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This might explain why Red Sox owner John Henry decided to tweet his frustration about the entire ordeal with the Marlins.
According to Alex Speier’s sources, Major League Baseball levied a fine against the Red Sox for the lineup they fielded against the Miami Marlins last Thursday. League rules stipulate that a minimum of four regulars (or players competing to be regulars for the upcoming season) must take the field for at least three innings each. Jackie Bradley Jr. was the only player to fit that description that day, at a super premium game no less.
Perhaps the fine irked John Henry enough to prompt his snide remarks on Twitter, although the fine was reportedly small — surely nothing more than a slap on the wrist. I’m sure the Red Sox would gladly fork over whatever nominal fee the MLB decided to collect. Whatever it takes to put in the necessary practice time with the Red Sox starting infield, as well as get some much-needed rest and treatment for the team’s injured players. In the end, it’s a small price to pay for doing what’s in the best interest of Boston’s preparation for the upcoming season.
After all, they have a title to defend starting in just three weeks.