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The Red Sox call up Mookie Betts, option Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Aug 18, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

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One day, if the Red Sox’ plans go the way they want them, both Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will be on the same team at the same time. But not today. Boston recalled Betts from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned Bradley back down.

Betts hasn’t impressed anyone at the big league level, but you figure the Sox want to see him playing every day as they play out the string in order to see what they have. Meanwhile, Bradley’s defense is excellent, but he’s struggling at the plate. He’s more of a known quantity of course, so you figure they’re better off letting him relax and readjust in the minors.

 

  1. 18thstreet - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    JBJ hasn’t been able to hit, but the defense really has been special:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=of&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2014&month=0&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=20,d

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      From what I have seen of him, he is a superb fielder.

  2. dluxxx - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Aaron Hicks 2.0???

    • drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      God I hope not.

  3. tmc602014 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    It’s a shame it’s one or the other, because there should, at all times, be at least one Mookie in MLB, and there should be one Jr. in MLB.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      It might not have to be if the Sox deem JBJ a one dimensional player.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    I feel like if Mookie can be half the fielder JBJ is and twice the hitter, Mookie might be looked at as the long term solution.

    They traded Iglesias, why wouldn’t they trade Bradley?

    • drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Why trade someone like that while his value is low?

  5. chip56 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    If they merged Mookie and Bradley they might have a good fourth OF.

    • drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Bradley by himself is a good fourth OF. Anybody would take that defense even if he never hit a lick.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    wow. defense is so overrated. if you can’t hit then you shouldn’t be in the damn big leagues. who the hell is going to win with a bunch of brendan ryans

    • drewsylvania - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Who the hell is suggesting fielding a team full of Brendan Ryans?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      big mess,

      Uh, Mark Belanger couldn’t hit… at all…

      His career batting average was only .228

      His career OPS+ was an anemic 68

      Yet, the O’s won and won and won with him playing a LOT and for LONG time.

      He played 18 yrs and in over 2,000 games for them.

      It’s about roster construction. If EVERY player was as weak at hitting as Belanger was, they wouldn’t have made it.

      But, depending on the makeup of a team, there may be room for the Mark Belanger’s and outfielders like Jackie.

      Then again, if every player hits a ton but can’t field at all, it’s going to be tough to win that way too.

      And we haven’t even begun to discuss pitching.

      The Mariner’s are a terrible hitting team yet were in first place a bit ago due to their MLB leading team low ERA. A week or so ago, their team ERA was 2.97

      One player who hits well and can’t field or fields well and can’t hit isn’t the end all on a 25 man roster.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        I like you,great stats.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        @ Sportsfan 18

        You just keep doing what you are doing no matter how hard,you CHANGE MINDS,that is why your research is worth it.Though by my endorsing your good input you may get some thumbsucks(as I seem to get a lot of downthumbs)it is people like yourself that make this place worthwhile.Great job.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      The MVP award always goes to the guy with the most RBIs, but you want to argue defense is overrated? By whom?

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Tis not true…

        ONLY since 2000… here we go…

        2000 A.L. MVP Jason Giambi 137 RBI’s
        2000 A.L. MVP runner up – Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas 143 RBI’s

        Oh Edgar Martinez had 145 RBI’s and finished 6th in the vote

        The number 4 player that year also had 137 RBI’s and a higher slugging % and a higher OPS too.

        N.L. 2000 MVP Jeff Kent 125 RBI’s

        Todd Helton, 5th in the voting with 147 RBI’s.

        Interesting twist baseball fans… Until Tulo got injured, he seemed to be a run away leader for the N.L. MVP this season. He was NOT being punished for the Coors Field affect which GREATLY WAS affecting his stats this season.

        In 2000, here is what Todd Helton did… He led the league in the following categories…

        Hits
        RBI’s
        On base percentage
        Slugging
        Batting Average
        Total Bases…

        yet even with that, he only finished 5th in the MVP race because folks couldn’t get past Coors Field.

        2001 MVP’s

        A.L. Uh, Ichirio Suziki won the award with only 69 RBI’s… nuff said
        N.L. Barry Bonds won with 137 RBI’s. Sammy Sosa had 160 RBI’s and finished 2nd in the vote. Luis Gonzalez finished 3rd in the voting and had 142 RBI’s. Todd Helton finished way back but he had 146 RBI’s

        2002 MVP’s

        A.L. Miguel Tejada won with 131 RBI’s. Arod was 2nd in the vote with 142 RBI’s and this was pre roid stuff. Magglio Ordonez had 135 RBI’s and a higher batting average than Tejada, a higher OPS and more home runs than Tejada yet still only finished in 8th place in the voting.

        N.L. Barry Bonds won with 110 RBI. Albert Pujols was 2nd and had 127 RBI’s #3 in the voting had 128 RBI’s

        2003 MVP

        A.L. Arod won with 118 RBI’s. #2 in the voting had 145 RBI’s
        N.L. Bonds won with 90 RBI’s #2 had 124, #3 in the vote had 132 and #4 had 131 RBI’s

        2004 MVP

        A.L. Vlad Guerrero won with 125 RBI’s. #3 had 130, #4 had 139 and #5 had 150 RBI’s
        N.L. Bonds won with 101 RBI’s. #2 had 121, #3 had 123, #4 had 124 RBI’s

        2005 MVP

        A.L. Arod won with 130 RBI’s. David Ortiz was 2nd in vote and had 148 RBI’s, #4 Manny Ramierz had 144 RBI’s

        N.L. Albert Pujols won with 117 RBI’s. #2 in vote had 128 RBI’s.

        I’m getting tired.

        But in 12 (TWELVE) consecutive MVP’s between both leagues, the winner NEVER had the most RBI’s…

        NOT ONCE…

        Oh, you think I stopped because the numbers were going to change.

        Even though I’m tired, here you go.

        2006 MVP

        A.L. Justin Morneau won with 130 RBI’s. David Ortiz was #3 with 137 RBI’s
        N.L. WINNER WINNER WINNER Ryan Howard won the MVP with the most RBI’s.

        2007 MVP

        A.L. winner had most RBI’s
        N.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s

        2008 MVP

        A.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s – not even close
        N.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s – #2 in vote had 30 more RBI’s than winner

        2009 MVP

        A.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s
        N.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s #3 and 4 had more

        2010 MVP

        A.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s
        N.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s #2 and 3 had more

        2011 MVP

        A.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s
        N.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s. #2 and 3 had more

        2012 MVP

        A.L. winner did have most RBI’s (finally)
        N.L. winner did NOT have most RBI’s

        2013 MVP

        A.L. winner did NOT have the most RBI’s
        N.L. winner did NOT have the most RBI’s. #2 had 31 MORE RBI’s than winner

        What was that about the MVP award that you said? you said “the MVP award always goes to the guy with the most RBI’s”

        It RARELY went to the winner in the 26 MVP’s since the 2000 season.

        3 out 26 MVP winners since the year 2000 had the most RBI’s.

      • renaado - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        @sportsfan18… Dang awesome…

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        @ rennado

        it would have been if I knew a quick and efficient way to look that all up, but I used Google and it took a while…

        honestly, I didn’t think it would be that lopsided against MVP winners when I began but I knew that many didn’t have the most RBI’s.

        when the results continued at they were going, I decided to keep going forward with it and I was very surprised by what I found.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        I’m just all about hitting. I remember before season everyone talking about how bad the yankees “infield defense” would be. I said that I couldn’t think of anything that would matter less and everyone trashed me. Well every damn game they give up like 2 runs. Think about it… 95% of balls in play are either clean hits that no one is getting to or they are routine plays that every mlb player gets to. How many world series teams win because of defense? None

      • 18thstreet - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Whoops/ Sorry I wasn’t at all clear about this. I was just exaggerating for effect.

        Nice, nice work though.

  7. irishlad19 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Second that–awesome!
    The fact is that if you can’t hit 250 or better as a MLB outfielder you cannot keep a starter job.
    JBJr has to go back to AAA and find a swing, or become a defensive specialist who bounces around the majors and minors for a few more years.

  8. yawkey25 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I like the idea of sending Jackie down, I just wish they sent Xander with him. Jackie is so close to being big league ready and he’s already a pretty solid 4th outfielder type with his defense. The guy has shown the ability to hit in stretches and lot up spring training last year so we know it’s there. Let him get back to basics and get a few weeks to get on a roll. I’d prefer they did the same with Xander because he needs to work on hitting as much or more than Jackie but also needs to really just review the basics of playing defense. His footwork and glove work and the mentality of it all are just not there and it’s probably hurting him at the plate to be failing so miserably at that aspect of his game. Let him go down and get some real one on one coaching about defense and rip it up at the plate a little. I’d even keep Xander down all year and we can see him in the spring. He just needs to hit reset and gain some confidence because he’s clearly showing some mental weakness which at 21 years old is understandable. The move to third was way too big a deal for him. This came at a time when Nava was sent down to the minors for crying out loud. What a horrible message it sent to his teammates when Nava would have killed to play any position in the majors and this 21 year old rookie thinks it’s ok to complain about moving to third base where he excelled last season!! To top that off you’ve got Holt who is playing basically every position and not saying a word about it. That mental weakness or possible immaturity is Xander’s problem besides a lack of skill and repetition in the field. Let him get that at a level where he can succeed. It’s VERY rare for a 21 year old to play at the level the fans and media expected him to play at this year. Give the kid a break and let him go crush it and we’ll see him next year where hopefully he’s ready to rock and Jackie is as well. I think both will be a major part of the big league club in future years without a doubt

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