Results tagged ‘ Bobby Valentine ’

Valentine: Mauro Gomez Recalled to Boston

At approximately 2:45 Wednesday afternoon, Bobby Valentine told WEEI’s The Big Show that David Ortiz (achilles) will be placed on the disabled list with Mauro Gomez being recalled from Pawtucket.

The PawSox first baseman/designated hitter was just recently optioned from Boston on July 14 to make room for Clay Buchholz coming off the disabled list. Normally the Red Sox would have to wait 10 days to recall Gomez, but because Ortiz is reportedly headed for the DL, Gomez is eligible to be recalled.

Gomez, in eight games this year with the Red Sox, is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles and three runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor).

On Monday, in his one game with the PawSox after he was recently optioned, Gomez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and two runs batted in.

In addition to his obvious power, having Gomez in the PawSox lineup “puts everyone back where they need to be,” said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.

“You just don’t realize how a guy like him and [Pedro] Ciriaco, when they’re where they need to be in the lineup, the other guys go where they need to be. When those two guys are gone, then other guys move up and get into spots that they’re not used to or probably shouldn’t be in.”

Gomez currently ranks among the International League leaders in batting average (.317, 2nd),  home runs (20, T-3rd), total bases (180, 3rd), and slugging (.634, 2nd). Meanwhile, his 49 extra-base hits are the second-most in all of Triple-A.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Jacoby Ellsbury Rehabs with PawSox

Following two rehab outings with Double-A Portland, Red Sox All-Star Jacoby Ellsbury begins a rehab stint with the PawSox tonight from McCoy Stadium where he will leadoff and play center field.

Friday night Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run in what turned out to be a play at the plate. Prior to a scheduled day off Thursday, Ellsbury went 1-for-5 Wednesday night with the Sea Dogs. Before his time with Portland, he played in seven games in Ft. Myers with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since April 13, finished second in the 2011 A.L. MVP voting after hitting .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBI. (Kelly O’Connor)

It seems like forever ago, but in a two-hit effort on Fenway Park’s Opening Day, Ellsbury suffered a dislocated shoulder after Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac landed on his shoulder. He’s been sidelined from Boston ever since.

Carl Crawford was speculated to join Ellsbury in Pawtucket, but a tweaked left groin has delayed his rehab assignment. According to RedSox.com, Bobby Valentine has “characterized the decision to stop Crawford’s current rehab stint as preventative.”

Meanwhile, yet another All-Star, Clay Buchholz, is scheduled to start Sunday’s game at McCoy against Syracuse. According to the same article,  Buchholz “is on track to return to Boston’s rotation during a three-game series on the road vs. the Rays that begins on Friday.”

Buchholz last pitched for the Red Sox on June 19 before suffering a stomach illness which resulted in a short stay at the hospital and being placed on the disable list.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Reports: Pedro Ciriaco to the Red Sox

According to multiple media reports, in addition to the Red Sox official game notes and Bobby Valentine on WEEI, PawSox infielder, and mid-season All-Star, Pedro Ciriaco has been called up Boston.

It should be noted that the Red Sox have not sent out an official release about Ciriaco. That said, he has been seen in the Red Sox clubhouse while Dustin Pedroia has been seen wearing a cast on his right thumb.

Of the PawSox four mid-season All-Stars, Ciriaco would mark the third called up to Boston over the last four days. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway would be the lone All-Star remaining on the roster with Ciriaco joining Justin Germano and Mauro Gomez in Boston.

Ciriaco played the World Team in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game as a member of the Diamondbacks’ farm system. (Kelly O’Connor)

The super-utility Ciriaco has played second base, shortstop, and third base for Pawtucket while hitting .301 over 64 games. Earlier this year, the 26-year-old experienced a career best 16-game hitting streak and has been the PawSox leadoff hitter for much of the season.

“He’s picked us up big time,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said of Ciriaco. “He’s really had a fabulous year and is a lot of fun to watch play. He can beat you in a lot of ways, and he’s a great kid and works hard everyday.”

Ciriaco has spent parts of the last two seasons in the Big Leagues with Pittsburgh and made his Major League debut on September 8, 2010 against Atlanta. That day he went 1-for-1 as a pinch-hitter and, interestingly enough, played with Justin Thomas, Argenis Diaz, and Brandon Moss - all former Red Sox farmhands.

In 31 Major League games, Ciriaco has hit .333 (10-for-33) with three doubles, two triples, and seven runs batted in.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Dice-K Returns to McCoy

After facing Andy Pettitte yesterday afternoon in Rochester, tonight the PawSox will be the ones with a big leaguer on the mound. Daisuke Matsuzaka starts this evening against Rochester as he continues rehabilitating from Tommy John Surgery performed on June 10, 2011.

Dice-K was originally scheduled to start for the PawSox Friday night in Toledo, but an issue with the left side of his neck forced the Red Sox to push his start back to tonight. According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, the right-hander is scheduled for two more starts, with the possibility of a third.

In 2007, Dice-K won Game 7 of the ALCS vs. Cleveland and won Game 3 of the World Series in Colorado. His best season came in 2008 when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. (Kelly O’Connor)

Dice-K was placed on the Red Sox disabled list a year ago (May 17) and makes his third rehab start of the year.

April 23 with High-A Salem vs. Wilmington

4.0 IP   6-H   3-R/ER   0-BB   3-K   2-HR

April 28 with Double-A Portland vs. Reading

4.2 IP   3-H   1-R/ER   2-BB   7-K   0-HR   74 pitches (44 strikes)

Matsuzaka, 31, is in his sixth season with the Red Sox and is not an unfamiliar face around McCoy. He has made previous rehab appearances for the PawSox in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Overall in eight starts for Pawtucket he is 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA (9 ER/37.2 IP).

Hopefully the Red Wings won’t find the same success against Dice-K that the PawSox found against Pettitte. First pitch tonight is set for 6:15, we hit the air at 6:00.

Talk with you then.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PHOTOS: Red Sox vs. Yankees at JetBlue Park

Well before Bobby Valentine created a stir by saying he was upset by Joe Giradi’s decision to end Thursday night’s game in a 4-4 tie, it was a circus at JetBlue Park for one reason: Terry Francona.

The former Red Sox manager was part of the ESPN broadcast team covering the game and the media went crazy over Tito’s return to Red Sox Spring Training.  Below are some pics I took throughout the day.

Every reporter in the house wanted to talk with Tito before the game.

Francona looked like he enjoyed seeing some familiar faces from the Boson media. 

Bobby Valentine talking with David Ortiz during batting practice.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler throwing BP before the game.

The view of batting practice from the dugout.

A single Rawlings MLB baseball on the MLB.com Shop costs $16.99. Maybe this is why parking at Fenway costs so much?

Red Sox super-shortstop-prospect Jose Iglesias taking some infield during batting practice.

Bobby Valentine chatting with Dan Schulman and Orel Hershiser of ESPN. Buster Olney is sitting to the left.

This was taken about two hours before first pitch. Gates open at JetBlue Park 90 minutes prior to the start of the game. One security guard told me that there were people who camped out overnight!

This was a real thrill for me to be able to see these three great broadcasters: Joe Castiglione, the “Voice of the Red Sox,” Don Orsillo, the TV voice of the Red Sox on NESN, and all the way at the end is Dan Schulman of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

The Monstah.

There is seating on top of the Monster and in the Monster.  You can’t see it well in this picture, but there is netting in front of the seats in the Monster to protect the fans.

Pesky’s Pole in right field already getting some signatures.

The view from on top of the Green Monster. 

Today I’m off to the Twins’ complex for a 1:00 first pitch between Pawtucket and Rochester with my good friend and “Voice of the Portland Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis. More on today’s game coming later tonight.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

March Madness: Opening Day Must Be Close

There are a number of indicators each year that remind me Opening Day is just around the corner.  There’s always more activity around the office, the weather begins to warm up, and the day-to-day excitement of Spring Training dies down slightly. However, to me the most obvious – and enjoyable – sign that Opening Day is fast approaching is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Cinderellas, upsets, brackets, and buzzer beaters are all staples of March and help make this time of year so much fun.  According to Darren Rovell of CNBC, the odds of filling out a perfect bracket is 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1. There are 9.2 quintillion combinations in a March Madness bracket. If all the people on earth filled out 1 bracket per second, it would take over 43 years to fill out every possible bracket.  Out of the 5.9 million brackets filled out last year on ESPN.com, only TWO brackets had the correct Final Four.

Now that Darren and I have squandered any hope and optimism you previously had for your bracket this year, let’s shift our focus to what’s going on in Ft. Myers.

Report From the Fort 

  • According to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, Aaron Cook is on pace for 17 or 18 innings of work in the spring.  However, Valentine wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Cook breaking camp with the Sox in the bullpen.  Alex Speier of WEEI.com raised some interesting points today on this subject:

“Since 2004, [Cook] has made just one big league relief appearance, and that came last September when the Rockies were trying to give him some work in September, at a time when he hadn’t pitched in a game in roughly two weeks. His contract is structured with incentives for starts made, rather than appearances, suggesting that is the role in which he was primarily considered when he signed.” Read the rest of Alex’s article here.

  • The biggest buzz here at McCoy Stadium is whether or not promising shortstop Jose Iglesias will open with the season with us in Pawtucket or if he’ll break camp with the Red Sox.  When Spring Training first opened up, all the talk surrounding Jose was that he was on track to open 2012 as a big leaguer.  However, now that most people have come back down to earth, it’s once again looking possible that he’ll start with season in the great state of Rhode Island.

“It may be three months or whatever, but I think he does need those at-bats in the minors,” said the one-and-only Peter Gammons on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni show Friday.  “What’s he started, 160 [actually 171] games in the minor leagues? That’s the equivalent of one season. He’s still a ways away in terms of getting the experience and seeing the balls out of pitcher’s hands to recognize breaking balls.”  However, when asked if Iglesias would be the best defensive shortstop in the major leagues if he started with the Sox on Opening Day, Gammons said, “Very close to it.” Read the rest of the article here.

  • I just started talking to some co-workers about Gammons and was clued into this fascinating discovery:

  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier this morning that outfielder Carl Crawford will throw 90 feet with the trainer.  He should then be ready to progress mid-week with monitored swings.  He is also reporting that Valentine said this of Iglesias’ sore right groin:

“[He] is going to do some of the drills but none of the quick-action drills. We’ll be ultra conservative and hopefully get him back on the 15th with no ill effects of his right groin.” Read the rest of Cafardo’s article here.

  • Thanks to my three recent followers: puckmanri, DNet17, and soxfan.  Even if you’re a Yankees’ fan you can follow my blog by typing in your email address into the empty box in the top-right corner of this page and clicking “Subscribe.”
  • Finally, last Thursday I spoke at a career day in Fall River and was thrilled to meet an actual subscriber of the blog!  All this time I thought it was just my mother making up different email addresses, but apparently there actually are real-life people who subscribe.  Furthermore, some of them wear a suit to work each day! That’s the case with Tom Perreira who introduced himself to me at the B.M.C. Durfee High School career day.  Thank you, Tom, for stopping by and saying “hi.”

Enough baseball for a bit.  Get busy on your bracket.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Fans Interview Manager Arnie Beyeler

A short while ago, PawSox fans on Facebook and Twitter submitted questions to our very own Pete Sachs in an off-season edition of “Ask Arnie.”  Because of his question, Gregory Levinsky won four tickets to the double-header on April 7 thanks to our 125 Tickets in 125 Days promotion. We’ll make sure to keep the Ask Arnie feature going throughout the season.  Thank you to all of the fans who submitted questions.


PawSox Fans: Do you evaluate yourself as a manager by the success of your teams? Or by the success of individual players making it to the major leagues?

Arnie Beyeler: I like to measure success with both. The priority is getting players to the next level – no matter which level that may be. That’s what it’s all about in the big picture, but I think winning is also a big part of a player’s development.  Players learn how to win by playing the game the right way.

PSF:    How much notice does a Triple-A team get when a player is called up?

AB:     If the player is a starting pitcher or a young position player, sometimes they get a few days notice.  However, the majority of the time they get told after a game and immediately leave to meet their new team whether in Boston or on the road the next day.

PSF:    Which PawSox player(s) have the best chance to make the leap this season from good to great? Who is a dark horse this season to shine in Pawtucket that fans may not know about?

AB:     That’s not a fair question for me to answer because we think all our guys have the opportunity to play in Boston in the future.  With their help, it’s our job as development guys to make them better.  Sure, some are closer than others, or may fill a need at the next level better, but we have a very talented group that we feel are just waiting their turn to get the opportunity to succeed up there.

Beyler returns to Pawtucket in 2012 for his second season as the PawSox manager. (Kelly O'Connor)

PSF:    How much different is the process of strength and conditioning for your players now compared to 10 or 15 years ago?

AB:     Keeping fit has turned into a year round job due to all the money available at the major league level.  Players can’t sit home and expect to keep their jobs anymore without getting stronger and better in the off-season. It’s very competitive at every level and as a result we ask a lot out of these guys. 

For example, players lift weights throughout the season on a consistent basis depending on our travel schedule and their roles on the team.  Pitchers lift the day after they throw and starters have a strict four-day workout routine between starts. It’s a little tougher with relievers since they could pitch any night.  Position players do the organizational shoulder strengthening program at least twice a week and are expected to do an upper and lower body workout at least once per week. With our travel schedule that can be tough to accomplish. Keep in mind, all of this is on top of their daily work on the field (fielding, batting practice, etc.).

PSF:    What are your impressions of the brand new JetBlue Park?

AB:     The sight of the complex is very impressive.  One of the differences between JetBlue and Fenway are the seats in the middle of the green monster with a net in front of them. The dimensions are the same: Pesky’s pole and how the wall jets straight back behind it, the deep triangle in center field, the bullpen nook in right-center and the angles down third base line. 

PSF:    Were you very familiar with Bobby Valentine before he took the Red Sox managerial job? How much are you looking forward to working with him this spring?

AB:     Bobby Valentine has been a much respected figure in baseball for quite a while so I am familiar with that aspect of him.  Prior to Spring Training, I had never met him or worked with him.  His enthusiasm is contagious and he’s proving to be a great teacher of the game.  He’s been extremely energetic and detailed oriented in his first couple of weeks down here and is very hands on in everything we do on each field with all the players.

So there you have it, the first “Ask Arnie” of 2012.  Feel free to email or tweet me anytime with a question you’d like us to ask him while I’m in Ft. Myers March 18-25.  Thank you again to Pete Sachs with the PawSox for coordinating all of the questions.  

I’m off to record PawSox Insider with Steve Hyder.  On this week’s show we’ll have International League President Randy Mobley, New York Yankees’ Beat Writer for the Wall Street Journal, Dan Barbarisi, and Chris Mellen of SoxProspects.com.  You can listen to the show on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on 920 WHJJ.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Picture of the Week

Now that we’re under a month away from Opening Day here at McCoy Stadium, it’s amazing how much things are really beginning to ramp up around the ballpark.  Our sales team is staying later each night and are constantly making phone calls throughout the day.  Our maintenance crew is giving a face-lift to some of the field level suites, and our graphics team of Kevin and Bonnie are clicking, highlighting, dragging and dropping like a couple of crazed computer programmers.

Despite the recent frenzy, PawSox President Mike Tamburro took some time this past weekend to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading some classic storybooks to some young PawSox fans.

Although it appears as though Mike is reading a storybook, I’m willing to go out on a limb that Mike is actually telling these kids, “McCoy Stadium is the most affordable, family-friendly entertainment experience in New England.  Do any of you like soda and popcorn?”

All joking aside, Mike, who was recently elected to the International League Hall of Fame, is one of the hardest-working, most well-respected executives in all of minor league baseball.  It says a lot about your organization when the team president makes appearances like this.

Report from the Fort

  • Early indications are that PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has really impressed new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine:

“His offensive acumen is well beyond his years,” said Valentine. “He’ll see a pitcher that he’s seen before and be able to pull down that menu of pitches he throws, understand the speed, the angles, the programs that a pitcher uses to try to get a hitter out.”

Read the rest of what Valentine had to say in this article written by Alex Speier.

  • Speaking of Speier, he conducted a terrific interview with future PawSox outfielder, Alex Hassan.  Here’s my favorite quote from Hassan during their conversation:
“When my eyes tell me that’s a pitch to hit hard, that’s when I swing.”
Listen to the full interview.
  • It was a thrill for me to get to interview the great Joe Castiglione. (Boston Red Sox)

    In case you missed it, Episodes 2 and 3 of PawSox Insider is now available for your listening pleasure on iTunes.  We’ve already received over 500 downloads from our first two shows of the year and hope that you continue to listen “on demand” via iTunes as the season approaches.  You can listen on your computer or download the shows to your phone, iPod, or other portable .mp3 player and take us wherever you go.

          In the latest episodes Steve and I chatted with:
  • Joe Castiglione – “Voice of the Red Sox”
  • Ryan Kalish – Red Sox outfielder
  • Ben Crockett – Red Sox Director of Player Development
  • Arnie Beyeler – PawSox manager
  • Brian MacPherson – Red Sox Beat Writer, Providence Journal
  • Alex Speier – Red Sox Reporter, WEEI.com
  • Thanks to my most recent subscribers: clemson28, jws02673, and kenfish1.  We’re up to 48 subscribers now and I just might have to conduct a brief email interview with my 50th subscriber.  Just think, world-wide fame could be yours if you happen to be lucky No. 50.  Subscribing is easy: just enter your email address in the empty box in the top-right corner of this screen and click “Subscribe.”
  • Along those lines, thanks to all my loyal readers who have helped to get this blog off the ground.  In two months you’ve given me over 11,000 hits and made this the top-read minor league blog during the month of February.  I’m so grateful for your continued support.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Insider: Season 10, Episodes 2 & 3

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After some minor technical issues, our PawSox Insider podcast page on iTunes has been fully updated and now has the two most recent episodes of the show.

Episode 2 Summary

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler joined us to talk about Spring Training, his early observations of JetBlue Park, and what it ‘s like working with Bobby Valentine. Joe Castiglione, the long-time “Voice of the Red Sox,” spoke to us from Ft. Myers and talked about his excitement for the upcoming season. In the final segment, Alex Speier, Red Sox reporter for WEEI.com, talked with Steve and me about Valentine, Andrew Bailey, Jose Iglesias, and what he watching for in 2012.

Episode 3 Summary

Ryan Kalish phoned in from Spring Training in Ft. Myers and talked about how his rehab from shoulder and neck surgery is coming along. In the third segment of the show, Ben Crockett, the Red Sox Director of Player Development, chatted about how he’s transitioning into his new job and what his day-to-day is like during Spring Training. To wrap up the show, Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, talked about his recent visit to Spring Training and what he feels are the most interesting storylines to keep an eye on entering the 2012 Red Sox season.

Thanks for listening to the show; we’re really excited to now have it on iTunes.  As always, if you ever have any ideas or suggestions for the program, don’t hesitate to let me know.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Chipotle, Katy Perry, and Today’s Best Quotes

Sometimes I like to imagine Katy wearing a PawSox hat. (AP)

It’s been a big day for me so far.

First, I had a delicious steak burrito from Chipotle for lunch, and to make it even better, I snagged a parking space directly across the street  (parking is at a premium on Thayer Street in Providence).  Secondly, I just learned that  Katy Perry’s new single, and my latest iTunes download, Part of Me, is now #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It’s her seventh song to be ranked first on the list, and yes, I love me some Katy Perry.

Enough with why I can’t stop smiling.  Here’s the buzz from Day 2 of Spring Training in Ft. Myers and the rest of baseball.

“My first impression … is that he can catch it. I bet you he can throw it after he catches it, too.”

  • Valentine discussing if Boston could “afford to receive no offense from their starting shortstop in the AL East”:

“Probably not. My fast brain says, probably not.” (The “fast brain” comment is referring to Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”)

  • Maybe my favorite quote of the day so far comes from Dustin Pedroia per Nick Cafardo discussing off-season workouts:

“I was trying to straight body build, man. I hit cage bombs.”

“Fort Myers resident Eric Engelman purchased the domain name for $8 last March after learning of the [Red Sox] new facility’s name. ‘I just thought it would be fun to have,’ Engleman told The News-Press. Engelman, 30, is a Cubs fan, but he decided to play a joke and have the site link to the Yankees home page.”

  • Although I dig his glasses and his hairdo, Joe Maddon is no Katy. (AP)

    One of my favorite guys in all of baseball, Tampa Bay Rays‘ manager Joe Maddon, on Manny Ramierez signing with Oakland per the New York Times:

“I guess I’m overtly forgiving … I’m not bothered by it, because he and I became friends … He’s a complicated person, and it goes way deeper than I know … I know a lot of people are going to be not very happy about it, but then again, he’s actually playing within the rules … We’ll see. I mean, this probably exceeds the number of chances you thought he would normally get, but still I think he’s a likable guy.”

  • Alex Speier asking PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks for a scouting report on new acquired pitcher Chris Carpenter whom Middlebrooks faced recently in the Arizona Fall Leauge:

“I only faced him once. All I remember is he threw hard and had good stuff. He was one of the guys who was a later-innings guy, who came in and threw hard — good, hard stuff: hard fastball, hard slider. It was definitely good. … He didn’t have any control issues against us.”

Some quick house keeping … In case you missed it earlier today, our weekly PawSox Insider radio show is now available on iTunes, HipCast.com, and via RSS.  Also, I’d like to thank my latest subscriber, amanda.c.lanser.  You can subscribe by entering your email address in the box at the top-right corner of this page.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish memorizing the words to Part of Me.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

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