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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

Boston Red Sox

Win a one-of-a-kind Louisville Slugger® signed by the 2018 World Series champion Red Sox

Proceeds from sweepstakes to benefit Alex Cora's Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico

In support of Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora and his continuing efforts to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Red Sox Foundation and Louisville Slugger® are offering a chance to win one limited-edition Red Sox World Series Louisville Slugger baseball bat autographed by members of the 2018 championship Boston Red Sox team. This very special bat is No. 1 of 2,018 limited-edition baseball bats produced by Louisville Slugger in celebration of the 2018 World Series Champions.

"This bat is truly one-of-a-kind," says Louisville Slugger Brand Manager Joey Nowak. "In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation, we were able to get the bat signed by members of the Red Sox's ninth World Series Championship team and create an autographed bat sweepstakes to benefit hurricane victims. It's an opportunity for fans to make a positive impact while also getting a chance to win an incredible piece of memorabilia that will make them the envy of Red Sox fans everywhere."

The special Louisville Slugger 2018 Red Sox World Series Championship bat is autographed by:

  • Players: Matt Barnes, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Brock Holt, Brian Johnson, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Ian Kinsler, Sandy Leon, J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz, Bobby Poyner, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Blake Swihart, Tyler Thornburg, Christian Vazquez, Hector Velazquez, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright
  • Coaches: Alex Cora, Andy Barkett, Craig Bjornson, Tom Goodwin, Tim Hyers, Ron Roenicke, Ramon Vazquez

Eligibility, How & When to Enter
The Red Sox Foundation Louisville Slugger Autographed Bat Sweepstakes officially begins at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, January 7, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 20, 2019. It is open to legal U.S. residents currently residing in the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, or older, as of the date of entry. No purchase is necessary to win.

There are two ways to enter: 1.) by donating online via RedSox.com/win. Fans will receive entries into the sweepstakes as a gift for their respective donation (1 entry for $10, 2 entries for $20, 5 entries for $50, 10 entries for $100); 2.) by U.S. Mail, without a donation. Send entries postmarked by January 21, 2019 to: Red Sox Foundation, Inc., 4 Jersey Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Puerto Rico's Corporacion Milagros del Amor to Benefit from Donations
The Red Sox Foundation will use the proceeds from this sweepstakes to award a grant to Corporacion Milagros del Amor, a charitable organization recommended by Red Sox Manager Alex Cora whose hometown is Caguas, Puerto Rico. CorMa serves the homeless individuals and families in Puerto Rico who, as a result of Hurricane Maria, are in a situation of great need. Every day CorMa impacts more than 200 people with water, ready-to-eat food and basic necessities. For more information, visit cormapr.org/.

Selection of Winner
The winner of the Red Sox Foundation Louisville Slugger Autographed Bat will be selected via a random drawing, from among all entries received, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. The drawing will take place one week following the end of the sweepstakes to allow for mail-in entries to be received. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received. Following the drawing, the winner will be notified by the Red Sox Foundation via email and telephone on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Abbreviated Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Enter by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 20, 2019. Open to legal residents of U.S. residing in the fifty (50) United States including the District of Columbia who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction (and at least 18 years of age) at the time of entry. One (1) prize will be awarded. Potential winner notification: January 27, 2019, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Enter online or by mail. Limit ten (10) entries per person, regardless of method of entry or donation amount in excess of one hundred dollars ($100). Void where prohibited. See Official Rules, which govern, for complete details. Sponsor: The Red Sox Foundation, Inc.

More details regarding the Red Sox Foundation Louisville Slugger Autographed Bat Sweepstakes, as well as the Official Rules, are available online at RedSox.com/win.

LIMITED EDITION BATS AVAILABLE AT SLUGGER.COM
While the bat numbered "1" is the only bat signed by members of the World Champion Red Sox, fans can purchase the limited edition Louisville Slugger bats numbered up to 2,018 at www.slugger.com. The red and navy blue team color bats have the 2018 World Series Champions logo, World Series trophy, and scores of each World Series game lasered on the barrel.

In support of Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora and his continuing efforts to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Red Sox Foundation and Louisville Slugger® are offering a chance to win one limited-edition Red Sox World Series Louisville Slugger baseball bat autographed by members of the 2018 championship Boston Red Sox team. This very special bat is No. 1 of 2,018 limited-edition baseball bats produced by Louisville Slugger in celebration of the 2018 World Series Champions.

"This bat is truly one-of-a-kind," says Louisville Slugger Brand Manager Joey Nowak. "In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation, we were able to get the bat signed by members of the Red Sox's ninth World Series Championship team and create an autographed bat sweepstakes to benefit hurricane victims. It's an opportunity for fans to make a positive impact while also getting a chance to win an incredible piece of memorabilia that will make them the envy of Red Sox fans everywhere."

The special Louisville Slugger 2018 Red Sox World Series Championship bat is autographed by:

  • Players: Matt Barnes, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Brock Holt, Brian Johnson, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Ian Kinsler, Sandy Leon, J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz, Bobby Poyner, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Blake Swihart, Tyler Thornburg, Christian Vazquez, Hector Velazquez, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright
  • Coaches: Alex Cora, Andy Barkett, Craig Bjornson, Tom Goodwin, Tim Hyers, Ron Roenicke, Ramon Vazquez

Eligibility, How & When to Enter
The Red Sox Foundation Louisville Slugger Autographed Bat Sweepstakes officially begins at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, January 7, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 20, 2019. It is open to legal U.S. residents currently residing in the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, or older, as of the date of entry. No purchase is necessary to win.

There are two ways to enter: 1.) by donating online via RedSox.com/win. Fans will receive entries into the sweepstakes as a gift for their respective donation (1 entry for $10, 2 entries for $20, 5 entries for $50, 10 entries for $100); 2.) by U.S. Mail, without a donation. Send entries postmarked by January 21, 2019 to: Red Sox Foundation, Inc., 4 Jersey Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Puerto Rico's Corporacion Milagros del Amor to Benefit from Donations
The Red Sox Foundation will use the proceeds from this sweepstakes to award a grant to Corporacion Milagros del Amor, a charitable organization recommended by Red Sox Manager Alex Cora whose hometown is Caguas, Puerto Rico. CorMa serves the homeless individuals and families in Puerto Rico who, as a result of Hurricane Maria, are in a situation of great need. Every day CorMa impacts more than 200 people with water, ready-to-eat food and basic necessities. For more information, visit cormapr.org/.

Selection of Winner
The winner of the Red Sox Foundation Louisville Slugger Autographed Bat will be selected via a random drawing, from among all entries received, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. The drawing will take place one week following the end of the sweepstakes to allow for mail-in entries to be received. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received. Following the drawing, the winner will be notified by the Red Sox Foundation via email and telephone on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Abbreviated Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Enter by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 20, 2019. Open to legal residents of U.S. residing in the fifty (50) United States including the District of Columbia who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdiction (and at least 18 years of age) at the time of entry. One (1) prize will be awarded. Potential winner notification: January 27, 2019, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Enter online or by mail. Limit ten (10) entries per person, regardless of method of entry or donation amount in excess of one hundred dollars ($100). Void where prohibited. See Official Rules, which govern, for complete details. Sponsor: The Red Sox Foundation, Inc.

More details regarding the Red Sox Foundation Louisville Slugger Autographed Bat Sweepstakes, as well as the Official Rules, are available online at RedSox.com/win.

LIMITED EDITION BATS AVAILABLE AT SLUGGER.COM
While the bat numbered "1" is the only bat signed by members of the World Champion Red Sox, fans can purchase the limited edition Louisville Slugger bats numbered up to 2,018 at www.slugger.com. The red and navy blue team color bats have the 2018 World Series Champions logo, World Series trophy, and scores of each World Series game lasered on the barrel.

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: catchers Juan Centeno and Óscar Hernández; outfielder Gorkys Hernández; infielder Tony Renda; and right-handed pitchers Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Carson Smith, Josh Smith, Domingo Tapia, and Ryan Weber.
 
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.
 
Juan Centeno, C - Centeno, 29, has appeared in 111 major league games (87 starts) with the Mets (2013-14), Brewers (2015), Twins (2016), Astros (2017), and Rangers (2018), batting .227 (74-for-326) with six home runs. The left-handed hitter is 8-for-17 (.471) in six career games at Fenway Park and has batted .266 (17-for-64) against left-handed major league pitchers. He spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock, where he threw out 18 of 41 attempted base stealers (43.9%) and hit .234 (48-for-205) in 59 games. During the Astros' 2017 championship season, Centeno appeared in 22 games and was on the club's ALDS, ALCS, and World Series rosters, though he did not appear in a postseason game. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he was selected by the Mets in the 32nd round of the 2007 June Draft.
 
Gorkys Hernández, OF - Hernández, 31, has spent the past three seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization, appearing exclusively with the major league club in both 2017 (128 games) and 2018 (142 games). Last season, the right-handed hitter batted .234 (97-for-414) with 15 home runs, including .277 (72-for-260) with a .778 OPS before the All-Star break. Originally signed by Detroit in 2005 at the age of 17, the Venezuelan native has appeared in 374 major league games with the Pirates (2012, '15), Marlins (2012), and Giants (2016-18), making 155 starts in center field, 58 in left field, and 14 in right field. His lone postseason experience came in the 2016 Division Series against the Cubs, when he started Game 1 in center field and appeared in two other games as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement. 
 
Óscar Hernández, C - Hernández, 25, attended 2018 Major League Spring Training camp with the Red Sox as a non-roster invitee and spent the entire season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .205 (31-for-151) and throwing out 17 of 39 attempted base stealers (43.6%) in 47 games. The Venezuelan native spent his first eight professional seasons in the Rays (2010-14) and Diamondbacks (2015-17) organizations, posting a 3.05 catcher's ERA in his 17 major league games (10 starts), all with Arizona from 2015-16. At the minor league level, Hernández has thrown out 41.0 percent of attempted base stealers (162 of 395). Selected by Arizona as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, Hernández was named MVP of the Venezuelan Summer League in 2011 after winning the Triple Crown with a .402 batting average, 21 home runs, and 66 RBI.
 
Zach Putnam, RHP -
Putnam, 31, missed the entire 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in June 2017. Selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2008 June Draft, the right-hander has appeared in 145 major league games-all in relief-with the Indians (2011), Rockies (2012), Cubs (2013), and White Sox (2014-17). In 130 games with the White Sox, he posted a 2.71 ERA (42 ER/139.1 IP) with 149 strikeouts, with lefties batting .228 (53-for-232) and righties hitting .210 (55-for-262) against him in that time. Putnam has pitched primarily in the later innings in his major league career, having made 61 appearances in the eighth inning and 34 in the ninth. He has faced 171 batters with runners in scoring position since the start of 2014, allowing zero home runs and holding opponents to a .196 batting average (27-for-138) in that situation.  
 
Erasmo Ramírez, RHP - Ramírez, 28, missed a majority of the 2018 season due to a pair of stints on the disabled list. He made 10 starts with the Mariners and went 2-4 with a 6.50 ERA (33 ER/45.2 IP), including 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA (12 ER/29.1 IP) in a six-start span from August 12-September 9. Originally signed by Seattle in 2007, Ramírez has appeared in 192 major league games (92 starts) with the Mariners (2012-14, '17-18) and Rays (2015-17), going 32-39 with a 4.36 ERA (309 ER/637.2 IP). In 81 relief appearances since the start of 2016, the right-hander has posted a 3.81 ERA (49 ER/115.2 IP), including a 3.23 mark (11 ER/30.2 IP) in 2017. One of only 15 players in major league history born in Nicaragua, Ramírez is 13-8 with a 3.20 ERA (80 ER/225.0 IP) against AL East clubs, having posted a 2.05 ERA (6 ER/26.1 IP) in 11 games at Fenway Park.
 
Tony Renda, INF - Renda, 27, made his Red Sox organization debut this past season after signing with the club as a minor league free agent on April 29, 2018. He appeared in one game with Boston, 42 with Triple-A Pawtucket, and 26 with Double-A Portland, batting .318 (85-for-267) with an .826 OPS at the minor league level. His lone appearance with the major league club came on August 5 against the New York Yankees, as he entered in the 10th inning as a pinch runner and scored the winning run on an Andrew Benintendi walk-off single. His only other major league experience came with Cincinnati in 2016, when he hit .183 (11-for-60) in 32 games for the Reds. Selected by Washington in the second round of the 2012 June Draft, Renda has hit .289 (738-for-2,551) with 15 home runs in 665 career minor league games.
 
Carson Smith, RHP - Smith, 29, missed a majority of the 2018 season due to an injury suffered on May 14, as he was placed on the disabled list the following day with a right shoulder subluxation. On June 13, he underwent successful shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, with Dr. David Altchek performing the procedure. Smith made Boston's 2018 Opening Day roster and appeared in 18 games with the club, 14 of which were scoreless. He posted a 3.77 ERA (6 ER/14.1 IP) and averaged 11.30 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and did not issue a walk in his final 11 outings of the season. Originally selected by Seattle in the eighth round of the 2011 June Draft, Smith was acquired by Boston on December 7, 2015. In 29 games with the Red Sox, he has posted a 2.66 ERA (7 ER/23.2 IP) with 27 strikeouts and nine walks.
 
Josh Smith, RHP - Smith, 31, split the 2018 season between the Mariners and Red Sox organizations, signing with Boston as a minor league free agent on May 15 after being released by Seattle. Each of his 22 appearances (11 starts) came at the Triple-A level with Tacoma and Pawtucket, as he went 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA (41 ER/84.1 IP), 90 strikeouts, and 19 walks. Smith allowed 13 earned runs in 7.1 innings over his first three outings with the PawSox, but in his final 15 games he posted a 2.84 ERA (21 ER/66.2 IP). With Pawtucket, he surrendered only one home run to the 143 right-handed hitters he faced. Selected by Cincinnati in the 21st round of the 2010 June Draft, Smith has appeared in 67 major league games (nine starts) for the Reds (2015-16) and Oakland A's (2017), going 5-8 with a 5.30 ERA (75 ER/127.1 IP) and 103 strikeouts. 
 
Domingo Tapia, RHP - Tapia, 27, made 48 appearances (four starts) in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system in 2018, including 47 for Triple-A Louisville. He went 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA (26 ER/65.0 IP), 45 strikeouts, 29 walks, and four home runs allowed. In 16 outings from July 19 through the end of the season, the right-hander allowed only two earned runs in 16.1 innings (1.10 ERA) while holding opponents to a .186 batting average (11-for-59). Against Tapia in 2018, right-handed Triple-A hitters batted .209 (29-for-139) and slugged .288. Following the season, he pitched for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League and made 15 appearances, 14 of which were scoreless. Between the Mets and Reds organizations, the Dominican native has made 198 appearances (101 starts) at the minor league level and posted a 4.03 ERA (277 ER/619.0 IP).
 
Ryan Weber, RHP - Weber, 28, has appeared in 24 major league games (eight starts) with the Braves (2015-16), Mariners (2017), and Rays (2018), posting a 5.01 ERA (41 ER/73.2 IP) with only 1.59 walks per 9.0 innings. He spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Durham, going 9-6 with a 2.73 ERA (35 ER/115.1 IP) in 25 appearances (18 starts). In his seven relief outings, Weber allowed only three earned runs in 22.2 innings (1.19 ERA) while holding opponents to a .167 batting average (14-for-84). He threw at least 4.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in 14 of his 18 starts, tossing more than 5.0 innings in nine of those games. Selected by Atlanta in the 22nd round of the 2009 June Draft, the Florida native has made 100 starts and 134 relief appearances in the minor leagues, going 44-42 with 12 saves and a 3.51 ERA (306 ER/785.1 IP).
 
BOSTON RED SOX NON-ROSTER INVITEES (10)
 
PITCHERS (6): Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Carson Smith, Josh Smith, Domingo Tapia, Ryan Weber
 
CATCHERS (2): Juan Centeno, Óscar Hernández
 
INFIELDERS (1): Tony Renda
 
OUTFIELDERS (1): Gorkys Hernández
 
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

The Boston Red Sox have added 10 non-roster invitees to the team's 2019 Spring Training roster: catchers Juan Centeno and Óscar Hernández; outfielder Gorkys Hernández; infielder Tony Renda; and right-handed pitchers Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Carson Smith, Josh Smith, Domingo Tapia, and Ryan Weber.
 
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.
 
Juan Centeno, C - Centeno, 29, has appeared in 111 major league games (87 starts) with the Mets (2013-14), Brewers (2015), Twins (2016), Astros (2017), and Rangers (2018), batting .227 (74-for-326) with six home runs. The left-handed hitter is 8-for-17 (.471) in six career games at Fenway Park and has batted .266 (17-for-64) against left-handed major league pitchers. He spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock, where he threw out 18 of 41 attempted base stealers (43.9%) and hit .234 (48-for-205) in 59 games. During the Astros' 2017 championship season, Centeno appeared in 22 games and was on the club's ALDS, ALCS, and World Series rosters, though he did not appear in a postseason game. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he was selected by the Mets in the 32nd round of the 2007 June Draft.
 
Gorkys Hernández, OF - Hernández, 31, has spent the past three seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization, appearing exclusively with the major league club in both 2017 (128 games) and 2018 (142 games). Last season, the right-handed hitter batted .234 (97-for-414) with 15 home runs, including .277 (72-for-260) with a .778 OPS before the All-Star break. Originally signed by Detroit in 2005 at the age of 17, the Venezuelan native has appeared in 374 major league games with the Pirates (2012, '15), Marlins (2012), and Giants (2016-18), making 155 starts in center field, 58 in left field, and 14 in right field. His lone postseason experience came in the 2016 Division Series against the Cubs, when he started Game 1 in center field and appeared in two other games as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement. 
 
Óscar Hernández, C - Hernández, 25, attended 2018 Major League Spring Training camp with the Red Sox as a non-roster invitee and spent the entire season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .205 (31-for-151) and throwing out 17 of 39 attempted base stealers (43.6%) in 47 games. The Venezuelan native spent his first eight professional seasons in the Rays (2010-14) and Diamondbacks (2015-17) organizations, posting a 3.05 catcher's ERA in his 17 major league games (10 starts), all with Arizona from 2015-16. At the minor league level, Hernández has thrown out 41.0 percent of attempted base stealers (162 of 395). Selected by Arizona as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, Hernández was named MVP of the Venezuelan Summer League in 2011 after winning the Triple Crown with a .402 batting average, 21 home runs, and 66 RBI.
 
Zach Putnam, RHP -
Putnam, 31, missed the entire 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in June 2017. Selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2008 June Draft, the right-hander has appeared in 145 major league games-all in relief-with the Indians (2011), Rockies (2012), Cubs (2013), and White Sox (2014-17). In 130 games with the White Sox, he posted a 2.71 ERA (42 ER/139.1 IP) with 149 strikeouts, with lefties batting .228 (53-for-232) and righties hitting .210 (55-for-262) against him in that time. Putnam has pitched primarily in the later innings in his major league career, having made 61 appearances in the eighth inning and 34 in the ninth. He has faced 171 batters with runners in scoring position since the start of 2014, allowing zero home runs and holding opponents to a .196 batting average (27-for-138) in that situation.  
 
Erasmo Ramírez, RHP - Ramírez, 28, missed a majority of the 2018 season due to a pair of stints on the disabled list. He made 10 starts with the Mariners and went 2-4 with a 6.50 ERA (33 ER/45.2 IP), including 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA (12 ER/29.1 IP) in a six-start span from August 12-September 9. Originally signed by Seattle in 2007, Ramírez has appeared in 192 major league games (92 starts) with the Mariners (2012-14, '17-18) and Rays (2015-17), going 32-39 with a 4.36 ERA (309 ER/637.2 IP). In 81 relief appearances since the start of 2016, the right-hander has posted a 3.81 ERA (49 ER/115.2 IP), including a 3.23 mark (11 ER/30.2 IP) in 2017. One of only 15 players in major league history born in Nicaragua, Ramírez is 13-8 with a 3.20 ERA (80 ER/225.0 IP) against AL East clubs, having posted a 2.05 ERA (6 ER/26.1 IP) in 11 games at Fenway Park.
 
Tony Renda, INF - Renda, 27, made his Red Sox organization debut this past season after signing with the club as a minor league free agent on April 29, 2018. He appeared in one game with Boston, 42 with Triple-A Pawtucket, and 26 with Double-A Portland, batting .318 (85-for-267) with an .826 OPS at the minor league level. His lone appearance with the major league club came on August 5 against the New York Yankees, as he entered in the 10th inning as a pinch runner and scored the winning run on an Andrew Benintendi walk-off single. His only other major league experience came with Cincinnati in 2016, when he hit .183 (11-for-60) in 32 games for the Reds. Selected by Washington in the second round of the 2012 June Draft, Renda has hit .289 (738-for-2,551) with 15 home runs in 665 career minor league games.
 
Carson Smith, RHP - Smith, 29, missed a majority of the 2018 season due to an injury suffered on May 14, as he was placed on the disabled list the following day with a right shoulder subluxation. On June 13, he underwent successful shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, with Dr. David Altchek performing the procedure. Smith made Boston's 2018 Opening Day roster and appeared in 18 games with the club, 14 of which were scoreless. He posted a 3.77 ERA (6 ER/14.1 IP) and averaged 11.30 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and did not issue a walk in his final 11 outings of the season. Originally selected by Seattle in the eighth round of the 2011 June Draft, Smith was acquired by Boston on December 7, 2015. In 29 games with the Red Sox, he has posted a 2.66 ERA (7 ER/23.2 IP) with 27 strikeouts and nine walks.
 
Josh Smith, RHP - Smith, 31, split the 2018 season between the Mariners and Red Sox organizations, signing with Boston as a minor league free agent on May 15 after being released by Seattle. Each of his 22 appearances (11 starts) came at the Triple-A level with Tacoma and Pawtucket, as he went 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA (41 ER/84.1 IP), 90 strikeouts, and 19 walks. Smith allowed 13 earned runs in 7.1 innings over his first three outings with the PawSox, but in his final 15 games he posted a 2.84 ERA (21 ER/66.2 IP). With Pawtucket, he surrendered only one home run to the 143 right-handed hitters he faced. Selected by Cincinnati in the 21st round of the 2010 June Draft, Smith has appeared in 67 major league games (nine starts) for the Reds (2015-16) and Oakland A's (2017), going 5-8 with a 5.30 ERA (75 ER/127.1 IP) and 103 strikeouts. 
 
Domingo Tapia, RHP - Tapia, 27, made 48 appearances (four starts) in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system in 2018, including 47 for Triple-A Louisville. He went 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA (26 ER/65.0 IP), 45 strikeouts, 29 walks, and four home runs allowed. In 16 outings from July 19 through the end of the season, the right-hander allowed only two earned runs in 16.1 innings (1.10 ERA) while holding opponents to a .186 batting average (11-for-59). Against Tapia in 2018, right-handed Triple-A hitters batted .209 (29-for-139) and slugged .288. Following the season, he pitched for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League and made 15 appearances, 14 of which were scoreless. Between the Mets and Reds organizations, the Dominican native has made 198 appearances (101 starts) at the minor league level and posted a 4.03 ERA (277 ER/619.0 IP).
 
Ryan Weber, RHP - Weber, 28, has appeared in 24 major league games (eight starts) with the Braves (2015-16), Mariners (2017), and Rays (2018), posting a 5.01 ERA (41 ER/73.2 IP) with only 1.59 walks per 9.0 innings. He spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Durham, going 9-6 with a 2.73 ERA (35 ER/115.1 IP) in 25 appearances (18 starts). In his seven relief outings, Weber allowed only three earned runs in 22.2 innings (1.19 ERA) while holding opponents to a .167 batting average (14-for-84). He threw at least 4.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in 14 of his 18 starts, tossing more than 5.0 innings in nine of those games. Selected by Atlanta in the 22nd round of the 2009 June Draft, the Florida native has made 100 starts and 134 relief appearances in the minor leagues, going 44-42 with 12 saves and a 3.51 ERA (306 ER/785.1 IP).
 
BOSTON RED SOX NON-ROSTER INVITEES (10)
 
PITCHERS (6): Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Carson Smith, Josh Smith, Domingo Tapia, Ryan Weber
 
CATCHERS (2): Juan Centeno, Óscar Hernández
 
INFIELDERS (1): Tony Renda
 
OUTFIELDERS (1): Gorkys Hernández
 
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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Red Sox agree to terms with right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree on one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Hembree, 29, has made more than 60 appearances and thrown at least 60.0 innings for the Red Sox in each of the last two seasons. In 2018, the right-hander averaged 11.40 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (76 SO/60.0 IP) and held opponents to a .233 batting average, both career bests for a full season. He held left-handed hitters to a career-low .186 average, surrendering only one home run to his 105 lefties faced in the regular season. Hembree pitched in each of the Red Sox' three postseason series and did not allow a hit or a run in any of his four outings (4.2 IP). Originally signed by San Francisco in the 2010 June Draft, the South Carolina native was traded to Boston in July 2014. In 204 career major league appearances-all in relief-he has posted a 3.46 ERA (83 ER/216.0 IP) with 226 strikeouts.

With today's agreement, there are 10 remaining unsigned Red Sox players eligible for salary arbitration: Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Sandy Leon, Eduardo Rodriguez, Blake Swihart, Brandon Workman, and Steven Wright.

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Oakland A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty wins 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award

Oakland A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award in voting conducted by an 18-person committee of media members, Major League Baseball executives, Red Sox officials, fan representatives, and Conigliaro's brothers, Richie and Billy. 

The Tony Conigliaro Award has been given every year since 1990 in memory of the former Red Sox outfielder, whose career was tragically shortened by a beanball in 1967 and whose life ended in 1990 at the age of 45. It is awarded to a "Major Leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C."

Oakland A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award in voting conducted by an 18-person committee of media members, Major League Baseball executives, Red Sox officials, fan representatives, and Conigliaro's brothers, Richie and Billy. 

The Tony Conigliaro Award has been given every year since 1990 in memory of the former Red Sox outfielder, whose career was tragically shortened by a beanball in 1967 and whose life ended in 1990 at the age of 45. It is awarded to a "Major Leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C."

The award will be presented at the 80th annual Boston Baseball Writers' dinner co-hosted by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Sports Museum. The dinner is scheduled to be held January 17, 2019, at the InterContinental Boston.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Tony Conigliaro Award," Piscotty said. "To be included among this courageous group of past winners, and Tony himself, is a distinction I'll always treasure. During my mother's courageous battle with ALS, she fought hard to give my family lasting memories that we will treasure forever. She also worked tirelessly to bring more awareness to ALS so that we can hopefully one day find a cure. She is with me in accepting this award."

In May 2017, Piscotty's mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The outfielder took a leave of absence with the St. Louis Cardinals following the diagnosis, taking time to be with his family in Pleasanton, CA. He returned to the Cardinals as his mother battled a neurodegenerative disease roughly 2,000 miles away, batting .235 with nine home runs and 39 RBI for St. Louis in 2017. Following the season, on December 14, the Cardinals traded Piscotty to the A's, in large part to allow him to be closer to home.

Following the trade, Piscotty moved back home and lived with his parents and two younger brothers. Less than one year after her ALS diagnosis, Gretchen Piscotty passed away on May 6, 2018, with her family by her side. Piscotty missed four games on the bereavement list following his mother's passing. He returned to the A's on May 15 and was in the starting lineup that night at Fenway Park. In his first at-bat of that game, he hit a home run over the Green Monster in the second inning, helping Oakland earn a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox. He went on to post career highs in home runs (27) and RBI (88) in 2018, and in his final 106 games of the season he hit .286 with a .906 OPS, as he helped lead the A's to their first postseason appearance since 2014. 

A native of Swampscott, MA, Conigliaro hit a home run in his first at-bat at Fenway Park in 1964 at only 19 years old. A year later, he became the youngest player to lead his league in home runs when he hit 32 in 1965, his second full season in the big leagues. He also became the youngest American League player to reach 100 home runs when he hit No. 100 at 22 years and 197 days old, just 65 days older than the major league record holder, Mel Ott (22 years, 132 days).
 
Conigliaro's early promise of greatness went unfulfilled after he was struck in the face by a pitch on August 18, 1967. The pitch fractured his left cheekbone, dislocated his jaw, and severely damaged the retina in his left eye. He missed all of the 1968 season, but returned to play two more years in Boston, hitting a career-high 36 home runs for the Sox in 1970, when he also drove in 116 runs. He was traded after the season to the Angels, but declining vision led him to announce his retirement in 1971. He attempted another comeback for the Red Sox in 1975, but ended his career after batting just .123 in 69 plate appearances.
 
Congliaro suffered a massive heart attack in 1982, and died eight years later at the age of 45. 
 
To purchase tickets to the Boston Baseball Writers' dinner, please visit www.sportsmuseum.org or call (617) 624-1231. For more information, please contact Ashley Walenta at awalenta@sportsmuseum.org.

Tony Conigliaro Award recipients:
2018 -- Stephen Piscotty, Athletics
2017 -- Chad Bettis, Rockies
2016 -- Yangervis Solarte, Padres
2015 -- Mitch Harris, Cardinals
2014 -- Wilson Ramos, Nationals
2013 -- John Lackey, Red Sox
2012 -- R.A. Dickey, Mets
2011 -- Tony Campana, Cubs
2010 -- Joaquin Benoit, Rays
2009 -- Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
2008 -- Rocco Baldelli, Rays
2007 -- Jon Lester, Red Sox
2006 -- Freddy Sanchez, Pirates
2005 -- Aaron Cook, Rockies
2004 -- Dewon Brazelton, Rays
2003 -- Jim Mecir, Athletics
2002 -- Jose Rijo, Reds
2001 -- Jason Johnson, Orioles; Graeme Lloyd, Expos
2000 -- Kent Mercker, Angels; Tony Saunders, Marlins
1999 -- Mike Lowell, Marlins
1998 -- Bret Saberhagen, Red Sox
1997 -- Eric Davis, Orioles
1996 -- Curtis Pride, Tigers
1995 -- Scott Radinsky, White Sox
1994 -- Mark Leiter, Angels
1993 -- Bo Jackson, White Sox
1992 -- Jim Abbott, Angels
1991 -- Dickie Thon, Phillies
1990 -- Jim Eisenreich, Royals

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Red Sox 2018 World Series trophy to tour Boston neighborhoods Saturday

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox will bring the 2018 World Series Trophy to five different neighborhoods of Boston this Saturday, December 15, giving fans a chance to take photos with the Championship trophy.

The trophy will visit four different YMCA's in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Hyde Park, and conclude the day-long tour at the American Legion Post in Mattapan. The trophy will be at each location for an hour. Fans are asked to bring their own cameras or smartphones for photos.

BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox will bring the 2018 World Series Trophy to five different neighborhoods of Boston this Saturday, December 15, giving fans a chance to take photos with the Championship trophy.

The trophy will visit four different YMCA's in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Hyde Park, and conclude the day-long tour at the American Legion Post in Mattapan. The trophy will be at each location for an hour. Fans are asked to bring their own cameras or smartphones for photos.

Media are invited to cover all stops on Saturday's trophy tour. Locations and timing are as follows:

• 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Roxbury YMCA, 285 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury

• 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain

• Noon - 1 p.m. Dorchester YMCA, 776 Washington Street, Dorchester

• 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thomas M. Menino YMCA, 1137 River Street, Hyde Park

• 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. William E. Carter American Legion Post 16, 1531 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan

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2019 Sox Pax, single-game tickets on sale Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

Single-game tickets for select April, May, and September games, along with 2019 Sox Pax, will go on sale this Saturday, December 15, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. 

"Sox Pax," presented by Mastercard, are packs of three or four games with a variety of date and seat options, including Interleague games, summer weekend games, and matchups against the Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros.

Single-game tickets for select April, May, and September games, along with 2019 Sox Pax, will go on sale this Saturday, December 15, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at redsox.com and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. 

"Sox Pax," presented by Mastercard, are packs of three or four games with a variety of date and seat options, including Interleague games, summer weekend games, and matchups against the Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros.

Single-game tickets will include select April, May, and September home games, including matchups versus the Blue Jays, April 11; Orioles, April 12-14; Tigers, April 22-25; Rays, April 26-28; Athletics, April 29-May 1; Mariners, May 10-12; Rockies, May 14-15; Astros, May 17-19; Twins, September 3-5; Giants, September 17-19; and the Orioles, September 27-29.

There will be a limit of three Sox Pax (up to four tickets each) per person, and 12 single-game tickets per transaction.

The Red Sox will also reveal promotional giveaways taking place in 2019 on the Red Sox's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts beginning this week.

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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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