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World Baseball Classic 2017: Schedule And Broadcasting Information

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WBC World Baseball Classic  2017: Schedule And Broadcasting Information

The World Baseball Classic starts on Monday, the media in Boston and around the country generally has a pretty negative perception of the events. Personally I tend to be on the negative side of an event that forces players to play competitive ball earlier than they normally do, and this has caused players to sometimes to get worn down as the season progresses.

But no matter what my feelings might be on the event they are still going off as scheduled and are likely here to stay. For the Boston Red Sox they have  infielder Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands), starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (Venezula), relief pitcher Fernando Abad (Dominican Republic). Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez was going to participate on behalf of the DR but he was pulled this past week as he is dealing with a lingering shoulder injury that has caused him to only play DH in Spring Training.

On the minor-league side Boston has a couple of players going as well, pitcher Daniel McGrath (Australia), pitcher Ryan Oduber (Netherlands), and infielder Mike Meyers (Israel).

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A number of former Boston Red Sox players will be attending the event and those players are listed below:


Craig Breslow (Israel)

Ryan Lavarnway(Israel)

Cody Decker (Israel)

Nate Freiman (Israel)

Bruce Chen (China)

Andrew Miller (USA)

Alex Wilson (USA)

Ryan Dempster (Canada)

Eric Gagne (Canada)

William Cuevas (Colombia)

Dayan Diaz (Colombia)

Bartolo Colon (Dominican Republic)

Adrian Beltre (Dominican Republic)

Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico)

Tommy Layne (Italy)

Joel Pineiro (Puerto Rico)

J.C. Romero (Puerto Rico)

Mike Aviles (Puerto Rico)

Franklin Morales (Venezuela)

Victor Martinez (Venezuela)

MLB Network and ESPN Deportes have exclusive broadcasting rights and will televise every contest. For those in the U.S., you can also catch the games on MLB.tv.


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Full Schedule Of Games:

Pool A: Seoul, South Korea

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/6 Israel vs. South Korea 4:30 AM
3/6 Israel vs. Chinese Taipei 10:00 PM
3/7 Netherlands vs. South Korea 4:30 AM
3/8 Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands 4:30 AM
3/8 Netherlands vs. Isreal 10:00 PM
3/9 South Korea vs. Chinese Taipei 4:30 AM
3/10 TBD vs. TBD* 4:00 AM

Pool B: Tokyo, Japan

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/7 Cuba vs. Japan 5:00 AM
3/7 Cuba vs. China 10:00 PM
3/8 Japan vs. Australia 5:00 AM
3/9 Australia vs. China 5:00 AM
3/9 Australia vs. Cuba 10:00 PM
3/10 China vs. Japan 5:00 AM
3/11 TBD vs. TBD* 5:00 AM

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Pool C: Miami, Florida

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/9 Canada vs. Dominican Republic 6:00 PM
3/10 Colombia vs. United States 6:00 PM
3/11 Colombia vs. Canada 12:00 PM
3/11 United States vs. Domiican Republic 6:30 PM
3/12 Dominican Republic vs. Colombia 12:30 PM
3/12 United States vs. Canada 7:00 PM
3/13 TBD vs. TBD*
Jul 11, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 11, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Pool D: Jalisco, Mexico

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/9 Mexico vs. Italy 9:00 PM
3/10 Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico 9:00 PM
3/11 Venezuela vs. Italy 3:00 PM
3/11 Puerto Rico vs. Mexico 9:30 PM
3/12 Italy vs. Puerto Rico 3:30 PM
3/12 Mexico vs. Venezuela 10:00 PM
3/13 TBD vs. TBD* 9:00 PM

Pool E: Tokyo (2nd Round)

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/11 Pool B Runner-Up vs. Pool A Winner 10:00 PM
3/12 Pool B Winner vs. Pool A Runner-Up 6:00 AM
3/13 Pool A Runner-Up vs. Pool A Winner 6:00 AM
3/14 Pool B Runner-Up vs. Pool B Winner 6:00 AM
3/14 Pool A Runner-up vs. Pool B Runner-Up 11:00 PM
3/15 Pool A Winner vs. Pool B Winner 6:00 AM
3/16 TBD vs. TBD* 6:00 AM

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Pool F: San Diego (2nd Round)

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/14 Pool C Winner vs. Pool D Winner 9:00 PM
3/15 Pool D Runner-Up vs. Pool C Runner-Up 9:00 PM
3/16 Pool D Runner-Up vs. Pool C Winner 10:00 PM
3/17 Pool C Runner-Up vs. Pool D Winner 10:00 PM
3/18 Pool D Winner vs. Pool D Runner-Up 3:30 PM
3/18 Pool C Runner-Up vs. Pool C Winner 10:00 PM
3/19 TBD vs. TBD* 6:00 PM

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Championship Bracket

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/20 Pool F Winner vs. Pool E Runner-Up 9:00 PM
3/21 Pool F Runner-Up vs. Pool E Winner 9:00 PM
3/22 Semi 1 Winner vs. Semi 2 Winner 9:00 PM

*Denotes play-in games that will be played in the event of a tie in any pool.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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David Price Pitches In A Different Fenway Park

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David Ortiz steps to the plate, flies out to right field, and what happens? Vicious boos? Well in the world of David Price, yes.

Price had a tell-all with out of touch baseball writer Bob Nightengale in USA Today with the Red Sox pitcher continuing to show why he isn’t made to pitch in any type of baseball market, big or small.

“It is tough here,’’ Price tells USA TODAY. “There’s just so much more negativity. I’ve never been one for negative stuff. I like surrounding myself by positive people. Even if my wife starts talking negatively, I let her know. I just can’t stand it.

Price claims there is an incredible amount of negativity surrounding Boston. Well, maybe just negativity surrounding him. The 217 million dollar man has been the target of much criticism but all of it is justified and has absolutely nothing to do with his price tag. Fans could care less about how much money a player makes since it is not actually their money. Price getting bashed by fans and members of the media also has nothing to do with his performance on the field. It all stems from him being a big baby and blowing up on Dennis Eckersley on the team plane last year. If Price hadn’t done that no one would care, because lets’ face it, Boston is no longer a tough baseball town.

But hey maybe we are all experiencing a different Boston, a different Fenway Park. A Fenway park where David Ortiz gets booed.

“Oh, yeah, he’ll get booed,’’ Price laughs. “I told J.D. he will love the guys here in this clubhouse but also told him he’ll get booed. He’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy, but he’ll handle it. Besides, everyone gets booed. I heard Big Papi (David Ortiz) get booed many times in Fenway.”

Yes, that is a real quote. That statement alone deserves vicious boos from the Fenway Faithful. When was Ortiz ever booed “many times” at Fenway Park during Prices time in baseball? Even when Terry Francona almost benched the slugger fans were still chanting Papi, Papi.

No shot in hell.

Price making that comment to Nightengale is just a shameful attempt to garner national support for him as he attempts to pitch his way out of a contract he should have never signed. Price blames Boston and the fans instead of himself. He signed the contract, no one forced him to do so. Instead, he has taken shots at the city, the fan base, and the organization. Funny thing is if Price goes out and pitches halfway decent there is no shot he gets booed at Fenway Park this season.

Most of the fans that visit Fenway have no idea who half of the players are and will cheer for anything that walks up to the plate. Boston is no longer a tough baseball town, but don’t tell that to Nightengale.

Now it’s J.D. Martinez’s turn to experience baseball’s toughest environment, where perfection is demanded, nothing less than a World Series championship is good enough and, as Price can attest, where things can get awfully ugly in a hurry.

Welcome to Boston.

You’ve been warned. -Nightengale

Baseball’s toughest environment?

I think not.

The biggest newspaper in town, the Boston Globe, is in John Henry‘s garage. And then one of the biggest sports tv stations is also under team ownership.

Tough?

I think not, more like soft as butter.

Now a direct message to J.D. Martinez: Just don’t be an a-hole like Price and you will be fine. Hit .240 or .320, it literally doesn’t matter in Boston.

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Boston Red Sox Spring Training TV And Radio Broadcast Information

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The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday their 2018 Spring Training broadcast schedule.

Of the Red Sox’ 35 exhibition games this spring, 14 will be televised by NESN in the Boston TV market on either the main channel or their NESNplus feed.

In addition to the 14 NESN games, a partnership between them and Boston 25 will bring an additional six games to be broadcasted on Boston 25 in the City of Boston and on NESN throughout the rest of New England.

In terms of radio, the Red Sox Radio network continues to be WEEI which will carry 31 spring training games. There will be three national games on the Spring Training schedule with MLB Network carrying the March 2nd game and ESPN carrying both the March 23rd game and the March 27th game.

Below is the full Boston Red Sox spring training broadcast schedule for 2018

2018 BOSTON RED SOX SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
(All Times Eastern and Subject to Change)

Thurs., February 22: Northeastern Univ. in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (NESN/WFXT*)
Thurs., February 22: Boston College in JetBlue Park (NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., February 23: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., February 24: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., February 25: Baltimore in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)

Mon., February 26: Pittsburgh in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: St. Louis in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 6:05 p.m. (NESN+)
Wed., February 28: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 1: Houston in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 2: St. Louis in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM at MLBN)
Sat., March 3: NY Yankees in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM at NESN)
Sun., March 4: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 6: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Philadelphia in Clearwater at 1:05 p.m.
Thurs., March 8: at Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 9: Miami in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., March 10: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN+)
Sun., March 11: Baltimore (SS) in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)
Mon., March 12: Toronto in Dunedin at 1:07 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 14: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 15: Toronto in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 16: Minnesota (SS) in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sat., March 17: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)

Sun., March 18: Pittsburgh (SS) in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 19: Philadelphia in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., March 20: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)

Wed., March 21: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 22: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 23: NY Yankees in Tampa at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / ESPN)
Sat., March 24: Houston in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., March 25: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 26: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 27: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/ESPN)

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Home Games are played at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, Florida
* Games broadcast on WFXT in Boston DMA and on NESN through the rest of New England

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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

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Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.


Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.



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