A list of dates for Boston Red Sox fans to circle on their calendars as it pertains to the 2019 spring training schedule.
We’re only a few short months removed from celebrating a Boston Red Sox World Series title yet we’re already looking ahead to another season. Spring training is right around the corner so it’s time to start paying attention to some important upcoming dates.
Several players have already started to trickle into Jet Blue Park down in Fort Myers. You may notice some of the Red Sox beat writers posting photos and videos of players working out but camp isn’t officially underway until next week.
Let’s break down the schedule to review when fans heading south to check out spring training can expect to see certain events.
Pitchers and Catchers
Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 12 and will hold their first workout on February 13. Expect the Red Sox to ease their starting pitchers in this spring with a light workload but this is the point where they begin to get back into their routine.
The Red Sox will be hosting an Open House at Jet Blue Park on February 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fans are invited to tour the ballpark for a closer look at where the team will be spending camp this spring.
Position players report to camp on February 17 in time for the first full-squad workout on February 18. While we can expect many players to arrive well before this point, this date marks when we can expect the full team to be together on the field since the World Series.
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The Red Sox kick off the exhibition schedule with their annual meeting with the Northeastern Huskies on February 22.
Grapefruit League action begins with a matchup against the New York Yankees on February 23. This is the first of 32 exhibition games against their fellow major league teams.
This year’s schedule includes a pair of split-squad dates. Half the team will face the Tampa Bay Rays on February 27 while the other half will take on the Baltimore Orioles the same day. The other split-squad day will be on March 17 against the Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The exhibition schedule wraps up against the Chicago Cubs on March 26.
The Red Sox will open the 2019 season in Seattle against the Mariners. The 11-game road trip also takes them through Oakland and Arizona before the team returns to Boston for the home opener at Fenway Park on April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
A deep postseason run en route to a championship has left the Red Sox with a shorter offseason than they are used to. The regulars in the lineup may see a bit less action than usual in the early going and the pitchers will almost certainly be treated with caution. That will open up more playing time for the prospects invited to camp, giving us a potential glimpse at the future. Any opportunity to see our favorite players on the field for the first time since the World Series is bound to generate excitement so make sure to mark your calendars for these keys dates!