J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB,com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Mookie Betts walked off a bowling game with a strike
By Michael Clair |
Baseball hasn't had a professional two-sport athlete since Drew Henson played in eight games with the Yankees in 2002-03 and nine others with the Cowboys and Lions. Mookie Betts could be the latest. Instead of football, Betts is a star bowler. After appearing in the World Series of Bowling and tossing a perfect game last winter, Betts took part in Chris Paul's annual Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox added some organizational depth by purchasing the contract of right-hander Hector Velazquez from the Mexican League. The deal is pending a physical. Assuming Velazquez passes the physical, he will receive an invitation to Major League camp.
The 28-year-old Velazquez most recently pitched in Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Pacific Winter League, going 9-3 with a 2.32 ERA in 14 starts.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- About 90 minutes before the Red Sox bounded out to the fields of Fenway South as a full squad for the first time, they took some time to acknowledge and embrace the high expectations that will follow the club around all season.
Manager John Farrell led the annual staff and player meeting, which also included some words of encouragement from chairman Tom Werner and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the Red Sox continue to iron out the details on David Ortiz's future role, chairman Tom Werner expressed hope that the retired slugger will appear at some point during Spring Training to speak to the team.
Considering the large shadow that Big Papi casts, it isn't a surprise that he hasn't been around during the early stages of camp. The 2017 Red Sox need to establish an identity without their long-time DH.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez arrived at Spring Training on Thursday sporting a tribute to one of his best friends.
The veteran wore a T-shirt that said "Big Papi's walkoffs" -- only this time, David Ortiz truly did walk off. And as painful as it is for Ramirez to say, he advises everyone not to expect a comeback from the legendary slugger who retired at the end of 2016.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is probably just a mechanical tweak or two away from regaining the dominance he has displayed for nearly his entire career.
Even though Kimbrel was an All-Star in 2016, his first season with the Red Sox, he acknowledges he wasn't at his best, logging a career-worst ERA of 3.40. His velocity -- Kimbrel's four-seamer came in at an average of 97.8 mph last year, per Statcast™ -- suggests his arm is perfectly sound. In 53 innings, Kimbrel piled up 83 strikeouts.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Benintendi was eating lunch with a former college teammate at a restaurant in St. Louis when the news went viral.
Chris Sale was about to become a member of the Red Sox. For a brief couple of minutes, Benintendi wondered if he was part of the compensation that convinced the White Sox to part with a five-time All-Star.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Popular NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy revealed Monday that he is battling lung cancer for the fourth time, but is optimistic about his prognosis and expects to work his regular schedule of games this season.
Remy had surgery to remove the cancerous growth from his right lung last week and hopes he will be given clearance to fly to Spring Training after a follow-up exam March 1.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the eve of the official opening of Spring Training, Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke Sunday of the competitions that are to ensue. And there might be no more prominent storyline than Pablo Sandoval's quest to win back his job at third base.
With Yoan Moncada and Travis Shaw gone, it has been widely speculated that Sandoval will be in the starting lineup at Fenway Park when the Red Sox open their season April 3 against the Pirates.
With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Red Sox squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For many Red Sox players, it has been a long offseason waiting for the chance at redemption following a too-short October run. For others, it's been a whirlwind after getting traded (Chris Sale, Tyler Thornburg), signed (Mitch Moreland) or married (David Price).