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.