The Boston Red Sox are undergoing a sea of change right in front of fans eyes. Just this past week, the team announced the hiring of Craig Breslow to run the front office and it is clear that he knows he has a lot of work to do. While most fans are going to be following along in earnest to see how the front office will address the Red Sox's woeful starting pitching situation, there are a number of them that are planning their trips to watch Boston get the 2024 season started in spring training.
For Red Sox fans, spring training essentially is a month plus long party in Florida where they start watching Boston's workouts in Fort Myers and then follow the team around the state for their spring training schedule. Some fans just pop in for a few days and enjoy the Florida weather, some diehards make a month of the whole trip. For all of them as well as those that just want to follow along at home on their couches, here is a look at what we know about Boston's spring training plans so far.
When do the Red Sox's pitchers and catchers report in 2024?
There is a new front office in place for this coming season, so there is a chance that things could change from how they have been previously done. However, we can probably guess that the official pitchers and catchers report date will be announced in early January and that things will look pretty close to what they looked like in 2023.
Last season, the Red Sox had pitchers and catchers report on February 13th (a Monday) and with Boston's spring training schedule starting earlier than most in 2024, it is probably fair to expect that a report date on February 12th, 2024 (also a Monday) is in the cards this coming spring as well.
When does the Red Sox's spring training schedule start?
While player report dates aren't going to be set in stone until later in the offseason, Boston's schedule this spring has been set for some time. The Red Sox's spring training schedule begins on February 23rd with a scrimmage against the Northeastern University Huskies before they start playing against an actual Major League team, the Twins, on February 25th.
The Red Sox then play throughout the end of February and the month of March before ending their spring training schedule with a matchup with the Braves on March 24th. Boston then has a few days off before beginning the 2024 regular season with a four game road series against the Mariners. Boston's 2024 home opener doesn't happen until April 9th against the division rival Orioles. Starting the season with a 10 game road trip on the west coast isn't ideal, but it's PROBABLY better than having that sort of trip late in the season.