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Worcester Red Sox

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Worcester Red Sox
Founded in 2021
Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester Red Sox logo Nov 2019.png
Team logo
Minor league affiliations
ClassTriple-A (from 2021)
LeagueInternational League (from 2021)
Major league affiliations
TeamBoston Red Sox (from 2021)
Team data
NameWorcester Red Sox (from 2021)
BallparkPolar Park (from 2021)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Larry Lucchino and partners
ManagerBilly McMillon
MediaRadio: WORC-FM

The Worcester Red Sox (nicknamed the WooSox) are a professional minor league baseball team scheduled to begin play in 2021. The team is planned to play in the International League as the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, succeeding the Pawtucket Red Sox. The team will play its home games at Polar Park, a new baseball park being constructed for the team in Worcester, Massachusetts.

History

In February 2015, a group of New England business leaders, led by Larry Lucchino, purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox, Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox since 1973.[1] By mid-April, ownership was exploring moving the team from Pawtucket to Providence, Rhode Island.[2] In September, Governor of Rhode Island Gina Raimondo stated that the land in Providence being considered for a stadium, "was not suitable and there were too many obstacles that remained."[3] During 2016, a feasibility study was conducted on potential renovations of the team's Pawtucket ballpark, McCoy Stadium; and from mid-2017 to mid-2018, building a new ballpark in Pawtucket was explored.[4][5]

A financing arrangement for partial public-funding of new stadium in Pawtucket was rejected by team ownership, who announced on August 17, 2018, that the team would relocate to a new stadium in Worcester, Massachusetts, in April 2021.[6] While it was initially reported that team would be named the Worcester Red Sox, the club announced a "name-that-team" competition in November 2018.[7] The team name was officially announced on November 25, 2019,[8] and confirmed to be the Worcester Red Sox with "WooSox" as the nickname.[9]

Stadium

A new ballpark is being constructed for the team, targeting to open in April 2021.[6] It is projected to cost $86–$100 million, of which approximately $65 million will be paid by the City of Worcester.[10] It will seat 10,000 spectators and will be called Polar Park, through a sponsorship and naming rights agreement with Polar Beverages, which is headquartered in Worcester. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on July 11, 2019.[11] On April 1, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, construction work on the ballpark was suspended.[12] Approximately seven weeks later, construction resumed on May 18.[13]

Roster

Worcester Red Sox roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • -- Jhonny Pereda

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Boston Red Sox 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 20, 2020
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • International League
Boston Red Sox minor league players

Retired numbers

On December 4, 2019, the team announced that uniform number 6 would be permanently retired, in honor of the six Worcester Fire Department firefighters who perished exactly twenty years prior, in the line of duty while fighting the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire.[14]

Broadcasting

In March 2020, WORC-FM (an affiliate of Nash Icon) was named as the team's flagship radio station.[15] The broadcasters as of 2021 are Josh Maurer, Mike Antonellis, and Jim Cain.

References

  1. ^ "Group of New England Business Leaders Purchases Pawtucket Red Sox". MiLB.com (Press release). February 23, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Bramson, Kate (April 15, 2019). "PawSox owners want state lease, 30 years of property tax abatements for Providence stadium". The Providence Journal. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Bramson, Kate (September 20, 2015). "PawSox riverfront site is off; no word about alternative Providence site". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  4. ^ Bramson, Kate (May 16, 2017). "PawSox, city reveal stadium financing framework". Providence Journal. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Anderson, Patrick (August 17, 2018). "PawSox Plan to Move to Worcester; Team Says R.I. House is to Blame". The Providence Journal. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Chesto, Jon (August 17, 2018). "It's Official: PawSox to Move to Worcester". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ McLoone, Dan (November 6, 2018). "Red Sox are taking suggestions for renaming the PawSox". The Boston Globe.
  8. ^ "Worcester Red Sox to unveil new name and logo". Boston.com. AP. November 24, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Mastrodonato, Jason (November 25, 2019). "Worcester Red Sox announce new logo and 'WooSox' nickname". Boston Herald. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Welker, Grant (June 7, 2019). "Polar Park joining an arms race for more elaborate, immersive ballpark experiences". Worcester Business Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Golen, Jimmy (July 12, 2019). "Worcester Breaks Ground on New Stadium for Current PawSox". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Speier, Alex (April 1, 2020). "PawSox ballpark construction project in Worcester is halted". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Sargent, Patrick (May 19, 2020). "After 48-Day Delay, Construction Resumes at Polar Park". thisweekinworcester.com. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Bonner, Michael (2019-11-13). "'We can't forget': Worcester Red Sox retire No. 6, will reserve seats to honor memory of city's fallen firefighters". masslive. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  15. ^ Sargent, Patrick (March 9, 2020). "Nash Icon 98.9 to Carry all Worcester Red Sox Games in 2021". This Week in Worcester. Retrieved November 13, 2020.

Further reading

External links

Preceded by
Pawtucket Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
Triple-A affiliate

2021–future
Succeeded by
current
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