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Sox Notes: Year X Fenway renovations revealed

Posted by Joshua Kummins on October 19, 2010

New video boards, shown in this rendering by the company that will install them, will replace existing monitors in the outfield.

The following is a press release from the Boston Red Sox, regarding the announcement of the final phase of renovations at Fenway Park:

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today announced Year X Fenway Park Improvements to “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.” Three new state-of-the-art High Definition video display and scoring systems, upgrades to the Gate D concourse including new and extended concession areas, and the repair, waterproofing and seat replacements of the lower seating bowl in Right Field highlight the 2011 list.

This off-season will mark the final year of major annual improvements to the ballpark, thus completing a ten-year plan. This year’s effort fulfills a pledge made by ownership upon acquisition of the club, and reaffirmed in 2005, to improve every facet of the ballpark, while preserving and protecting the ballpark for future generations. The improvements completed at Fenway Park over the past ten years have been designed to ensure that the park will remain structurally sound, and the home of the Boston Red Sox, for the next 30-40 years.

With a 2010-2011 off-season investment estimated at $40 million, the investment for the 10 year program is estimated to total approximately $285 million, the largest investment in the history of the almost 99-year old iconic ballpark.

“This is the last year of a ten-year series of improvements to Fenway Park that has given this venerable old ballpark new life,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “With more seats and more standing room, wide open concourses, a reinforced structure, new and improved restroom facilities, and many more food and beverage options for our fans, Fenway Park remains vibrant and appealing leading up to its 100th Anniversary in 2012.”

New High Definition Video Display and Scoring Systems

Three new High Definition video display and scoring systems will be installed this off-season at Fenway Park and will represent a significant upgrade over the existing scoreboards. The Red Sox selected ANC Sports to install three new state-of-the-art Mitsubishi Electric Diamond VisionTM light emitting diode (LED) video screens.

The largest of the three screens, measuring approximately 38 feet high by 100 feet wide, will be the main video board in centerfield and replace the existing elements of the structure above the bleachers in centerfield, which was originally constructed prior to the 1976 season. This main scoreboard structure includes a 23 feet high by 30 feet wide video screen installed after the 1999 season, the black and white statistical display, 60 feet of LED ribbon and the static rotational sponsor signs. This screen will have the ability to provide approximately 3800 square feet of dynamic video capabilities in a variety of formats.

Driven by ANC’s patent-pending VisionSOFTTM operating system, the new main video screen above the centerfield bleachers will be able to mimic the look of the old rotational sponsor signs or dissolve into various formats such as full-screen live video, game action accompanied by real-time statistics, sponsor graphics partnered with the box scores or any combination of visuals and game information.

Two additional Diamond Vision displays will also be installed on either side of the main screen. The existing Bank of America hitters and pitchers board in left center field will turn into a 17 feet high by 100 feet wide video screen with a new illuminated Bank of America sign atop the board. A third video screen, 16 feet high by 30 feet wide, will connect the Ford and Dunkin Donuts sponsor signs above the bleachers in right field. These Diamond Vision video systems will prominently feature real-time information such as batter and pitcher stats, pitch speed and type, box scores, promotions, announcements, upcoming schedules and other messaging.

“We are excited to partner with the Red Sox to enhance the fan experience at Fenway Park through our state-of-the-art signage technology,” said Jerry Cifarelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANC Sports Enterprises. “ANC’s revolutionary software system combined with Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision LED displays will entertain Red Sox fans with visuals as clear as their High Definition televisions at home while providing comprehensive and informative game information.”

All three signage positions will feature the Diamond Vision X8 Outdoor Video Screen. This state-of-the-art display features vibrant images through Mitsubishi Electric’s dynamic pixel processing which creates 8mm lines of resolution.

Other sports facilities where ANC Sports has installed Mitsubishi Electric High Definition video display systems include AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA; Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX; Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.; Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD; Turner Field in Atlanta, GA; U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, IL and Yankee Stadium in New York, NY.

Other Improvements Planned for 2011

Additional work being planned for this off-season includes the concrete repair, waterproofing, and seat replacements of the Right Field lower seating bowl originally constructed in 1933-34. This will mark the completion of the repair and waterproofing of the entire lower seating bowl, a project started with the Bleachers in 2007 and continued with the original 1912 bowl in 2008 and the 1933-34 Left Field seating bowl in 2009.

Existing Dugout, Field Box and Loge Box seats will be replaced by new seats with cup holders on a new concrete base. Dugout and Field Box seats will also be padded. As in previous years, Grandstand seats in Right Field will be refurbished and fitted with self-rising mechanisms that enable the seat to retract automatically once a patron stands up. This will allow for more room in the seating rows and improved mobility for fans entering or exiting the rows.

Other projects underway include new and expanded concession and merchandise stands in the Gate D area and a repaired and upgraded ground level concourse stretching from Gate D to Gate C that will include utility upgrades, new concrete concourse flooring and life safety improvements.

All off-season improvements were designed by D’Agostino Izzo & Quirk of Somerville, MA, and overseen by Ipswich Associates of Boston, MA, who will serve as the Program Manager. The concrete repair work will be completed by NER Construction of Wilmington, MA. The General Contractor for the off-season projects will be Walsh Brothers of Boston, MA.

Fenway Park Improvements 2002-2011:

Fenway Park has undergone a series of annual improvements since the New England Sports Ventures (NESV) purchased the team in 2002. The group assembled by John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino was the only candidate vying for ownership of the ballclub that proposed to save and improve Fenway Park, America’s oldest and smallest ballpark. The team has since focused on a series of improvements, with goals of increasing capacity by at least 10%; improving fan amenities such as concessions, restrooms and entry points; ADA accessibility and circulation including elevators and stairs; and, also improving the ballpark exterior with new year-round restaurants, wider sidewalks, street trees and lighting.

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Sox Notes: NESV announces purchase of Liverpool FC

Posted by Joshua Kummins on October 6, 2010

Statement from New England Sports Ventures:

New England Sports Ventures (“NESV”) can confirm that their bid for Liverpool FC has been selected by the Club’s Board of Directors and agreement has been reached with the Board to purchase the Club. NESV wishes to extend its appreciation to the Board for their diligence and their efforts on behalf of Liverpool FC and its supporters.

NESV wants to create a long-term financially solid foundation for Liverpool FC and is dedicated to ensuring that the Club has the resources to build for the future, including the removal of all acquisition debt. Our objective is to stabilize the Club and ultimately return Liverpool FC to its rightful place in English and European football, successfully competing for and winning trophies.

Since 2001, New England Sports Ventures has made successful investments in sports and entertainment properties. Our portfolio of companies, including the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, New England Sports Network, Fenway Sports Group and Roush Fenway Racing are all committed to one common goal: winning. NESV wants to help bring back the culture of winning to Liverpool FC.

We have a proven track record, shown clearly with the Boston Red Sox. The team has won two World Series Championships over the past six years. We will bring the same kind of openness, passion, dedication and professionalism to Liverpool FC.

We are hopeful with regard to the pending legal and English Premier League procedures now underway, however, in light of these issues, we will respectfully refrain from comment or further actions at this time.

Background on NESV

Created in 2001, New England Sports Ventures is one of the largest sports, media and entertainment companies in the world with a proven track record of success for each of its subsidiaries. NESV’s portfolio of companies includes: 100 percent of the Boston Red Sox, a Major League Baseball club; 80 percent of New England Sports Network, a regional sports television network; 100 percent of Fenway Sports Group, a sales and marketing company; and 50% of Roush Fenway Racing, a NASCAR racing team.

NESV is led by Principal Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner, who collectively have more than 30 years of experience as owners in Major League Baseball. This ownership group has been voted as the best in MLB by the readers of the Sports Business Journal in each of the past two years, and in 2009 Sports Illustrated selected this group as the number one ownership group in MLB.

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Sox Notes: Hughes placed back into start tonight

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 26, 2010

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that Phil Hughes will in fact start against the Red Sox tonight at Yankee Stadium. The report was later confirmed by general manager Brian Cashman.

The Yankees replaced Hughes for Dustin Moseley on Friday afternoon, but they have to go with their ace on the brink of a three-game sweep.

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Sox Notes: Lopez officially signed, joins Sox in the Bronx

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 26, 2010

Yesterday, the Sox officially announced the signing of infielder Felipe Lopez and that he had joined the team in New York. Here is the full press release:

The Boston Red Sox today signed infielder Felipe Lopez, who will be active for today’s game in New York, wearing No. 32. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club transferred outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day disabled list. The Red Sox active Major League roster is now at 36 players.

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

Lopez, 30, hit .231 (87-for-376) with 18 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 36 RBI, 50 runs scored and 43 walks in 109 games with St. Louis this season, including 58 games at third base (51 starts), 24 at second base (17 starts), 24 at shortstop (19 starts), two at first base (one start) and one in right field. He also made his pitching debut with a scoreless 18th inning against the Mets on April 17. An All-Star and National League Silver Slugger award recipient at shortstop with Cincinnati in 2005, Lopez has hit .266 (1,112-for-4,181) with 87 homers, 427 RBI, 586 runs scored, 436 walks and 123 stolen bases in 1,133 career games over parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (2001-02), Reds (2003-06), Nationals (2006-08), Cardinals (2008, 2010), Diamondbacks (2009), and Brewers (2009). He was originally selected by Toronto in the first round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.

Ellsbury, 27, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 14 with fractured ribs, his third stint on the disabled list in 2010. He appeared in 18 games with the Red Sox this season, going 15-for-78 (.192) with four doubles, five RBI, 10 runs and four walks.

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Sox Notes: Sox set to honor Lowell Oct. 2

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 23, 2010

by Ian Browne, MLB.com

The day before Mike Lowell plays his final game in the Major Leagues, the Red Sox will honor the highly respected veteran with an on-field ceremony.

There will be a tribute for Lowell at Fenway Park on Oct. 2, just prior to that day’s game against the New York Yankees.

The Red Sox announced Thursday that they have designated that night as “Thanks, Mike Night” so they can honor the corner infielder for an impressive 13-year career.

Lowell broke in with the Yankees as a September callup in 1998 and was traded to the Marlins the following spring. He came to Boston along with Josh Beckett in a trade on Thanksgiving of 2005 and has been a fan favorite his entire time with the Red Sox.

“I think I made a good first impression. I went 4-for-4 the first home game,” said Lowell, who is 36. “I kind of consider myself more of that working-class mentality. My personality is not this ultra-flamboyant person. I love David Ortiz. He’s a huge personality that walks into the room and I think fans love him for that. That’s not me, you know what I mean? At times, I wish I could capture a room the way he does. That’s just not me.”

But Red Sox fans formed an instant connection with Lowell like they’ve had with other grinders in the past. Trot Nixon and current Sox star Kevin Youkilis are two players who have been beloved for having similar grit as Lowell.

“I think that maybe that steady ‘come to work, shut your mouth, play hard every day’ — I think a lot of people appreciate that,” said Lowell. “This fan base is very knowledgeable when it comes to those things. To feel appreciated from a fan base like that, is, I think, very gratifying. It’s kind of an explanation point with the way you go about your business.”

Pregame ceremonies will start 30 minutes prior to game time, which is to be determined. It will be a special night for Lowell, who, even before the tribute was announced, had arranged for his entire family to be in Boston for his final weekend.

Fans of Red Sox Nation can participate by attending the game or by posting their well wishes for Lowell at the website http://www.redsox.com/thanksmike.

In a 13-year career that has included four All-Star appearances, Lowell is a .278 hitter with 222 homers and 948 RBIs.

He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 World Series, when the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies.

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Minors: Sox announce Minor League award winners

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 19, 2010

The Red Sox honored their 2010 Minor League award winners prior to Saturday night’s game against the Blue Jays. The awards were chosen by selected by the Red Sox baseball operations department and minor league roving instructors. All seven recipients were honored in a ceremony and the winners were announced in this Red Sox press release:

Pitcher of the Year – LHP Felix Doubront, Double-A Portland/Triple-A Pawtucket: Combined to go 8-3 with a 2.81 ERA (25 ER/80.0 IP) and 72 strikeouts in 17 games (16 starts) between Portland and Pawtucket as a 22 year old…Has also appeared in 12 games (three starts) with the Red Sox this season in his Major League debut…Held opponents to two earned runs or less in 12 of his 14 minor league starts…Began the season as Portland’s Opening Day starter and went 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA (12 ER/43.0 IP) before a May 20 promotion to Pawtucket, where he went 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA (13 ER/37.0 IP)…Signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2004.

Offensive Co-Player of the Year – 1B Anthony Rizzo, Single-A Salem/Double-A Portland: Hit .260 (138-for-531) with 42 doubles, 25 homers, 100 RBI and 61 walks in 136 games between Salem and Portland…At 21 years old, led the Red Sox minor leagues in home runs and ranked second in RBI…Set a franchise record for the Sea Dogs with 32 RBI in August…Was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for August 2-8, batting .444 (12-for-27) with four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in that span…Was Boston’s seventh pick (sixth round, 204th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Offensive Co-Player of the Year – C Ryan Lavarnway, Single-A Salem/Double-A Portland: Batted .288 (133-for-462) with 27 doubles, 22 home runs, 70 walks and 102 RBI in 126 games with Salem and Portland…Led Boston’s minor league system in RBI and ranked second in homers…The 23 year old was named Player of the Week in both the Carolina League (April 8-18) and Eastern League (August 23-29)…Named to both the Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star teams…Selected as the eighth pick by the Red Sox (sixth round, 202nd overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Defensive Player of the Year – OF Che-Hsuan Lin, Double-A Portland: Committed just three errors in 338 chances for a .991 fielding percentage over 118 games between right field (four games) and center field (114 games) for Portland as a 21 year old…Hit .275 (126-for-458) with 17 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 34 RBI and 72 walks in 119 games with the Sea Dogs…Signed as an international free agent in 2007.

Base Runner of the Year – OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, Single-A Greenville: Led the Red Sox organization with 63 stolen bases, the most in a season by a Boston farmhand since Gus Burgess stole 68 bases in 1981…The 23-year-old outfielder was caught stealing 17 times for a 78.8 percent success rate…Hit .267 (118-for-442) with 29 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 59 walks and 62 RBI…Named a South Atlantic League post-season All-Star for the 2010 season…Was Boston’s fourth pick (fourth round, 138th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Minor League Latin Program Pitcher of the Year – RHP Raul Alcantara, Rookie-Level DSL Red Sox: Was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA (22 ER/60.1 IP) in 13 starts for the DSL Red Sox…Tied for the team high in wins and ranked second in innings…The 17 year old finished 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA (3 ER/21.0 IP) and 17 strikeouts over his last four starts…Was named to the 2010 DSL All-Star team.

Minor League Latin Program Player of the Year – SS Xander Bogaerts, Rookie-Level DSL Red Sox: Hit .314 (75-for-239) with seven doubles, five triples, three home runs, 42 RBI and 30 walks in 63 games for the DSL Red Sox…Paced the club in batting average, hits, homers, RBI, total bases (101) and slugging (.423)…The 17 year old was named to the 2010 DSL All-Star team.

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Sox Notes: Sox announce 2011 slate

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 14, 2010

by Ian Browne, MLB.com

With the current season not unfolding quite as the Red Sox or their fans would have preferred, there is now an opportunity to take a look toward 2011, when injured stars will be healthy again and there are sure to be some impactful new faces on the squad.

Boston will start next season’s 162-game grind earlier than in years past — on April 1, on the road against the Rangers. After three games in Arlington, the Sox will complete their six-game journey with a series in Cleveland.

And for the second year in a row, the Fenway slate will start with a rivalry showdown against the Yankees. Boston’s home opener always takes on a festive feel, and the presence of the Bronx Bombers will only intensify that. The Yankees will be at Fenway from April 8-10.

For the Red Sox, there will be no easing in on the season’s first homestand. Once the Yankees leave, the Rays come to town for a three-game set. And the 10-game homestand concludes with a four-game series against another American League East opponent, the Toronto Blue Jays. The latter of those games against Toronto is the annual Patriots Day contest, which starts at 11 a.m. ET.

When the Sox start Interleague Play, the first matchup will be one of the most compelling in the Majors. For the first time since 1918, the Chicago Cubs will come to Fenway Park. That three-game series will be played from May 20-22. Who would have thought that the Cubs would still not have another World Series championship since losing to the Sox in that 1918 Fall Classic? The Cubs last won it all in 1908. The Red Sox snapped their epic championship drought in 2004, winning for the first time in 86 years.

Once the Cubs leave town, Boston will go back to American League foes for about a month. But on June 17, a former American League franchise, the Milwaukee Brewers, will come to Fenway for the first time since 2008. The Padres will visit from June 20-22, and that will be a reunion of sorts, as Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino used to serve in that role for San Diego and general manager Theo Epstein began his front-office career as an assistant general manager for the Padres.

The Red Sox will get all of their road matchups with NL foes out of the way on one road trip. Boston goes to Pittsburgh for the first time since 2003, taking on the Pirates from June 24-26. In what has become an annual event, the Sox then go to Philadelphia for three games, beginning on June 28. And the nine-game road trip will end with three games at Minute Maid Park in Houston, a venue the Sox visited in 2008.

As always, there will be great attention and intensity every time Boston plays the Yankees. The Sox will make their first visit to Yankee Stadium May 13-15. They again go to the Bronx June 7-9.

The Yankees have a long time between visits to Boston, as they don’t return to Fenway until Aug. 5, when a three-game series commences. New York again comes to Boston Aug. 30-Sept. 1. And the rivals square off for the final time of the season from Sept. 23-25 in the Bronx. Just as the season begins earlier than in recent years, it also ends earlier. The Red Sox close out the year with a three-game set at Camden Yards Sept. 26-28 in what they hope will be a tuneup for the postseason.

The Sox go to the West Coast for the first time from April 19-24, when they play two games in Oakland and four in Anaheim against the Angels. There is only one other trip to the Pacific time zone for Boston in 2011, and it comes Aug. 12-14 in a three-game set at Safeco Field against the Mariners. That is the end of a seven-game road trip that starts with four in Minnesota.

The last few years, Boston’s matchups with the Rays have become as important as the meetings with the Yankees. The Sox go to Tropicana Field June 14-16 and also immediately after the All-Star break, July 15-17. The Rays come to Fenway for a two-gamer from Aug. 16-17. Boston goes back to Tropicana Field for what could be a critical showdown from Sept. 9-11. And the Rays come to Fenway for a four-game set from Sept. 15-18.

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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 claim Fox from Minnesota

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 9, 2010

Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is now reporting that the Red Sox claimed RHP Matt Fox off waivers from Minnesota. He was designated for assignment on Sunday when the Twins activated Ben Revere.

The 27-year-old Fox spent most of this season with Triple A Rochester before he was called up. Fox had a 3.71 ERA for Rochester and was selected in the 2004 supplemental round.

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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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