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Did Jackie Bradley, Jr.’s attitude get him sent down to the minors?

Sep 3, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley singles in front of New York Yankees Chris Stewart in MLB game in New York Reuters

When Jackie Bradley, Jr. started to draw a lot of notice, he was lauded to great degree for his attitude and work ethic. Indeed, some scribes got rather prickly if anyone dared to criticize Bradley or suggest that, maybe, he wasn’t ready to play every day in Boston.

This year his offensive performance was a big problem for the Sox, and he was eventually sent down to Pawtucket. But Joon Lee of Over the Monster reports that it may have been more than his lack of hitting that earned him a stint in the minors:

According to two league sources, there was a growing sense of frustration within the Red Sox clubhouse — both coaches and players — with Bradley due to his perceived “stubbornness with the coaching staff.” One source added that Bradley was unwilling to work with coaches to fix his swing. Both sources said Bradley’s attitude was one of the main reasons he was sent to the minors.

Did Bradley become frustrated as a result of his struggles? Or is it possible that the enthusiasm some had for him last year was premature?

Hard to say from the outside, of course. But one thing is certain: with Mookie Betts emerging and Rusney Castillo now in the organization, it could be a crowded center field situation in Boston and Bradley can’t afford to have anything else working against him at the moment.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    He just was not able to live up to the hype. Happens to a lot of young players.

  2. sabatimus - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    “Two league sources”, huh? What can I say, I’m convinced.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      The famous Red Sox leak machine at work again.

      • gloccamorra - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        The “machine” works with a purpose. With better CF candidates, the “machine” is softening up Red Sox Nation for an off-season trade. When you build ’em up and they don’t pan out, you gotta tear them down a little before you ship them out, or RSN will get angry, and you don’t want to see RSN when they’re angry.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        That comment makes sense.

      • psousa1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        So you’re saying they would leak something out about this guy having an attitude problem when they would love to see what they could get for him, if anything, in the offseason?

        Sorry not true. When a reporter can actually name a source then I’m interested until then could care less about an unnamed source who is probably fictitious anyway.

        Anyway, ever since Epstein left for Chicago the leaks mysteriously stopped.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        The leaks have never stopped.

      • mazblast - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        The leaks haven’t stopped, but they seem to have been greatly reduced since Theo left. We’ll see what happens the next time a “big” player is unceremoniously dispatched.

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    No hitting around 200, with tons of K’ s and no power is why he got sent down.

    • brewcats - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Which is maybe why they wanted to help him with his swing?

  4. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Playin the game isn’t only about defense. Gotta need to use those bats for good use too.

  5. theskinsman - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    If you can’t hit, you can’t stay with the big boys. He could crazy as a loon, but if he hit, he’d still be there.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      I second that.


      Manny Ramirez

  6. skeleteeth - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    But he did change his swing, and it helped…for a couple games. Remy talked about him at length when he was finally sent down and all he said sounded like this was a guy that could be molded and was more than willing to change aspects of his game. Not sure where these new sources are coming from.

    There was a total disconnect for Bradley with hitting. He looked beyond out classed on every pitch and was well aware of that fact. In the field he glided like a perennial All-Star to anything and everything. Think he should have been sent down weeks before he actually was.

    • Jack Marshall - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Exactly. In fact, the Sox should have committed to Sizemore from the start, and sent Bradley down. (It looks like Sizemore just needed some patience and regular play.) Farrell was in love with the glove, even though lack of hitting was what was killing his team. He richly deserves to be fired.

  7. thebadguyswon - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Bobby V’s fault.

    • Ren Ignatiago - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      I finally detected a sarcasm.

  8. ahrmon - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Whoa whoa whoa…you mean baseball “writers” overhyped yet another Red Sox prospect? That’s un-possible! I mean, I thought that Bradley/Bogarts/Middlebrooks were guaranteed 1st ballot HOF’ers: At least that’s the story you guys have been selling…

    • 18thstreet - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Maybe you could spell Xander’s last name correctly and then note that he’s still 21 years old for another month. At this same age, Tulo was in AA. Jeter had a September call-up at age 21 and had an OPS+ of 74. (Bogaerts’s career OPS+ is 82.) I still see him as a future Hall of Famer. This is what they look like at 21. Usually, they’re in AA.

      And no one hyped Bradley nor Middlebrooks as future Hall of Famers. No one.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      “The Orioles briefly toyed with the idea of giving the [shortstop] job to Cal Ripken Jr., but felt the pressure of playing such a key position at the major-league level would be too much. Inasmuch as the heralded rookie hit a miserly .128 in a brief trial there last year, they were probably right. But Ripken, who tore up minor-league pitching, is considered the future of the franchise, and a spot had to be found for him.” — 1982’s Street and Smith’s.

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  10. sidelineshot - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    The Home Run swing doesn’t match his built.
    The guy should be slapping line drives, and advancing runners. Making contact is required.

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