Although plans aren't yet finalized, the Red Sox are exploring an arrangement with Boston College to serve as an adjunct spring training headquarters. The team needs to find additional playing fields for Spring Training 2.0, which begins next week, since Fenway Park offers limited practice space beyond the main field.
"There are conversations going on with Boston College,'' said team president and CEO Sam Kennedy in a call with reporters. "Fenway will be the primary site, obviously. It will be a very different look and feel but it will also be great to have people at Fenway.''
In the meantime, the Sox are also looking to "extend (the) capabilities'' of Fenway itself, according to chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom. Among the possibilities: creating auxiliary dugouts and bullpens; using the concourses to set up additional batting cages; and using some of the luxury suites for more locker room space.
With a taxi squad of as many as 30 players when the season begins -- serving as depth for the major league roster -- the Red Sox intend to utilize McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
"There are still some things we need to nail down there,'' said Bloom, "but that's how it will work.''
The Red Sox intend to begin the season without fans at Fenway, but Kennedy is optimistic