Mar 7, 2015; Sarasota, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox catcherBlake Swihart
(71) hits a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at a spring training baseball game atEd Smith
Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Triple-A: Pawtucket Red Sox (International League)
The 2014 season saw the Red Sox earn second place in the North division, with a record of 79-65. They were a much better team away from Pawtucket, posting 10 games above .500 (41-31), while being 38-34 at home. Their record was enough to clinch the wildcard spot in the postseason, where they clinched a second IL title in three years.
Unfortunately, that championship may be the last one that Pawtucket gets to enjoy. Not because the team will not be good enough to compete, but because the team itself will likely be moving in a couple of years.
The Boston Globe‘s Brian MacQuarrie reported in early March of the sale of the team even earlier in the year, where the new ownership has plans to move the team to Providence, Massachusetts. Citizens are outraged because of their deep connection to the team. MacQuarrie stated that “what gives Pawtucket a cachet beyond tiny Rhode Island is its baseball team, which has funneled players to the Boston Red Sox for 45 years.”
WHDH.com also reported, however, that “An area along the Providence River that was mentioned as a possible site for the new ballpark is actually designated to be used for a public park, according to a federal land plan. Officials said they have not received a proposal to change that.” This issue means that you should expect the team to remain in Pawtucket at least for the near future. Just do not expect that issue to continue, considering the new ownership is run by Providence attorney James Skeffington and Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. Between those two minds, a deal will undoubtedly get done.
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on watching top prospects like Blake Swihart play with the big club, you should watch him with Pawtucket, as the best player not named Yoan Moncada will likely be catching in Triple-A this summer.
Click the link to see Pawtucket’s own spring training schedule: Pawtucket Red Sox 2015 Spring Training
First Away Game of 2015: April 9th vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
First Home Game of 2015: April 16th vs. Rochester Red Wings