“It was nice to go up there and see kids in good spirits and meet a lot of those kids who were at that elementary school,” Bailey said. “For me, it was doing my part of what I could do to help those kids kind of ease away from that memory.”
They conducted a 90-minute clinic for kids ages 6-8, and then a second clinic for older kids. Then there was an autograph session.
“It was awesome,” Bailey said. “It was all baseball. We just wanted to do something for them.”
Farrell said 30 players, roughly half the spring training roster, have reported. “It speaks to the overall eagerness that we’ve touched on from time to time and guys wanting to get after it and get ready for the start of the season,” the manager said. Reliever Junichi Tazawa, who could earn a prominent role in the bullpen, arrived on Friday . . . There will be an informal workout for players on Saturday but only meetings among the coaches on Sunday. Physicals will take place on Monday with the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday . . . Farrell said he wants the main group of starting pitchers to make seven starts each in spring training . . . Former Red Sox first base coach Alex Ochoa has taken a job with Scott Boras and eventually will run a Miami workout facility that the agent plans to build for his clients . . . Jarrod Saltalamacchia had the existential question of the day: “Where does a Floridian go to retire?”