Results tagged ‘ Lowell Spinners ’

Jose Iglesias Close to Returning

“He’ll hopefully play the whole game up there today and be back here with us tomorrow. We’ll reevaluate him, and hopefully we’ll be ready to plug him in soon.”

Those were the words of PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler talking about the second rehab start for Jose Iglesias in Lowell this afternoon.

The plan is for the PawSox shortstop to play all nine innings with the Spinners today without any setbacks. Iglesias, who hasn’t played since May 25 because of a lower back injury, played six innings in Lowell on Friday and finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Both of his hits were singles up the middle (one was a ground ball, the other a line drive).

Jose Iglesias

Known primarily for his glove, Iglesias was batting .341 over 20 games in May prior to his injury. (Kelly O’Connor)

“I felt good, no setbacks,” Iglesias said Saturday from the PawSox dugout. “Today [Saturday] is a regeneration day to get some treatment and make sure everything still feels good.”

The biggest question everyone needs an answer to is what kind of spread Iglesias bought for the Spinners. With a solid group of latin players in Lowell, Jose provided the guys with a Dominican-inspired spread featuring, among other things, lots of chicken and rice.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

At 21 years/123 days old, Iglesias was the youngest Red Sox player to appear in a game since Jeff Suppan at 21 years/94 days on April 5, 1996 vs. Kansas City. (Kelly O’Connor).

“Futures at Fenway” to Feature PawSox, Spinners

Mike and I minutes before going on-air at the "Futures at Fenway" game in 2009 when Portland beat Bowie.

I’ll always remember August 8, 2009, the date of the Futures at Fenway game the year I was the No. 2 broadcaster for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.

When I first started in this business back in 2007, I knew that there was a chance that I could spend my entire professional career broadcasting baseball and never have the opportunity to call a game from a major league ballpark. Although it wasn’t a major league game, Mike Antonellis and I were able to broadcast a Sea Dogs’ game from Fenway Park on that perfect Saturday afternoon from Fenway.  It remains the biggest thrill of my career, and being able to share it with my great friend Mike was the only thing that could have made it even better.

Not only was it my first time broadcasting a game from a big league park, as a kid from St. Louis, it was my first time inside Fenway Park (needless to say, the second time wasn’t quite as cool, but still great).

Because of the fantastic memories I have from that afternoon, I’m thrilled to know that this year I’ll once again be able to broadcast from Fenway – this time as a member of the PawSox.  The Red Sox formally announced this morning that the PawSox and short-season Lowell Spinners have been selected as the two teams to participate in this year’s Futures at Fenway.

Paws entertaining some fans on top of the dugout at Fenway Park during last year's "Futures at Fenway" game. (familyfriendlyboston.com)

The seventh annual minor league doubleheader will be held on Saturday, August 18. The Spinners will make their fifth overall appearance at Futures at Fenway, taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades, the short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, at 1:05pm. Game two will feature the PawSox, also making their fifth Futures at Fenway appearance, as they face off against the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

While this great event is a thrill for the players and broadcasters, one of the biggest beneficiaries is the fans, many of whom will have the opportunity to enjoy seating locations they may have never before had the chance to experience. For the sixth consecutive year, tickets will start as low as $5.00 (for Bleacher seats) and range up to just $30.00 (for Green Monster Seats, Dugout Seats, the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club). In addition, discounted concession items will be available for fans attending the games. Maybe the best part is that one ticket gets you into both games.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 17. Fans can visit www.redsox.com/futures or call (877) REDSOX-9 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In case you’re curious, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino originally approached the Red Sox seven years ago with the idea to host minor league games at Fenway Park. Although records are incomplete, the Futures at Fenway games in 2006 are believed to be the first minor league games played at Fenway Park since the 1977 Eastern League All-Star Game. The last known regular season minor league game played at Fenway had been a 1966 Eastern League contest between Pittsfield (Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Indians).

My calendar is marked, hope yours is, too.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox 2012 Coaching Staff

Over the weekend the Boston Red Sox formally announced their 2012 minor league coaching staff.  The Sox have added three new individuals for assignment in the 2012 field staff alignment, most notably Gerald Perry as the hitting coach here in Pawtucket.

In a situation that resembles Terry Francona and Bobby Valentine switching offices, Perry is part of an identical exchange with Chili Davis.  

Perry, the Oakland A’s hitting coach in 2011, was not resigned at the end of the season and was thus on the open market.  Who did Oakland replace him with?  2011 PawSox hitting coach, Chili Davis.  Who replaces Davis in Pawtucket?  Gerald Perry, of course.

And around and around we go.

The new job for Davis reunites him with former San Francisco Giants teammate, and current Oakland manager, Bob Melvin.   A three-time All-Star, Davis had a career batting average of .274, while belting 350 home runs and batted in 1,372 runs.  Despite a 19-year major league career, the Jamaican-born 52-year-old is relatively inexperienced as a coach:

2003-04: Australian National Team Hitting Coach
2010: Dodgers’ Instructional League Hitting Coach
2011: PawSox Hitting Coach

Perry is a familiar face around McCoy Stadium, previously spending four seasons in the Boston organization as a minor league hitting coach with Single-A Michigan (1997) and Pawtucket (1998 and 2010), and was the club’s minor league hitting coordinator in 1999.

 

Perry enters his 29th season in professional baseball after being selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th Round of the 1978 draft.  A 13-year major leaguer and 1988 National League All-Star, Perry’s career was spent predominately at first base.  The video above is Perry with our very own Steve Hyder at Media Day in 2010.  Below is the complete minor league field staff list for this upcoming season.  -AG

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)
Manager: Arnie Beyeler
Pitching Coach: Rich Sauveur
Hitting Coach:
Gerald Perry
Athletic Trainer: Jon Jochim

Portland (Double-A, Eastern League)
Manager:
Kevin Boles
Pitching Coach:
Bob Kipper
Hitting Coach:
Dave Joppie
Athletic Trainer:
Brandon Henry – Begins his first year with Portland after spending the last two seasons as athletic trainer for Salem. He enters his sixth season with the organization having also served as athletic trainer for Greenville (2009) and Lowell (2008-07).

Salem (High-A, Carolina League)
Manager:
Billy McMillon – Will serve as Salem’s manager after skippering at Greenville from 2010-11. He led the Drive to the South Atlantic League Championship Series in his 2010 managerial debut.
Pitching Coach: Kevin Walker
Hitting Coach:
Rich Gedman – Joins Salem after serving last season as hitting coach for Lowell in his first coaching position in affiliated ball.
Athletic Trainer: David Herrera – Moves to Salem from Greenville, where he was the Drive’s athletic trainer from 2010-11. He also held that position for Lowell (2009) and the GCL Red Sox (2008).

Greenville (Single-A, South Atlantic League)
Manager:
Carlos Febles – Moves to Greenville after making his managerial debut with Lowell in 2011. He was Salem’s hitting coach from 2009-10 and held the same role for Single-A Lancaster in 2008.
Pitching Coach: Dick Such
Hitting Coach:
Darren Fenster – Joins Greenville in his affiliated coaching debut after spending six seasons on the Rutgers University baseball staff, including three as an assistant coach (2009-11). He also served as an assistant coach for the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Orleans Cardinals in 2008. Selected by Kansas City in the 12th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Fenster spent five seasons in the Royals minor league system and was named a Carolina League All-Star in 2002 and 2004.
Athletic Trainer: Mauricio Elizondo - Enters his fifth season in the Red Sox organization and his first as athletic trainer with Greenville. He previously served as athletic trainer for Lowell (2010-11) after joining the system as an intern with the GCL Red Sox (2008-09).

Lowell (Short-A, New York-Penn League)
Manager: Bruce Crabbe – Returns to Lowell after serving as Salem’s manager in 2011. This will be his third season at the helm of the Spinners (also 2006 and 2010).
Pitching Coach: Paul Abbott
Hitting Coach: Nelson Paulino – Joins Lowell as hitting coach after serving in the same capacity for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox over five seasons from 2001-02 and 2008-11.
Athletic Trainer: TBA

Gulf Coast (Rookie, Gulf Coast League)
Manager:
George Lombard
Pitching Coach:
Goose Gregson
Pitching Coach:
Walter Miranda
Coach:
Dave Tomlin
Hitting Coach:
U.L. Washington
Coach:
Noah Hall – Makes his coaching debut after playing parts of 13 seasons as an outfielder in affiliated minor league baseball from 1996-2009. He also played parts of five seasons in independent leagues (2001, 2007 and 2009-11).

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