Legends On Deck

Meeting Across The River

“Hey Eddie, can you loan me a few bucks ? And tonight can you get us a ride ? Gotta make it through the tunnel, got a meeting with a man on the other side.” – Bruce Springsteen


John Farrell addressing us at our annual Pre-Spring Training orientation.

Well, I’m not sure of the man in question that “The Boss” was planning to meet but once again the Boston Red Sox spring training staff at jetBlue Park in South Lee County, Florida met with Boston manager John Farrell among others at Tuesday’s all day orientation meeting.

Following opening remarks, Farrell fielded questions and mapped out his spring plans. The third year Sox skipper spoke of new roster additions such as third baseman Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, who will be attempting to convert from his natural position of shortstop to playing left field in notoriously tricky Fenway Park, and pitchers Wade Miley and Justin Masterson. Masterson and Ramirez are both back for their second stints with the Red Sox organization, having both come up through Boston’s minor league system.

Asked about the Red Sox lack of a number one starting pitcher, Farrell suggested that many pitchers including Curt Schilling were not aces or number one starters until they were given a chance. He stated that Joe Kelly, obtained in a trade last year with the St. Louis Cardinals, will be a key member of the rotation.

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Pablo “Panda” Sandoval, gets in some early spring workouts.            (Photo: Boston.com)

Approximately 38 Red Sox players are already working out at jetBlue Park’s adjacent Fenway South minor league complex in anticipation of Friday’s reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Dustin Pedroia continues to work out in Arizona but Farrell stated that he’s ready to go and will be in camp shortly. A healthy Pedroia is key to the Sox chances in 2015.

With Pablo Sandoval at third base, Xander Bogaerts will return to shortstop. Farrell mentioned several players, most notably 1st baseman/outfielder Allen Craig will find a logjam at a number of positions and a former all-star like Craig will likely have diminished playing time as a result.

Boston has a crowded outfield, with Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Danel Nava and Craig, in addition to minor leaguer Bryce Brentz and non-roster invitee Quintin Berry, himself a former Sox player who spent time with the Orioles last year. Depth is a good problem to have, especially with the rash of injuries in Major League Baseball the last several seasons.

After some internal question and answer sessions, lunch, and training for new employees, the jetBlue Park staff was deemed ready for another spring, the team’s fourth at this complex and the twenty third in Fort Myers/Lee County. Next up for the staff after the team workouts begin is an Open House on Saturday, February 28th from 11am to 3pm.

(Featured Photo: Bostonherald.com)

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