Originally written on Boston's Bettah  |  Last updated 10/16/14
Jackie Bradley Jr. will be the Boston Red Sox opening day left-fielder on Monday The great Jackie Bradley Jr. debate has come to a conclusion. On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox announced that Jackie Bradley Jr. – the exciting Red Sox prospect that has been tearing it up during Spring Training – will start in left-field for the team on Opening Day against Yankees in New York. Earlier this week, I discussed the pros and cons of having Jackie Bradley start the season with the pro-ball club on Opening Day. To recap: Jackie Bradley Jr. is the most exciting Red Sox prospect since Jacoby Ellsbury. After last season’s debacle, the team needs something exciting for the fan-base to get behind simply to generate interest. Sure, I’m never one to make decisions simply based on ticket-sales, but god knows this team needs something. They burn an extra year that Jackie Bradley would be eligible for arbitration with the ball-club. Also, for any fan that believes that Jackie Bradley Jr. will negotiate a contract extension before that arbitration year even comes up, let me remind you that his agent is Scott Boras who I’m sure sold his soul twice to the devil for a few extra bucks. He’ll get major-league experience. Before this year the highest level of ball that Bradley has played at was Double A. Major-league experience can’t hurt and I compared it to the experience that Dustin Pedroia had back in 2007. There will be zero pop in the Red Sox outfield. In a line-up with power issues already, this is not a good thing. Ultimately, I thought the Red Sox should have waited a month, but I’m not mad at the choice to see him in the Red Sox uniform. He deserved it with his spring and hopefully he proves management right.
PLAYERS: Jackie Bradley
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
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  • If Jackie Bradley is as good as some say he is the additional year will make no difference. The team will be paying him top dollar before then. Most significantly to this Red Sox team, if Bradley continues to hit as he has this spring, it will give the Red Sox an opportunity to move Ellsbury down into the #3 hole, where he belongs, if he starts to hit with power again. How about a batting order of:

    Bradley LF
    Pedrois 2B
    Ellsbury CF
    Ortiz DH
    Napoli 1B
    Middlebrooks 3B
    Saltalamacchia C
    Victorino RF
    Iglesais SS

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