David Ortiz said he is going to take Hanley Ramirez under his wing when it comes to learning how to be a DH. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

David Ortiz said he is going to take Hanley Ramirez under his wing when it comes to learning how to be a DH. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

David Ortiz believes Hanley Ramirez at first base this season. But he also knows the reality that is coming after the 2016 season.

Whether or not the first base switch works, Ramirez remains the No. 1 candidate to slide into the Red Sox‘ designated hitter spot once Ortiz retires.

That’s why the current DH is ready to offer some proactive advice.

“This year I’€™m going to talk to him about it and take him through things I normally like to do,” Ortiz said. “In case it happens, he will be ready for it. I’€™ve got no problem showing my boy anything that I know.”

Talking to reporters at last weekend’s Winter Weekend, it certainly didn’t seem like Ramirez was going to take offense to the idea he might slide over to DH a year from now.

“Hell, yeah,” Ramirez said when asked about his interest in potentially DHing. “When you’ve got two things to do, play defense and offense (versus) just sitting in the dugout, it’s a little different.”

Thus far in Ramirez’s career, the DH spot seems to fit him well.

In his 11 games as a designated hitter in 2015, Ramirez totaled a .295 batting average with five homers and a 1.001 OPS. For his career, the 32 year old has hit .316 with a .946 OPS in 25 games at the position.

Some factors to consider when playing out Ramirez’s potential move to first base is the development of Travis Shaw and/or Sam Travis, along with the Red Sox’ interest in Blue Jays first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion when/if he becomes a free agent after the ’16 season.

Until then, Ortiz believes Ramirez’s second season with the Red Sox will be a productive one — both while playing first and under the mentorship of the retiring DH.

“Hanley has the same personality that I have. He’€™s a lovely guy. He’€™s a guy who is noisy. He loves his teammates. He likes to have a good time. He loves the game,” Ortiz said.

“I definitely believe that he’€™s going to be OK. He’€™s going back to the infield. All he needs to learn is how to move around the bag, which isn’€™t anything that is impossible, and go from there.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

While we were so focused on Dave Dombrowski not lying, Hanley Ramirez‘s Instagram posts, and the deluge of Winter Weekend player availability at Foxwoods last weekend, we’ve been missing Koji Uehara’s offseason document

While we were so focused on Dave Dombrowski not lying, Hanley Ramirez‘s Instagram posts, and the deluge of Winter Weekend player availability at Foxwoods last weekend, we’ve been missing Koji Uehara’s offseason documentary.

While the video documentation isn’t exactly “Man on Wire,” or “Making a Murderer,” the nine episodes of You Tube videos does offer proof that the Red Sox reliever is fully recovered from his broken wrist and would seem to be ready once his stay in Fort Myers begin.

So, get the popcorn out …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

It's been a wild ride over the last year for Yoan Moncada, as well as those who have helped him along the way. (Red Sox)It was a lot of money. But it took some time for Yoan Moncada to understand why it wasn't more.



Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly on Bradfo Show podcast

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly on Bradfo Show podcast

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

With David Price signed, and six pitchers making up the Red Sox starting rotation, Joe Kelly had his doubts as the winter meetings kicked off in early December.

And when rumors started surfacing from Nashville about teams such as Texas showing interest in Kelly, the pitcher’s anxiety only increased.

But, according to Kelly, one phone call eased his mind for the rest of the offseason.

“Every player until they don’€™t have a no-trade clause in their contract realize it can be a thing in the offseason, and something everyone follows,” Kelly said on the Bradfo Show podcast. “But there was a point and time in the offseason that I thought there was a possibility of me being on another team next year. But close to the deadline I got a call from John Farrell and he told me I wasn’€™t going anywhere. He said he knew my name was being thrown out there and that was just from other clubs. They put my name out there to see what fish would bite.

“I don’€™t know it was a surprise, but it shows the respect the organization has at the top, knowing that they didn’€™t want me to trade me. Obviously I didn’€™t get that phone call from the GM or the coach from the St. Louis Cardinals before I got traded, it just happened out of the blue. Knowing that I wasn’€™t going to get traded, it was a level of comfort and respect on both sides. It just goes to show that the front office that we have is very, very smart and understanding of both sides.”

Some of the other topics Kelly discusses on the podcast include why he picked “Knox” for his unborn son’s name, where the much-publicized “He’s the ace/I’m the ace” t-shirts went, what it’s like to suddenly be classified a millionaire, and the reasons behind his late-season resurgence.

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Rob Bradford
Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly joined Rob Bradford to discuss his lot in life. The talk includes the unique process of picking a name for Kelly's unborn son, finding his "He's the Ace" t-shirt, and the offseason phone call that convince him he would remain a Red Sox.
Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly joined Rob Bradford to discuss his lot in life. The talk includes the unique process of picking a name for Kelly's unborn son, finding his "He's the Ace" t-shirt, and the offseason phone call that convince him he would remain a Red Sox.

[0:04:20] ... few years ago is as it was this one in the yeah Heath Bell didn't come off so well. So anyway who let me ask you this who who has the the T shirt. I know ...
[0:17:00] ... level. Credibility and respect outside. It just. Understanding. That it. Who's better Kobe Bryant Larry Bird. Yeah. Not equipped Matt Kemp I'm not. Later and then I play him seated at the die hard labor spent well. Who do you want to win Denver the Patriots. But it. Are right so since you on how you answer those tough questions. Are there any questions you up for me I ended it I told Dustin Pedroia. Offered him the opportunity to help motivate me. The dog days I I might be you know is is the one way ...




Pablo Sandoval joins girlfriend Yulimar Martins in listening to Alex Vega about his new car. (Angel Valentin/ New York Times)

Pablo Sandoval joins girlfriend Yulimar Martins in listening to Alex Vega about his new car. (Angel Valentin/ New York Times)

It’s no news flash that big league ballplayers have nice cars. But the extravagance of their purchases really might not hit home until reading a story like the one in Sunday’s New York Times.

The Times rolled out a feature on the “Auto Firm,” a Miami-area garage that customizes cars for what is described as more than 300 baseball clients, and is run by a man named Alex Vega.

While there are a few professional athletes mentioned in the piece — including the Red SoxHanley Ramirez (who was buying a Ferrari for his wife), Brock Holt and prospect Yoan Moncada — Pablo Sandoval was most prominently featured.

The first paragraph of the story reads:

Pablo Sandoval pulled up to a custom car shop here on a recent Friday afternoon hoping to do some business. He wanted to trade in the Porsche Panamera he was driving, order new sets of rims for his two Range Rovers, pick up the gray one that was being worked on and discuss the next car he would buy ‘€” a 2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Sandoval is followed around throughout the facility throughout the day, doing his shopping with girlfriend Yulimar Martins.

Details of Sandoval’s visit were chronicled, such as the particulars of the Porsche he left behind. There was just 15,563 miles on the car, that still possessed “three CD’€™s in the stereo, $3.26 of change in a cup holder and a rosary hanging from the rearview mirror.”

Sandoval’s philosophy toward his vehicle investments was perhapssummed up by this quote: “It’€™s like a sign when you get to the big leagues. The first thing you want to get is a nice car to drive around. Every year I try to get a new one.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

In all likelihood, the Red Sox were not going to miss out on David Price.