The Red Sox have made a concerted effort to improve their farm system since Chaim Bloom took over as Boston’s chief baseball officer in October 2019. The organization’s depth has greatly improved, both at the major league and minor league levels, and much of that progress stems from Bloom’s shrewd maneuvering. The Red Sox have infused plenty of new, young talent into their pipeline, which should help Boston down the road.
BOSTON — LeBron James is officially part of Fenway Sports Group's ownership, and the group's chairman is excited about the addition of the NBA superstar and global sports icon. FSG announced Wednesday that James and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, are now part owners of the group, which includes...
The Boston Red Sox take the field for the first time in 2021 Friday afternoon after their initial Opening Day plans were altered due to Mother Nature. As the world continues to slowly but surely return to some form of normalcy, Fenway Park is a welcomed sight. Some fans are back in the stands in a socially distanced and safe manner, and the Sox are gearing up for a full 2021 season with playoff aspirations in mind.
Historically, the ninth spot in the batting order has been little more than a black hole. Major League Baseball has legislated that in the National League by refusing to adopt a universal designated hitter. Even with the DH, American League teams typically have modest expectations for the spot, which will have the fewest plate appearances over the course of the season.
Opening Day for the Red Sox may come a day later than expected, but they still had to set their first 26-man roster of the season on Thursday. There were no surprises, as 14 pitchers and 12 positional players officially made the cut for Friday’s opener at Fenway Park against the Orioles. The Red Sox put Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation and Ryan Brasier on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain, both retroactive to March 29. Tanner Houck was recalled from the alternate training site to start Saturday’s game.
The Red Sox won't make the playoffs unless a lot goes right on the margins, but we're not here to discuss the margins. This is about the masthead. For all the discussions of needing a big season out of newcomer Garrett Richards, or leadership from Enrique Hernandez, or shutdown innings out of a revamped bullpen, the real bullseye should be placed on a pair of holdovers who played pivotal roles in the 2018 championship.
Boston Red Sox alternate training site roster: Michael Chavis, prospects Jeter Downs, Jarren Duran headline list of players at Worcester
Michael Chavis along with top Red Sox prospects Jeter Downs, Jarren Duran and Connor Seabold are on the alternate training site roster. The players will practice and play intrasquad games at Worcester’s Polar Park during April. Héctor Rondón, who the Red Sox signed to a minor league contract, is not...
At only 28, Xander Bogaerts is the longest-tenured member of the current Red Sox, having made his debut on Aug. 20, 2013. The two-time All-Star has known the joy of two World Series championships, the despair of three last-place finishes, and has played with too many teammates to remember them all.
Polar Park comes 'to life': Worcester ballpark praised as Red Sox take to the field for first official workout
WORCESTER — Despite a gloomy, cold spring day, the sights and sounds of baseball filled Polar Park for the first time. It was an historic moment for the city when Worcester Red Sox players stepped onto the field for their first official workout Thursday as part of the Boston Red Sox’ alternate camp.
For the 2021 Red Sox, the weight of expectations will not be a problem. Heading into the new season, Boston is listed at 50:1 odds to win the World Series. Clearly, experts are not eyeing the current Red Sox team as a projected postseason contender, though opinions differ. As the...
Red Sox vs. Orioles: Live stream, how to watch online, TV channel, odds after rainout on MLB Opening Day
The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles had to wait an extra day to kick off their 2021 seasons. The Red Sox announced Thursday morning that their Opening Day game at Fenway was postponed due to rain. The BoSox and O's will instead start their seasons on Friday -- originally slated to be an off day.
The gold standard is Tuffy Rhodes. Your age may spark different memories, but speaking as a baseball fan going on 41, it’s impossible to think of Opening Day and not think of Karl Rhodes in Cubs pinstripes. He played 225 games in the major leagues, but he may as well have only played one — April 4, 1994, when he led off for Chicago at Wrigley Field and cracked three home runs in his first three at-bats of the season. The first three-homer opener in National League history, the first three-homer-in-first-three-ups opener in all of baseball history, and off Dwight Gooden no less.
BOSTON — The Red Sox home opener that was scheduled for Thursday has been postponed to Friday due to rain. “The decision to postpone our first game of the season was not made lightly,” said Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy. “The built-in off day was created for just this purpose and tomorrow’s forecast for sunshine also factored into our decision. We have been eager to have fans back at Fenway Park for the first time in 18 months and look forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow under brighter and drier conditions.”
Drat. A rainout. This is no way to start the new Red Sox season. The purple prose that Opening Day annually (and understandably) inspires has told us forever that the first day of baseball season is about renewal and new beginnings and, also, I believe, bunting. (The decorative kind, not the speedy-leadoff-hitter skill. That kind of bunting is mostly gone from the game forever.)
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Anyone can hit a home run by pulling the ball. Bobby Dalbec is trying to become a more well-rounded slugger. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) The Red Sox will need a lot breaks this season, and getting better versions of J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi would be exceptionally helpful. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)
LeBron James will have a say in Red Sox and Liverpool decision-making following RedBird's $750M investment
One of the biggest recent headlines in the sports business world came courtesy of one of the world's most famous athletes: LeBron James. The Lakers star joined Fenway Sports Group on the same day that RedBird Capital Partners, an investment group, injected $750 million into the organization, meaning that James would be in the ownership group of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox.
"Sure, I think there might an occasional outbreak, but I do think it will be a rare event if some games are canceled," Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner told CNBC on Thursday. Last year's pandemic-shortened season saw dozens of games postponed due to Covid cases. Boston Red Sox Chairman...
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It still doesn’t really feel right, but we are somehow only a day away from the Red Sox season. We can stop talking about things in theoretical terms, because the day before the day is finally here. And with that, we can start actually zooming in a little bit and looking at the task at hand. We’ll look at the first series of the year in depth tomorrow morning, but for today we’re going to look at the month of April and preview how things look on the schedule right off the bat.
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Today, Friday, was supposed to be the first day off on the 2021 schedule. Instead, Opening Day was canceled (by all accounts of those who live in Boston, that decision was a mistake), and today now becomes the first game of the season. That makes it all the better timing for our roundtable, which let’s be honest, that’s the most important thing here. I appreciate the Red Sox recognizing that. The prompt this week was simple: Make your bold prediction for 2021.