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The Sox will play Cameron in center, Ellsbury in left

Jan 5, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

Most people suspected this already, but the Red Sox have officially decided that they’ll play the newly acquired in centerfield and shift Jacoby Ellsbury to left field.  It makes sense: Cameron has played all of three games in left field — none of which with the Green Monster behind him — while Ellsbury has played 80 games there.

Of course, with the embarrassment of defensive riches the Red Sox have going into this season, they could probably stick one at catcher and hide one behind the second base bag like we used to with Kay from accounting during rec league softball, and they’d still be a defensively superior team.  It’s like the positive version of moving deck chairs around on the Titanic, whatever that is.

  1. Mike - Jan 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Good idea. In a hitters ballpark let’s go out and get some guys that are fast defensive outfielders.

  2. Baseball10 - Jan 5, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Yeah, because the Red Sox won’t have to play on the road.
    And be real, center and right at Fenway is actually difficult.

  3. JBerardi - Jan 5, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Start taking notes, Jacoby.

  4. Moses Green - Jan 6, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    The opposite of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic would be rearranging the seating chart at a wedding to put yourself near the single hot alcoholic messes. Unless of course one of them snags you and keeps you, then you were doing the Titanic thing after all.

  5. Joey B - Jan 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Think this was a foregone conclusion. Cam is better in CF by a fair margin.

  6. Fast Eddy - Jan 6, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Let us all think rationally. Cameron is not going to save this team. He can not carry any ball club. Is he better in the OF, perhaps. His hitting is not going to carry all season long. He swings at too many bad pitches in between the HR’s. I watched him for a few years now. Aren’t the Cubs in need of hitters now that they traded Sorriano?

  7. Z - Jan 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    The Sox aren’t looking for Cameron to save the team or carry the ball club. He’s just a nice complementary piece to what they already have.

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