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Red Sox, Museum of African American History to provide free admission

Admission to Boston museum will be free from February 18-23 for school vacation week

In recognition of Black History Month, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation are partnering with the Museum of African American History in Boston to provide free admission and tours for all visitors from February 18 to 23, coinciding with school vacation week in the city.

The free admission is extended to all visitors of the museum, including self-guided tours and educational group tours. The museum is currently showing a special exhibit entitled "Picturing Frederick Douglass," featuring the many portraits of the escaped slave who became one of the most prominent activists, speakers, and leaders of the abolitionist movement. Additional information about current museum exhibits and hours can be found by visiting maah.org.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation are partnering with the Museum of African American History in Boston to provide free admission and tours for all visitors from February 18 to 23, coinciding with school vacation week in the city.

The free admission is extended to all visitors of the museum, including self-guided tours and educational group tours. The museum is currently showing a special exhibit entitled "Picturing Frederick Douglass," featuring the many portraits of the escaped slave who became one of the most prominent activists, speakers, and leaders of the abolitionist movement. Additional information about current museum exhibits and hours can be found by visiting maah.org.

The Red Sox will end the month with a volunteer effort at the Putnam Place Boys Program, an organization that helps adolescent boys live healthy lifestyles by emphasizing personal growth and community connections. Front office volunteers will help clean their Dorchester facility on Glendale Street.

Students throughout New England have an opportunity to enter Major League Baseball's Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, which provides a chance for diverse students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson's nine values to face their own barriers. The club encourages students to submit essays before the March 14 deadline. A total of 10 winners will be chosen nationally with two grand prizes that include a trip to the 2019 World Series for winners in grades 7-9, and a trip to the 2019 All Star Game for winners in 4-6 grade. Essays can be mailed, emailed, or uploaded online. For more details, visit mlb.com/BreakingBarriers.

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Red Sox Foundation adds Bridget Terry Long, Jill Shah to board of directors

The Red Sox Foundation today announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, and Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation.

"Bridget and Jill both have a genuine interest in improving communities and they each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a diverse perspective to our board," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. "We are thrilled to have their expertise as we continue to expand the impact of the Foundation through our many programs and partners."  

The Red Sox Foundation today announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, and Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation.

"Bridget and Jill both have a genuine interest in improving communities and they each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a diverse perspective to our board," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. "We are thrilled to have their expertise as we continue to expand the impact of the Foundation through our many programs and partners."  

Long has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, serving as academic dean from 2013 to 2017. She was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs from 2010 to 2013. Long is an economist whose research focuses on the impact of affordability, academic preparation, and information on college student access and success. She was appointed to the National Board for Education Sciences by president Barack Obama in 2010, and chaired that board from 2011-2013. Long is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a board director for MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization.

Over her professional career, Long has served as an advisor to many organizations, including the College Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Council on Education, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

Shah has been the President of the Shah Family Foundation since June 2016 and is focused on Boston-based execution and testing of innovative solutions to issues that impact the health and happiness of students and families everywhere. Prior to her work with the Shah Family Foundation, she founded Jill's List, a health/tech company, which she sold to MINDBODY (MB) in 2013. She served as Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development for Mercator Software, a publicly-traded software company that she helped turn around and sell to Ascential Software. Shah moved to Mercator from Monitor Group's investment banking practice, MAST, where she served as Vice President. She was also part of an entrepreneurial team that helped to build the marketing and internet solutions company Larry Miller Productions, which was sold to iXL and taken public.

Shah currently serves on the Board of Trustees of both The Winsor School and The Belmont Hill School, the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Board of Directors for Open AG at MIT Media Lab and Fresh Truck, and the Advisory Board of Open Notes. In May of 2018, she was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians.

Long and Shah join 8 other members of the Red Sox Foundation Board, which includes Chairman Tom Werner, Linda Henry, Michael Egan, Chad Gifford, Michael Gordon, Sean McGrail, Linda Whitlock, and David Friedman.

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Red Sox to host Valentine's Day dance tomorrow for 150 senior citizens

The Red Sox will host a Valentine's Day dance for 150 senior citizens from five different Boston-area senior centers tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, at Fenway Park.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the State Street Pavilion Club, and includes lunch, pictures with the 2004, 2007, and 2018 World Series trophies, a DJ, and dancing.

The Red Sox will host a Valentine's Day dance for 150 senior citizens from five different Boston-area senior centers tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, at Fenway Park.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the State Street Pavilion Club, and includes lunch, pictures with the 2004, 2007, and 2018 World Series trophies, a DJ, and dancing.

Members from five different senior centers have been invited, including Peterborough Senior Center in Fenway, La Alianza Hispana in Roxbury, Cambridge Senior Center, Waltham Senior Center, and the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center.

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Red Sox Spring Training begins Wednesday

Pitchers and catchers begin workouts at 10 a.m.; workouts are free and open to the public

Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first workouts on Wednesday, February 13, at Fenway South, the club's Spring Training and Player Development Complex in Lee County, Florida. Workouts, which are free and open to the public, start at 10 a.m. and are expected to include 28 pitchers and six catchers.

Fans may enter the complex through the West Gate beginning at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, tours of JetBlue Park are also available throughout workouts and on all non-game days in February and March from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for tours may be purchased from the JetBlue Park box office beginning at 9:45 a.m. and cost $10 dollars per person with children 12 and under able to enter for free. Game-day VIP tour packages are also available and cost $40 dollars per person and $15 for children 12 and under. These tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and must be prearranged in advance by calling 239-226-4772. Concessions and merchandise will be on sale during these workouts. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers have their first workouts on Wednesday, February 13, at Fenway South, the club's Spring Training and Player Development Complex in Lee County, Florida. Workouts, which are free and open to the public, start at 10 a.m. and are expected to include 28 pitchers and six catchers.

Fans may enter the complex through the West Gate beginning at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, tours of JetBlue Park are also available throughout workouts and on all non-game days in February and March from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for tours may be purchased from the JetBlue Park box office beginning at 9:45 a.m. and cost $10 dollars per person with children 12 and under able to enter for free. Game-day VIP tour packages are also available and cost $40 dollars per person and $15 for children 12 and under. These tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and must be prearranged in advance by calling 239-226-4772. Concessions and merchandise will be on sale during these workouts. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox.

The team's first full-squad workout is scheduled for Monday, February 18. The Red Sox are expected to have 59 players in camp, with 16 infielders and nine outfielders joining the pitchers and catchers (including 20 non-roster invitees).

All workouts from February 13-21 will take place at the Fenway South Player Development Complex, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers.

Spring Training games begin at JetBlue Park on February 22 at 1:05 p.m. with a game against the Northeastern University Huskies. The Grapefruit League schedule launches at home at JetBlue Park on Saturday, February 23 at 1:05 p.m. against the New York Yankees.

The 2019 Spring Training season is the Red Sox's eighth at JetBlue Park at Fenway South and is presented by CVS Health.

DIRECTIONS TO FENWAY SOUTH: From the North: Take I-75 South to Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway). Make a left off the exit and go east for approximately two miles. Fenway South will be on your left. From the South: Take I-75 North to Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway). Make a right off the exit and go east for approximately two miles. Fenway South will be on your left.

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Spring Training truck day presented by JetBlue scheduled for Monday

The departure of the Red Sox equipment truck for the club's Spring Training home at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, is scheduled for Monday, February 4. The truck will be loaded starting at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to leave Fenway Park for the 1,480-mile trip around noon.

The equipment truck, which will depart from Fenway Park on Van Ness Street, will be led by a flat-bed truck carrying Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, and Fenway Ambassadors who will be handing out JetBlue collectable baseball card schedules filled with prizes and tossing soft Red Sox baseballs to fans. 

This will be the 21st straight year that Milford native Al Hartz will drive the 53-foot truck, which will carry an assortment of baseball equipment and supplies, including: 

The departure of the Red Sox equipment truck for the club's Spring Training home at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, is scheduled for Monday, February 4. The truck will be loaded starting at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to leave Fenway Park for the 1,480-mile trip around noon.

The equipment truck, which will depart from Fenway Park on Van Ness Street, will be led by a flat-bed truck carrying Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, and Fenway Ambassadors who will be handing out JetBlue collectable baseball card schedules filled with prizes and tossing soft Red Sox baseballs to fans. 

This will be the 21st straight year that Milford native Al Hartz will drive the 53-foot truck, which will carry an assortment of baseball equipment and supplies, including: 

  • 20,400 baseballs
  • 1,100 bats
  • 200 batting gloves
  • 200 batting helmets
  • 320 Batting Practice tops
  • 160 white game jerseys
  • 300 pairs of pants
  • 400 t-shirts
  • 400 pairs of socks
  • 20 cases of bubble gum
  • 60 cases of sunflower seeds

The celebration of Truck Day has been a Red Sox tradition since 2003 signaling the unofficial start of Spring Training. JetBlue, the official airline of the Red Sox, has been the presenting sponsor of the annual event since 2010. Moving services are provided by New England Household Moving & Storage. 

All media outlets are welcome to cover the departure of the equipment truck and go live from Van Ness Street.

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Red Sox host appreciation lunch for Massachusetts Coast Guard members

The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation today hosted an appreciation luncheon for close to 500 Massachusetts Coast Guard members and their families as a way to thank them for their service during the partial government shutdown. The Coast Guard was the only branch of the military on duty without pay during the 35-day shutdown. 

In addition to a catered lunch at the Coast Guard Base in Boston with the World Series trophy and Wally the Green Monster, gift cards were handed out to each Coast Guard member in attendance by Red Sox Foundation Board member Linda Henry, Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. 

The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation today hosted an appreciation luncheon for close to 500 Massachusetts Coast Guard members and their families as a way to thank them for their service during the partial government shutdown. The Coast Guard was the only branch of the military on duty without pay during the 35-day shutdown. 

In addition to a catered lunch at the Coast Guard Base in Boston with the World Series trophy and Wally the Green Monster, gift cards were handed out to each Coast Guard member in attendance by Red Sox Foundation Board member Linda Henry, Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. 

"Today's lunch was a way to personally thank the many Coast Guard members who worked without pay for over a month," said Linda Henry. "Despite the challenges they faced during the shutdown, they continued to stand watch to ensure the safety of our coast lines and that critical services went uninterrupted. We cannot thank them enough for their service."

"We're used to being the rescuers, not the ones being rescued," said Admiral Andy Tiongson, First Coast District Commander for New England. "The amazing support of the Red Sox Foundation and hundreds of other organizations and individuals helped our Coast Guard family though a challenging time. This outpouring of generosity was incredibly heartwarming and humbling."

Also participating in today's lunch was Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director Bob Sweeney and mascot Blades who brought goody bags for the service members.

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Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics donate $75,000 to support Massachusetts Coast Guard

The Red Sox Foundation, the Boston Bruins Foundation, and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation today announced a $75,000 donation to help support Massachusetts Coast Guard service members affected by the partial government shutdown. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military currently on duty without pay.

The donation, which includes $25,000 from each team charity, is being made to the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, an organization offering immediate emergency financial assistance to the Coast Guard.

The Red Sox Foundation, the Boston Bruins Foundation, and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation today announced a $75,000 donation to help support Massachusetts Coast Guard service members affected by the partial government shutdown. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military currently on duty without pay.

The donation, which includes $25,000 from each team charity, is being made to the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, an organization offering immediate emergency financial assistance to the Coast Guard.

"It's heartbreaking to see our Coast Guard struggling to make ends meet, relying on food pantry programs and other charitable services to get by," said Red Sox Foundation Chairman Tom Werner. "The government has failed these service members and their families, and we feel a responsibility to do what we can to help fill the void. We hope this donation provides additional aid to the more than 2,000 Coast Guard members in the Commonwealth."

"The Boston Bruins Foundation is proud to partner with the Red Sox Foundation and Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in supporting the Massachusetts Coast Guard service members and their families whose livelihoods are impacted by the ongoing government shutdown," said Boston Bruins Foundation Founder and Chairman Charlie Jacobs. "Considering how important of a role Massachusetts Coast Guard members play here in the Commonwealth, we hope that this donation can provide some relief during what must be a very difficult time."

"The service members of the Massachusetts Coast Guard dedicate their lives to responding when others are in need," said Steve Pagliuca, Boston Celtics Co-Owner and President of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. "To provide some support to them and their families at this time is the least we can do."

About the Red Sox Foundation

The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has donated to over 1,680 organizations since its creation in 2002, and focused on making a difference in the lives of children, families, Veterans, and communities in need by improving their health, education, and recreational opportunities. Through partnerships with best-in-class organizations in healthcare, the Red Sox have helped raised over $135 million for cancer treatment and research for The Jimmy Fund, supported more than 15,000 Veterans and their families suffering from the "invisible wounds of war" with the Home Base Program, and helped the Dimock Center serve over 17,000 patients annually with health and human services. The Foundation's self-run education and youth baseball programs have helped 274 Boston Public Schools students with college scholarships, and promotes healthy choices and valuable life skills to more than 700 urban youth annually through its RBI baseball and softball program. 

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation's Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever "MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence." In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation's "Best Team Charity in Sports." For more information about the foundation, visit redsoxfoundation.org.

About the Boston Bruins Foundation

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a non-profit that collaborates with charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness, education and athletics. The Foundation strongly believes that advocating for children and families across these areas will create a strong support system that will ultimately lead to the betterment of our community.

About the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation benefits our community directly through programs that provide education and support to children in need. The Foundation currently serves over 2,000 non-profit organizations annually and partners with Berklee City Music Network, Boch Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Horizons for Homeless Children, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), Perkins School for the Blind, Positive Coaching Alliance and The3PointFoundation. For more information on the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, visit www.celtics.com/foundation.

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Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9.

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.

Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9.

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.

Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

Several promotional giveaways are scheduled throughout the 2019 season. The dates and items include:

• 2019 Season Magnet Schedule, presented by Dunkin', on April 9
• Win Wall Flag, presented by JetBlue, on April 23
• Mookie Betts MVP Hat, presented by Citgo, on April 30
• J.D. Martinez Home Run Counter Bobblehead, presented by French's, on May 14
• Alex Cora World Series Bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola, on June 25
• Mookie Betts "Time to Party" Bobblehead with Sound, presented by Toyo Tires, on July 16
• World Series Champions Tote Bag, presented by MLB Network, on July 30
• Brock Holt ALDS Hitting for the Cycle Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on August 6
• Andrew Benintendi ALCS Catch Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on September 3
• Nathan Eovaldi World Series Bobblehead, presented by Benjamin Moore, on September 17

The Boston Red Sox' 2019 Spring Training season begins February 13 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, FL, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout. The first full squad workout is set for February 18. Red Sox Spring Training is presented by CVS Health.

The Red Sox will open the regular season in Seattle on Thursday, March 28. The Fenway Park opener is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9.

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Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. 

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.
 
Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

BOSTON, MA - Single-game tickets for most 2019 Red Sox home games, including summer games, will go on sale Friday, January 25, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. 

Fans can purchase up to 12 single-game tickets per transaction. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox. Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call (877) RED-SOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.
 
Tickets to all regular season home games will be available, with the exception of the 6 games in the Diamond Tier - April 9, July 12-13, July 26-27, and September 7. Those tickets, along with table seating on the Sam Deck in Right Field, will be made available at a later date. Information about Green Monster tickets will also be announced at a later date.

Several promotional giveaways are scheduled throughout the 2019 season. The dates and items include:

-- 2019 Season Magnet Schedule, presented by Dunkin', on April 9
-- Win Wall Flag, presented by JetBlue, on April 23
-- Mookie Betts MVP Hat, presented by Citgo, on April 30
-- J.D. Martinez Home Run Counter Bobblehead, presented by French's, on May 14
-- Alex Cora World Series Bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola, on June 25
-- Mookie Betts "Time to Party" Bobblehead with Sound, presented by Toyo Tires, on July 16
-- World Series Champions Tote Bag, presented by MLB Network, on July 30
-- Brock Holt ALDS Hitting for the Cycle Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on August 6
-- Andrew Benintendi ALCS Catch Bobblehead, presented by Jim Beam, on September 3
-- Nathan Eovaldi World Series Bobblehead, presented by Benjamin Moore, on September 17

The Boston Red Sox' 2019 Spring Training season begins February 13 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, FL, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout. The first full squad workout is set for February 18. Red Sox Spring Training is presented by CVS Health.
 
The Red Sox will open the regular season in Seattle on Thursday, March 28. The Fenway Park opener is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9.

 

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Attendees announced for 80th annual Boston BBWAA Awards dinner

Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and Red Sox players Ryan Brasier, Brock Holt, Brian Johnson, Steve Pearce, and Blake Swihart, are among the honorees who will be attending the 80th annual awards dinner of the Boston Chapter, Baseball Writers Association of America, scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 17 at the InterContinental Boston. 
 
Others expected to be at the head table are Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, and former Red Sox first baseman/outfielder and broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.  
 
The dinner will also include an auction featuring high-end prizes and a 50/50 raffle which will benefit The Sports Museum.  
 

Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and Red Sox players Ryan Brasier, Brock Holt, Brian Johnson, Steve Pearce, and Blake Swihart, are among the honorees who will be attending the 80th annual awards dinner of the Boston Chapter, Baseball Writers Association of America, scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 17 at the InterContinental Boston. 
 
Others expected to be at the head table are Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, and former Red Sox first baseman/outfielder and broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.  
 
The dinner will also include an auction featuring high-end prizes and a 50/50 raffle which will benefit The Sports Museum.  
 

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Red Sox extend player development contract with Portland Sea Dogs

The Boston Red Sox have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs for an additional two years through the 2022 season, the clubs announced today.

Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett and Sea Dogs President and General Manager Geoff Iacuessa made the announcement.

The Boston Red Sox have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs for an additional two years through the 2022 season, the clubs announced today.

Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett and Sea Dogs President and General Manager Geoff Iacuessa made the announcement.

The 2019 season will mark the 17th year of the Red Sox' and Sea Dogs' partnership. Since becoming affiliated in 2003, Portland has celebrated a pair of Eastern League North Division titles in 2005 and 2014, as well as the first Eastern League title in Sea Dogs history in 2006. In 2019, the Sea Dogs will be managed by 12-year major league veteran and Red Sox alumnus Joe Oliver, who was announced as Portland's 14th manager on January 10th.

The Red Sox' 40-man roster currently features 24 Portland alumni, including Sea Dogs Hall of Famer Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Andrew Benintendi. Ten former Sea Dogs appeared for the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.

Portland is one of Boston's six domestic minor league affiliates, along with Triple-A Pawtucket (International League), High-A Salem (Carolina League), Single-A Greenville (South Atlantic League), Short-A Lowell (New York-Penn League), and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Gulf Coast League). They play their home games at Portland's Hadlock Field, which has featured a replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster since the affiliation began.

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Red Sox agree to terms with 10 players on one-year contracts

BOSTON, MA-The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with 10 players on one-year contracts for the 2019 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration: Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Sandy Leon, Eduardo Rodriguez, Blake Swihart, Brandon Workman, and Steven Wright.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

BOSTON, MA-The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with 10 players on one-year contracts for the 2019 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration: Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Sandy Leon, Eduardo Rodriguez, Blake Swihart, Brandon Workman, and Steven Wright.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

With today's agreements, the Red Sox have no remaining players eligible for salary arbitration.

Barnes, 28, averaged a career-high 14.01 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 2018, striking out 96 batters in 61.2 innings spanning 62 appearances for the Red Sox. He also posted career bests in ERA (3.65), opponent batting average (.204), and opponent OPS (.624), as he surrendered zero home runs to left-handed batters while holding right-handers to a .191 batting average. Following the regular season, Barnes made a team-high 10 Postseason appearances-nine of which were scoreless-and went 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA (1 ER/8.2 IP). Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2011 June Draft, Barnes is one of only four American League pitchers to make at least 60 appearances and throw 60.0 or more innings in each of the last three seasons (2016-18). 

Betts, 26, earned the BBWAA's 2018 American League Most Valuable Player Award after leading the majors in batting average (.346) and slugging percentage (.640) with 42 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs, 80 RBI, 129 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases. He also earned Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards, becoming the first AL player ever to earn both of those honors and an MVP award in the same season. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2011 June Draft, Betts has been elected an All-Star Game starter and earned a Gold Glove Award in each of the last three seasons. In 644 major league games from 2014-18, he has hit .303 (789-for-2,606) with 110 home runs, 110 stolen bases, and an .888 OPS. 

Bogaerts, 26, finished 13th in the BBWAA's 2018 American League MVP voting after batting .288 (148-for-513) with career bests in home runs (23), RBI (103), doubles (45), extra-base hits (71), on-base percentage (.360), slugging percentage (.522), and OPS (.883). He led the majors with three grand slams and owned the fifth-highest OPS with runners in scoring position (1.130), batting .342 (51-for-149) in that scenario. Signed by Boston as an international free agent in 2009, the Aruba native has been the Red Sox' Opening Day starting shortstop in each of the past five seasons (2014-18). A two-time World Series champion (2013, '18), Bogaerts has hit .284 (832-for-2,931) with 74 home runs and 386 RBI in 759 career major league games, all with Boston.

Bradley, 28, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2018, after being named a finalist for the award in 2014 and 2016. He stole a career-high 17 bases in 2018 and was caught only once, while the Red Sox went 12-0 in games in which he homered. In his final 76 games (beginning June 24), Bradley hit .282 (72-for-255) with an .851 OPS. Following the regular season, he posted a .360 on-base percentage with three home runs and 10 RBI in 14 Postseason games, earning MVP honors in the ALCS against the Houston Astros. Selected by Boston in the 2011 June Draft, Bradley leads all major league outfielders with 17 double plays since the start of 2014, having also recorded 45 assists in that time. 

Holt, 30, batted .277 (89-for-321) with a career-best .362 on-base percentage in 109 games for the Red Sox in 2018, adding career highs in home runs (7) and RBI (46). He started 49 games at second base, 19 at shortstop, four at third base, four in right field, three in left field, and three at first base, committing only one error on the season. Holt accounted for both of Boston's pinch-hit home runs in 2018, becoming the first player in franchise history to record multiple go-ahead, pinch-hit homers in a single season. In Game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium, he became the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle in a Postseason game, securing the feat with a ninth-inning home run during a 16-1 win over New York. Acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in December 2012, Holt has hit .266 (456-for-1,713) in 528 games for the Red Sox. 

Leon, 29, appeared in a career-high 89 games for Boston in 2018, leading the majors with a 3.28 catcher's ERA (250 ER/685.2 IP) while catching nine team shutouts. The Red Sox went 55-23 (.705) in his starts, including 25-1 from June 21-August 8, and 14-0 from July 14-August 8. He appeared in 10 Postseason games and started four of them, going 3-for-6 in the World Series. Acquired from the Washington Nationals on March 30, 2015, Leon has played in 293 games for Boston. Among active players who have caught at least 100 games, he owns the fourth-highest caught stealing percentage (35.1), having thrown out 52 of 148 attempted base stealers at the major league level. 

Rodriguez, 25, posted career bests in wins (13) and ERA (3.82) in 2018, starting 23 games and appearing in relief in four others. The left-hander was 10-5 with a 3.33 ERA (36 ER/97.1 IP) from May 10 through the end of the regular season, recording a 24.0-inning scoreless streak from June 29-September 1. He appeared in seven Postseason games and made his lone start in Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium, throwing 5.0 scoreless frames before surrendering four runs in the sixth inning. Rodriguez has made at least 20 starts in each of his first four major league seasons, all with Boston. In 93 major league games (88 starts) since being acquired by the Red Sox on July 31, 2014, he has gone 32-25 with a 4.12 ERA (227 ER/495.2 IP).

Swihart, 26, played in 82 games for the Red Sox in 2018. He made 16 starts at catcher, 10 in right field, five at first base, one at third base, and one in left field, also appearing in one game at second base. He batted .280 (33-for-118) with three home runs in 48 games from June 26 through the end of the regular season, compiling an 11-game hitting streak from July 6-31. Swihart tied for the team lead with five pinch hits, and in 41 games in which he came off the bench he batted .348 (16-for-46) with an .832 OPS. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2011 June Draft, Swihart has appeared in 191 major league games and hit .256 (140-for-547), making 100 starts at catcher. 

Workman, 30, appeared in a career-high 43 games for Boston over three major league stints in 2018. The right-hander went 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA (15 ER/41.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts while holding opponents to a career-best .230 batting average. In 22 games at Fenway Park, he was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) and a .533 opponent OPS. Workman was on Boston's ALDS and ALCS rosters, appearing in three Postseason games for the club. Selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2010 June Draft, he has pitched in 115 major league games (18 starts). In 76 outings from 2017-18, all in relief, Workman posted a 3.22 ERA (29 ER/81.0 IP) with 74 strikeouts. 

Wright, 34, missed more than three months of the 2018 season on the disabled list, posting a 2.68 ERA (16 ER/53.2 IP) with a .210 opponent batting average in 20 appearances (four starts). He allowed 10 earned runs on June 22 against Seattle, but in his other 19 outings he recorded a 1.07 ERA (6 ER/50.1 IP) while holding opponents to a .177 batting average. Wright recorded a 24.2-inning scoreless streak from May 24-June 16, the majors' fourth-longest streak of 2018. In his final 13 relief outings of the season, he allowed only one earned run in 22.2 innings (0.40 ERA). Acquired from Cleveland on July 31, 2012, the 2016 All-Star has appeared in 75 major league games (44 starts)-all with Boston-and gone 24-15 with a 3.77 ERA (143 ER/341.1 IP).

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Boston Red Sox and Live Nation celebrate the 1st music franchise of the Boston Red Sox

Billy Joel named the first stadium residency to perform for a record-breaking sixth consecutive year; Joel to be first inductee into newly designed Music Hall of Fame display at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England announced Thursday that Billy Joel will be honored with the first music franchise at Fenway Park. His return to Fenway Park on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 will continue his stadium residency.

Joel will be the first artist to be inducted into a Music Hall of Fame display being created this offseason depicting the artists who have had multiple successful shows at the ballpark.

"Billy Joel has so thoroughly committed to Fenway Park with his pledge to perform at the ballpark annually, and this Hall of Fame dedication is a small token of our appreciation for his devotion to the City of Boston and our venue," said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. "We are eager for his sixth consecutive performance during the 2019 Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series."

American Express cardmembers will have first access to presale tickets for the September 14th show from Monday, January 14th at 10:00AM (EST) through Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00PM (EST). Presale ticket access will also be available for the September show through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. By collaborating with Verified Fan, we can create a safe and reliable shopping experience, and protect the fans from those who are using malicious technology to access tickets. Verified Fan registration opens on Thursday, January 10th at 12:00PM (EST) and continues until Sunday, January 13th at 12:00 AM EST. The Verified Fan presale will run on Tuesday, January 15th at 10:00AM (EST) through Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00PM (EST). A simple registration is all it takes to participate. For more information and to register, visit https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/billyjoel2019/.

Tickets for the September show will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10:00AM (EST) on Thursday, January 17th via RedSox.com/BillyJoel.

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists' lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards, in December 2013. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, the documentary film, explores Joel's unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April 2018.

The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation New England announced Thursday that Billy Joel will be honored with the first music franchise at Fenway Park. His return to Fenway Park on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 will continue his stadium residency.

Joel will be the first artist to be inducted into a Music Hall of Fame display being created this offseason depicting the artists who have had multiple successful shows at the ballpark.

"Billy Joel has so thoroughly committed to Fenway Park with his pledge to perform at the ballpark annually, and this Hall of Fame dedication is a small token of our appreciation for his devotion to the City of Boston and our venue," said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. "We are eager for his sixth consecutive performance during the 2019 Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series."

American Express cardmembers will have first access to presale tickets for the September 14th show from Monday, January 14th at 10:00AM (EST) through Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00PM (EST). Presale ticket access will also be available for the September show through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. By collaborating with Verified Fan, we can create a safe and reliable shopping experience, and protect the fans from those who are using malicious technology to access tickets. Verified Fan registration opens on Thursday, January 10th at 12:00PM (EST) and continues until Sunday, January 13th at 12:00 AM EST. The Verified Fan presale will run on Tuesday, January 15th at 10:00AM (EST) through Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00PM (EST). A simple registration is all it takes to participate. For more information and to register, visit https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/billyjoel2019/.

Tickets for the September show will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10:00AM (EST) on Thursday, January 17th via RedSox.com/BillyJoel.

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists' lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards, in December 2013. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, the documentary film, explores Joel's unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April 2018.

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Red Sox announce personnel moves in player development and Minor League field staffs

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox announced personnel moves in the Player Development department, as well as 2019 field staffs for their minor league affiliates.

Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcements.

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox announced personnel moves in the Player Development department, as well as 2019 field staffs for their minor league affiliates.

Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcements.

Ryan Jackson has been hired as Field Coordinator. Jackson played parts of 11 professional seasons in the United States from 1994-2004, reaching the majors with the Marlins (1998), Mariners (1999), and Tigers (2001-02) before finishing his playing career in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2005. The Florida native served as a hitting coach with Cincinnati Reds affiliates from 2007-12 before a stint as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator from 2012-16.

Andy Fox has been promoted to Assistant Field Coordinator/Infield Coordinator. Fox has served the organization as Infield Coordinator for the last eight seasons. A nine-year major league veteran infielder and two-time World Series champion, his previous coaching positions include manager of the Rangers' Single-A Clinton affiliate in 2006 and first base and infield coach for the Florida Marlins from 2007-09.

Ralph Treuel transitions into the role of Pitching Coordinator, Logistics. Treuel will focus on daily oversight of pitcher game usage and progressions, availability and movement within the system, on-field fundamentals, enforcement of the pitching program, and coordination of all camp programs. The two-time recipient of the Red Sox' Edward F. Kenney Player Development Award became the club's Minor League Pitching Coordinator in 2007 after serving as the major league bullpen coach in 2006.

Dave Bush has been promoted to Pitching Coordinator, Performance. In his new role, Bush will continue to use objective information and technology to lead pitch development and optimization, pitch usage and strategy, and mechanics in collaboration with Baseball Research and Development. He will focus on the upper levels and will also be exposed to the big league club.

Darren Fenster has been promoted to Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator. The New Jersey native has spent the past six seasons managing within the organization, including stints with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox (2013), Single-A Greenville (2014-17), and Double-A Portland (2018). He joined the organization in 2012 as Greenville's hitting coach.

Eric Velazquez has been named Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator. Velazquez began his training career with the Mets in 2010, working in their Dominican Republic Academy for one season before serving as their Latin American Medical Coordinator (2011), and as an athletic trainer for Short-A Brooklyn (2012-13) and Single-A Savannah (2014-15). With the Red Sox, he has previously served as an athletic trainer for Double-A Portland (2016) and Triple-A Pawtucket (2017-18).

Shawn Haviland has been hired as Pitching Performance Coach. Haviland will assist Pitching Coordinator, Performance Dave Bush with lower-level data and technology implementation and serve as the point person for the Single-A levels. A Connecticut native and graduate of Harvard University, the former right-handed pitcher played nine minor league seasons, including two stints in the Red Sox organization with Pawtucket in 2015 and 2017.

Paddy Steinfort has been hired as a mental skills coach. Steinfort currently also works for the Philadelphia 76ers in a full-time capacity, where he will continue to serve as Director of Performance and Leadership Development. Prior to joining the 76ers, he was the Head of Mental Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays for three seasons, and has also worked as a mental skills coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)

On December 7, the Red Sox named 11-year organizational veteran Billy McMillon manager of the PawSox. McMillon most recently served as Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator from 2016-18 following a six-year stint in managerial roles. Bruce Crabbe will remain on the staff as an additional coach for the sixth consecutive season, extending his tenure with the organization to 15 years. In his second season with the PawSox in the role of pitching coach is Kevin Walker, who has coached Red Sox affiliates for the last 11 years. 

Rich Gedman will continue as the club's hitting coach for his fifth year in that role and ninth with Red Sox minor league clubs. David Herrera will take over as Pawtucket's athletic trainer after spending the past three seasons as Latin American Medical Coordinator and athletic trainer with the Gulf Coast League club. He is entering his 12th season with the organization. Chris Messina has been promoted to Pawtucket's strength and conditioning coach after serving in the same role with Portland since 2016.

Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)

Entering his sixth season as a minor league manager in the organization, Joe Oliver has been promoted to manage the Sea Dogs. The 12-year major league veteran has 297 managerial wins over five seasons with Lowell (2014-15) and Salem (2016-18). Continuing in his role as pitching coach is Paul Abbott, who joined the Red Sox organization in 2011. Lee May Jr. returns for a third season as hitting coach, having joined the organization in 2016. Entering his fourth season in the Red Sox' system, Scott Gallon will continue as the Sea Dogs' athletic trainer after moving into that role in 2017. Ben Chadwick, who spent the last three seasons as a strength and conditioning coach with the GCL club, has been promoted into that same role in Portland.

Salem (High-A, Carolina League)

Corey Wimberly will take the helm as Salem's manager after making his managerial debut with Lowell in 2018. He played professionally from 2005-16, reaching the Triple-A level from 2010-13 with the A's, Pirates, Mets, and Braves organizations. Lance Carter enters his second season as pitching coach after spending the previous three seasons in that role with Short-A Lowell. Also joining the Salem staff as hitting coach is Lance Zawadzki, who made his coaching debut with Lowell in 2018. The Framingham, MA, native played 11 professional seasons as an infielder, reaching the majors with the Padres in 2010. Trainer Nick Kuchwara, who joined the staff in 2016, will return in the same capacity in 2019. He will be joined on staff by Joe Hudson as the club's strength and conditioning coach. Hudson was hired by the organization in 2018 as a minor league strength and conditioning coach.

Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)

Drive manager Iggy Suarez will continue with a second season in that role after two seasons managing Short-A Lowell. A 20-year veteran of the organization and South Carolina resident, Bob Kipper will return to Greenville as pitching coach. Veteran hitting coach Nelson Paulino will join the Drive's staff in his 22nd season coaching in the organization, having spent the last three years in Salem. Richard De Luna, who was hired by the organization to join the Greenville staff in 2018, will continue in the role of strength and conditioning coach. 

Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)

New to the Spinners staff is first-time manager Luke Montz, who made his coaching debut in 2018 with Portland. Montz played 13 professional seasons as a catcher, first baseman, and outfielder, reaching the majors with Washington in 2008 and Oakland in 2013 before finishing his playing career with Pawtucket in 2015. Remaining in the role of pitching coach is Nick Green, who joined the Red Sox organization in 2015. Nate Spears will return as hitting coach for a third year after spending 2016 as a coaching assistant with Greenville. Taylor Boucher has been named Lowell's athletic trainer after interning with the club in 2018. Prior to his time with the Spinners, Boucher spent three seasons with the University of Miami athletic department and interned in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2017. 

Gulf Coast League Red Sox (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)

Tom Kotchman enters his sixth season as manager of the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, having spent 39 total seasons as a minor league manager and scout. 2003 American League Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa will continue to serve as an additional coach for his third season. Joining the organization in the role of pitching coach is Miguel Bonilla, who began his full-time coaching career in 1997 in the Pirates organization. The former minor league pitcher has spent the last 22 seasons with the Pirates, Yankees, and Marlins organizations.

Junior Zamora will return as hitting coach, entering his fifth year in that capacity after seven years as a bench coach for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Red Sox. Mickey Jiang, who has been coaching in the Red Sox' system since 2009, will continue with the GCL club as a coach and interpreter. Joel Harris, who has spent the last three seasons with Short-A Lowell, will join the GCL club as athletic training coordinator and serve as the organization's Assistant ATC coordinator. After spending the last three years with Pawtucket, Kirby Retzer will join the GCL staff as a strength and conditioning coach based in Fort Myers, also working with players on rehabilitation assignments.

Dominican Summer League Red Sox (Rookie, Dominican Summer League)

Jose Zapata will return for his 13th season as the Red Sox' Latin American field coordinator. Fernando Tatis will manage one of Boston's two DSL clubs for the second straight season. The Dominican-born Tatis played 11 major league seasons for five different teams (1997-2003, '06, '08-10). Managing the other DSL Red Sox squad will be Ozzie Chavez, who has been with the organization for the last four seasons, most recently as a DSL hitting coach.

Carlos Adolfo, entering his fourth season in the organization, and new hire Eider Torres will serve as DSL hitting coaches. The Venezuelan-born Torres played nine minor league seasons with Cleveland (2002-06), Baltimore (2007-08), the Chicago White Sox (2009), and Colorado (2010). Oscar Lira and Humberto Sanchez will continue as the program's pitching coaches. Also returning to the staff are Claudio Sanchez and Leonel Vasquez as additional coaches. Guillermo Hinojosa will return for his 10th season as athletic trainer, while Mario Anguizola and Antonio Diaz will resume their roles as strength and conditioning coaches.

Boston Red Sox

Red Sox add 10 non-roster invitees to 2019 Spring Training roster

The Boston Red Sox have added 10 non-roster invitees to the team's 2019 Spring Training roster: catcher Austin Rei; right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn; outfielders Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Tate Matheny, and Cole Sturgeon; shortstop C.J. Chatham; third baseman Bobby Dalbec; utility player Chad De La Guerra; and first baseman Josh Ockimey.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

The Boston Red Sox have added 10 non-roster invitees to the team's 2019 Spring Training roster: catcher Austin Rei; right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn; outfielders Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Tate Matheny, and Cole Sturgeon; shortstop C.J. Chatham; third baseman Bobby Dalbec; utility player Chad De La Guerra; and first baseman Josh Ockimey.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

The Red Sox have now invited a total of 20 players to Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees. 

Bryce Brentz, OF - Brentz, 30, was selected by Boston in the first round (36th overall) of the 2010 June Draft and spent his first eight professional seasons (2010-17) in the Red Sox organization. The right-handed hitter was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on February 20, 2018, then claimed off waivers by the New York Mets on March 26. He spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where in 55 games he hit .264 (51-for-193) with 15 home runs and a .912 OPS, batting .333 (16-for-48) with five home runs against left-handed pitchers. Brentz spent his entire 2017 season with Triple-A Pawtucket and was named an International League mid- and post-season All-Star, hitting 31 home runs with 85 RBI. In 34 career major league games-all with Boston in 2014 and 2016-the outfielder has hit .287 (25-for-87) with five doubles, one home run, and nine RBI.

Rusney Castillo, OF - Castillo, 31, spent the entire 2018 season with Triple-A Pawtucket. He earned International League mid- and post-season All-Star honors for the second consecutive season after leading the league in batting average (.319) and ranking among leaders in hits (2nd; 151) and doubles (T-3rd; 31). The right-handed hitter made 105 starts in the outfield and did not commit an error, recording four assists and two double plays. Castillo has hit .333 (127-for-381) against left-handed pitching for the PawSox since being signed by Boston in August 2014, including .353 (82-for-232) from 2017-18. The Cuban native appeared in 99 major league games from 2014-16, making his first Opening Day roster in 2016.

C.J. Chatham, SS - Chatham, 24, hit .314 (137-for-437) between Single-A Greenville (19 games) and High-A Salem (95 games) in 2018, marking the third-highest batting average among all Red Sox minor leaguers. He batted above .300 against right-handed pitchers (.316), versus left-handed pitchers (.308), with the bases empty (.311), and with runners on base (.316). Selected by Boston in the second round of the 2016 June Draft, Chatham has played no defensive position other than shortstop in his professional career. In 156 minor league games, he has hit .298 (175-for-588) with nine home runs and a .340 on-base percentage. After missing a majority of the 2017 season on the disabled list, he entered 2018 ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox' No. 26 prospect.

Bobby Dalbec, 3B - Dalbec, 23, was named Red Sox 2018 Minor League Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after leading the organization's farm system in both home runs (32) and RBI (109). In 129 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, the right-handed hitter batted .257 (117-for-455) with 35 doubles and a .919 OPS, ranking second in all of Minor League Baseball in extra-base hits (70). Named the Carolina League's Most Valuable Player, Dalbec led the league in home runs (26) and RBI (85), as he set Salem records for extra-base hits (55) and slugging percentage (.573) in the Red Sox era (2009-present). In 248 games since being selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2016 June Draft, he has hit .273 (245-for-898) with a .365 on-base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage. 

Chad De La Guerra, UT - De La Guerra, 26, attended Major League Spring Training camp with the Red Sox in 2018 as a non-roster invitee. The left-handed hitter began the season with Triple-A Pawtucket but spent a majority of 2018 with Double-A Portland, where he tied for the team lead with 15 home runs and batted .266 (84-for-316) with an .805 OPS. Between the two clubs, he made 51 starts at second base, 26 at shortstop, and 20 at third base. Selected by the Red Sox in the 17th round of the 2015 June Draft, De La Guerra has appeared in 336 minor league games, earning mid-season All-Star selections in 2017 with the High-A Carolina League and in 2015 with the Short-A New York-Penn League. 

Tate Matheny, OF - Matheny, 24, entered the 2018 season ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive outfielder in the Red Sox' minor league system. He spent the entire year with Double-A Portland, where he hit .254 (101-for-398) with 12 stolen bases, 19 doubles, five triples, and two home runs in 114 games with the Sea Dogs. The right-handed hitter made 99 starts in center field and six in right field, recording four assists between the two positions. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2015 June Draft, Matheny was named a 2016 South Atlantic League All-Star and then tabbed Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year in 2017. He is the son of former major league player and manager Mike Matheny. 

Josh Ockimey, 1B - Ockimey, 23, entered the 2018 season ranked by Baseball America as having the best strike zone discipline in the Red Sox' minor league system. The left-handed hitter made his Triple-A debut with Pawtucket in 2018 but spent most of the season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .254 (79-for-311) with a .370 on-base percentage and a .473 slugging percentage in 90 games for the Sea Dogs. His 20 home runs and 71 RBI between the two clubs ranked second among Boston minor leaguers. Selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2014 June Draft, Ockimey has recorded a .362 on-base percentage in 457 career minor league games, including marks of .367 in 2016, .385 in 2017, and .356 in 2018. 

Austin Rei, C - This will be the second Major League Spring Training camp in as many years for Rei (pronounced "RYE"), who spent the entire 2018 season with Double-A Portland. After beginning the season 2-for-34, he hit .277 (64-for-231) with a .374 on-base percentage in his final 71 games. Rei started 77 games behind the plate and threw out 27 of 94 attempted base stealers (28.7%), a year after he was named Red Sox 2017 Minor League Defensive Player of the Year. Ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive catcher in Boston's minor league system entering the 2018 season, the 25-year-old backstop has appeared in 303 minor league games since being selected by the Red Sox in the third round of the 2015 June Draft. 

Mike Shawaryn, RHP - Shawaryn, 24, went 9-10 with a 3.44 ERA (57 ER/149.1 IP) in 26 appearances (25 starts) between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2018, striking out 132 batters and walking only 38. The right-hander threw at least 6.0 innings in 16 of his starts, including a 7.0-inning shutout victory on August 14 against Norfolk. Following the regular season, he made nine appearances (one start) for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League and posted a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) with 15 strikeouts, four walks, and zero home runs allowed. Acquired by Boston in the fifth round of the 2016 June Draft, Shawaryn is 17-18 with a 3.57 ERA (119 ER/299.2 IP) and 9.70 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 58 career minor league outings (57 starts).

Cole Sturgeon, OF - Sturgeon, 27, began the 2018 season with Double-A Portland and batted .365 (46-for-126) with a 1.001 OPS in 31 games for the Sea Dogs. The left-handed hitter was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on May 14 and spent the remainder of the season with the PawSox, where he made 53 starts in right field, nine in center field, and two in left field. Following the regular season, he hit .257 (27-for-105) in 30 games for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League. Selected by Boston in the 10th round of the 2014 June Draft, Sturgeon has hit .263 (484-for-1,838) in 506 career minor league games. The Kentucky native played four seasons at the University of Louisville and helped Wareham win the 2012 Cape Cod League title.

BOSTON RED SOX NON-ROSTER INVITEES (20)

PITCHERS (7): Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Mike Shawaryn, Carson Smith, Josh Smith, Domingo Tapia, Ryan Weber

CATCHERS (3): Juan Centeno, Óscar Hernández, Austin Rei

INFIELDERS (5): C.J. Chatham, Bobby Dalbec, Chad De La Guerra, Josh Ockimey, Tony Renda

OUTFIELDERS (5): Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Gorkys Hernández, Tate Matheny, Cole Sturgeon

BOSTON RED SOX 40-MAN ROSTER (39)

PITCHERS (21): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Colten Brewer, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Darwinzon Hernandez, Brian Johnson, Travis Lakins, Rick Porcello, Bobby Poyner, David Price, Denyi Reyes, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Chandler Shepherd, Josh Taylor, Tyler Thornburg, Hector Velazquez, Marcus Walden, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright

CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez

INFIELDERS (11): Xander Bogaerts, Michael Chavis, Rafael Devers, Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce, Dustin Pedroia, Sam Travis

OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez

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