Longtime Red Sox reporter dies at spring training facility

Nick Cafardo, a veteran Boston Globe reporter who has written about the Boston Red Sox for decades, died Thursday at the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., the newspaper announced. He was 62.

Per the Globe, Cafardo was apparently stricken with an embolism at JetBlue Park, the Red Sox’s spring training home. Members of the Red Sox medical team were reportedly unable to revive him. He was reportedly working at the park despite it being his day off.

Cafardo had worked for the Globe since 1989, joining the paper after covering the Red Sox for The Patriot Ledger. Since then, Cafardo had worked on beats and columns covering the Red Sox, New England Patriots and Major League Baseball in general. He has also written several books, including “The Impossible Team: The Worst to First Patriots’ Super Bowl Season.”

From the Globe:

“Nick was one of the best people to ever walk through our doors — generous with his time and insights, immensely knowledgeable, deeply devoted to the Globe,’’ the Globe’s editor, Brian McGrory, said. “He had a view of the Red Sox and the game on a national scale that is virtually unrivaled.

“For those reasons, he was one of our most read writers, constantly attracting followers near and far, his weekly baseball notes column being destination reading for tens of thousands of people.’’

Cafardo is survived by a wife, Leeanne, and two children, Ben and Emilee.

Baseball world reacts to Nick Cafardo’s death

Both the Red Sox and Major League Baseball released statement lamenting Cafardo’s death and honoring his legacy as both a good man and talented reporter.

Scores of sports writers also took to Twitter to honor their beloved colleague.

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Reactions to the death of Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo
I don't know what to say when a longtime friend, colleague and sidekick, Nick Cafardo, passes away so tragically. I… https://t.co/NOZdWLNn4m
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A lot of people have reached out about Nick and on behalf of the Globe, thank you. Nick loved his family, his frie… https://t.co/HKvWw3XyfQ
We are crushed. They don’t get better personally and professionally than Nick Cafardo. Rest In Peace, my friend.
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Our deepest sympathies to the Cafardo family, especially to Nick's son and our ESPNPR colleague Ben. Ben shared wi… https://t.co/76HxJlfsda
The last time I talked to Nick Cafardo in Angel Stadium last season I asked if he'd begun to think about retirement… https://t.co/hUnsjWtztz
Nick Cafardo was one of the best beat guys I’ve come across. He was loved by everyone. Today’s news was tough to hear. I feel awful.
Nick Cafardo’s passing has stunned all of us here in Fort Myers. One of the giants of our business, Nick was a kind… https://t.co/Fu1pDtr9M2
Saw Nick this morning at a coffee shop near downtown Fort Myers. He asked about Rocco. To learn he passed away a fe… https://t.co/wBAMgF5ZFB

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