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Closing The Books On 2014

The 2014 Red Sox baseball season was one of disappointment as Boston was unable to repeat as World Series champions and finished last in the American League East for the second time in three seasons. Even so, as this year draws to a close, we look forward as always to another season of baseball, hopefully ending as it did in 2013 with another World Series title for the local nine.

Some dates to mark down on your calendar:

12 February: Truck Day
20 February: Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers
25 February: All players report to Fort Myers
05 March: First official spring training game (versus Minnesota)
06 March: First spring training game at JetBlue Park (versus Miami)
06 April: Opening Day versus Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park
10 April: First game versus New York at Yankee Stadium
13 April: Opening Day at Fenway Park (versus Washington)
01 May: First game versus New York at Fenway Park

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    Featured Player - Junichi Tazawa

    Born: 6 June 1986 in Yokohama, Japan
    College: None
    Signed in 2008 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: With his debut on 7 August 2009, Tazawa became the third Japanese player, after Mac Suzuki and Kazuhito Tadano, to play in Major League Baseball without first playing professionally in Japan. ...more on Junichi Tazawa.

    Other Red Sox players: Will Middlebrooks, Koji Uehara, Dustin Pedroia


    Red Sox Legend - Manny Ramirez

    Years with Boston: 2001-2008
    Position: Left Field

    Fun Fact: In seven-plus seasons with the club, Ramirez belted 274 home runs, which places him fifth all-time amongst Boston sluggers past and present, at a clip of 14.4 at-bats per home run. He also hit his 500th career long ball with the club in May of 2008. ...more on Manny Ramirez.

    Other Red Sox legends: Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens


    This Week in Red Sox History

    26 January 1990 - Boston hires Elaine Weddington Steward as an assistant general manager, making her the first high-ranking African-American female executive in Major League Baseball history.

    26 January 1994 - Dan Duquette replaces Lou Gorman as general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

    27 January 1994 - Red Sox public address announcer Sherm Feller, who had been at his post since the miracle 1967 season, dies of a heart attack; his replacement, Leslie Sterling, becomes the second woman to handle public address announcements for a major league club.

    27 January 2009 - Author John Updike passes at the age of 76. The Pulitzer Prize winner and life-long Red Sox fan was inspired to pen the essay, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, after attending Ted William's last game at Fenway Park in 1960.

    28 January 2003 - The Red Sox announce that seats will be added to the top of the Green Monster in left field in time for the start of the season.

    30 January 2009 - Veteran catcher Jason Varitek signs a one-year deal with Boston with club and player options for a second season. The Red Sox captain is unable to find another team interested in his services, while the team is unable to find a suitable replacement for its Gold Glove catcher.

    1 February 1984 - Lou Gorman is hired as the general manager of the Red Sox, replacing Haywood Sullivan.


    Fenway Park Feature - Retired Numbers

    Fun Fact: The first two numbers to be retired by the Red Sox were Ted Williams (9) and Joe Cronin (4), who had their numbers retired on the same day in 1984. No other players have since shared the honor simultaneously. ...more on the Retired Numbers.

    Other Fenway Park features: Pesky Pole, The Lone Red Seat, Manual Scoreboard