Spring slate is in place
Red Sox pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to new JetBlue Stadium Feb. 19 in advance of a 33-game exhibition schedule that starts with a doubleheader against Northeastern and Boston College March 3.
The Sox will play their final exhibition game April 3 in Washington against the Nationals before starting the regular season in Detroit April 5, almost certainly against American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.
Spring training home game tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. Fans can buy tickets at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla., online at redsox.com or by calling 888-REDSOX6.
Fans who require ADA accessible seating may also call 877-REDSOX9. Hearing impaired fans may call the Red Sox TTY line at (617) 226-6644.
Ticket prices at JetBlue Park will range from $5 to $46 with more than 75 percent of tickets available priced at $27 or less. The majority of seats in the park will be in the shade.
The Sox start Grapefruit League play March 4 at home against Minnesota, the first of six games against the Twins.
The Sox will visit the Yankees in Tampa March 13 at 7:05 p.m. and host the Yankees March 22 at 7:05 p.m.
The Orioles will be at JetBlue Park on St. Patrick’s Day for a split-squad game.
The Sox equipment truck leaves Fenway Park Feb. 11. The first workout for pitchers and catchers at the organization’s new Player Development Complex will be Feb. 21 with the first full squad workout Feb. 25. All workouts are free and open to the public.
Time not a factor
The Sox have gone 52 days without a manager and no decision is expected before Thanksgiving. But general manager BenCherington is not concerned, saying it’s more important to make the right decision than an expedient one.
“It’s my nature to be methodical,’’ he said.
Cherington hopes to have a manager in place before the start of the winter meetings in Dallas Dec. 5. The free agent and trade market is expected to pick up this week with the approval of the new collective bargaining agreement, which will be announced today. Getting a manager in place would help with that process, too.
The Sox are expected to release details of their staff reorganization today. But Cherington did reveal that Craig Shipley is expected to leave the team after nine years.
Shipley was the senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting the last three years.
Shipley is based in Australia and Cherington said he wanted to run that department out of Boston.