Boston Red Sox Reliever Fernando Abad Is Leaving The Team For The World Baseball Classic
After the Boston Red Sox 3-2 loss to the Pittsburg Pirates this afternoon, news came out that Red Sox LHP Fernando Abad will be added to the roster for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). He will be leaving for the team tomorrow.
Fernando Abad will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic and will join them tomorrow.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 4, 2017
For a guy who’s been told he needs to earn a spot on the major league roster, it is a horrible idea for him to leave the team he gets paid by to play in what is a pointless, incredibly tense tournament in the WBC.
By leaving the team he gets paid for, he is not working with the team that can possibly help him get out of the funk he was in all last year while a member of the Red Sox. If he pitches poorly in the WBC, it will hurt his case to be put on the Opening Day roster and hurt his employer’s chances to win a World Series.
Yes, he’s from a country that loves baseball and playing for their country is a great honor, but this is a horrible idea by him. He needs to get better by staying with the Red Sox in Ft. Myers so he can earn his pay check and be ready for the major league season.
Hanley Ramirez who was supposed to be on the team this year too but he dropped out because of his sore shoulder. He’s staying with the ball club this spring to avoid him possibly hurting his shoulder anymore. He could have gone and hurt his shoulder and be out an extended period of time but he’s avoiding that by not going. Abad should do the same.