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Sox fans and to some degree the wider universe of baseball fans have become quite smitten with Jackie Bradley, Jr. His banner year in the minors last year, leading up to him stealing spring training with his five-tool skills, finds Bradley at the center of the debate as to what the Sox should do with him right now, with everyone weighing in. I'll leave that alone, because you've already read a thousand arguments about that, including a few on our site.
The latest is Buster Olney, who was a guest on WEEI's midday show Mut and Merloni. Buster was asked what to do with JBJ (he'd leave him in the minors), and then was asked what big-leaguer Bradley most closely resembled. His answer: Future Hall of Famer and Patron Saint of Baseball Derek Jeter.
“He is a blessing for the Red Sox, in terms that they have this type of player with this type of personality at the beginning of the year,” Olney said. “He’s so mature. He looks like he’s going to be their version of Derek Jeter, he really does. I don’t mean as a player — I mean in terms of being able to handle things when he gets up.”
Even with the "don't mean as a player" caveat, it's quite a compliment. When anyone is pressed to describe the ultimate pro, the answer is almost always Derek Jeter. And that's great for us -- if Bradley is really that mature, that much of a leader, possessor of that many intangibles, he's going to be an important figure for the team. It's also a pretty lofty goal to reach. I'll take mature kid, solid player. We don't have to start expecting him to be consummate winner, future Hall of Famer.
But still, it's great to hear that we're replacing some of the trash we got rid of last year with some decent human beings. And if he's that great of a human being, all the more reason to make sure we hold on to as many arbitration years as possible (sorry, couldn't resist).
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Jackie Bradley Jr. added to his impressive spring resume (again) on Monday, and he’s making it harder and harder (again) to defend any decision other than penciling him into the Red Sox’ Opening Day starting lineup.
Bradley entered Monday’s game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning...
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Although no official announcement has been made, it appears Jackie Bradley Jr. has in fact made the Opening Day roster.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was only supposed to spend a few weeks in spring
training with the...
The Tigers have made it known that infielder Ramon Santiago
is available, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Tigers have indicated to other teams that Ramon Santiago is available.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 27, 2013
Santiago has spent the past several seasons as a reserve
infielder for the Tigers, but his production dipped significantly last year....
Jackie Bradley Jr. is an exciting prospect, but there are pros and cons if he starts in Boston
Jackie Bradley Jr. may legitimately be the first truly exciting prospect that the Boston Red Sox have had since Jacoby Ellsbury or Dustin Pedroia first took the field in the Boston Red Sox uniform. He shares many of the same qualities that Jacoby Ellsbury possesses when he is having a good...
It looks like Jackie Bradley Jr. is going to break camp with the big league club.
The Red Sox have not made an announcement regarding Bradley, but outfielder Ryan Sweeney has not been offered a major league contract, according to multiple reports. Sweeney figured to be competing with Bradley and Mike Carp for one of Boston’s two final roster spots.
Sweeney has 24 hours to decide...
Before tonight's game, the Red Sox had three players fighting for two spots. After the Red Sox's Mayor's Cup clinching win, the Red Sox beat writers basically live tweeted Ryan Sweeney being called into the office and cut from the team. While Sweeney will be left to find a new home for his patient approach, rock-solid glove, and five o'clock power; that essentially...
11:25 a.m.: The Red Sox’ roster is really starting to take shape, but the most important question remains unanswered. What is the club going to do with Jackie Bradley Jr.?
The decision regarding Bradley, who has ripped the Grapefruit League to shreds, has been well-documented, and we can debate the situation until we’re blue in the face. The Sox would be wise to make a decision...
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This time around in Promising Prospects, I am going to profile three guys who are all highly rated prospects in their respective organizations. There are no sleepers in this bunch. Also, all three of these players have had huge Spring Training’s with their club, and one guy is making a case to make the majors much sooner than anticipated.
Following the team's 6-1 victory over the Twins in Fort Myers, outfielder Ryan Sweeney was told by manager John Farrell that he would not make the Red Sox' Opening Day roster. Because he has an opt-out clause in the minor league contract he signed in January, Sweeney's tenure with the Red Sox is likely over. Once he officially opts out sometime Friday or Saturday, the...
11:42 a.m.: The lineup cards are in, and Red Sox fans will get another glimpse of Jackie Bradley Jr. This time, the hot-hitting outfielder will lead off for the hometown club.
Bradley didn’t record a hit on Tuesday, but that’s simply because the Red Sox had an off-day. Otherwise, Bradley probably would have been good for at least a couple. (If the rest of the spring is any indication...
The Red Sox are inching closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster.
The big question — whether Jackie Bradley Jr. will be taking the field in the Bronx on Monday — is still unanswered, but two other players were assured spots Friday morning. Manager John Farrell said the roster will likely be finalized Sunday.
Mike Carp and Daniel Nava have been told they’ve made the roster...
Is the wait finally over? Has the 25-man Roster been set? It could be, as Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reported that outfielder Ryan Sweeney is the odd-man out.
The Boston Red Sox had to make a decision on Sweeney by Thursday, when Sweeney could trigger an opt-out on his contract if he was not added to the 40-man roster.
That could mean that Jackie...
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With Opening Day now just four days away, the Boston Red Sox announced some trimming to their active roster. Mauro Gomez (.156 AVG, 0 HR, 5 RBI) and Brock Holt (.204 AVG, 0 HR, 0 RBI) were both optioned to AAA Pawtucket, Daniel Bard (sporting a 6.75 ERA in 8 innings pitched) was sent to AA Portland. Peter Abraham from the Boston Globe tweeted that the Red Sox...
ESPN is set to televise a total of seven Major League Baseball games over the first four days of the 2013 season. The action kicks-off Sunday night with the opener on Sunday Night Baseball featuring the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros. Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk and Buster Olney will be on the call.