Friday, August 17, 2018

Red Sox AAA Franchise Set To Move To Worcester, Massachusetts From RI

According to multiple reports, officials from the City of Worcester and the Pawtucket Red Sox will today announce the relocation of the AAA franchise from Pawtucket, Rhode Island to the central Massachusetts city. Since 1973, the top minor-league franchise of the Boston Red Sox has played in Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium. Nicknamed the "PawSox", the new location will re-brand the team as the "WooSox". Team officials—including former Red Sox President Larry Lucchino—have been spotted recently scouting out potential stadium sites in downtown Worcester. There is still a period ahead which will necessitate a specific funding plan (team versus public-sector commitments) and various governmental approvals. But, essentially, the deal is done. Once the move is made official this afternoon, two of the three top farm teams of the Red Sox will be located in their home state, with the WooSox joining the Single A Lowell Spinners. The Double A franchise (the "SeaDogs") is located in Portland, Maine (which before 1820, was Massachusetts anyway).