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R.I.P. Ben Mondor, Pawtucket Red Sox owner

Posted by Joshua Kummins on October 4, 2010

It is the end of an era for the Pawtucket Red Sox today, as the club and the baseball community mourn in the passing of beloved owner, Ben Mondor. Ben passed away peacefully on Sunday evening at his home in Warwick Neck, RI at the age of 85.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends, president Mike Tamburro and the PawSox organization, and the state of Rhode Island and anybody associated with this great man.

A statement from the Boston Red Sox:

The Boston Red Sox join baseball lovers everywhere in mourning the loss of Pawtucket Red Sox Owner and Red Sox Hall of Famer Ben Mondor. The club extends its deepest condolences to his beloved wife Madeleine, his family, and his extended PawSox family and friends.

“Ben was a giant among men who saved baseball for the State of Rhode Island. On both a personal and professional level, I am saddened to hear of his passing,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “He was a good friend of many years and was one of the finest people to ever be a part of the game of baseball. When we honored him on ‘Ben Mondor Day’ at Fenway Park in 2004, the sheer number of people who came to join us in the celebrations showed the profound impact that his life had on the game and on the lives of people. His generosity, kindness and compassion will be missed, but what a life he led.”

“Ben Mondor was a legend and made innumerable contributions to the Boston Red Sox, which directly contributed to two World Series Championships,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein. “Through Ben’s foresight and determination, he transformed the PawSox into one of the best Triple-A franchises in the country. He played a significant role in developing hundreds of Major League players many of whom contributed immensely to the success of the Boston Red Sox. He treated the players like his own family and his devotion to their development was absolute. We will miss him.”

When Ben Mondor took over the reins of the “Rhode Island” Red Sox in 1977, the franchise was on the brink of bankruptcy and losing its association from professional baseball. A struggling franchise was transformed into one of the most successful Triple-A ballclubs because of his vision, business acumen and dedication, and thanks to him Rhode Islanders have enjoyed the best of baseball and family entertainment.

Ben nurtured the careers of almost 500 Major Leaguers. He transformed beautiful McCoy Stadium from an aging 1942 relic into the “building of dreams” after an extensive renovation in 1999. But Ben was always devoted to his fans and kept baseball affordable for families in Rhode Island, and beyond, during his 33 year tenure.

Ben was a warm and generous man who was loved in the community and well known for his benevolence and philanthropy. Hundreds of non-profit groups and charities benefited from the big heart of a baseball giant.

A statement from Minor League Baseball, regarding the death of Mondor and former International League president Harold Cooper:

“Our game has lost two icons with the recent passing of Ben Mondor and Harold Cooper.  These two men were architects of the modern Minor League Baseball era.  Their tireless efforts in Minor League Baseball are no more evident than the fact they sustained Minor League Baseball through some of our roughest years and completed the task of returning it to the limelight it richly deserves.

Ben Mondor took a Pawtucket franchise from the depths of bankruptcy and led it to prominence in Minor League Baseball’s highest classification.  Ben was recognized by every major industry publication for his executive and ownership successes.  More telling is the love affair Ben had with his team, fans and front office staff.  From first-class operations to a major renovation of McCoy Stadium, Ben handled his ownership with dignity, respect and responsibility.  His gentle, but steady, hand will always be present in the workings of the Pawtucket franchise.  Seldom are we privileged to associate with the likes of Ben Mondor. 

In many respects, Harold Cooper was professional baseball in Columbus, Ohio.  Harold rose from the ranks of a clubhouse attendant to General Manager of the Columbus franchise.  His fierce style and competitive nature made him a giant in our industry.  Harold served our game in many positions, and in many ways.  His knowledge of baseball’s inner workings was rarely matched, and his reputation in the game seldom equaled.  As a childhood fan of the Columbus team, I personally benefitted from Harold’s involvement in the game.  As an organization, we owe him a debt of gratitude.  He will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out their families, friends and colleagues.”


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Sox Notes: Local boy Hill called up by Sox

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 13, 2010

The Red Sox selected the contract of pitcher Rich Hill from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, with just 19 days left in the regular season.

A once promising starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Hill went 11-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 2007, but shoulder woes have halted his career in recent years. By joining the Red Sox, Hill is now with the team he grew up watching as a kid. The 30-year-old was born in Boston and graduated from Milton High School.

He went 3-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 19 games (six starts) for the PawSox this season and has pitched just 19 games in the Majors since 2007.

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Sox Notes: Sox activate two from DL, call Richardson from Pawtucket

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 1, 2010

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today added three players with the September expansion of active Major League rosters. The club reinstated infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson from Triple-A Pawtucket. All three players will be active for tonight’s game at Baltimore.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Patterson, 27, has been on the disabled list since August 17 (retroactive to August 16) with a neck strain. He played in four rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .235 (4-for-17) with two doubles, a triple, four runs scored and three stolen bases while appearing at second base, center field and designated hitter. Patterson has hit .254 (17-for-67) with two home runs and six RBI in 29 games with the Red Sox since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics on June 26, playing in 11 games (seven starts) in center field, 11 in left field (five starts) and seven at second base (three starts).

Saltalamacchia, 25, was placed on the DL on August 19 (retroactive to August 16) due to a right lower leg infection. He went 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in four rehab games with the PawSox, starting two games behind the plate and two as the DH. Acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 31, Saltalamacchia went 2-for-6 (.333) with two doubles, two walks and a run scored in three games with Boston after being recalled from Pawtucket on August 11. He appeared in all three games behind the plate, including two starts, throwing out one of four attempted base stealers.

The 26-year-old Richardson will be in his third stint with the Red Sox this season. The left-hander owns a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) with nine strikeouts in 19 relief appearances with Boston in 2010. In 32 games with Pawtucket this season, he went 3-0 with two saves, a 2.66 ERA (13 ER/44.0 IP) and 56 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .181 average (27-for-149).

With today’s additions, the Red Sox active Major League roster is at 28 players while the club’s 40-man roster remains at 38.

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Sox Notes: Rehabbing Red Sox key Pawtucket win

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 28, 2010

The PawSox scored five runs in the ninth inning to beat Rochester (MIN), 6-5, at Frontier Field on Friday night and two Major League rehabbers were key contributors to the win.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and infielder Eric Patterson both began their rehab assignments with two-hit games. Saltalamacchia had two doubles, one in the eighth and ninth innings, while Patterson hit a double in the third and a single in the ninth.

Josh Reddick and Niuman Romero each had three hits for the PawSox. Reddick knocked in four of the Pawtucket runs and made it close with a three-run homer in the ninth. Ramon Ramirez, the reigning International League Pitcher of the Week, turned in a solid effort, but didn’t figure in the decision. He allowed three runs over six innings. T.J. Large earned his fourth win, pitching a scoreless eighth. Fernando Cabrera worked the ninth for his 18th save.

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Sox Notes: Cash activated, Brown optioned

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 24, 2010

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today activated catcher Kevin Cash from the 15-day disabled list.  The club also announced that catcher Dusty Brown was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following last night’s game.  Cash will be available for tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Cash, 32, has been on the disabled list since August 11 (retroactive to August 9) due to a left hamstring strain.  He appeared in two rehab games between Triple-A Pawtucket and Short-A Lowell, going 2-for-8 (.250) with a double, RBI and run scored.  Acquired from the Houston Astros on July 1, Cash has gone 8-for-54 (.148) with a double, run and five walks in 20 games for the Red Sox in 2010.  He’s played all 20 games at catcher, including 17 starts.  Cash also appeared in 19 games behind the plate (18 starts) and pitched 1.0 inning for Houston this season, hitting .204 (11-for-54) with two home runs and four RBI. 

The 28-year-old Brown has appeared in one game with the Red Sox since he was recalled from Pawtucket on August 19, tallying a two-run double on August 20 against Toronto after entering the game as a defensive replacement at catcher.  In seven games overall with Boston in his two stints with the club this season, he is 3-for-12 (.250), catching in all seven contests including three starts.  Brown has hit .219 (47-for-215) with 16 doubles, seven home runs, 28 RBI, 30 runs and 26 walks in 64 games with the PawSox this season, appearing in 60 games behind the plate.

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Sox Notes: Damon thinks Detroit is his place, plus more roster moves

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 24, 2010

* Outfielder Johnny Damon talked with reporters following a 12-2 victory over Kansas City last night. He said that he was leaning toward staying with the Tigers rather than waive his no-trade rights and accept a trade or waiver claim to join the Red Sox.

“My gut and everything else tells me Detroit’s the place for me,” he told reporters. The deadline for a decision is Wednesday afternoon, so things can definitely change.

* Hideki Okajima was roughed up in a rehab assignment last night, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket. He allowed four runs on four hits, including a home run to Russ Adams, a left-handed hitter who hadn’t homered off a southpaw all season. 

* Catcher Kevin Cash is set to be activated before Tuesday’s game. Dusty Brown will be sent back to the PawSox as he was seen packing up last night.

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Sox Notes: Pedroia, PawSox make it two in a row over Baby Mets

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 15, 2010

(Louriann Mardo-Zayat)

After losing Friday’s series opener at McCoy Stadium, the PawSox earned their second straight victory, 3-1 over the Buffalo Bisons (NYM) on Sunday afternoon.

Dustin Pedroia concluded his two-game rehab assignment as the third batter in the lineup and designated hitter. He went 0-for-3, grounding into a double play and flying to the outfield twice. He has missed seven weeks with a broken left foot.

Milton native Rich Hill had a great outing for the PawSox as he gave up just two hits over five innings.

Pedroia is expected to return to the Red Sox on Tuesday when they open a series against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Sox Notes: Ellsbury re-injures ribs; Bowden recalled

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 14, 2010

The Boston Red Sox today placed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list due to re-injury to his fractured ribs and recalled right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket.  Bowden will be active for tonight’s game in Texas, wearing No. 64.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Ellsbury, 26, re-injured the fractured ribs during last night’s game in Texas.  He has appeared in 18 games with the Red Sox overall this season, going 15-for-78 (.192) with four doubles, five RBI, 10 runs and four walks.  On August 9 in New York, he tied the club’s single-game record with four stolen bases and has seven overall on the year.  This is Ellsbury’s third stint on the disabled list in 2010, also April 20 (retroactive to April 12) through May 21 and May 28 through August 3. 

The 23-year-old Bowden will be in his second stint with Boston this season after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings over three relief outings with the Red Sox from July 18-21.  In 28 games (16 starts) with the PawSox in 2010, he has gone 6-3 with one save, a 3.62 ERA (41 ER/102.0 IP), 74 strikeouts and 34 walks, and has held opponents to a .221 clip (81-for-367), third best among International League leaders.  Bowden has made each of his last 12 appearances with Pawtucket out of the bullpen, going 2-0 with one save, a 2.81 ERA (5 ER/16.0 IP) and 15 strikeouts.

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Sox Notes: Saltalamacchia recalled, Cash to DL

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 11, 2010

The Boston Red Sox today recalled catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Pawtucket and placed catcher Kevin Cash on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.  Saltalamacchia will be active for tonight’s game in Toronto and will wear No. 39.

The 25-year-old was acquired by the Red Sox from the Texas Rangers on July 31 and has appeared in five games for the PawSox, going 5-for-21 (.238) with three doubles, two RBI, three runs and two walks.  He’s played four games at catcher and one at first base, throwing out two of three attempted base stealers while behind the plate.

Cash was acquired from the Houston Astros on July 1 and has gone 8-for-54 (.148) with a double, run and five walks in 20 games for the Red Sox.  He’s played all 20 games at catcher, including 17 starts.

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Sox Notes: Minor league highlights

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 9, 2010

Carlos Delgado will make his Red Sox organization debut for Triple-A Pawtucket tonight. (Christopher Pasatieri/US Presswire)

* Carlos Delgado, 17-year Major League veteran first baseman who has a career big league average of .280 with 473 home runs and 1512 RBI in 2035 games, has been activated by Triple-A Pawtucket today and he will bat clean-up and DH in the fourth game of a five-game series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY). Delgado, 38, was signed by the Red Sox to a minor league deal on Saturday. He worked out with the PawSox yesterday at McCoy Stadium and will now officially begin his comeback from two surgeries on his right hip that have kept him out of action since May of 2009.

* Short-A Lowell center fielder Felix Sanchez and shortstop Jose Garcia have been named to the American League roster for next Monday night’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game roster. Sanchez will be in the starting outfield for the A.L. squad, while Garcia will be a reserve infielder. The 20-year-old Sanchez has been the Spinners’ most consistent player as the lead-off batter. Sanchez, a switch-hitter from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, currently leads the Spinners with a .308 average and leads the New York-Penn League with 23 stolen bases in 29 attempts, despite missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. Garcia, 19, a shortstop from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, clearly opened enough eyes through the Spinners first 17 games of the season before he too was felled by injury, missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury. Garcia has struggled since returning, watching his average drop from .355 when he was injured July 4 to .240 as of Monday. He currently has one home run, seven doubles and eight RBI.

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