David Ortiz sounds confident that Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval can bounce back after underwhelming 2015 campaigns in Boston. A day after arriving at spring training, the Red Sox’ designated hitter talked about the advice he has given his teammates.
“I told them to go day by day,’’ Ortiz told reporters on Tuesday in Fort Myers, via MassLive . “Don’t try to do what you do in a year in one day. Just go day by day. You had a bad day today, get prepared to have a better one the next day, that’s the only thing you can do.’’
Ramirez is moving to first base this season after struggling in left field in 2015, his first year in Boston. The former shortstop showed up to spring training early. He had former teammate Mike Napoli’s first base glove.
Sandoval will attempt to improve upon a season — his first with the Red Sox — in which he hit a career worst .245. For the second spring, an unflattering photo from Fort Myers has put his weight in the spotlight.
“Those guys have the tools and the ability to play the game. It’s just the focus part of it, you’ve got to be focused,’’ Ortiz said. “You can’t be getting caught up in doing some things that get you away from your game. This game takes a lot of preparation and they know it.’’
At age 39, Ortiz hit .273 with 37 homers and 108 RBI in his 13th season as a member of the Red Sox in 2015. He has announced that he will retire after the 2016 season.
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