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Today won’t be your typical off-season Friday at McCoy Stadium. At high noon, inside the home clubhouse, the Red Sox will introduce Gary DiSarcina as the new manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
DiSarcina, 45, was a 12-year Major League shortstop (1989-2000) with the Angels and was an All-Star in 1995. A native of Billerica, Ma., DiSarcina was the minor league field coordinator for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. He was promoted to Special Assistant to Angels’ General Manager Jerry Dipito in October.
Today marks a return to the Red Sox system for DiSarcina who managed the short-season Lowell Spinners from 2007-09. During that span, the Spinners went 125-99 (.558) and finished first in the division in ’08 and ’09.
Interestingly enough, DiSarcina signed a minor league free agent deal with Boston in 2002 and played in 35 games with the PawSox before retiring on July 15. His last professional at-bat came right here at McCoy.
As I wrote about in October when he was named Special Assistant to Dipito, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks credits DiSarcina for helping him develop defensively.
DiSarcina fills the void of former PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler who was recently named Red Sox first base coach.
Since it’s hard keeping track of minor league free agency each off-season, here is a list of 2012 PawSox players who have moved on since the end of the season.
- Nate Spears, Cleveland Indians: Spears signed with Terry Francona’s club where he received an invitation to big league camp.
- Will Inman, Tampa Bay Rays: Inman spent one season in the Red Sox system and was with Pawtucket the entire year.
- Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles: Recently DFA’d, Valencia was traded to Baltimore for cold hard cash.
(Photos: Kelly O’Connor)
- Zach Stewart, Pittsburgh Pirates: Like Valencia, Stewart was DFA’d and dealt for a player to be named later.
- Che-Hsuan Lin, Houston Astros: Lin was claimed off waivers by the Astros after spending his entire pro career with Boston.
- Billy Buckner, Los Angeles Angels: After one year with the Red Sox, Buckner looks to return to the bigs for the first time since 2010.
And we can’t leave manager Arnie Beyeler off the list. The former PawSox skipper is now the Red Sox new first base coach.
Enjoy your weekend,
What first caught my eye is that while only three of listed prospects are pitchers, all three rank within the top-five — and none are yet to reach Pawtucket.
It might be hard to find a more promising top-three in any other farm system entering next year. No surprise shortstop Xander Bogaerts is ranked No. 1 overall. Only 20-years-old, Bogaerts split 2012 between High-A Salem and Portland where he combined to hit .307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler, who spent some time around Bogaerts at the 2012 Futures Game in Kansas City, commented later that his talents reminded him of Hanley Ramierez.
Like Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. split 2012 between Salem and Portland where he led all Sox farmhands in runs scored (89), walks (87), and on-base percentage (.430). He was second in the system in batting average (.315) and doubles (42). Add to his numbers the fact that Kevin Thomas (@ClearTheBases) of the Portland Press Herald told us on PawSox Insider that Bradley’s defensive abilities in center field surpass even the great Che-Hsuan Lin.
At No. 3 on the list, right-hander Matt Barnes has a good chance of seeing Pawtucket in 2013 — just like Bogaerts and Bradley. Barnes topped the Red Sox system with 133 strikeouts and was third in ERA (2.86) and WHIP (1.05). In his first pro season after being taking 18th overall by the Red Sox out of the University of Connecticut, Barnes walked just 29 batters over 119 2/3 innings pitched.
To read the entire online article from Baseball America, click here.
After a fun visit to my homeland of St. Louis, it’s back to work at rainy McCoy Stadium. A vacation is always nice, but a vacation after broadcasting over 150 baseball games is the best kind. I love my job and can’t imagine doing anything else, but there’s no doubt that those who work in sports sacrifice friends, family, and a social life in order to live out their dreams.
Tuesday night was Opening Day for the prospect driven Arizona Fall League. The following Red Sox minor league farmhands are in the AFL playing for the Surprise Saguaros:
- OF, Bryce Brentz
- RHP, Brock Huntzinger
- RHP, Chris Martin
- RHP, Ryan Pressly
- RHP, Pete Ruiz
- C, Christian Vasquez
- INF, Michael Almanzar
Additionally, Portland Sea Dogs’ hitting coach Dave Joppie is serving as one of the team’s hitting instructors. In the first game of the season, Brentz finished 1-for-4 with a triple while Huntzinger was dealt the loss (2 runs, 4 hits, 2.0 IP). It was 84 degrees at first pitch.
Last year the PawSox very own Arnie Beyeler managed Scottsdale in the AFL where he worked with players such as Alex Hassan,Will Middlebrooks, Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper.
Now that I’m officially in off-season mode, it’s time to kickoff the PawSox Speakers Bureau. If you have a Rotary Club, Lions Club, school, or other civic group, and need a guest speaker at an upcoming event, I just might be your guy.
I can speak on a variety of subjects ranging from the business of minor league baseball, to the PawSox charitable efforts, to working in professional sports. I’ll always sprinkle in some humor and fun stories from the road, as well. If I can be of help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I’m a little late mentioning this, but Nick Cafardo’s Sunday column in the Boston Globe said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler “put himself on the map with a nice run as International League champion … Beyeler is an excellent baseball man and won the title under tough circumstances, i.e. a revolving door of players. He may have a shot at being a big league coach and perhaps a manager at some point.”
- Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that Jason Varitek is “close” to taking a job with the Red Sox. (No, it doesn’t appear to be as manager.)
- Our minor league friends up north in Maine will be doing some big time landscaping soon. The Double-A Portland Sea Dogs are installing a new irrigation system and playing field for 2013. The new irrigation system is more efficient and replaces the the previous system which was installed in 1985. For you turf pros out there, the new playing surface at Hadlock Field will be 100% Kentucky Blue Blend.
- In news every PawSox fan cares about, my favorite pop princess, Katy Perry, has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. I like to think my $16 ticket to Katy Perry: Part of Me in 3-D helped her win.
Fun times were had Thursday at high noon outside of Pawtucket City Hall during the PawSox Governors’ Cup rally. A lunch break crowd of over 200 showed up to cheer on the PawSox and hear from manager Arnie Beyeler, president Mike Tamburro, Mayor Donald Grebien, and Governor Lincoln Chafee. Here are some photos of the event taken by team photographer, Jillian Souza.
The entire team posing around the PawSox logo painted on the street outside City Hall.
Arnie Beyeler thanking the crowd for all of their support during the season.
Left to right: Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Mayor Donald Grebien.
Artists putting the finishing touches on the PawSox logo outside of City Hall.
Thank you to all the fans who came out to celebrate the PawSox bringing the Governors’ Cup back to Pawtucket for the first time in 28 years!
After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.
Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:
- Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
- The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
- In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
- In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
- The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.
Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.
In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.
After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:
- Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
- Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
- We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
- People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
- PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
- Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
- The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
- Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.
The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.
Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.
Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.
Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.
What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.
Friday night was a complete heartbreaker. With the PawSox one out away from a trip to the Governors’ Cup finals, Yankees’ center fielder Melky Mesa belted a 2-0 Pedro Beato pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer, and a 4-3 walkoff win.
With Pawtucket’s second chance tonight to take the series, here is a post-season edition of the PawSox Notebook:
- Manager Arnie Beyeler said earlier today that closer Josh Fields (groin) will not be available Saturday night — or the rest of this series. The injury came on his final warmup pitch in the bullpen before pitching in the regular season finale at McCoy on Monday.
- In the first three games of the playoffs, outfielder Bryce Brentz is batting .364 (4-for-11) with an extra-base hit in each game (two homers, one double). He leads the club with five post-season runs batted in.
- Entering Friday night’s loss, the PawSox bullpen had worked eight scoreless innings over the first two games of the playoffs and was 2-for-2 in save situations. Saturday it allowed all four Yankees’ runs over 2 1/3 innings and blew the save.
- Saturday’s PawSox starter, 38-year-old Nelson Figueroa, will be facing his former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre teammates for the fourth time this year. The last time he faced the Yankees was in his last start of the regular season when he tossed eight scoreless innings for the win.
- Figueroa will be opposed by 25-year-old lefty Vidal Nuno making his Triple-A debut. With a name like Vidal Nuno, I’m sure you’re not at all surprised to learn that he was born in Baldwin City, Kansas. Of course he was. Described to me as the Yankees’ version of Chris Hernandez, Nuno went 9-5, 2.45 ERA in 20 starts with Double-A Trenton. His walk-to-strikeout ratio of 27/100 is as impressive as his ERA. In three starts against Double-A Portland, Nuno went 1-0, 2.60 ERA (5 ER/17.1 IP) and allowed two homers.
A win tonight, and the PawSox would return to the finals for the first time since 2003 when they were swept by the Durham Bulls. Hope you can join us tonight along the PawSox Radio network, or by listening live online.
Up two games to none in Round 1 of the Governors’ Cup playoffs, the Pawtucket Red Sox have a chance to sweep the North Division champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Friday night in Rochester.
PawSox Playoff Facts:
- A win would mark the first post-season series sweep by the PawSox in franchise history.
- It would also send Pawtucket to the league finals for the first time since 2003 when they were swept by Durham.
- Of the club’s 14 managers since 1973, Arnie Beyeler has become just the third to lead the PawSox to the playoffs in consecutive years (Joe Morgan, 1977-78; Ed Nottle, 1986-87).
- The PawSox have gone 27 years since winning their last Governors’ Cup Championship in 1984 when they took down the Maine Guides.
- Since ’84, Pawtucket has won just one playoff series when they beat the Ottawa Lynx in the 2003 semi-finals. It was their first playoff series win in 19 years.
Billy Buckner, one of the league’s best pitchers over the last two months, starts for the PawSox and will be opposed by left-hander Mike O’Connor. Over his last eight starts, Buckner is an outstanding 7-1 with a 1.63 ERA. In fact, the righty has given up less earned runs over his last eight starts (8) than he did over his first two starts with Pawtucket in June (11).
“He’s gotten the ball down and has worked ahead of hitters,” Beyler said from the visiting dugout inside Frontier Field. “When you do that, your stuff becomes more effective. Just the consistency of being more efficient and allowing yourself to get deeper into games.”
My full conversation with Arnie can be heard on the pre-game show tonight starting at 6:50. He also talks about Bryce Brentz, J.C. Linares, and Chris Hernandez. Hope you can join us tonight along the PawSox Radio Network.
Instead of making his second start of the year for the PawSox Thursday night, knuckleballer Steven Wright found himself on the disabled list with shoulder tightness.
Wright, acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline from Cleveland for former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson, looked solid in his first start for Pawtucket. The 27-year-old allowed two runs on five hits over five innings on August 11 at Rochester.
“He did a nice job,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. “His knuckleball was a little firmer than most that you’re used to seeing. He pounded the zone, had some good stuff, and I was real excited with what we saw.”
Wright, who was college teammates at Hawaii with current PawSox utility-man Jon Hee, made one start with Double-A Portland before being assigned to Pawtucket. With the Sea Dogs, the right-hander allowed just one run on five hits over six innings.
With Wright on the disabled list, Tony Pena Jr. (ankle) was activated Thursday night and tossed three and two-thirds innings in the start for a no-decision.