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Former PawSox Pitcher Makes PCL All-Star Team

Yesterday we learned the four players representing the PawSox in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo (Ryan Lavarnway, Mauro Gomez, Pedro Ciriaco, and Justin Germano). Today the Pacific Coast League All-Star roster was announced and it features a former fan favorite from McCoy.

Tommy Hottovy, now in the Kansas City Royals’ farm system, has been named to the PCL All-Star team for his efforts with the Omaha Storm Chasers. In 20 appearances, he’s gone 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (26.1 IP/5 ER) and has nailed down all seven save opportunities. He’s had tremendous command as well, walking just six batters while striking out 36.

Hottovy was the Lou Gorman Award winner at this year’s Boston Baseball Writers Dinner. Given for his dedication and perseverance in overcoming career obstacles, the lefty made his Major League debut with Boston on June 3, 2011, a month short of his 30th birthday. (Kelly O’Connor)

Hottovy made his Kansas City debut on April 25 against Cleveland and, in total, has made five appearances with the Royals (he’s currently with Omaha). A former fourth round selection by the Red Sox, Hottovy suited up for the PawSox in 2010 and ’11, making a total of 50 appearances.

-AG

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Behind the Scenes of McCoy Stadium

Everyone in New England knows that this year marks 100 years for Fenway Park. But few are probably aware that McCoy Stadium, the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, turns 70 years old this year.

Named in honor of Thomas P. McCoy, Pawtucket Mayor from 1936-1945, McCoy Stadium was erected in 1942.  It’s the oldest ballpark in the International League, and one of the oldest minor league parks in the country. Here’s something incredible, in the last 20 years, general admission tickets at McCoy stadium have increased by only $2.00.  Two bucks!

Over the course of the year I’m sure I’ll be posting plenty of fun facts and tidbits about McCoy, but I thought we could kick things off today with a great video hosted by a fan favorite no matter where he’s playing, Tommy Hottovy.

On a side note, after arriving in New England on New Year’s Eve to begin working for the PawSox, I’m happy to say that my wife and I have found a great place to live in Mansfield, Ma. and our belongings are currently on a moving truck and are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.  We’ve been living with my terrific in-laws for the last month and it couldn’t have worked out any better.  Who doesn’t like dinner waiting for you when you get home?

Since I won’t be at work tomorrow, and I don’t yet have Internet at our new place, there’s a strong chance there won’t be a new entry on the blog tomorrow.  Just a heads up.

Enjoy the tour!

-AG

PHOTOS: Boston Baseball Writers Dinner

I had the rare fortune to spend last night with countless other Red Sox fans eager for 2012 at the 73rd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.  Nine other PawSox front office members joined me for what was a fun night with great people all eager for baseball.  As you can see, I even made a new friend.

One of the highlights of the night for me came when I got to  talk one-on-one with the program’s emcee, ESPN’s Karl Revech.  Originally from Needham, Ma., Karl was a pleasure to talk with and had great respect for the PawSox.

Below are some pics I took throughout the night:

We had a great view from Table No. 18 only a few rows back.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, manager Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz, and Josh Reddick.

Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway, former PawSox pitcher Tommy Hottovy (now with the Kansas City Royals).

Ravech did a terrific job as emcee with the perfect blend of humor and history.

Ortiz accepted the Tim Wakefield Award for his work with children both in Boston and his native Santo Domingo.

Saltalamacchia was given the Good Guy Award. An honor given in memory of the late Tommy McCarthy, a long-time Red Sox press steward. Friendly and cooperative with the press, Salty fits the description of a “good guy” in every way.

The Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year award was given to PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Between Portland and Pawtucket, the Yale product combined to hit .290 with 32 home runs and 93 RBIs in 2011.

The Ben Mondor Award, close to the hearts of all PawSox fans, went to John McDonald. This honor is given the the New England Player of the Year. A Providence College alum, McDonald played in 84 games last season between the Blur Jays and Diamondbacks.

A Special Achievement Award was given to Red Sox great Jim Lonborg. He was the ace of the staff during his magical 1967 season where he finished 22-9, 3.16 ERA and won the Cy Young. Of almost equal importance, he was my wife’s childhood dentist (no joke).

Despite recently being traded to Oakland, former PawSox Josh Reddick took home the Red Sox Rookie of the Year Award. He ended 2011 with a .280 average, 18 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, and 28 RBIs. Fun fact: this award was first given out after the 1939 season to another left-handed hitting outfielder, Ted Williams.

Hottovy walked away with the Lou Gorman Award and was a perfect choice for his dedication and perseverance in overcoming career obstacles. On June 3rd, a month short of his 30th birthday, he pitched his first major league game for the Red Sox. Tommy is great guy who was recently signed by the Royals.

Let’s get to the important part of the night: the food. Chicken thigh with potatoes and carrots were served.

My thanks to the PawSox for treating me to such a fantastic event. Baseball will be here before we know it.

-AG

Marking My Calendar

Now that I’ve gone 48 hours without meeting another member of Pawtucket’s finest, I can begin to set my sights on some upcoming events surrounding the PawSox that I’m looking forward to.

1. Baseball Writers Association of America Dinner

This will be a first for me and I can’t wait to take it all in.  The Baseball Writers Association of America, which has chapters in each Major League city, was formed in 1908 to work with baseball officials to improve working conditions for writers at the nation’s big league ballparks.

On January 19, the 73rd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.  The Red Sox award recipients include:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury — Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award (Red Sox MVP)
  • Alfredo Aceves — Red Sox Pitcher of the Year, Unsung Hero Award
  • Jonathan Papelbon — Red Sox Fireman of the Year
  • Dustin Pedroia — Jackie Jenson Award (Spirit and determination)
  • Josh Reddick — Harry Agganis Memorial Award (Red Sox Rookie of the Year)
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia — Tommy McCarthy Memorial Good Guy Award
  • Ryan Lavarnway  — Greg Montalbano Memorial Minor League Award
  • Ken Ryan — Former Boston Red Sox Player Award
  • Tommy Hottovy — Lou Gorman Award (Passion and Persistence)

Others being honored that I have interest in include Texas Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and dedicate a blog post following the event.

2. Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium

On Friday, January 13th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. the PawSox will hold the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium.  I’ll be in attendance and hope to see you there as well.  This event is FREE to the public and will be held inside the hallowed confines of the McCoy clubhouse and batting tunnels. No RSVP is necessary.

PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will give fans a preview of what the 2012 club will look like. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like RHP Alex Wilson, C Luis Exposito, OF Alex Hassan, and RHP Brandon Duckworth are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.

Food and drinks will be served.

3. Media Day at McCoy Stadium

Unlike the Hot Stove Party, this event in early April is not open to the public.  Local Rhode Island and Boston media will descend on McCoy Stadium and will have their first chance to meet the 2012 PawSox players and staff.

If the weather is nice all the players will be dressed in their home whites and will be interviewed on the field.  If we get rain, the event will move inside the clubhouse.  No matter the weather, I’ll get plenty of pictures and post them here on the blog.

4. PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon

Now an annual tradition created by team president Mike Tamburro, the Welcome Home Luncheon is open to the public and will be held the day before Opening Day on April 4.  The site will be announced soon.

The event, which is largely put together by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, will run from approximately noon – 1:30 p.m. and will feature all of the PawSox players, manager Arnie Beyeler, and a featured speaker that has not yet been announced.

Information about the event can be found on our website next month, but tickets can only be purchased through the Chamber.

5. Spring Training

I saved the best for last.  I’ll have the great opportunity to get a first-hand look at JetBlue Park, the new $78 million Fenway South complex.

Two instantly recognizable features at the new ballpark are the Green Monster and manual scoreboard – the exact one that was once at Fenway Park. It was replaced before the 2001 season and held in storage in South Dakota (where else?).

I’ll be in Fort Myers for a week near the middle or end of March and promise to not spend all my time at the beach.  I’ll be outfitted with a digital audio recorder and a Flip video camera to gather plenty of interviews to share both on here and at pawsox.com.

Mark your calendars, Opening Day is exactly three months (91 days) away.

-AG

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