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Ben Cherington says Jackie Bradley, Jr’s coachability “absolutely not” the reason for his demotion

Sep 3, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

On August 18, the Red Sox demoted rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket. In the time since, there have been rumors that Bradley’s stubbornness while working with coaches — it was reported that he was unwilling to change his swing — contributed to his demotion.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington put the rumors to bed, as WEEI’s Alex Speier reports:

“First of all, as far as the question about whether that was part of the decision to send him down, I can say absolutely not. The decision to send him down was based on our feeling at the time that the offensive part of the game — that he needed to develop a routine that worked for him and it was going to be easier for him to do that for some period of time in Pawtucket,” Cherington said in Yankee Stadium. I’€™m not a coach. I know that every player is different, is going to respond differently to guidance. We know that Jackie has had a ton of success in his life as a baseball player, at the major league level, at the minor league level. It hasn’€™t come as quickly for him, at least on the offensive side at the major league level, and that’€™s not easy for a guy to deal with. There’€™s never been an issue from the Red Sox’€™s perspective of whether he’€™s willing to work or whether he cares, anything like that. We’€™re trying to find the right way to reach every player, including Jackie, and then the player has to have a responsibility then too. That’€™s a relationship that we strive to reach. We want to build a good, functional relationship with any player. And if one is struggling it means we still have to work on that, but it had nothing to do with sending him down to Pawtucket.”

In 387 plate appearances at the big league level, Bradley posted a disappointing .216/.288/.290 slash line with one home run, 30 RBI, and eight stolen bases. His results have not been much better with Pawtucket. In 69 plate appearances over 14 games, he is slashing .212/.246/.273 with one home run, five RBI, and no stolen bases. Bradley is expected to rejoin the major league roster later in September, however.

  1. chargrz - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Stop with the Slashing. It sounds ridiculous.

    • Balladeer - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      You mean stop providing information? Am I missing something in your comment?

      • chargrz - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Maybe try the word hitting? Slashing is a lame term.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        he is slashing .212/.246/.273 with one home run

        It does sound ridiculous.

      • evanpenn - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        I hate it too.

    • vlock1 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      “Slashing” refers to the slashes in the standard AVG/OBP/SLG triumvirate. It’s not being used as a synonym for hitting. (Although I’ll grant, it’s a lame stylistic choice.)

    • Balladeer - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      How does one determine whether or not a word is “lame”?

  2. irishlad19 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Defend the kid, right on Ben.
    This is a work in progress, let’s let it play out.

  3. slaugin - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I’m rooting for him big time, his Defense is too good not to be able to see highlights on a nightly basis. He is probably not going to be the Red Sox center fielder but hopefully he can get it together and be a major league player somewhere sooner than later

  4. jmjessemac - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    You don’t know what slash refers to, do you.

  5. jmjessemac - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Slash refers to avg/obp/slg. Get it? Slash.

  6. edelmanfanclub - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    JBJ can be the Sox of the future CF without a doubt if he hits .250-.275 consistently, thats how good his defense is. He needs to figure his swing out. Never know what to believe with these reports but he’s got to work with the coaches about his swing because these young Bosox are so not discipline at the plate and thats what helped them the most in 2013.

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