Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says the team aims to bring the 15-year-old facilities up to modern standards.
The Red Sox are revamping their complex in the Dominican Republic, starting a three- or four-phase project to bring their training ground for international players up to speed.
Operations will continue at the current facility, which is why the project will be done in steps.
“Believe it or not, we built that facility new in 2001, 2002 offseason I believe,” Sox president of baseball operations Sam Kennedy said on the CSNNE Baseball Show podcast. “And in baseball, that’s a lifetime. Some of the facilities have really surpassed ours in terms of quality...just sort of bringing it up to 2017, '18 standards.”
Kennedy, executive vice president for business affairs Jon Gilula, chairman Tom Werner, David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez toured the facility this winter.
“All of our international players just about go through there,” Kennedy said. “And it was real eye opening to see, sort of the -- I hadn’t been down there in a long time -- to see the state of our facility vs. some of these other new modern facilities. So we’re making some investments right now.
“I would say the biggest feature is probably dormitory space for the players. We had one team down there [in the Dominican Summer League], then we went to two teams, we went back to one team, we’re going to go back to two teams. So we need more space.”
The Red Sox this year are carrying only one DSL team, after their international pipeline was cutoff because of an MLB-issued punishment for skirting international amateur signing rules in 2015.
Amenities for the players will be improved too: a better weight room and so on.
“When you go to JetBlue Park and you see the operation there, vs. Fenway or the Dominican, you realize that we have a ways to go,” Kennedy said.
Fenway, of course, has seen major upgrades, but is still very limited by space, where as JetBlue Park is just six years old.