perez – Signed by Texas as a minor league free agent

Noe Ramirez – In Boston’s system

Anthony Ranaudo – In Boston’s system

Pete Ruiz – In Boston’s system

Nate Striz – Signed by Colorado as a minor league free agent

Brandon Workman – Currently on Boston’s 40-man roster

 

Sea Dogs Celebrate Patriots Playoff Appearance

For Immediate Release 

January 5, 2014

Contact:
Chris Cameron
207-874-9300
ccameron@seadogs.com
Sea Dogs Celebrate Patriots Playoff Appearance with Special Ticket Package

10-Game Package Includes a FREE Autographed Baseball of Rob Ninkovich

Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs are preparing for this weekend’s New England Patriots playoff game by offering a limited ticket package that will include an autographed baseball from New England Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich.

 

The ticket package includes two reserved seat tickets to ten of the most desirable Sea Dogs games of the season and the autographed Ninkovich baseball. Packages cost $160.00 and can be purchased online at http://www.seadogs.com (look for the “Patriots” Package) or by phone by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500.  Additionally, you will receive a pair of Reserved Seat tickets to Opening Day at no added cost.  That’s two tickets to 11 Sea Dogs games and an autographed baseball by Ninkovich.

 

The games featured in the package include; April 10 (Opening Day), April 16, April 26, May 10, May 20, June 7, June 25 (fireworks), July 6, July 21 (Xander Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway), August 16,  and August 26.  All giveaways are for the first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark.

 

Ninkovich appeared at Hadlock Field on May 8, 2013 where he signed autographs for fans and threw-out a ceremonial first-pitch.  Ninkovich has appeared in all 14 games for the Patriots this season compiling a career high 80 tackles and has six sacks to his credit.

 

The Sea Dogs open the 2014 season on the road in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 3rd.  The home opener is set for Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 PM against the New Britain Rock Cats.  Tickets for the 2014 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or online athttp://www.seadogs.com.  Book your nine inning vacation!
 

 

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Brandon Workman (pictured left) and Xander Bogaerts spent time this season in Portland.

Brandon Workman (pictured left) and Xander Bogaerts spent time this season in Portland.

I can’t say enough about the local media and how they’ve covered the Red Sox in the playoffs.   The entire media scene in Maine from radio, TV and newspaper has provided excellent content. Below are some of the places you can catch up on the Red Sox thanks to our terrific men and women here in Maine.

Sea Dogs Beat Writer Kevin Thomas
Clearing the Bases Blog

Bangor Daily News – Larry Mahoney
Orono Native Brian Butterfield
WCSH 6
Sea Dogs Spotlights by Jeff Schools
Streaming of Sports Shows

WGME 13
Dave Eid live from Fenway Park

WMTW 8
Travis Lee from Fenway Park

The Big Jab 96.3 FM…Arnie Beyeler joins Chris Sedenka and Javier Gorriti

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Boston Red Sox (20 former Eastern Leaguers…17 Portland, 2 Reading and 1 Binghamton)

Pitchers
Craig Breslow (Portland 2013 MLB Rehab)

Clay Buchholz (Portland 2007-08)

Ryan Dempster (Portland 1998 as Marlins affiliate)

Felix Doubront (Portland 2009-11)

John Lackey (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jon Lester (Portland 2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)

Franklin Morales (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Junichi Tazawa (Portland 2009, 2011)

Koji Uehara (Bowie 2010)

Brandon Workman (Portland 2012-13)

Position Players

Quintin Berry
(Reading, 2009-10)

Xander Bogaerts (Portland 2012-13)

Mike Carp
(Binghamton, 2007-08)

Stephen Drew (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jacoby Ellsbury (Portland 2006-07)

Will Middlebrooks (Portland 2011)

Daniel Nava (Portland 2009)

David Ortiz (Portland 2008, MLB Rehab)

Dustin Pedroia (Portland 2005)

David Ross (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Shane Victorino (Reading, MLB Rehab 2007-08, ’11)

Playoff rosters with ties to the Eastern League

images-6Below are the current 25-man playoff rosters that contain former Eastern Leaguers.

77 of 200 are Eastern Leaguers (39%)

27 of 200 played in Portland (14%)

Pittsburgh has the most Eastern Leaguers at 20, Boston is second with 20.

Boston Red Sox (20 former Eastern Leaguers…17 Portland, 2 Reading, 1 Binghamton and 1 Bowie)

Pitchers
Craig Breslow (Portland 2013 MLB Rehab)

Clay Buchholz (Portland 2007-08)

Ryan Dempster (Portland 1998 as Marlins affiliate)

Felix Doubront (Portland 2009-11)

John Lackey (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jon Lester (Portland 2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)

Franklin Morales (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Junichi Tazawa (Portland 2009, 2011)

Koji Uehara (Bowie 2010)

Brandon Workman (Portland 2012-13)

Position Players

Quintin Berry
(Reading, 2009-10)

Xander Bogaerts (Portland 2012-13)

Mike Carp
(Binghamton, 2007-08)

Stephen Drew (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Jacoby Ellsbury (Portland 2006-07)

Will Middlebrooks (Portland 2011)

Daniel Nava (Portland 2009)

David Ortiz (Portland 2008, MLB Rehab)

Dustin Pedroia (Portland 2005)

David Ross (Portland 2013, MLB Rehab)

Shane Victorino (Reading, MLB Rehab 2007-08, ’11)

Detroit Tigers (15 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Akron, 9 Erie, 1 Hardware City & New Britain, 2 Portland, 1 Trenton)

Pitchers
Luke Putkonen (Erie 2007)

Anibal Sanchez (Portland 2005)

Drew Smyly (Erie 2011)

Justin Verlander (Erie 2005)

Position Players

Alex Avila 
(Erie 2009)

Andy Dirks (Erie 2009-10)

Tori Hunter (Hardware City 1996, New Britain 1997-98)

Jose Iglesias
 (Portland 2010)

Omar Infante (Erie 2001)

Austin Jackson (Trenton 2008)

Don Kelly (Erie 2003-06)

Victor Martinez (Akron 2002-03, 08 MLB Rehab)

Jhonny Peralta (Akron 2002)

Hernan Perez (Erie 2013)

Ramon Santiago (Erie 2002)

Brandon Moss was a playoff hero for Portland in 2006 (photo courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs)

Brandon Moss was a playoff hero for Portland in 2006 (photo courtesy of the Portland Sea Dogs)

Oakland A’s (8 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Canton/Akron & Akron, Connecticut & Richmond, Erie, Harrisburg, New Britain, New Haven, 3 Portland)

Pitchers
Grant Balfour (New Britain 2001)

Bartolo Colon (Canton/Akron 1996)

Dan Otero (Connecticut 2009, Richmond 2011)

Position Players

Coco Crisp (Akron & New Haven 2002)

Jed Lowrie (Portland 2007, 2009 MLB Rehab)

Brandon Moss (Portland 2005-06)

Derrik Norris (Harrisburg 2011)

Josh Reddick (Portland 2007-09)

Tampa Bay Rays (4 former Eastern Leaguers…2 Erie, New Haven, Trenton)

Pitchers
Fernando Rodney (Erie 2001-02)

Jamey Wright (New Haven 1995-96)

Position Players

Matt Joyce (Erie 2007)

Jose Molina (Trenton 2009 MLB Rehab)

Atlanta Braves (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)

Position Players

Jose Constanza (Akron 2008-09)

Los Angeles Dodgers (7 former Eastern Leaguers…Altoona, Norwich, Reading, 4 Portland)

Pitchers
Ronald Belisario (Altoona 2007-08)

Brian Wilson (Norwich 2005)

Position Players

Carl Crawford (Portland 2012)

Tim Federowicz (Portland 2011)

Adrian Gonzalez (Portland 2002)

Nick Punto (Reading 2000)

Hanley Ramirez (Portland 2004-05)

Pittsburgh Pirates (21 former Eastern Leaguers…14 Altoona, Akron, 2 New Britain, 2 New Hampshire, Portland, Reading, 2 Trenton)

Pitchers
A.J. Burnett (Portland 1999, New Hampshire 2006 MLB Rehab)

Gerrit Cole (Altoona 2012)

Jeanmar Gomez (Akron 2009)

Jason Grilli (Portland 2001, Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Francisco Liriano (New Britain 2004-05, Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Mark Melancon (Trenton 2008)

Bryan Morris (Altoona 2010-11)

Charlie Morton (Altoona 2013 MLB Rehab)

Tony Watson (Altoona 2009-10)

Justin Wilson (Altoona 2010)

Position Players

Pedro Alvarez (Altoona 2009)

Marlon Byrd (Reading 2001, 03)

John Buck (New Hampshire 2010 MLB Rehab)

Josh Harrison (Altoona 2010)

Garrett Jones (New Britain 2004)

Starling Marte (Altoona (2011)

Jordy Mercer (Altoona 2010-11)

Andrew McCutchen (Altoona 2006-07)

Justin Morneau (New Britain 2001-03)

Jose Tabata (Altoona 2008-09, Trenton 2008)

Neil Walker (Altoona 2006-07, 13 MLB Rehab)

St. Louis Cardinals (1 former Eastern Leaguer…Akron)

Pitchers
Edward Mujica (Akron 2005-06)

Red Sox roster has ties to Portland

The Red Sox host the Rays in Game 1 of the 2013 ALDS this afternoon at Fenway Park beginning at 3:07 p.m…With a tough season last year, it’s amazing what the Sox have accomplished.  Below is the 25-man roster that was announced earlier today by the Red Sox.  In addition, First-base coach Arnie Beyeler managed in Portland.  Assistant Trainers Brad Pearson and Masai Takahashi were Head Trainers with the Sea Dogs.

Parenthesis has the year with Portland. 

PITCHERS (11):
Craig Breslow (2013, MLB Rehab)
Clay Buchholz (2007-08)
Ryan Dempster (1998 as Marlins affiliate)
Felix Doubront (2009-11)
Jake Peavy
John Lackey (2013, MLB Rehab)
Jon Lester (2005, 2007 – MLB Rehab)
Franklin Morales (2013, MLB Rehab)
Junichi Tazawa (2009, 2011)
Koji Uehara
Brandon Workman (2012-13)

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days (1998).

Ryan Dempster pitched with Portland during the Marlins Days (1998). (Photo courtesy of Sitting Still Photography)

CATCHERS (2):
David Ross (2013, MLB Rehab)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia

INFIELDERS (6):
Xander Bogaerts (2012-13)
Stephen Drew (2013, MLB Rehab)
Will Middlebrooks (2011)
Mike Napoli
David Ortiz (2008, MLB Rehab)
Dustin Pedroia (2005)

OUTFIELDERS (6):
Quintin Berry
Mike Carp
Jacoby Ellsbury (2006-07)
Jonny Gomes
Daniel Nava (2009)
Shane Victorino

Great season…Classic Mud Baseball Facts

The 2013 season was amazing for the Portland Sea Dogs.  We had so many players move up, including three that are on Boston’s current roster. Xander Bogaerts, Drake Britton and Brandon Workman were on the Opening Day roster, but are now helping the Sox in their quest to capture the American League East.

I personally wanted to thank everyone for their support on the radio broadcast and supporting the blog. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when I receive your emails.  I wanted to keep the blog going during the season with a different wrinkle. How about random baseball oddities? We’ll go inside some of the baseball’s traditions.

Did you know that throwing the ball around after a strikeout began in the 30s?  The reason was due to the baseballs being too slick, so players would spit or rub them up.  This being a baseball blog, our first off-season blog, goes inside-the-baseball.  Below is a terrific video. Enjoy!

Why they rub up the baseball

Trenton clinches playoff spot with 8-0 win

Thunder end Sea Dogs playoff dreams, win 8-0

Linares extends hitting streak to 10 games

The Trenton Thunder clinched their ninth playoff spot in their 20-year history.

The Trenton Thunder clinched their ninth playoff spot in their 20-year history.

(Portland, Maine) – The Thunder scored five runs early in the game off Mickey Pena (1-1) and clinched the second playoff spot in the Eastern Division with an 8-0 win the opener.  Trenton will meet the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Game 1 of the Eastern Division Championship Series.

Tyler Austin knocked in the first run with a double to left-center field.  In the third, Mason Williams led off with single and Ramon Flores followed with a run-scoring triple.  Jose Pirela (2-for-4) launched a two-run homer over the Maine Monster, his 10th of the season.

Trenton extended their lead to 8-0 in the fifth on a two-run double by Gary Sanchez.

Pena lasted four innings, allowing five hits and six runs on three walks and three strikeouts.

Shane Greene (8-4) fired his first career complete game, giving up three hits with one walk and fanned five.

J.C. Linares extending his hitting streak to 10 straight games, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Prime Motor Group Player of the Game: J.C. Linares

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