Re: As Space Warned Let's Wait and see how the rest of the Spring goes before getting carried away on Bradley
posted at 3/20/2013 4:19 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Bradley struggled, today, against the Yankees, just like the rest of the team. Better to go with Gomes, everyday, and Nava or Sweeney. Bradley's numbers in AA were poor, and he hasn't even played a game of AAA. AAA is essential in the development of a player.
Most importantly, 6 or 7 years from now, not waiting 11 days could cost the Red Sox 20 million. The reason they paid 10 million for an extra year of control on S. Drew was because they knew they would be saving 20 million on an extra year of control on Bradley. This management teams thinks and plans more than a half a decade in advance.
Bradley has had a wonderful Spring Training, and another good day at the plate today, showing savvy hitting to all fields. As I said in the same posts in which I said Lets Wait and See, it was sort of good sense to not get carried away with late Feb/early March hitting, but that if he continued to hit through camp, that would carry weight in evaluating where he was at. He has done so, and I very happily concede that the kid looks great and might be ready to step in and succeed at the major league level.
I already am on record, given Ortiz' injury, as advocating that Bradley break camp with the big club.
I also advocate, barring lightning in a bottle personal performance and team success, that he should be sent down at some point for the 11 games or whatever minimal time, to save the year.
The fact the I have advocated putting Bradley's ST in perspective and not getting carried away with his ST results is in no way related to my enthusiasm in regards to JBJ, or my hopes that he is the spark this club needs. It is just good sense. The fact that you have been on this weird kick to discredit me for recommending a little perspective in the matter is bizarre.
If a few months of AA performance doesn't weight at all to you vs. ST sample, well, I don't what to tell ya, that is just not very sound counselor.