FORT MYERS, Fla. – Mike Lowell stopped by Sox camp to help Will Middlebrooks with some defensive things, including his footwork and throwing.
Lowell said he was invited to come by Dustin Pedroia, who felt Lowell could help give Middlebrooks some tips on how the two of them used to work the double-play.
Lowell was dressed in his No. 25 jersey. The Red Sox have invited a lot of their former players back. Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield have all worked with players at their respective area of expertise.
Lowell, who works as an MLB Network analyst, is also doing work with Miami Marlins infielders.
“Pedroia mentioned to Will that we have good reputation of turning double plays. Spoke to him and (infield coach) Brian Butterfield this morning. Maybe something I say may trigger doing something better on his part. He’s very impressive. He has the makings of being an outstanding player,” Lowell said.
Lowell said offensively “the ball sounds different coming off his bat.” Lowell is impressed with Middlebrooks’s strength and power.
Lowell said he would love to manage some day, but he says the time isn’t right.
“I don’t mind putting in the time when I’m ready for it,” he said. “I still know where my kids are in my life, I’m just not ready. I drove up from kids’ baseball game at 8 o’clock last night and I was much more exited about being on a major league field than making sure the rightfielder was looking at home plate or throwing rocks.”
Lowell said having ex-players come in with recent major league experience is wise.
“I don’t think there’s a catcher on the planet who wouldn’t learn something from Tek. A Varitek sticks in their mind a little more. It’s like my kid doesn’t listen to me but he listens to his coach,” Lowell said.
Middlebrooks said it was exciting to work with Lowell, who he got to know during spring training.
“Anytime you can work with someone who has won World Series and won Gold Gloves, I’m all for it. It’s great to have that at your disposal.”
On what they worked on, Middlebrooks said, “I worked on my angles. Playing third base is all about 45-degree angles. Working on in-between hops. Sometimes I get flat out there.”