Extra Bases

Brentz signs; Hernandez on ESPN2

Supplemental first round pick Bryce Brentz, an outfielder from Middle Tennessee, has signed a deal worth $889,200 with the Sox. He is headed for Lowell.

U. of Miami lefty Chris Hernandez, who the Sox drafted in the seventh round, is pitching on ESPN2 right now against Florida in a NCAA Super Regional game. You’ll have to deal with the commentary of Eric Byrnes, however.

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Some sad news to report. This release from the Red Sox:

Felix Maldonado, a beloved member of the Red Sox family for 47 years, passed away earlier today at his home in Fort Myers after a long battle with cancer. Maldonado, who played an integral role in the development of hundreds of young Latin American baseball players, was 73.

“Everyone in the Red Sox organization is better for having known and worked with Felix,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein. “He was a great baseball man and an even better person. For all of Felix’s accomplishments over many decades, perhaps his longest lasting achievement will be turning the Red Sox from an organization into a family. He will be dearly missed by all of us.”

Born May 24, 1937 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Maldonado began his professional career as a player in the Giants minor league system in 1959 and joined the Red Sox organization in 1963 following a trade. The outfielder played eight seasons in Boston’s minor leagues before retiring in 1970.

Following his retirement, Maldonado remained with the Red Sox, scouting in Puerto Rico while also serving as an instructor from 1971-89. From 1989-95, Maldonado managed in the Red Sox minor league system, combining for a 238-262 record between stints with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Red Sox (1989-91, 1993-95) and Single-A Winter Haven Red Sox (1992). He was named Coordinator of Latin American Instruction in 1995, a role he held for eight seasons before being named a player development consultant in 2003. During his 47-year tenure in the Red Sox organization, Maldonado impacted the lives of countless minor league players and staff, assisting in their development and assimilation into professional baseball.

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In March 2007, the Red Sox named one of the practice fields at the club’s Player Development Complex in Fort Myers, FL “Felix Maldonado Field,” a tribute to Maldonado’s decades of dedication to the organization and its young talent. On October 25, 2009, he was inducted into the Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Fame.

Maldonado is survived by his five children and his longtime companion, Lucy Abreu.

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