Spring training is still a few weeks away, but the Red Sox kicked off their 2010 Rookie Program on Monday in Boston in order to expose players to the expectations that come along with being Major Leaguers.
The players involved in the two-week program are pitchers Randor Bierd, Felix Doubront, Casey Kelly, Ryne Miller, Junichi Tazawa and Kyle Weiland; catcher Luis Esposito; infielders Jose Iglesias and Tamaico Navarro; and outfielders Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin and Josh Reddick.
The rookie program will entail two daily workouts to emphasize conditioning and strength training, along with a concentration on fundamentals. In addition to the workouts, the players will attend seminars to focus on assimilation into the world of MLB.
The rookies will hear from a number of speakers, including president and CEO Larry Lucchino, GM Theo Epstein, manager Terry Francona and more. They will also participate in a public autograph signing at the Best Buy in Landmark Center on Monday, Jan. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.