One by one, the Boston Red Sox sent the same stubborn message that it has arrived in spring training.
From Eduardo Rodriguez-“Don’t sleep on us”-Chris Sale-“We plan to move on and make noise”-Although the duration of the pandemic has been shortened 24-36, but the team’s situation is still optimistic leaving them last season in the AL East.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said: “2020 is not going the way people want.” He traded the 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts in the first year, hired and fired a manager and dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak .
Bloom said in a video call with reporters on Sunday: “I don’t want the stain of last year to make people surpass the talents we have.”
The three-day training of pitchers and receivers cannot eliminate all the mistakes that occurred in 2020. But Bloom said-so far-everything is going well this year, especially compared to last spring.
He said: “It’s safer and better.”
After only playing 60 games last year, preparing for the entire season once again brought uncertainty to spring training. Questions include: how to best prepare the pitcher for a full year load when the pitcher does not exceed 12 hits and the throw is less than 65 innings.
Bloom said: “Anyone who thinks they can tell you what last year means…I won’t buy. We are all using the best information we have and using all the information we have.” “This will involve Some art, not just science.”
Rodriguez (Rodriguez) missed all of 2020 due to the heart disease caused by the coronavirus infection. He has already had a strong training and is a “go all out” game.
Bloom said: “We have to make sure to take care of him.” “He is getting rid of things that no one has really experienced, so we have to pay attention to this.”
Sale’s Tommy John surgical rehabilitation program has also been carried out as planned, and will probably return in the middle of the season.
Bloom said: “So far, one of the most attractive parts of spring training is watching Chris Sally throw a baseball. We have been waiting for this.” He added that the team will remain cautious. “We must do this with him correctly.”
The Red Sox are also optimistic about a more normal season, which will free third base Raphael Devers from the defensive struggle, which puts him leading the Grand Slam with 14 turnovers in 57 games. Manager Alex Cora bet-actually $5-the three-time All-Star JD Martinez will rebound from the worst season of his career when he only scored 0.213 points .
“Jingdong is angry with me because I only bet $1 a few months ago and he will have a better season,” Cora told reporters. “I raised my bet to $5 because he will have a better season.”
The team has not ruled out the renewal of midfielder Jackie Bradley (Jackie Bradley Jr.), who is still a free agent. Bradley defeated 0.239 in eight seasons-despite reaching 0.283 in 2020-but provided excellent defense in the midfield.
Bloom said: “We love Jackie and we have been in contact with him all winter.” “We will continue to do this until it is resolved.”
In the 16 games since the end of the 60 season at Tampa Bay, and nine after the wild Yankees, the Red Sox will need everything to make the playoffs properly. Bloom said the world championship title is still the goal, but he believes that if he sees progress in establishing long-term competitors, this season will be a success.
He said: “I hope that by the end of this year, I can see and see the next core, which will become the center of sustainable championship contenders and see this core being formed.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.