All the information you need to know about when pitchers, catchers and the rest of position players report to spring training for the Boston Red Sox.
It may not feel like spring is in the air, especially here in the Boston area where there is still snow blanketing the ground. In baseball terms, the season is on the verge of changing with spring training rapidly approaching.
The first sign of spring came this past Monday when fans gathered around Fenway Park for the annual Truck Day event. Spring training equipment is already on its way south and the players will soon be there to join them.
While each club sets their own schedule for when players are expected to report to camp, every major league team will kick off spring training at some point next week. The Red Sox will train at Jet Blue Park, their spring facility in Fort Myers, FL.
Pitchers and catchers are the first to report, with the Red Sox setting Tuesday, February 13 as the deadline for their arrival. Their first workout will follow the next day. Red Sox position players report on Sunday, February 18, one day ahead of the first full-squad workout.
Exhibition games will begin on February 22 with split-squad games against the Northeastern Huskies and Boston College Eagles. The spring calendar wraps up on March 27 against the Chicago Cubs.
To recap, the schedule for Red Sox players reporting to spring training at Jet Blue Park is:
February 13: Pitchers and Catchers report
February 14: First official workout
February 18: Position players report
February 19: First full-squad workout
February 22: Exhibition games begin
While players are under no obligation to report prior to these dates, a few Red Sox players have already gathered in Fort Myers to begin working out together. David Price, Matt Barnes, Steven Wright and Sandy Leon are among the players who have been spotted at the spring training facility.
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This will be Alex Cora‘s first spring training as a big league manager and it will be interesting to see if he runs camp any differently than his predecessor. The former infielder has previously talked about working with Xander Bogaerts on his defense and using more defensive shifts this season. Spring training will offer him his first chance to get some hands-on experience working with the team.
It also provides the players with their first chance to make a good impression on the new skipper.
It’s been a long winter here in Boston but the end is finally near. A new season is on the horizon and it won’t be long before fans get a taste of seeing their favorite Red Sox players back on the field.