After Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to join the Yankees, Boston fans, including myself, shirked off the Center Fielder’s departure as ultimately inconsequential because of our inflated optimism in Jackie Bradley Jr. We convinced ourselves that Bradley Jr. was our farm system’s answer to fill Ellsbury’s void and that sharing a position with him was going to impede on his development as a major league player. At that point, our mindset was also of the belief that since the majority of our core from last year’s title was still there, only minor changes to the lineup were in order. To put it lightly, things fell apart.
Production across the lineup decreased while the list of names on the disabled list increased. Bogaerts, after a promising beginning of the season, lost a touch on the offensive side. Bradley Jr., on the other hand, appears to have never had a touch on the offensive side from the beginning, and now with news of his refusing to change his swing, the minor leagues appears to be his destination for the time being. Continue reading What Good Play from Betts, Cespedes Means for Crowded Outfield »