Jackie Bradley Junior and Reggie Smith have many things in common, but also many things different with the Red Sox.
Reggie Smith was a 22 year old rookie center fielder that was touted for ROY before the season even started in 1967. The Boston Globe headlines a week before Opening Day said :
Chances for Sox’ Reggie Smith To Become 1967′s Top Rookie:
After an injury to fellow rookie Mike Andrews, Smith played second base for the first six games of the 1967 season. He played center field for the next nearly two decades.
JBJ probably the greatest defensive center fielder the Boston Red Sox will ever have, is probably going to start his rookie season in a position he has not played since high school, left field.
Reggie Smith played 17 years in MLB, only time will tell if Jackie has a career that last as long.
Reggie Smith was really the Jackie Robinson of the Red Sox. Before Reggie in Boston there was only Earl Wilson and Pumpsie Green. Green was the first Red Sox to break...