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Spring Training so far certainly has a theme going on this year..."Alumni Weekend".
...Tuesday morning, there was another familiar face back in a Boston
uniform for the first time since he retired in 2010: Mike Lowell.
Former teammate Dustin Pedroia reached out to Lowell recently and
asked him to come in and work with third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
"It's just something, we've been in touch with him over the past few
days,'' said Middlebrooks. "He's in Miami, so he's close. I didn't want
to pull him away from his family and his kids. I was like, 'Hey, if you
get a chance.' Pedey and I had been talking to him, 'Come over, just
talk about stuff.' He had a couple days, so he came by.''
"Pedroia mentioned to [Middlebrooks] that we had a good relationship
turning double plays,'' said Lowell. "I'm not sure it's something he
does wrong, but maybe something he wants to do better. I spoke to him a
little this morning, spoke to [third base coach and infield instructor
Brian] Butterfield. I think sometimes it might be something someone says
that maybe triggers doing something mechancially a little better.
"He's very impressive when you see him. He has all the makings of
being a tremendous player so I'm actually looking forward to it.''
CSNNE.com: Lowell finds the Will to return to Red Sox
Joining Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakfield, Lowell has joined a solid group of Red Sox alumni to mentor younger players. The former Red Sox third baseman will be working with current third baseman and, possible future face of the franchise, Will Middlebrooks.
The fact that Pedroia reached out to Lowell seems to indicate that Middlebrooks could use some fine defensive tuning, especially turning double plays. Who better to track down than Lowell? He's a champion and a World Series MVP, defensively gifted at third base, and is the utmost professional.
As long as the "Alumni Team" isn't showing up on NESN's goofy programming or passing out food vouchers, I have zero problem with this. This is the right core of guys these current youngsters should be learning from.
For fun, who's next to show up at camp? Trot Nixon? Curt Schilling? EL GUAPO??
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The list of former Red Sox players joining the current squad at Spring Training just added another fan-favorite; former third baseman and '07 World Series MVP, Mike Lowell. According to Lowell, Pedroia sent him the invitation, to which he delightedly accepted. Pedroia seems to really be accepting his role as the leader of this ballclub, which they seriously need.
It seems he's alright, but Will Middlebrooks left last night's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox in pain and favoring his previously fractured wrist. Middlebrooks checked his swing in the first inning of the game and immediately felt pain in the wrist. Fortunately, it seems there wasn't any damage done.
According to Mike Silverman of the...
Will Middlebrooks‘ first year in the majors ended prematurely because of a wrist injury. Unfortunately, 2013 isn’t starting off much better for the promising third baseman.
Middlebrooks exited Wednesday’s spring training game against the Orioles with an injury. It’s unclear at this point what type of injury Middlebrooks suffered or how serious the injury is, but the 24-year...
Had you told me last April that Will Middlebrooks would be the 2013 starting third baseman for the Red Sox, my first question would have been: Will who?? In a disastrous 2012 season for the Red Sox, one of the few bright spots was the emergence of the third baseman who hit .288 in 75 games for Boston.
Middlebrooks got an opportunity in the big leagues after Youkilis went down at...
It was déjà vu all over again.
When Will Middlebrooks left Wednesday night’s spring training game with a right wrist injury, the fear was that the third baseman had aggravated the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last year. Middlebrooks was having a stellar rookie season and was one of the few bright spots on the team before breaking his wrist in August.
Will Middlebrooks threw his helmet in disgust. The young third baseman thought, at least for a second, that the hard work he put in during the offseason while recovering from a wrist injury was all for nothing.
Middlebrooks, who missed the tail end of 2012 with a broken right wrist, gave Red Sox fans quite the scare on Wednesday when he exited Boston’s spring training game against...
While we still wait for news on the extent of Will Middlebrooks' wrist injury (so far, positive reports), let's take a look at how prepared the Sox are to backup the young third baseman. Wrist injuries can be re-occurring and nag throughout the season, so even if Middlebrooks is fine for now, it will be hard to count on him for 162 games.
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Dustin Pedroia likes to talk, so it’s no wonder the Red Sox mic’d up their second baseman for a behind-the-scenes video this spring.
As a part of the team’s “Sox in Site” video series, Pedroia is one of several players who don a microphone during their workouts and allow fans an inside look at what happens on the field during spring training. Whether it’s Pedroia discussing...
The Tampa Bay Rays, just four games into spring, have been hitting the ball well. Monday, they continued their good hitting which resulted in a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Alex Cobb started for the Rays today. He threw 38 pitches in two innings and gave up a solo home run to Boston’s Dustin Pedroia in the first inning. Rays answered back with a two-run double by Yunel Escobar...
When Will Middlebrooks exited Wednesday’s game with a wrist injury, it was only natural to begin cycling through potential replacements. Fortunately, Middlebrooks checked out OK, but the scare did highlight the lack of third base options the Red Sox have beyond the 24-year-old.
Manager John Farrell is ready to move forward with what he has on the roster, though. According to the...
With as many high-priced, well-known players as the Red Sox have, finding a player to call an x-factor might be a little tough. Ortiz, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Victorino, Lester, Buchholz...all of these guys are expected to be key parts of the team in 2013.
My x-factor for the Boston Red Sox in 2013 is Will Middlebrooks.
Alright, I don't know how much of an x-factor Middlebrooks...
The Boston Red Sox got a big scare last night when third baseman Will Middlebrooks dropped his bat and clutched his wrist after a check swing in the first inning of last night's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Middlebrooks said he was fine after the game but it appears the Red Sox are sending him to a wrist specialist just to be sure. WMB stated it's possible that...
Check out this pretty sweet video of the sounds of Boston Red Sox players at spring training.
Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks, Jonny Gomes and Jackie Bradley, Jr. are mic'd up during the video.
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