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PawSox Insider Podcast: Beyeler, MacPherson

From coaching staff changes, to players coming and going through free agency, there seems to be no lack of storylines for the PawSox this off-season. As a result, it seemed like a natural idea to create a podcast version of our PawSox Insider radio show for an in-depth look at all the news.

Twice a month you’ll be able to hear my interviews with players, coaches, and local Boston media members talking all things PawSox. Soon the podcast will be available for download on the iTunes store and will always be accessible at


In the first episode I interviewed former Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler about his promotion to Boston as the Red Sox new first base coach. One of the interesting things Arnie talked about was how much his experience as a pro scout for the Detroit Tigers helped his development as a manager. We also chatted about his new relationship with Red Sox manager John Farrell and what he likes about his managerial style.

Arnie was all smiles after guiding the PawSox to their first Governors’ Cup championship in 28 years. (Kelly O’Connor)

Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal then joined me on the phone to discuss why Arnie is a good fit in Boston and who might be his successor in Pawtucket.

I hope you enjoy the first podcast of the off-season. If there is anyone you’d like to hear from in an upcoming episode, feel free to reach out to me using my contact info below.



That’s a Touchdown?

Just like in your office, the big topic of conversation this morning around McCoy Stadium centered around Golden Tate’s catch/no-catch/offensive pass interference/blown call/touchdown. One of the best tweets I read following the catch came from Luke Rodgers (@thelukerodgers): “In Golden Tate’s defense how incredible is it to make a no-handed catch?”

It’s a…touchdown? (Timothy Burke via ESPN)

PawSox Notebook:

  • The off-season is off to a fast start in Buffalo where the Bisons recently announced they are the new Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Bisions, who have spent the past four seasons as the Mets’ top affiliate, are essentially swapping parent clubs with Triple-A Las Vegas — the Jays’ top affiliate for the past four years. For Toronto, the affiliation change brings them back to upstate New York where they spent 30 years with Triple-A Syracuse before moving to Sin City. Distance between Las Vegas and Toronto: 2,256 miles. Distance between Buffalo and Toronto: 100 miles.
  • Have questions about Jose Iglesias in 2013? Wonder about the future of Bryce Brentz, Xander Bogaerts, and other top prospects? Ian Browne covers all that and more in his latest Inbox column.
  • In addition to writing about delicious cider donuts yesterday, I also listed the Red Sox minor league award winners. Among them was Single-A third baseman Garin Cecchini who was named the Red Sox Baserunner of the Year after topping all Boston farmhands with 51 stolen bases. Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence Journal wrote a nice piece on Cecchini Tuesday morning that is well worth a read.
  • If you’re like me, you love a good hamburger. If that’s the case, you’ve no doubt wondered where in Japan you can get the best hamburger, right? Today is your lucky day because my brother-in-law (and die hard Sox fan), Stephen, is living in Japan for a year and keeping a blog. In his latest entry, “Stephen-san” tells us where to track down Japan’s best hamburger.  You’ll also be shocked to learn how much peanut butter costs.



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,
  • 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.



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, 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.



Leap Year Baseball Birthdays

Every four years we get presidential elections, the Olympics, the World Cup, and a leap day.

Dating back to the mid-1800s, there have been over 17,400 major league baseball players – 0.0006% celebrate their birthday today.

Pepper Martin, aka "The Wild Horse of the Osage," played third base and outfield for St. Louis.

1. Terrence Long, 1976 (8 seasons)
2. Bill Long, 1960 (6 seasons)
3. Jerry Fry, 1956 (1 season)
4. Al Autry, 1952 (1 season)
5. Steve Mingori, 1944 (10 seasons)
6. Al Rosen, 1924 (10 seasons)
7. Pepper Martin, 1904 (13 seasons)
8. Ralph Miller, 1896 (3 seasons)
9. Roy Parker, 1896 (1 season)
10. Ed Appleton, 1892 (2 seasons)
11. Dickey Pearce, 1936 (7 seasons)

Now that it’s officially snowing here at McCoy Stadium, here’s what’s going on today from Ft. Myers:

  • Nick Cafardo (@NickCafardo) reported via Twitter that “Ryan Kalish did his first throwing since shoulder surgery from 45 feet. About 20-30 throws.”
  • Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) added, “Ryan Kalish, returning from shoulder surgery, made 20-30 “real light” throws. Everything went well.”
  • Today Sean McAdam wrote about Kalish’s rehab:
“It’s going to be weeks (before swinging), not months … There’s no timeline. I’m at the point where we’re just trying to figure it out. Just consulting with everyone, we think it’s better to have a more conservative rehab rather than pushing it.”  Read the entire article.

Kalish isn't rushing his shoulder rehab (Comcast SportsNet)

  • Like a kid buying school supplies, Rob Bradford reports this morning that PawSox shortstop Jose Iglesias recently received a shipment of new bats at the Red Sox Spring Training training complex:

“… a development [Iglesias] was clearly excited about, partly due to his decision to switch to a new model. Iglesias is using a Louisville Slugger B363 instead of a C271, which means he will be wielding a bigger barrel. It’s a practice he started at the end of last season.”

  • Episode 2 of PawSox Insider should be up on iTunes shortly.
  • Steve and I will be recording the third episode of the year tomorrow afternoon – it airs Saturday.  Our guests will include Ben Crockett, the Red Sox Director of Player Development, Randy Mobley, International League President, and Brian MacPherson, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal.
  • For kids it’s school supplies.  For Iglesias it’s new baseball bats.  For minor league baseball employees it’s new magnetic schedules.  Hours ago, our shipment of 30,000 magnetic schedules was delivered to McCoy.  Now there’s no excuse for not knowing the date of Opening Day (April 5).

Enjoy the snow,