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Pablo Sandoval Flashes Glove And Works Count In Rehab Start



Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval Flashes Glove And Works Count In Rehab Start With The Pawtucket Red Sox

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been playing in AAA-Pawtucket as he rehabs his knee which he injured in late April.

Sandoval was starting in his fifth rehab game on Friday night and his fourth rehab game playing third base. While the night wasn’t a run-away success for Sandoval, he still showed promise and looks closer to being ready for Boston.

Fielding Wasn’t A Picnic, But Sandoval Flashed The Leather When Needed

A ground ball by Casey Gillaspie lead to an Pablo Sandoval bobble in 2nd inning leads to erratic throw over the head of first basemen Matt Dominguez for an error. In the next fielding opportunity for Sandoval, DH Mike Marjama grounded out to the rehabbing Red Sox third baseman who tossed it over to first base for the out. The play however scored a run with the grounder driving in a runner from third and made it a 2-0 ball-game at the time.

Pablo Sandoval did not see another fielding opportunity until the top of the fifth inning when a scorcher from Marjama got hit right past Panda on the ground. After a failed diving stab at it by Sandoval, Pawtucket short-stop Mike Miller was able to snag the ball and hum it to Dominguez for the out, thus bailing out Sandoval.

Sandoval was not deterred by his early fielding woes though, in the top of the seventh inning Sandoval caught a hot liner from Bulls catcher Curt Casali, and then he immediately followed that up two-batters later by grabbing a hopping grounder from Jake Hager and threw it to Dominguez to get Kyle Kendrick out of the inning.

Another opportunity to flash the glove game in the top of the ninth with Sandoval ranging to his left to field a ground-ball which he threw hard and on target to Dominguez at first to end the inning.

On Paper, Panda’s Day At The Plate Wasn’t Ideal, But He Was Able To Work The Count On A Number Of Occasions

In first plate appearance Pablo Sandoval struck out swinging on a 96-mph from Blake Snell high up in the strike zone. Sandoval faced seven pitches in that at-bat and was able to work a full count before getting overpowered by the fastball.

Sandoval got his second plate appearance in the third inning where he face two pitches from Snell, after taking the first pitch that was a ball, Sandoval flew out to right fielder Shane Peterson in shallow right field.

Panda’s third plate appearance came in the bottom of the fifth inning, very much like his first at-bat, Sandoval was able to work the count full. Sandoval put the ball in play, but it turned out to be another routine fly-out, this time around to the left-fielder Jake Bauers.

Two innings later in the bottom of the seventh Sandoval got his fourth plate appearance, this time against Bulls reliever Jeff Ames. Ames being a right-handed-pitcher, forced Sandoval to switch to the left side of the plate after taking the first three at-bats as a right-handed batter. After fouling off the first two pitches, Sandoval struck out swinging for the second time in the game.

With Blake Swihart standing on first-base in the bottom of the ninth with two-outs Pablo had the chance to become a hero and save Pawtucket from entering extra innings. But very much like the first four at-bats, Sandoval failed to reach base and grounded out to the second base-man.

Pablo Sandoval’s Struggles Have Silver Linings

After going 0-5 Sandoval was pulled from the game after playing the first nine innings of the game. Sandoval failing to reach base isn’t a deciding factor into weather or not he is ready for Boston. He showed a good eye at the plate and hit the ball fairly well, unfortunately though the balls he hit were right at Bulls players.

Sandoval struggled at-times defensively, but overall he looked solid and made a number of good plays for Pawtucket. Sandoval is expected to be back in Boston soon, but he will likely finish out the weekend with Pawtucket before joining the Boston Red Sox on their trip to Chicago which is slated to start on Monday.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up



Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up



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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell



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On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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