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Minor Moves involving former Sea Dogs…WBC update

The Boston Red Sox made five roster moves on Tuesday morning, with four of the five involving former Sea Dogs.  1B/OF Mark Hamilton was the other player re-assigned – he’s expected to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket.

Photo courtesy of (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Outfielder Alex Hassan (2011)…Played a career-high 126 games with the Sea Dogs in ’11, hitting .291 (132-for-454) with 13 homers and 64 RBI…Hassan, a Quincy Mass native, homered at Future’s at Fenway that season.  2013 Forecast: Due to a stress fracture in his foot, he hasn’t played this spring…He’ll probably start the year on Pawtucket’s disabled list.

2. Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker (2011-12)…Established career-highs last season in homers (19) and RBI (64), appearing in 114 games with Portland…Hazelbaker was 33 of 44 in stolen base attempts and made his Triple-A debut on August 27th. 2013 Forecast: Will start the season in Pawtucket.

3. Outfielder J.C. Linares (2010, 12)…Health, health and health. That’s the buzzword for Linares.  Due to the Red Sox keeping more pitchers on the Opening Day roster last season, Linares started the season in Portland….He hit .333 (70-for-210) with 8 homers and 33 RBI in 58 games. On June 22nd, he was promoted to Pawtucket and went 4-for-6.  He’s one of the best pure hitters in the system, but health is an issue. 2013 Forecast: Will start the season in Triple-A Pawtucket.

3. Pitcher Steven Wright (2012)…The Red Sox and the Sea Dogs have a good history with Knuckleballers…Traded to the Red Sox by Cleveland in exchange for INF Lars Anderson (former Sea Dog) on July 31, 2012…Wright was traded while in town with the Akron Aeros and was the last person to know he was traded. During Sea Dogs’ batting practice, many of us in the media were staring at Wright as he made his way to the clubhouse after a bullpen session. Of course we saw the news on Twitter. Wright had this to say about that day “It was kind of crazy, I saw everyone looking at me and I thought I was being called up to Triple-A,” said Wright. Below is the full interview with Wright

Quick hits from the World Baseball Classic: Former Sea Dog Anthony Rizzo is the lineup for Team Italy but also former Rock Cat Chris Colabello…Colabello is a native of Milford, Mass and attended Assumption College in Worcester (MA). Last season, he clubbed 5 of his 19 homers at Hadlock Field.

Getting excited? Sea Dogs news and notes

I know these days are tough, the snow falling outside around New England puts a damper on thinking of baseball actually happening soon.  As we’ve seen in the past, the snow can melt quickly. But don’t quote me on that!

The Sea Dogs open up their 20th season on April 4th against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees affiliate)…For those who aren’t up-to-date on our lovely technology, you can order tickets online.

  • Charles Johnson coming to Hadlock Field…breakdown of the events here
  • Sea Dogs Hosting College Fair on April 23rd
  • Bogaerts, Bradley knocking on big league door – news

Former Sea Dogs in the World Baseball Classic

Close but no cigar for Baltimore last year...Miguel Gonzalez (pictured right) shined in his MLB debut.

Close but no cigar for Baltimore last year…Miguel Gonzalez (pictured right) shined in his MLB debut.

  1. Mitch Dening (Australia)
  2. Ray Chang (China)
  3. Che-Hsuan Lin (Chinese-Taipei)
  4. Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic)
  5. Anthony Rizzo (Italy)
  6. Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico)
  7. Luis Mendoza (Mexico)
  8. Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico)
  9. Rick Renteria MGR. (Mexico)
  10. Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands)
  11. Anibal Sanchez (Venezuela)

Listen to my interview on the Minor League report with my baseball buddies Jay Burnham and Mike Passanissi

Enjoy the weekend! There’s plenty of baseball to watch.



Sea Dogs (17-29) host New Britain (28-18)

After splitting a four-game series in New Hampshire, the Sea Dogs return home to battle the New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) in a four-game weekend series…Portland lost 8-2 on Friday night, but Reynaldo Rodriguez clubbed his 10th homer of the season – his 9th this month, a new team record for May.

Lineups for Friday 

New Britain: Tosoni 7, Hermann 2, Colabello 3, Rizzotti DH, Hicks 8, Romero 5 , Bigley 9, De Los Santos 6, Beresford 4, Albers LHP

Portland:  Hazelbaker 7, Wilkerson 8, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Spring 2, Gibson 6, Dent 5, Hernandez DH, Meneses 4, Balcom-Miller RHP


  1. If you missed it, the Sea Dogs were no-hit on Monday night in the series opener.  It was the fifth time in franchise history the ‘Dogs had been no-hit.
  2. Bryce Brentz is hitting .382 this month, which ranks third in Double-A…Brentz has raised his average 43 points by going 19-for-43 (.442) over his last eight games.
  3. Portland is 5-4 against New Britain this season, including two series wins at New Britain Stadium.

Game Notes

Ralph Treuel Interview

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: & and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Portland Sea Dogs (15-27) at New Hampshire Fisher Cats (16-25)

Ranaudo is ranked the #1 Pitching Prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America…He makes his second start on Monday night.

The Sea Dogs open up a four-game series on Monday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium…Portland swept an abbreviated two-game series from the ‘Cats on May 7-9 at Hadlock Field…The Sea Dogs have three of four series wins on the road.

Lineups for Sunday (Pre-Game Interview with Sea Dogs’ Manager Kevin Boles Part 2)

Portland:  Dent 5, Vitek DH, Linares 7, Rodriguez 3, Brentz 9, Bermudez 8, Butler 2, Gibson 6, Meneses 4, Ranaudo RHP

New Hampshire: Goins 6, Tolisano 7, Van Kirk DH, McDade 3, Sobolewski 5, Bocock 4, Glenn 9, Jeroloman 2, McElroy 8, Cecil LHP

Game Notes

Reynaldo Rodriguez and Bryce Brentz video highlights

RADIO NETWORKCatch every game on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network: Flagship Stations: WPEI 95.9 FM & WPPI 95.5 FM (Portland/Topsham)…Network Affiliates: WOXO 92.7 FM Norway, WTBM 100.7 FM Mexico, WERZ 1240 AM Lewiston/Auburn, WTME 780 AM Rumford, WKTQ 1450 AM South Paris…Online: & and IPAD/Smartphone: Tunein app – search Portland Sea Dogs Radio Network.

Day 5 in Ft. Myers…Afternoon Report

Final Score just in…Sea Dogs 6-2 over Montgomery (Rays affiliate) in Double-A exhibition action.

Boston Globe legend Dan Shaugnessy

Today was one of those days I’ll be talking about for a while.  After batting practice I was able to chat with Adrian Gonzalez and Bobby Valentine.  Gonzalez recalled his days in Portland and Valentine actually remembered me from interviewing him at the Hot Stove Dinner.  You never know, he’s met so many people.

Bobby Valentine addressing the media. That's not Josh Beckett in the background.

There was plenty of drama before batting practice, as SS Jose Iglesias was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, making Mike Avilies the likely Opening Day starter.  I talked to a few scouts today that said Iglesias is not ready to hit in the Major Leagues, and there’s no reason to hurt his development.  With that being said, maybe we’ll the former Sea Dog down the road.

The great thing about working in professional baseball is the people you meet.  First-Base coach Alex Ochoa spent the first couple of months in Portland during Iglesias’ professional debut.  Both Red Sox Assistant Trainers (Masai Takahashi & Brad Pearson) worked in Portland.

I stayed back at the Red Sox Minor League complex to take some photos, and interview some former Sea Dogs.  There is so much randomness that happens in life, and today certainly was random.  I had lunch in the media room with Boston Globe legend Dan Shaugnessy and was on the air with Bob Lobel two hours later – very cool.

During the middle innings, I spent some time in the Red Sox control room, watching how they work.  Thanks to Abbey Thelin of Red Sox TV Productions, for making it happen.

State of the art control room at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.

Tomorrow will be my last day in Fort Myers, and I’m hoping to watch some of the Sea Dogs and PawSox at JetBlue Park.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this being here.  It never gets old.  My job is amazing, and I’m so lucky to work for the Sea Dogs.  First class in so many ways.

Have a great night!

Mike (



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Spring Training sights and sounds…Best athletes turned actors

With Spring Training games right around the corner, the Red Sox continue their full squad workouts at the beautiful JetBlue Park.

Red Sox open up exhibition schedule on March 3...Sea Dogs start Spring Training games on March 14 vs. New Britain

The media coverage in Ft. Myers has been unreal, and I would like to thank everyone who has covered this team, providing us with some unbelievable interviews and pictures.  Below is a few links you should check out.  I love technology!

Enjoy the audio, video and photo links below…They involve former Sea Dogs

Wow, that didn’t take long…Injuries already piling up

  1. I was the broadcaster in Erie during the 2004 season, and loved watching Joel Zumaya pitch…tough to see him out for the season.  I thought that was a great pickup for the Twins.
  2. Speaking of closers, Chris Perez of the Indians is out 4 to 6 weeks with an oblique strain.
  3. From Matt Snyder of CBS Cardinals utility man extraordinaire Allen Craig is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, reports “
  4. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson returned to the field on Sunday in Florida, marking the first time he’s suited up since suffering a concussion in a car accident Monday.

Meet the 2012 Sea Dogs on April 3 at the Portland Expo

What’s the first thing you think of when you here Welcome Back?  For me, it’s Welcome Back Kotter, anyone else?  Can’t help but think of those great TV shows from my childhood.  But to serious matters, on April 3rd at the Portland Expo the Sea Dogs will hold their annual Welcome Back dinner in conjunction with Youth Alternatives Ingraham.  This is your chance to get autographs, photos and maybe some hitting tips from my favorite players.

With the Grammy’s on Sunday night, here’s my Top 1o list of Athletes Turned Actors.

  1. Jim Brown – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.
  2. Carl Weathers – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Oakland Raiders & the British Columbia Lions from 1970-1974.
  3. Chuck Connors – Pro Sports Career: Played baseball for the Chicago Cubs & Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949 to 1951. Connors also played basketball for the Boson Celtics from 1946-1948.
  4. Fred Dryer – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the New York Giants & Los Angeles Rams from 1969-1981.
  5. Merlin Olsen – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962-1976 and was known as one of the “The Fearsome Foursome”.
  6. Alex Karras – Pro Sports Career: Played football for the Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 & 1964-1970

    Ray Allen and Denzel Washington in He Got Game

  7. Bob Uecker – Pro Sports Career: Played Baseball with Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies & Atlanta Braves from 1962-1967
  8. Rick Fox – Pro Sports Career: Played Basketball with Boston Celtics & Las Angeles Lakers from 1991 to 2004.
  9. Terry Bradshaw – Pro Sports Career: NFL Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Stealers
  10. Ray Allen- Pro Sports Career…Hey, I’m from Boston, I loved He’s Got Game

Have a great start to the week…Can’t wait to watch baseball again.  Seems like the off-season was quick, yet long.  Does that make any sense?