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Report: Red Sox postponing White House trip due to government shutdown

Report: Red Sox postponing White House trip due to government shutdown

Unforeseen circumstances have forced the Boston Red Sox to alter their Washington, D.C. travel plans.

The Red Sox postponed their visit with Donald Trump at the White House due to the government shutdown, The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham reported Friday, citing two major league sources.

The team's trip to celebrate its 2018 World Series title originally was scheduled for Feb. 15, right before the team's first official workout of spring training. The visit now is expected to happen on May 9, right after Boston's three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore from May 6 to May 8.

Red Sox principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner both said last weekend they'd prefer not to visit the White House during the shutdown while government employees aren't getting paid. And despite President Trump and Congressional leaders agreeing to a temporary deal to reopen the government for three weeks, the team's visit will still have to wait.

Manager Alex Cora still is undecided on whether he'll attend the White House ceremony, while several players have said they're either not going or are undecided.

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Report: Red Sox hire new assistant hitting coach

Report: Red Sox hire new assistant hitting coach

Three weeks after parting ways with Andy Barkett, the Boston Red Sox reportedly have their new assistant hitting coach.

The team has hired Peter Fatse as Barkett's replacement according to Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage. Fatse, who hails from Wilbraham, Mass., served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Minnesota Twins in 2019.

Fatse will assist Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers.

His hiring kicks off what's set to be an active offseason for the Red Sox following an underwhelming campaign in which they finished 84-78 and failed to clinch a playoff berth. Boston's remaining openings include pitching coach, assistant pitching coach, and general manager.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

MLB Rumors: Red Sox have spoken to former Reds manager Bryan Price for pitching coach opening

As the Red Sox look to fill its pitching coach opening vacated by Dana LeVangie, they appear to be looking into former Reds manager Bryan Price. 

Price replaced Dusty Baker as the Reds manager in 2014 and went 279-387 before he was fired after the start of the 2018 season. 

Before that, Price served as pitching coach for the Mariners from 2001-2006, winning the Pitching Coach of the Year award in 2001. He then joined the Diamondbacks staff at the same position until 2009 and joined as pitching coach for the Reds following the '09 season. 

Price certainly has an accomplished background as a pitching coach, even though his time as manager yielded a few rants directed at reporters and umpires. If he can help right the ship for the Red Sox pitching staff, a crew that probably deserves most of the blame for Boston's demise in 2019, then I'm sure Red Sox fans will be all for it. 

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