Minor League Notes: WooSox, Listach, Tigers
While the first full week of 2022 remains clear on the kind of transactional information baseball fans are typically used to, there has been plenty of big news about deals of a different kind. This trend may continue, as the Boston Globe’s Michael Silverman reports that the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, the Worcester Red Sox, is seen as an acquisition target by sports and entertainment company Endeavor. The Beverly Hills-based company is no stranger to minor league acquisitions, having picked up ten minor league affiliates late last year. Silverman notes that an offer of $ 50 million from Endeavor for the Red Sox affiliate has apparently already been rejected. That said, ownership groups are allowed to own up to 24 minor league teams at a time, meaning Endeavor has enough room to continue his quest for the Worcester squad and add several more affiliates to the Worcester team. his wallet.
Some other minor league notes from the league:
- Through Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Phillies hired a former Big League shortstop and 1992 AL Rookie of the Year Pat Listach as a bench coach for their High-A affiliate, the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. Listach played six seasons with the Brewers and Astros and was on several major league coaching teams including the Nationals, Cubs and Astros, and held minor league roles with the Cubs, the Dodgers and Mariners. Most recently, he was manager of the Mexican League’s Acereros de Monclova, which he led to the playoffs in 2019 and 2021.
- On Thursday, the Tigers unveiled their new minor league coaching staff. New faces in Detroit’s ranks include 2016 World Series-winning coach Gary Jones, who takes over as AAA manager, and former Tigers third baseman. Gabe Alvarez, hired as the organization’s new Double-A manager. Chris McCosky of The Detroit News helpfully compiled the full list of Detroit development staff changes here.