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PawSox Christmas Party (Photos)

On what turned out to be a rainy Saturday in Pawtucket, nearly 1,000 PawSox fans showed up at McCoy Stadium for the annual PawSox Christmas Party.

Those in attendance had a chance to get their picture taken with the Governors’ Cup trophy, donate to Toys for Tots, make Christmas ornaments, and, of course, grab autographs from our three special guests: Ryan Lavarnway, Tony Thomas, and Jeremy Hazelbaker.

Here are some photos from the afternoon:

A big thanks to all three players and all our outstanding fans for making this event such a success!



The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island

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.

Here’s what it looked like on the field Thursday night following the final out.

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 remaining members from the PawSox Opening Day roster (left to right): Tony Thomas, Che-Hsuan Lin, Alex Wilson, Will Inman, Alex Hassan, Jason Repko, Nate Spears, Tony Pena, Jr.

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.



Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, and PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer getting drenched during the trophy celebration on the field.

PawSox Roster Move – August 16, 2012

There was a delay Wednesday night before the bottom of the the third inning began as Ryan Kalish walked from his position in centerfield to the PawSox dugout and was taken out of the game.

Kalish, a former Red Sox Rookie of the Year and Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year, has tremendous talent but missed much of 2011 due to injuries (left shoulder and neck).

Fortunately, manager Arnie Beyeler told Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) of the Pawtucket Times that Kalish simply twisted his ankle when sliding into second base and is day-to-day.

A short time before yesterday’s doubleheader against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, the PawSox had the following roster moves:

  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to August 14). Although we haven’t been told the exact injury for Hassan, he did recently spend some time on the DL as a result of fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced him to miss from July 31 – August 4.

Thomas (left) is batting .251 over 51 games with the PawSox with seven home runs and 21 RBI. Hassan (right) is tied with teammate Mauro Gomez for the fourth-best on-base percentage in the league at .377. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Infielder Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list with a calf strain. Thomas spent time on the shelf this season from June 27 – July 31 with finger and wrist injuries, but days later was DL’d again with calf injury. In his first at-bat since being activated yesterday, Thomas connected on a hard-hit single and finished 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened 5-2 win.



Kalish has appeared in 25 games this season with the Red Sox where he has hit .203 with three doubles and five runs batted in. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Roster Moves – August 4, 2012

Tonight promises to be a special night at McCoy Stadium. At approximately 6:00, team president Mike Tamburro and former PawSox and Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.

In the meantime, the PawSox have two roster moves that affect tonight’s lineup:

  • Infielder Tony Thomas has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with a strained calf. Thomas had just been lifted from the DL – where he had spent over a month – after suffering wrist and finger injuries.
  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a laceration on his left shin that required five stitches. For Hassan, who bats sixth and plays left field, Saturday marks the first time he has played since his injury on July 26.



In his first full season in Triple-A, Hassan is hitting .268 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in while playing a solid outfield. (Kelly O’Connor)



VIDEO: Tony Thomas off the DL

After spending over a month on the disabled list with finger and wrist injuries, Tony Thomas played Wednesday night in Lehigh Valley for the first time since June 26.

Thursday afternoon before batting practice, Thomas talked about his time away, the recent PawSox departures, and what it was like getting back on the field.

Thomas is getting Thursday night off in Lehigh Valley where the PawSox and IronPigs play in the series finale at 7:05.



Thomas was originally drafted in the third round by the Cubs before being traded to the Red Sox in 2011. (Kelly O’Connor)

PawSox Roster Moves – August 1, 2012

At around 6:00 Tuesday night while prepping for the broadcast in Rochester, my phone rang with the caller ID displaying “Arnie Beyeler.” Although I’m sure Arnie would’ve loved to chat about his day with me, when I get a call from the PawSox manager an hour before first pitch it can only mean one thing: roster moves.

First the not-so obvious:

  • First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez has been called-up from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Columbian set a Sea Dogs’ franchise record for the most homers in a single month when he went deep ten times in May. At the time of his promotion, the former Yankees’ farmhand was tied for second in the Eastern League in doubles (27), tied for fourth in home runs (16), and tied for ninth in total bases (165).
  • Second baseman Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a finger injury during batting practice. In 47 games with the PawSox, the former Florida State Seminole is hitting .240 with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in. Thomas has not played since June 26.

Thomas hit a season-high four home runs and five doubles in June when he played in 19 games for the PawSox. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Right-handed reliever Will Inman was been activated from the disabled list (right forearm strain). In his first season in the Red Sox system, Inman has gone 5-for-5 in save situations and has allowed just 6-of-24 inherited runners to score. Inman has not pitched since July 17.
  • Catcher Carson Blair has been called-up from High-A Salem for the second time (although he’s yet to play in a game with the PawSox). In 36 games with Salem, Blair is batting .210 with one home run and 12 runs batted in.
  • Hard-throwing righty Chris Carpenter has ended his Major League rehab assignment and has been optioned to Pawtucket. Part of the Theo Epstein compensation prior to Spring Training, Carpenter had surgery before the season began to clean up a bone spur around his elbow. On Tuesday night, Carpenter hit 99 mph twice while picking up his second save.
  • Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to July 28) after suffering a laceration when fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced Hassan to leave the game.

Now the obvious:

  • Lars Anderson was traded late Tuesday afternoon to Cleveland for 27-year-old knuckleballer, Steven Wright. Hear Lars’ reaction to the trade by clicking here.
  • Scott Podsednik was traded with Red Sox reliever Matt Albers to Arizona for Diamondbacks’ lefty, Craig Breslow. The Yale product, and New Haven, Ct. native, pitched for the PawSox in 2006 and ’07, and with Boston in ’06.

Diamondbacks’ manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that they have until Thursday to decide if Podsednik will be assigned to Triple-A Reno or the Big League team. (Kelly O’Connor)

  • Ryan Kalish and Clayton Mortensen have both been recalled by Boston. Kalish fills the void of Ryan Sweeney who is reportedly out two months after punching a door. Meanwhile, Mortensen pitched on a rain-shortened Tuesday night in the Red Sox six-inning win over Detroit and picked up his first win in a Boston uniform.

Get all that?

After a 5:00 arrival this morning in Allentown, Pa. where tonight the PawSox start a quick two-game series against the IronPigs, I’m off to a late lunch before going to the ballpark. I’ll talk to you tonight at 6:50.



Ryan Dent Promoted to PawSox

Taken 62nd overall in the 2007 Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Ryan Dent is now a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 23-year-old has spent the majority of his professional career at second base, but has also seen significant time at shortstop, with a handfull of games at third base and also the outfield.

The move comes after PawSox shortstop Jose Iglesias fouled a pitch off the inside of his left knee Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Although Iglesias finished the at-bat, he was later taken out of the game resulting in catcher Mike Rivera playing third base for just the third time in his 15 year career.

Dent played in 16 games for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League in 2011 where he was managed by PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler. (Kelly O’Connor).

With Tony Thomas on the disabled list (finger), Andy LaRoche recently dealing with a minor lower back injury, and Pedro Ciriaco thriving in Boston, Pawtucket could use some infield depth. It is worth noting, however, both LaRoche and Iglesias are in the lineup tonight.

In 54 games this season with Double-A Portland, Dent hit .241 with two home runs and 13 runs batted in.

To make room for Dent on the Pawtucket roster, outfielder Ronald Bermudez has been transferred to Portland. The 24-year-old unfortunately spent more time on he disabled list (hamstring) than he did on the field with the PawSox. In 10 games with Pawtucket, Bermudez went hit .190 (4-for-21).



Dent was ranked as the No. 46 overall prospect and the No. 21 positional player in the 2007 draft by “Baseball America.” (Kelly O’Connor)


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