When Theo Epstein left Boston for Chicago, Aaron Kurtz was part of the compensation package. Kurtz, a right handed pitcher, quickly became a fan favorite at the AA Portland Sea Dogs. Kurtz’s last professional appearance was on July 21, 2012. He underwent Tommy Johns surgery and disappeared from the mound.
On March 25, 2014 at Jet Blue Park, Kurtz took the mound during a simulated game and threw unhittable strikes. Whether Kurtz returns as a reliever or starter, this is excellent news for Sea Dogs fans.
Another up and comer putting in an appearance at Jet Blue Park is the switch hitting right fielder Henry Ramos. Ramos started his athletic career as a soccer player and has smoothly made the switch to baseball. At Ft. Myers Ramos showed plate discipline as he had the patience to wait for his pitches and was rewarded by solid base hits.
For the fans who want to take their passion to the next level, a local chapter of the Society of American Baseball Researchers (SABR) is forming in Maine. According to the SABR website "Ernie Harwell, the late Detroit Tigers broadcaster, said: 'SABR is the Phi Beta Kappa of baseball, providing scholarship which the sport has long needed. ... An excellent way for all of us to add to our enjoyment of the greatest game.'" For more information contact SABR online at SABR.org.
Temperatures today may still be hovering around the single digits in Portland, Maine and the ground covered in snow, but baseball comes back to Maine on April 10, 2014.
Remember to bring your glove and I’ll see you at Hadlock.