Happy New Year WooSox Nation! 2018 was certainly an exciting year and will go down in history as the year the Worcester Red Sox were born. The excitement will continue in 2019 with the Polar Park groundbreaking in July and hopefully the announcment of the team's official name and logo. We continue to monitor any and all news coming out of Boston's Triple A-Baseball team.
The biggest news is that the Worcester Red Sox of Pawtucket have hired a new manager. Kevin Boles, son of former MLB manger John Boles, stepped down from that position in September after managing the club for 5 years.The team announced last month that former Major League outfileder Billy McMillion will be the club's new manager. McMillion has been working in the Red Sox organization for the past 11 seasons. His most recent position was as the Red Sox Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for the past 3 years. He also has experience as a manager in the organization. He managed the Greenville Drive (low-A) for 2 seasons as well as the Salem Red Sox (high-A) and the Portland Sea Dogs (AA) for 2 seasons as well.
McMillion could potentially be the last manager in the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox and the very first manager in Worcester Red Sox history. Many in Worcester were hoping the city's favorite son Rich Gedman would be named the new manager. That wasn't the case, but Gedman will be back as the club's hitting coach. Gedman's son Matt was on the 2013 Mills Cup Championship team that was managed by McMillion.
WHAT'S YOUR NAME?
Worcester's Triple-A baseball team is still without an official name. The team was taking ideas on their website, polarpark.com, and when the voting closed on November 26th the team told MassLive (https://www.masslive.com/worcester/2018/12/fans-have-offered-up-more-than-1000-suggestions-to-name-the-worcester-red-sox-triple-a-team.html) that they had received 1,000 suggestions and of those 237 were unique names. No timetable has been set as to when they will announce the name, but the same article suggests that the team might narrow the field down to 5 names and fans will then be able to vote on those.
RAILERS JERSEY AUCTION
Well there's no denying that Worcester has baseball fever these days. It's now carried over to the ice. The Worcester Railers will be wearing "baseball themed" Jerseys on January 13th that look a lot like the Worcester jersey's that the Worcester Red Sox have been giving away in social media contests the past few months. All the jerseys will be auctioned off to raise money for the Be Like Britt Foundation.
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