Thursday, March 6, 2014
By Kevin Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Emptying another notebook
• Still another reason the Red Sox would like to see reliever Andrew Bailey have a bounce-back year in 2013: Josh Reddick's Gold Glove.
Reddick, traded to Oakland in the Bailey deal, not only hit 32 home runs for the A's this past season but also received a Gold Glove, establishing him as the best right fielder in the American League.
When at Hadlock Field, the scouting report on Reddick was that he was developing. He didn't always look smooth getting to balls, but he got to them and his arm strength was a plus.
At Fenway Park, Reddick looked lost at times, but who doesn't in that right field, and in comparison with the graceful fielding of J.D. Drew.
"There are some quirks out there that (Drew) makes look really easy," then-Boston Manager Terry Francona said in 2011. "The more (Reddick) is out there, the better, because he's really athletic. That's one of this strengths. He's fast enough and he has plenty of arm."
But Reddick was dealt because the Red Sox needed a closer.
So far the Reddick-Bailey deal is a bit uneven. Bailey, 28, injured his thumb in spring training and did not return until August, recording a 7.04 ERA in 15 innings.
• Another trade last offseason sent two former Sea Dogs, infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland, to Houston for reliever Mark Melancon. Weiland, who pitched only three games before being shut down because of a shoulder infection, was taken off the 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A last week.
• Nearly 15 years after the Marlins first tried to convince Mike Redmond to become a coach, Miami hired him as its manager. When Redmond was catching for the Sea Dogs back then, the Marlins suggested he retire as a player. Redmond believed he could still play and went on to a 13-year major league career.
A minor league manager in the Blue Jays' system the past two years, Redmond was named Miami's new manager last week, replacing the fired Ozzie Guillen.
"He'll make a good one," former Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Tosca told our Glenn Jordan. "I think the world of Mike he ranks right at the top of my list, in terms of personality, of players who overachieved, who got the most out of his ability and influenced his teammates."
When you think of genuinely nice guys who know their baseball, you might think of Redmond or Brian Butterfield.
Every spring training in Florida, I hoped to get by the Blue Jays camp in Dunedin to say hello to Butterfield, the Maine native who now lives in Standish.
Now Butterfield will be in Fort Myers, sharing his extensive knowledge and warm demeanor as Boston's third-base coach.
• The Red Sox have not announced their minor league staffs yet, but it appears Sea Dogs hitting coach Dave Joppie is in line for a promotion. Joppie will be named the Pawtucket hitting coach, according to the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press. (Joppie lives in Grand Rapids).
Joppie, currently coaching in the Arizona Fall League, could not be reached for comment, but he told the Grand Rapids newspaper the promotion was a "huge honor a culmination of 18 years of dedicating myself to my professional baseball career."
Joppie, 46, had been with Portland for five seasons.
• Baseball America came out with its annual top 10 ranking of Red Sox prospects, and two Sea Dogs (shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.) top the list.
The others: pitcher Matt Barnes (No. 3), pitcher Allen Webster (4), pitcher Henry Owens (5), catcher Blake Swihart (6), third baseman Garin Cecchini (7), outfielder Bryce Brentz (8), shortstop Jose Iglesias (9) and shortstop Deven Marrero (10).
We will look at prospect rankings later in the month when we come out with our annual list.
• Sea Dogs tickets went on sale Saturday. They can be purchased online, by phone, at the Hadlock Field box office or at a new kiosk in the Maine Mall.
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