PORTLAND – Tuesday night, the Portland Sea Dogs will take the field at Hadlock for the first time in more than 600 days, and the team held its final preseason practice on Monday afternoon.
The 2021 Sea Dogs got out on Hadlock Field as a group for one of the only times before the season starts, after coming up from minor league spring training in Fort Meyers, FL; a 35 degree temperature drop.
This year’s roster will play just 60 games this season, but the group is primed for success with some of the top prospects in the Red Sox system.
Triston Casas, the top prospect in the organization, and four of Baseball America’s top 30 for the Red Sox. will populate the Opening Day roster for the AA team.
Many of these players have not played a competitive game for more than a year, and Sea Dogs manager Corey Wimberly said Monday that each player will require a different approach in their return to play.
“It’s hard to put things in a box and tell everyone they’re going to feel this way. Every one is kind of different, and some guys are more excited than others but the one thing we will demand is complete focus and I think everyone is on board with that.”
The Sea Dogs open the 2021 campaign against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Tuesday night, as part of a six game homestand. All tickets are sold in advance, and capacity is limited to 2,087 fans to open the season.