January 5

On Baseball: It’s never too early to start looking ahead to spring training

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Third baseman Garin Cecchini, who finished the 2013 season with the Sea Dogs, is rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Red Sox organization.

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RELIEVER CHRIS MARTIN made for a good story, having risen from the independent leagues. But Martin’s tale will now be told with the Rockies. He was traded to Colorado, along with major league reliever Franklin Morales, for infielder Jonathan Herrera.

THINK THE CUBS like players from the Red Sox organization? Chicago, run by former Boston GM Theo Epstein, recently signed outfielder Ryan Kalish, as well as former Red Sox lefty Tommy Hottovy.

RUSS MORMAN, the former Sea Dogs hitting coach, was named manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, where Portland native Ken Joyce is the hitting coach. Their Hadlock reunion will take place Aug. 15-17.

Trivia: Morman and new Sea Dogs manager Billy McMillon were teammates in 1996 and ’97 on the Marlins’ Triple-A team in Charlotte, N.C.

MCMILLON WILL BE among the invited guests for the Sea Dogs’ annual Hot Stove Dinner on Jan. 17 at the Sable Oaks Marriott. Workman, Bradley and Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield will also be in attendance. Tickets are $50. See the Sea Dogs website (www.seadogs.com) or call 879-9500 for more information.

THE SEA DOGS’ annual two-for-one ticket deal/food drive is taking place. Through Jan. 31, fans can get a free ticket for every ticket purchased, along with a nonperishable food item donated. All of the donations will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

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