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Red Sox Holiday Caravan starts Monday

Brian Johnson, Bobby Poyner, and Sam Travis Players will visit patients at Boston-area hospitals and children at The BASE training academy

The Red Sox will bring the warmth and cheer of the holiday season to patients at Boston-area hospitals with the 2018 Holiday Caravan starting tomorrow, Monday, December 10, through Tuesday, December 11. Over the two-day period, Red Sox players Brian Johnson, Bobby Poyner, and Sam Travis will visit with patients at hospitals throughout Boston, and with kids at The BASE, a training academy that provides young baseball players with coaching and academic and life skills training.

Monday's Caravan tour includes stops at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,Boston Children's Hospital, and Boston Medical Center. The Caravan continues on Tuesday with visits to Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic, Shriners Hospital for Children, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and a visit to The BASE.

The Red Sox will bring the warmth and cheer of the holiday season to patients at Boston-area hospitals with the 2018 Holiday Caravan starting tomorrow, Monday, December 10, through Tuesday, December 11. Over the two-day period, Red Sox players Brian Johnson, Bobby Poyner, and Sam Travis will visit with patients at hospitals throughout Boston, and with kids at The BASE, a training academy that provides young baseball players with coaching and academic and life skills training.

Monday's Caravan tour includes stops at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,Boston Children's Hospital, and Boston Medical Center. The Caravan continues on Tuesday with visits to Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic, Shriners Hospital for Children, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and a visit to The BASE.

A list of dates and times for each Caravan stop is below.

Monday, December 10

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Boston Children's Hospital

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Boston Medical Center

Tuesday, December 11

11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Jimmy Fund

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. MassGeneral Hospital for Children

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Shriner's Hospital for Children

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The BASE

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Billy McMillon named manager of Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox today announced that Billy McMillon has been named manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the organization's Triple-A affiliate.

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

The Boston Red Sox today announced that Billy McMillon has been named manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the organization's Triple-A affiliate.

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

McMillon, 47, has spent the past 11 seasons in the Red Sox organization (2008-18), most recently serving as Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator from 2016-18. He managed for six seasons prior to that role, including for Double-A Portland from 2014-15. In his debut with the Sea Dogs, he led the club to a franchise-record 88 wins and was tabbed Eastern League Manager of the Year.

Prior to his time in Portland, McMillon managed High-A Salem from 2012-13, leading the club to a Mills Cup Championship Series title in 2013. In his first of two seasons at the helm of Single-A Greenville, he led the Drive to the 2010 South Atlantic League championship finals in what was his managerial debut. He also worked with Greenville from 2008-09, serving as the club's hitting coach. McMillon has managed several current Red Sox Major Leaguers, including Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr.

McMillon's 12-year playing career included parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues. He was selected in the eighth round of the 1993 June Draft by the Florida Marlins, whose General Manager at the time was current Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. McMillon played in 262 Major League games with the Marlins (1996-97), Philadelphia Phillies (1997), Detroit Tigers (2001), and Oakland A's (2001, '03-04). His lone postseason experience came in 2003, when he appeared in three American League Division Series games against the Red Sox.

McMillon attended Clemson University from 1991-93, finishing his collegiate career with a .381 lifetime batting average. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Clemson and a General MBA from the University of Phoenix. McMillon and his wife, Krista, reside in Columbia, SC, and have two teenage children, Kennedy and Jackson.

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Red Sox and right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi agree to four-year contract through 2022 season

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox today signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year contract through the 2022 season. The club's 40-man roster is now at 40.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox today signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year contract through the 2022 season. The club's 40-man roster is now at 40.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us," Dombrowski said. "He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series. His performance in the Postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever."

Eovaldi, 28, returned to the majors in 2018 after missing the entire 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 22 appearances (21 starts) between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Red Sox, the right-hander went 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA (47 ER/111.0 IP), a 1.13 WHIP, 101 strikeouts, and only 20 walks. After being acquired from the Rays in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks on July 25, Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA (20 ER/54.0 IP) in 12 regular season outings (11 starts) for Boston, making three scoreless starts of at least 6.0 innings.

Among pitchers with at least 100.0 innings in 2018, Eovaldi ranked fourth in the American League in walks per nine innings (1.62), as well as sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.05). He held right-handed hitters to a .252 on-base percentage with 54 strikeouts against only five walks, and did not allow a home run to any of his final 194 righties faced, including in the postseason. In addition, left-handed batters were only 4-for-53 (.075) with one extra-base hit and a .329 OPS against Eovaldi from September 1 through the end of the World Series.

In the regular season, Eovaldi posted a 2.66 ERA (13 ER/44.0 IP) in eight starts against teams that qualified for the postseason. Including his outing in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, he made four starts against the New York Yankees as a member of the Red Sox, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA (1 ER/23.0 IP), a .367 opponent OPS, zero home runs allowed, 18 strikeouts, and only three walks. Eovaldi allowed three hits in 8.0 scoreless innings against the Yankees on August 4, then surrendered only two hits in 6.0 scoreless frames at Yankee Stadium on September 18. In his ALDS start, he gave up one run in 7.0 innings in Boston's 16-1 victory.

In six postseason appearances, including two starts, Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA (4 ER/22.1 IP), a .185 opponent batting average, 16 strikeouts, and three walks. In the ALCS against the Houston Astros, he started Game 3 and gave up two runs in 6.0 innings, then threw 1.1 scoreless innings in the decisive Game 5. He appeared in each of the first three games of the World Series, throwing a perfect eighth inning in Game 1 and again in Game 2. In the Red Sox' 3-2, 18-inning loss at Dodger Stadium in Game 3, Eovaldi started the 12th inning and pitched the rest of the way, allowing one run in his first 6.0 frames before Max Muncy led off the 18th inning with a walk-off home run.

Originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2008 June Draft, Eovaldi is 44-53 with a 4.16 ERA (393 ER/850.0 IP) in 156 major league appearances (148 starts) for the Dodgers (2011-12), Marlins (2012-14), Yankees (2015-16), Rays (2018), and Red Sox (2018).

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Red Sox announce roster moves

The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves:

- The club agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2019 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves:

- The club agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2019 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

- In addition, the Red Sox will tender 2019 contracts to all 29 remaining unsigned players on their major league roster.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Thornburg, 30, made his Red Sox debut in July 2018 after missing the entire 2017 season due to injury, having undergone surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. The right-hander appeared in 25 games for Boston and posted a 5.63 ERA (15 ER/24.0 IP), including a 1.64 mark (2 ER/11.0 IP) during a 12-game stretch from July 22-August 20. Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of the 2010 June Draft, Thornburg went 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA (70 ER/219.2 IP) and a .213 opponent batting average (170-for-799) in 144 career appearances (10 starts) for the franchise from 2012-16 prior to being acquired by the Red Sox via trade in December 2016.

Boston's 40-man roster is at 39. Ten players are already under contract for 2019: J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce, Dustin Pedroia, Rick Porcello, David Price, Chris Sale, Thornburg, and Christian Vázquez.

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Red Sox announce roster moves

The Boston Red Sox today made the following roster moves:

- The club acquired right-handed pitcher Colten Brewer from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz.

The Boston Red Sox today made the following roster moves:

- The club acquired right-handed pitcher Colten Brewer from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz.

- The club has also requested unconditional release waivers on right-handed pitcher William Cuevas, who is expected to sign with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization.

- Right-handed pitcher Austin Maddox was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

- Infielder Michael Chavis, right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins, and left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor were added to the major league roster from Pawtucket.

- Left-handed pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez was added to the major league roster from Double-A Portland.

- Right-handed pitcher Denyi Reyes was added to the major league roster from High-A Salem.

Boston's 40-man roster is now at 39.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Brewer, 26, made his major league debut with San Diego this season, making 11 relief appearances and allowing six earned runs while striking out 10 over 9.2 innings pitched. The right-hander spent the majority of his season with Triple-A El Paso, going 3-4 with three saves, 63 strikeouts, and a 3.75 ERA (20 ER/48.0 IP) over 37 relief appearances. He allowed zero earned runs in nine of his 11 major league outings, earning his first big league win with two hitless innings on September 28 against Arizona. Originally selected by the Pirates in the fourth round of the 2011 June Draft, Brewer has made 129 career minor league appearances, including 44 starts, between the Pirates (2012-13, '15-16), Yankees (2017), and Padres (2018) organizations.

Quiroz, 26, was signed by the Red Sox in November 2017 after spending the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Mexican League. In 24 games with Double-A Portland and eight games with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2018, the infielder hit .283 (30-for-106) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, seven home runs, and 31 RBI. In 616 total games between the Mexican League and Mexican Pacific Winter League from 2011-17, he batted .289 (546-for-1,891) with 48 home runs and 255 RBI.

Cuevas, 28, appeared in nine games over four major league stints with the Red Sox in 2018, but he spent most of the season with Pawtucket. The right-hander led PawSox pitchers in wins (10), strikeouts (121), and innings (135.1), going 10-7 with a 3.39 ERA (51 ER/135.1 IP) in 23 outings, all starts. Originally signed by Boston as an international free agent in 2008, the Venezuelan native has spent nine of his 10 professional seasons in the Red Sox organization (2009-16, '18) and one in the Detroit Tigers system (2017). In 13 major league games, including one start, he is 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA (20 ER/22.1 IP). He has also appeared in 209 minor league games (137 starts) and gone 58-56 with a 3.74 ERA (402 ER/967.2 IP).

Maddox, 27, spent the entire 2018 season on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain. The right-hander appeared in a total of eight games over two separate rehab assignments between Triple-A Pawtucket, Double-A Portland, and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. On September 19, he underwent successful right shoulder rotator cuff surgery, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Selected by Boston in the third round of the 2012 June Draft, Maddox made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2017 and posted a 0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in 13 appearances, all in relief. In 151 career minor league outings (15 starts), he is 14-20 with 25 saves and a 4.55 ERA (136 ER/269.0 IP).

Chavis, 23, hit .298 (51-for-171) with nine home runs, 27 RBI, and a .919 OPS over 46 games between Short-A Lowell, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2018. The right-handed hitter was named Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week for August 6-12 and batted .395 (30-for-76) in the month, homering in each of his first two games with Pawtucket on August 24 and 25 at Buffalo. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2014 June Draft (No. 26 overall), Chavis was named the Red Sox' 2017 Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after hitting 31 home runs with 94 RBI. In 401 career minor league games, he has batted .257 (389-for-1,515) with 65 home runs, making 243 starts at third base, 14 at shortstop, and 11 at first base.

Lakins, 24, posted a 2.32 ERA (14 ER/54.1 IP) and limited opponents to a .190 batting average over 36 appearances (six starts) between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2018. He began the season making six starts before recording a 1.21 ERA (5 ER/37.1 IP) out of the bullpen, allowing zero earned runs in 26 of his 30 relief outings. In his final 16 games (beginning July 12), he posted a 0.82 ERA (2 ER/22.0 IP) with 21 strikeouts, four walks, and a .147 opponent batting average (11-for-75). Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the Ohio native is 14-9 with a 4.42 ERA (106 ER/215.2 IP), 201 strikeouts, and 89 walks in 71 appearances (40 starts) over four seasons within the Red Sox organization.

Taylor, 25, was acquired by Boston from Arizona in May to complete the clubs' March trade for Deven Marrero. He posted a 3.35 ERA (20 ER/53.2 IP) with 13 saves, 60 strikeouts, and 23 walks in a career-high 48 appearances, including 33 for Double-A Portland. The left-hander posted a 2.10 ERA (6 ER/25.2 IP) in his final 24 appearances of the season (beginning June 24), surrendering zero home runs in his final 34.2 innings. Following the regular season, he also made 10 appearances (one start) with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League. Originally signed by Philadelphia as a non-drafted free agent in August 2014, Taylor is 22-33 with a 4.47 ERA (209 ER/421.0 IP), 411 strikeouts, and 159 walks in 135 appearances (62 starts) between the Phillies (2014-15), Diamondbacks (2015-18), and Red Sox (2018) organizations.

Hernandez, 21, was 9-5 with a 3.53 ERA (42 ER/107.0 IP) in 2018, making 23 starts for High-A Salem and five relief appearances for Double-A Portland. The left-hander averaged 11.27 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and allowed only one home run on the season, ranking fourth among Red Sox minor leaguers with 134 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .222 batting average. Following the regular season, Hernandez made eight relief appearances for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP), allowed zero extra-base hits, averaged 19.06 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and struck out 24 batters while walking only six. Originally signed by Boston as an international free agent in 2013, the Venezuela native is 23-17 with a 3.25 ERA (127 ER/352.0 IP) and 389 strikeouts in 95 appearances (74 starts) over five seasons (2014-18).

Reyes, 22, was named the South Atlantic League's 2018 Most Outstanding Pitcher, also earning mid-season and postseason All-Star honors with the league. The right-hander led Red Sox minor leaguers in wins and ERA, going 12-5 with a 1.97 ERA (34 ER/155.2 IP) in 27 appearances (24 starts) between Single-A Greenville and High-A Salem. He struck out 145 batters and walked only 19 while holding opponents to a .210 batting average, with his 0.91 WHIP ranking fourth among qualifying minor leaguers. Reyes made six scoreless starts of at least 5.0 innings, including a 9.0-inning shutout on May 27 at Columbia. Signed by Boston as an international free agent in 2014, the Dominican native is 32-7 with a 2.12 ERA (77 ER/327.1 IP), a 0.95 WHIP, 286 strikeouts, and only 33 walks in 66 appearances (41 starts) over four seasons in the Red Sox organization.

BOSTON RED SOX 40-MAN ROSTER (39)

PITCHERS (21): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Colten Brewer, Heath Hembree, Darwinzon Hernandez, Brian Johnson, Travis Lakins, Rick Porcello, Bobby Poyner, David Price, Denyi Reyes, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Robby Scott, 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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Red Sox and first baseman Steve Pearce agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox today signed first baseman Steve Pearce to a one-year contract through the 2019 season.  

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

The Boston Red Sox today signed first baseman Steve Pearce to a one-year contract through the 2019 season.  

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Prior to being named Most Valuable Player of the World Series, Pearce, 35, split the 2018 regular season between the Toronto Blue Jays and Red Sox, combining to hit .284 (61-for-215) with an .890 OPS, 11 home runs, and 42 RBI in 76 games. He made 28 starts at first base, 19 at designated hitter, seven in left field, and two in right field. Acquired from Toronto with cash considerations on June 28 in exchange for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal, Pearce appeared in 50 games with Boston, batting .279 (38-for-136) with a .394 on-base percentage. For the Red Sox, he hit five home runs against the New York Yankees, including three on August 2. 

"We're thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he's a great fit for our club," said Dombrowski. "Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the Postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us."

Against left-handed pitchers in 2018, Pearce batted .304 (31-for-102) with a .400 on-base percentage and .559 slugging percentage. Following the regular season, he started 11 of the Red Sox' 14 postseason games, all at first base. He reached base via hit or walk in each of his 12 playoff games, batting .289 (11-for-38) with four home runs, 11 RBI, a 1.083 OPS, and nine walks against eight strikeouts. After homering in Game 4 of the Fall Classic at Dodger Stadium and adding two home runs in Game 5, Pearce was named the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player. In the Fall Classic, each of his four hits went for extra bases and he drew four walks without striking out, posting a .500 on-base percentage with eight RBI against the Dodgers. 

A veteran of 12 major league seasons, Pearce joins Kelly Johnson as the only players ever to appear in at least one game for each of the five current AL East clubs. In 737 career games, he has hit .257 (556-for-2,167) with 90 home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2007-11), Baltimore Orioles (2012; 2013-15; 2016), Houston Astros (2012), Yankees (2012), Tampa Bay Rays (2016), Blue Jays (2017-18), and Red Sox (2018). The Lakeland, FL was originally selected by the Pirates in the eighth round of the 2005 June Draft. Pearce was a 10th-round selection by Boston in the 2004 June Draft, but did not sign.

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Mookie Betts named American League Most Valuable Player

Red Sox outfielder earns 12th MVP Award in franchise history

Mookie Betts has been named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The announcement was made tonight on MLB Network. 

Betts received 28 of 30 first-place votes, as well as two second-place votes for a total of 410 points. He finished ahead of Mike Trout (265 points), José Ramírez (208), and J.D. Martinez (198).

Mookie Betts has been named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The announcement was made tonight on MLB Network. 

Betts received 28 of 30 first-place votes, as well as two second-place votes for a total of 410 points. He finished ahead of Mike Trout (265 points), José Ramírez (208), and J.D. Martinez (198).

This is the 12th time a Red Sox player has been named MVP, as Betts is the 11th individual in franchise history to earn the honor. Past winners include Dustin Pedroia (2008), Mo Vaughn (1995), Roger Clemens (1986), Jim Rice (1978), Fred Lynn (1975), Carl Yastrzemski (1967), Jackie Jensen (1958), Ted Williams (1946, '49), Jimmie Foxx (1938), and Tris Speaker (1912). Betts and Jensen are the only Red Sox right fielders ever to win the MVP award.  

Betts, who turned 26 years old on October 7, is the 10th AL player to be named MVP in a season in which he also won Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards, and is the first to do so since Joe Mauer in 2009. Betts is the first AL player ever to earn each of those three honors and win a World Series title in the same season, joining Mike Schmidt (1980) as the only major leaguers ever to accomplish the feat. In addition, Betts earned the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award for right field on November 7, and was named the MLBPAA's 14th annual Overall Heart and Hustle Award winner on November 8.

According to Baseball-Reference, Betts led the majors with 10.9 wins above replacement (WAR), the highest mark for any position player since Barry Bonds' 2002 MVP season (11.8). It was also tied with Ted Williams' 1946 season for the second-highest WAR ever recorded by a Red Sox player, trailing only Carl Yastrzemski's 1967 Triple Crown campaign (12.5). The only major leaguers to record a higher WAR in a season prior to turning 26 years old are Babe Ruth (11.9 in 1920), Lou Gehrig (11.8 in 1927), and Mickey Mantle (11.3 in 1956 and 1957). 

In 2018, Betts led the majors in batting average (.346; 180-for-520) and slugging percentage (.640), becoming the first Red Sox player to accomplish that feat since Ted Williams in 1957. Betts added 42 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs, 129 runs scored, 80 RBI, and 30 steals, as he ranked second in MLB in on-base percentage (.438), OPS (1.078), and extra-base hits (84). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only player ever to win a batting title in either league during a season in which he also recorded at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Betts was the only AL player in 2018 to hit for the cycle -- a feat he accomplished on August 9 at Toronto -- and was the only major leaguer hit three home runs in a game multiple times. 

In his final 25 games of the 2018 regular season, Betts scored 25 runs and hit .405 (34-for-84) with a .514 on-base percentage. He homered in three consecutive games from September 20-24, going 4-for-5 with five RBI in the Red Sox' division-clinching win over the New York Yankees on September 20. Betts scored 13 runs in 14 postseason games, homering in Game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.

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Red Sox announce average price increase of 2.5 percent in 2019

New tier added for six games in highest demand

The Red Sox today announced that ticket prices for the 2019 season will increase by an average of 2.5 percent. The club will also adjust the variable pricing structure by adding a new tier for the six games in highest demand. 

The new tier, called Diamond, will include the home opener on April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays, the July 12-13 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and three games against the New York Yankees on July 26-27 and September 7. 

The Red Sox today announced that ticket prices for the 2019 season will increase by an average of 2.5 percent. The club will also adjust the variable pricing structure by adding a new tier for the six games in highest demand. 

The new tier, called Diamond, will include the home opener on April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays, the July 12-13 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and three games against the New York Yankees on July 26-27 and September 7. 

Given their popularity, prices for the six Diamond games will rise by an average of approximately 10 percent, while prices for the remaining 73 home games will rise by an average of 1.6 percent.  

The Red Sox will continue to offer special reduced pricing for students, clergy, veterans, and active duty members of the military. Tickets for high school and college students will again be available for $9, and the Kid Nation Program, a free program for those 14 and under presented by Hood, will continue to include a Red Sox ticket at no charge in 2019.

Going back to 2009, the club has raised prices by 1.8 percent per year on average and the annual increase has been less than 3 percent in nine of the past eleven seasons.  

A breakdown of prices for each non-premium seating category is attached. Also attached is a calendar of 2019 home games by tier.

Average Annual Price Increase Since 2009

Season   Average Price Increase
2009   Freeze
2010   3.8%
2011   2.0%
2012   Freeze
2013   Freeze
2014   4.8%
2015   Freeze
2016   1.4%
2017   2.9%
2018   2.5%
2019   2.5%

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Red Sox, manager Alex Cora agree to new contract terms

The Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora today agreed to new terms on a contract, including a one-year extension through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

"We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands, and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future."

The Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora today agreed to new terms on a contract, including a one-year extension through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

"We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands, and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future."

"Alex did a tremendous job for our club all year long and we wanted to reward him for his efforts after an amazing season," Dombrowski said. "We are extremely happy that he will be with us and leading our club on the field."

"Since day one, John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, and Dave Dombrowski have been incredibly supportive of me and my family, and for that I am extremely grateful," said Cora, who was named the 47th manager in Red Sox history on October 22, 2017. "For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field. We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title."

In his managerial debut, Cora helped lead the Red Sox to a World Series championship and the majors' highest winning percentage, going 108-54 (.667) in the regular season. Boston surpassed the franchise's previous single-season wins record of 105, which had been set 106 years ago in 1912. The Red Sox won the AL East division for a third consecutive season and 10th time overall, finishing eight games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees, Boston's largest margin of victory since the division was formed in 1969. 

The Red Sox' 108 wins are the second-most ever for a team with a rookie manager, trailing only the 1961 Yankees, who went 109-53 under the guidance of Ralph Houk. The only other manager to win at least 100 games in his first season with the Red Sox is Jake Stahl, who led Boston to a 105-47 record in 1912. Cora became only the second Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history, joining Edwin Rodriguez, who managed the Florida Marlins for parts of the 2010-11 seasons. 

Following a record-breaking regular season, Cora and the Red Sox went 11-3 in the postseason en route to the franchise's ninth World Series championship, including its fourth in the last 15 years. Cora became only the fifth individual to win a World Series in their first season as a major league manager, joining Bob Brenly (2001, Arizona Diamondbacks), Ralph Houk (1961, New York Yankees), Eddie Dyer (1946, St. Louis Cardinals), and Bucky Harris (1924, Washington Senators).

Cora also became the fifth person to lead the Red Sox to a World Series title in his managerial debut with the team, joining John Farrell (2013), Terry Francona (2004), Ed Barrow (1918), and Jake Stahl (1912). Cora and Stahl are the only two individuals to win a World Series with the Red Sox as both a player and as a manager, as Cora was an infielder for Boston during the club's 2007 championship season. 

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Steven Wright undergoes successful surgery

Boston Red Sox right-handed pitcher Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. The surgery was performed by Dr. Riley Williams.

Wright will continue to rehab and prepare for a return to pitching in the 2019 season.

Boston Red Sox right-handed pitcher Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. The surgery was performed by Dr. Riley Williams.

Wright will continue to rehab and prepare for a return to pitching in the 2019 season.

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Red Sox to commemorate Veterans Day with visits to veterans hospitals and homes, and the broadcast of the Home Base Program's fourth annual Home Base Veterans Day Special

Red Sox alumnus Jim Corsi to participate in Veterans Day activities on Monday; hour-long Veterans Day Special will air in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Red Sox will commemorate Veterans Day and recognize those who have served in the United States Armed Forces with visits to veterans hospitals and homes in Massachusetts on Monday, November 12, and with the 60-minute broadcast of the Fourth Annual Home Base Veterans Day Special airing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida. 

Throughout the day on Monday, Red Sox alumnus Jim Corsi will visit with veterans at the West Roxbury VA Hospital in West Roxbury, MA (10-11 a.m.); the Brockton VA Hospital in Brockton, MA (2-3 p.m.); and the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston, MA (4-5 p.m.). Corsi will be joined by Fenway Ambassadors, Wally the Green Monster (first stop only), and the 2018 World Series Trophy.

The Red Sox will commemorate Veterans Day and recognize those who have served in the United States Armed Forces with visits to veterans hospitals and homes in Massachusetts on Monday, November 12, and with the 60-minute broadcast of the Fourth Annual Home Base Veterans Day Special airing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida. 

Throughout the day on Monday, Red Sox alumnus Jim Corsi will visit with veterans at the West Roxbury VA Hospital in West Roxbury, MA (10-11 a.m.); the Brockton VA Hospital in Brockton, MA (2-3 p.m.); and the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston, MA (4-5 p.m.). Corsi will be joined by Fenway Ambassadors, Wally the Green Monster (first stop only), and the 2018 World Series Trophy.

On Sunday, November 11, an hour-long telethon supporting Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program, will air at 7 p.m. in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida on WCVB, WMUR, WMTW, and ABC7 respectively. The Home Base Program helps veterans, service members, and their families heal the "invisible wounds of war" such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The program was created in 2009 by Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner who was inspired by a visit with veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after celebrating the Red Sox' 2007 World Series Championship at the White House.

The Veterans Day telethon is hosted by WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 News Anchor and U.S. Air Force Veteran Randy Price, WMUR-TV News Anchor and military spouse Amy Coveno, WMTW Channel 8 Anchor Tracy Sabol, and ABC7 News Anchor Jeff Butera. The broadcast will feature stories from military families as well as interviews with Home Base staff and partners.

The broadcast will be supported by a live phone bank, text-to-give, and online donations. Viewers can donate by calling 866-615-8387, texting "Veterans" to 25827 (MA only), or visiting homebase.org/give.

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J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts earn Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards

Martinez Becomes First Player to Receive Two Silver Slugger Awards in a Season

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have received 2018 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards. Betts earned the honor as an outfielder, while Martinez was recognized as both an outfielder and as a designated hitter, becoming the first player in the award's 39-year history to earn two Silver Slugger Awards in a single season. The announcement was made tonight by Louisville Slugger on MLB Network.

 

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have received 2018 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards. Betts earned the honor as an outfielder, while Martinez was recognized as both an outfielder and as a designated hitter, becoming the first player in the award's 39-year history to earn two Silver Slugger Awards in a single season. The announcement was made tonight by Louisville Slugger on MLB Network.

 

The Silver Slugger Award honorees are selected in a vote by Major League coaches and managers. The Red Sox led the American League with three winners, matching the Colorado Rockies for the most in MLB. This is the fourth time the club has featured three winners in a single season, having also done so in 2005, 2011, and 2016. Boston has been represented on the AL Silver Slugger Team in 15 of the last 18 seasons since 2001; Red Sox players have won 44 Silver Sluggers in the award's 39 years of existence (1980-2018).

 

Players have received Silver Slugger Award votes at multiple positions in past years, but Martinez is the first player to win the award twice in the same season. Also a 2015 winner as an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers, Martinez led the majors with 130 RBI and 358 total bases in 2018, as he hit .330 (188-for-569) with 37 doubles, 43 home runs, 111 runs scored, and a 1.031 OPS. Named the 2018 Hank Aaron Award winner for the AL as the league's top offensive performer, Martinez was the only player in the junior circuit to hit at least .300 with 100 RBI and 100 runs scored. He also started the All-Star Game at Nationals Park, batting cleanup as the AL's designated hitter.

 

Martinez started 93 games at designated hitter and 57 in the outfield. As an outfielder, he hit .384 (84-for-219) with 16 home runs, 51 RBI, and a 1.130 OPS. As a designated hitter, Martinez batted .297 (104-for-350) with 27 home runs, 79 RBI, and a .970 OPS. His 43 home runs are the most ever for a player in his first season with the Red Sox, as he joined Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx as the only Red Sox ever to hit at least .330 with 40 homers and 130 RBI. In 14 postseason games, Martinez hit .300 (15-for-50) with three home runs, 14 RBI, and a .403 on-base percentage, homering in the clinching games of both the ALCS and the World Series.

 

This is the second Silver Slugger Award for Betts, who also represented Boston in 2016 as an outfielder. He is the seventh Red Sox player to win the award in multiple years, joining David Ortiz (7), Wade Boggs (6), Manny Ramirez (6), Xander Bogaerts (2), Dwight Evans (2), and Jim Rice (2). Betts and Evans are the only players ever to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards and multiple Gold Glove Awards in a Red Sox career.

In 2018, Betts led the majors in batting average (.346; 180-for-520) and slugging percentage (.640), becoming the first Red Sox player to accomplish that feat since Ted Williams in 1957. Betts added 42 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs, 129 runs scored, 80 RBI, and 30 steals, as he ranked second in MLB in on-base percentage (.438), OPS (1.078), and extra-base hits (84). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only player ever to win a batting title in either league during a season in which he also recorded at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Betts was the only AL player in 2018 to hit for the cycle-a feat he accomplished on August 9 at Toronto-and was the only major leaguer hit three home runs in a game multiple times. He scored 13 runs in 14 postseason games, homering in Game 5 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.

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'Baseball Winter Weekend" at Foxwoods Resort Casino to take place January 18-20

Event includes player autographs and photos, panel discussions, activities for kids, screening of "42" and panel discussion with Sharon Robinson

BOSTON, MA - The 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will once again host a weekend getaway of hot stove fun for fans and families January 18-20. The fifth annual "Baseball Winter Weekend" at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, includes a Town Hall Meeting with Red Sox leaders, autographs and photos with Red Sox players, and round-table discussions on a variety of baseball topics. The weekend also includes a full baseball festival for fans of all ages and clinics for kids.

This year's event will also highlight the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson with a screening of the biographical movie "42" on Saturday night, following the day's last panel discussion featuring Robinson's daughter and Vice Chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Sharon Robinson.

BOSTON, MA - The 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will once again host a weekend getaway of hot stove fun for fans and families January 18-20. The fifth annual "Baseball Winter Weekend" at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, includes a Town Hall Meeting with Red Sox leaders, autographs and photos with Red Sox players, and round-table discussions on a variety of baseball topics. The weekend also includes a full baseball festival for fans of all ages and clinics for kids.

This year's event will also highlight the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson with a screening of the biographical movie "42" on Saturday night, following the day's last panel discussion featuring Robinson's daughter and Vice Chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Sharon Robinson.

Weekend passes for Winter Weekend, which include the option for hotel accommodations, are on sale now on redsox.com/winterweekend. Passes provide access for the entire event and are $75 for adults and $25 for children 14 and under. Children two and under are free. Red Sox Season Ticket Holder prices (for adults) are $65 and their children's price is $20.

Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Boston Red Sox and its cardholders will have special opportunities at Winter Weekend. The first 30 guests to purchase Winter Weekend tickets with a Mastercard will be invited to a private meet-and-greet with Red Sox players and uniformed personnel. Additionally, guests who present their Mastercard upon arrival at the panel discussions on Saturday will have access to a 'fast pass' line for entry.

The entire Red Sox roster, including coaches, is invited to attend. Red Sox alumni, Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie will also be in attendance.

The weekend will begin Friday night with the introduction of the participating players, followed by a fan-interactive Town Hall Meeting with Red Sox leadership on hand to answer questions from fans. The Town Hall event will be televised by NESN at a later date.

Throughout the day on Saturday, fans will have an opportunity to get autographs and take photos with players, see the four World Series Trophies, and Red Sox artifacts such as Silver Bats, Gold Gloves, MVPs, and Cy Young Awards. A series of baseball clinics for kids conducted by Red Sox coaches and alumni will also take place throughout the day on Saturday.

Family-friendly activities include wiffle ball on the indoor field, a virtual reality experience, batting and pitching cages, and the chance to meet Wally and Tessie. Panel discussions with members of the 2018 World Series Championship team as well as discussions with former players will also take place throughout the day on Saturday. Popular panels like the kids-only press conference and a game show presentation will return.

NESN and WEEI will broadcast live from Baseball Winter Weekend on Saturday with interviews with Red Sox players and leadership. Winter Weekend attendees will have the opportunity to meet the NESN network broadcasters. NESN Clubhouse, presented by Delta Dental, will also be hosting open auditions for young fans who want the chance to be on NESN's award-winning and commercial-free pre-game show for kids, which airs every Sunday. Red Sox radio partner WEEI will give fans the opportunity to test their skills at broadcasting game-day play calls for some of the most famous plays in Red Sox history, and will also have a variety of games and prizes for families to play and win.

Winter Weekend concludes on Sunday with Breakfast with Wally and Tessie, a mascot-themed breakfast for children and families. Tickets for the breakfast are available for an additional cost and can be purchased at redsox.com/winterweekend.

Fans are encouraged to check redsox.com/winterweekend periodically for updates on participants and activities.

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Red Sox announce personnel moves in baseball operations

The Boston Red Sox announced several personnel moves in the baseball operations department on Wednesday: 

•   In Baseball Operations, Brian O'Halloran and Eddie Romero were each promoted to Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager; Zack Scott was promoted to Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager; and Raquel Ferreira was promoted to Senior Vice President/Major and Minor League Operations.
 
•   Also in Baseball Operations, Brian Abraham was promoted to Director, Minor League Operations; Joe McDonald was promoted to Director, Baseball Analytics; Mike Regan was promoted to Director, Baseball Administration and Special Projects; Marcus Cuellar was promoted to Coordinator, Player Personnel; Alex Gimenez was promoted to Coordinator, Major League Operations; and Patrick McLaughlin was promoted to Coordinator, Florida Baseball Operations/Minor League Video.
 
•   In Amateur Scouting, Justin Horowitz was promoted to Crosschecker, Special Projects; Matt Davis was hired as Area Scout, Ohio Valley; and JJ Altobelli was hired as Area Scout, Southern California.
 
•   In International Scouting, Todd Claus and Rolando Pino were each promoted to Co-Director, International Scouting; Chris Becerra was hired as Special Assistant, International Scouting; and Mike Silvestri was hired as International Crosschecker.

The Boston Red Sox announced several personnel moves in the baseball operations department on Wednesday: 

•   In Baseball Operations, Brian O'Halloran and Eddie Romero were each promoted to Executive Vice President/Assistant General Manager; Zack Scott was promoted to Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager; and Raquel Ferreira was promoted to Senior Vice President/Major and Minor League Operations.
 
•   Also in Baseball Operations, Brian Abraham was promoted to Director, Minor League Operations; Joe McDonald was promoted to Director, Baseball Analytics; Mike Regan was promoted to Director, Baseball Administration and Special Projects; Marcus Cuellar was promoted to Coordinator, Player Personnel; Alex Gimenez was promoted to Coordinator, Major League Operations; and Patrick McLaughlin was promoted to Coordinator, Florida Baseball Operations/Minor League Video.
 
•   In Amateur Scouting, Justin Horowitz was promoted to Crosschecker, Special Projects; Matt Davis was hired as Area Scout, Ohio Valley; and JJ Altobelli was hired as Area Scout, Southern California.
 
•   In International Scouting, Todd Claus and Rolando Pino were each promoted to Co-Director, International Scouting; Chris Becerra was hired as Special Assistant, International Scouting; and Mike Silvestri was hired as International Crosschecker.

•   In Sports Medicine Service, Brandon Henry was promoted to Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer.
 
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.
 
O'Halloran has been elevated from Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager, the title he held beginning January 2015. The Weymouth, MA, native is in his 17th year with the Red Sox organization. In his role, O'Halloran assists Dombrowski in major league operations, including player acquisitions, contract negotiations, roster management, MLB rule compliance, and the day-to-day management of the baseball operations department. O'Halloran began his time with the Red Sox organization as a Baseball Operations Assistant in 2002 and has served the club as Director of Baseball Operations (2006-10), Vice President/Baseball Operations (2011), and Vice President/Assistant General Manager (2012-14).
 
Romero assumes his new role with the club after serving as Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager since October 2016. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Romero is in his 13th year with the Red Sox organization. As Vice President, International Scouting, a role he served through the 2016 season, he oversaw the club's amateur scouting coverage in Latin America in addition to the Pacific Rim and Europe, while also assisting with the team's domestic amateur scouting operation. Since joining the organization, Romero has played a significant role in the signings of Red Sox international prospects such as Rafael Devers (Dominican Republic) and Tzu-Wei Lin (Taiwan). 
 
Scott was promoted after two years as the Red Sox' Vice President/Baseball Research & Development. In that role, he oversaw the club's analytics and baseball systems development to provide decision support to baseball leadership in all areas of the operation, and also built software tools to deliver analytical insights and improve workflows. The Natick, MA native is in his 15th year within the Red Sox organization, having also served as Director, Major League Operations and Assistant Director, Baseball Operations during his tenure.
 
Ferreira has been in the Red Sox organization for 20 years, most recently serving as Vice President/Major and Minor League Operations beginning in December 2016, when she became just the third female Vice President in a baseball operations department in Major League Baseball. Over her career, Ferreira's work has been focused on overseeing the baseball operations budgets and club's major and minor league operations. She also heads the club's player immigration program and was instrumental in establishing the Boston Red Sox Rookie Development program, which began in 2004. The Cumberland, RI, native has also served the club as Vice President, Baseball Administration (2015-16); Senior Director, Minor League Operations (2011-14); Director, Minor League Operations (2008-11); and Director, Minor League Administration (2002-07).
 
Abraham has been promoted to Director, Minor League Operations after serving as Assistant Director, Player Development from 2015-18. A native of Worcester, MA, Abraham also spent 2013-14 with the Red Sox as a Major League Staff Assistant. Prior to joining the organization, the Holy Cross graduate spent six years with the Toronto Blue Jays (2007-12), primarily working in advance scouting and video operations.
 
McDonald will be entering his seventh season with the Red Sox organization after spending 2015-18 as Baseball Operations Analyst. A native of Malden, MA, McDonald was hired by the Red Sox as a baseball analytics intern in 2013. Prior to joining the organization, the 2011 Boston College graduate was an intern in both the New York Yankees (2011) and Detroit Tigers (2012) baseball operations departments.
 
Regan was promoted to Director, Baseball Administration and Special Projects after serving as Assistant Director, Baseball Administration beginning November 2016. A native of West Roxbury, MA, Regan began his career with the Red Sox in 2010 as an intern in the Baseball Operations department. He has also served as Coordinator, Baseball Operations from 2014-16 and Assistant, Baseball Operations from 2012-13. A graduate of Trinity College, Regan was the captain of the school's Division III National Championship baseball team in 2008.
 
Cuellar is entering his fifth year with the Red Sox, having served as an intern in Baseball Operations and International Scouting in 2015, as an intern in Dominican Scouting Operations in 2016, and as Assistant, Player Personnel in 2017-18. A native of Modesto, CA, Cuellar earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 and completed his master's degree there in 2014.
 
Gimenez was elevated from Assistant, Baseball Operations, a position he held since December 2016. Gimenez joined the Red Sox organization in the role of Assistant, Professional Scouting in October 2015 after serving as an intern in Major League Baseball's Labor Relations department for a portion of that season. A native of Miami, FL, Gimenez began his career in baseball with Cleveland as a Business Analytics intern in 2014. He is a 2015 graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a degree in industrial and labor relations.
 
McLaughlin is entering his fifth year in the Red Sox organization, having served as Minor League Video/Florida Baseball Operations Assistant from 2017-18, as an Advance Scouting intern in Boston in 2016, and as a Player Development intern in Fort Myers, FL in 2015. Prior to joining the Red Sox, the Oregon State University graduate and Carmichael, CA native was a the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations at Oregon State.
 
Horowitz has been promoted from his position as an area scout assigned to Southern California, a role he had held since 2015. A graduate of Georgetown University in 2013, Horowitz began his Red Sox career as an intern in the baseball operations department in 2012. The La Jolla, CA native is entering his seventh year in the organization.
 
Davis will serve as Area Scout, Ohio Valley for the Red Sox after spending the past five seasons as Pitching Coach at Miami University in Ohio. Davis oversaw the Redhawks' 2018 pitching staff, which had two pitchers selected in the 2018 June Draft for the first time since 2007. A native of Cincinnati, OH, Davis played collegiately at Ohio State University prior to being selected in the seventh round of the 2003 June Draft by Cleveland and playing seven professional seasons (2003-09), including two in the independent Northern League.
 
Altobelli was hired as an Area Scout, Southern California after serving as a part-time scout in the region during the 2018 season. Prior to his time scouting for the Red Sox, Altobelli spent the 2016-17 seasons as an assistant coach at California State University, Fullerton. A former University of Oregon infielder, Altobelli was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and played 48 games that year for Rookie-level Johnson City.
 
Claus has been with the Red Sox for 14 years, most recently in the role of Global Scouting Supervisor since December 2016. Prior to his time in that role, he served as Latin American Coordinator and International Crosschecker from 2010-16, as manager of the Class-A Sarasota Red Sox in 2004, and as manager of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs from 2005-06. In 2007, he became a major league advance scout. A graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in management, Claus spent 12 seasons in the Angels organization prior to his time with Boston, including three seasons as an infielder in the club's minor league system.
 
Pino assumes his new role after two years as Coordinator, Latin American Scouting, and five years prior to that as an International Crosschecker. Prior to joining the club, Pino spent 11 seasons as a scout with coverage in both Florida and Puerto Rico for the Cubs (2003-09) and Pirates (2010-11). A second-round draft selection by the Chicago White Sox in 1982, the Cuban-born Pino played parts of nine minor league season with the White Sox (1982-87), Blue Jays (1988), Twins (1989), Braves (1990), and Brewers (1990). He then spent 12 years as a coach and manager in the Blue Jays organization before beginning his scouting career. 
 
Becerra joins the Red Sox organization after most recently serving as the New York Mets' Senior Director, International Scouting. He began his Mets career in 2011 as an Area Supervisor in Southern California following his work as an Area Supervisor for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2008-10, covering Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana in 2008-09 and Orange County in 2010. A 2005 graduate of Sonoma State University, Becerra was an assistant coach at Santa Rosa Junior College from 2001-04. He also played at Santa Rosa, earning Junior College All-American honors in 1997 prior to being a member of the 1999 College World Series-qualifying Oklahoma State University baseball team.
 
Silvestri joins the Red Sox after serving as a pro scout for the Kansas City Royals during the 2018 season. Prior to his time with the Royals, Silvestri served as the Atlanta Braves' Director of Latin American Scouting from 2014-18, as a special assignment domestic/international crosschecker for the New York Mets from 2011-14, and as the Los Angeles Angels' Florida Area Supervisor from 2002-06 and East Coast Crosschecker from 2007-10. Prior to his positions with major league clubs, Silvestri was the head baseball coach at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, FL from 1995-99 and the head baseball coach at Broward Community College from 1999-01.
 
Henry moves to his new role after three seasons as Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator. Prior to his time in that position, Henry spent nine seasons as an athletic trainer for Short-A Lowell (2007-08), Single-A Greenville (2009), High-A Salem (2010-11), and Double-A Portland (2012-15), earning 2008 New York-Penn League Athletic Trainer of the Year honors. The 12-year organizational veteran earned his bachelor's degree at Xavier University in Ohio and his master's degree from West Virginia University.

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Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Ian Kinsler receive 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Three Red Sox players have earned 2018 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards: right fielder Mookie Betts, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and second baseman Ian Kinsler. The honorees were announced tonight on ESPN.
 
The Gold Glove Award honors the best defenders at each position in each league. Major League managers and coaches, voting only within their league and unable to vote for players on their own teams, account for 75 percent of the selection process; the sabermetrics community accounts for the other 25 percent.
 
The three honorees match a Red Sox single-season record, equaled in 1968 (George Scott, Reggie Smith, and Carl Yastrzemski); 1979 (Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans, and Fred Lynn); and 2011 (Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrián González, and Dustin Pedroia). The only other pairs of Red Sox outfielders to earn the recognition in the same season are Smith and Yastrzemski in 1968 and Evans and Lynn in 1978 and 1979.
 
This marks the third consecutive Gold Glove Award in right field for Betts. He is the seventh Red Sox player since the award's 1957 inception to be recognized as many as three times, joining outfielders Yastrzemski, Lynn, and Evans, second baseman Pedroia, first baseman George Scott, and third baseman Frank Malzone. Betts-who turned 26 years old on October 7-is the only player in team history to win as many as three Gold Glove Awards at the age of 26 or younger. 
 
In 120 games (115 starts) in right field, 14 games (13 starts) in center field, and six innings at second base, Betts ranked second among American League outfielders and fifth among all major leaguers with 20 defensive runs saved, also leading major league outfielders with a 16.8 ultimate zone rating (source: FanGraphs). In the past three seasons (2016-18), he leads all position players in both categories with 83 DRS and a 57.8 UZR. His lone error of 2018 came on May 24 at Tampa Bay, as he committed none in his final 88 regular season games and all 14 postseason games.
 
This marks the first career Gold Glove Award for Bradley, who was also named a finalist in 2014 and 2016. He is the sixth Red Sox outfielder to win the award while playing the majority of his games in center field, joining Jimmy Piersall, Reggie Smith, Fred Lynn, Ellis Burks, and Jacoby Ellsbury. In 2018, Bradley finished fifth among American League outfielders with an 8.8 ultimate zone rating in 150 games in the outfield, including 129 starts in center field and eight in right field. He tied for the AL lead with nine assists from center field, bringing his AL-best total to 28 assists from the position since 2016. Per StatCast, his 11 outs above average matched Mookie Betts for fourth-most among AL outfielders. 
 
The 36-year-old Kinsler, who was acquired by the Red Sox from the Los Angeles Angels on July 30, played 128 games between the two clubs to garner his second career Gold Glove recognition after earning his first with the Tigers in 2016. He played all of his 128 games at second base, leading the American League at the position in defensive runs saved (10, tied), ultimate zone rating (9.7), and FanGraphs' overall defensive metric (11.6). Kinsler is the third Red Sox second baseman to win a Gold Glove Award, joining Doug Griffin (1972) and Pedroia (2008, '11, '13-14). He became the first Red Sox player ever to win a Gold Glove Award after joining the Red Sox midseason, and the second-oldest Red Sox player ever to earn the honor after Carl Yastrzemski, who won his seventh Gold Glove at the age of 38 in 1977 (source: Elias).
 
Since the award was founded, 23 different Red Sox have combined to earn 48 Gold Glove Awards, including 14 over the last 14 seasons. The Red Sox have received at least one Gold Glove Award in each of the last three seasons, their longest streak since earning recognition in a franchise-record 11 straight campaigns from 1975-85.
 
Fan voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR begins tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET at www.rawlings.com and continues through Thursday, November 8, at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fans can select only one 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner from each league to take home this "best of the best" honor.
 

Three Red Sox players have earned 2018 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards: right fielder Mookie Betts, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and second baseman Ian Kinsler. The honorees were announced tonight on ESPN.
 
The Gold Glove Award honors the best defenders at each position in each league. Major League managers and coaches, voting only within their league and unable to vote for players on their own teams, account for 75 percent of the selection process; the sabermetrics community accounts for the other 25 percent.
 
The three honorees match a Red Sox single-season record, equaled in 1968 (George Scott, Reggie Smith, and Carl Yastrzemski); 1979 (Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans, and Fred Lynn); and 2011 (Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrián González, and Dustin Pedroia). The only other pairs of Red Sox outfielders to earn the recognition in the same season are Smith and Yastrzemski in 1968 and Evans and Lynn in 1978 and 1979.
 
This marks the third consecutive Gold Glove Award in right field for Betts. He is the seventh Red Sox player since the award's 1957 inception to be recognized as many as three times, joining outfielders Yastrzemski, Lynn, and Evans, second baseman Pedroia, first baseman George Scott, and third baseman Frank Malzone. Betts-who turned 26 years old on October 7-is the only player in team history to win as many as three Gold Glove Awards at the age of 26 or younger. 
 
In 120 games (115 starts) in right field, 14 games (13 starts) in center field, and six innings at second base, Betts ranked second among American League outfielders and fifth among all major leaguers with 20 defensive runs saved, also leading major league outfielders with a 16.8 ultimate zone rating (source: FanGraphs). In the past three seasons (2016-18), he leads all position players in both categories with 83 DRS and a 57.8 UZR. His lone error of 2018 came on May 24 at Tampa Bay, as he committed none in his final 88 regular season games and all 14 postseason games.
 
This marks the first career Gold Glove Award for Bradley, who was also named a finalist in 2014 and 2016. He is the sixth Red Sox outfielder to win the award while playing the majority of his games in center field, joining Jimmy Piersall, Reggie Smith, Fred Lynn, Ellis Burks, and Jacoby Ellsbury. In 2018, Bradley finished fifth among American League outfielders with an 8.8 ultimate zone rating in 150 games in the outfield, including 129 starts in center field and eight in right field. He tied for the AL lead with nine assists from center field, bringing his AL-best total to 28 assists from the position since 2016. Per StatCast, his 11 outs above average matched Mookie Betts for fourth-most among AL outfielders. 
 
The 36-year-old Kinsler, who was acquired by the Red Sox from the Los Angeles Angels on July 30, played 128 games between the two clubs to garner his second career Gold Glove recognition after earning his first with the Tigers in 2016. He played all of his 128 games at second base, leading the American League at the position in defensive runs saved (10, tied), ultimate zone rating (9.7), and FanGraphs' overall defensive metric (11.6). Kinsler is the third Red Sox second baseman to win a Gold Glove Award, joining Doug Griffin (1972) and Pedroia (2008, '11, '13-14). He became the first Red Sox player ever to win a Gold Glove Award after joining the Red Sox midseason, and the second-oldest Red Sox player ever to earn the honor after Carl Yastrzemski, who won his seventh Gold Glove at the age of 38 in 1977 (source: Elias).
 
Since the award was founded, 23 different Red Sox have combined to earn 48 Gold Glove Awards, including 14 over the last 14 seasons. The Red Sox have received at least one Gold Glove Award in each of the last three seasons, their longest streak since earning recognition in a franchise-record 11 straight campaigns from 1975-85.
 
Fan voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR begins tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET at www.rawlings.com and continues through Thursday, November 8, at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fans can select only one 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner from each league to take home this "best of the best" honor.
 

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