We have gotten snippets of Hanley Ramirez‘s progress in his quest to come into spring training as a better overall athlete.

There was a complimentary Instragram photo early in the offseason, an appearance at David Ortiz’s Celebrity Golf Classic, and, most recently, a picture at the gym posing with manager John Farrell, first base coach Ruben Amaro and others.

Now comes video proof that … well, that Ramirez’s vertical leap shouldn’t be a problem.

(It should be noted, the last time the Red Sox tested vertical leap in spring training came in 2012, when Ryan Sweeney took first-place. Unfortunately there was a casualty in the competition, with Andrew Bailey hurting his lat muscle during the endeavor.)

(H/T Jared Carrabis)

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Former big leaguer Greg Norton will replace Tim Hyers as Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator, one of a flurry of personnel moves in the minor leagues announced by the Red Sox on Thursday.

Former big leaguer Greg Norton will replace Tim Hyers as Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator, one of a flurry of personnel moves in the minor leagues announced by the Red Sox on Thursday.

Norton, who spent 13 years in the big leagues with six teams from 1996-2009, arrives from Auburn University, where he served as hitting coach from 2013-15. He began his coaching career with the Marlins in 2010.

He replaces Hyers, who joined the Dodgers and new manager Dave Roberts as an assistant hitting coach.

Billy McMillon takes over as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. McMillon managed the last two seasons in Double-A Portland, earning Eastern League Manager of the Year honors in 2014. This is his seventh season in the organization.

Brandon Henry has been promoted to minor league athletic training coordinator, Edgar Barreto will serve as strength and conditioning coordinator, and David Herrera has been promoted to Latin America medical coordinator.

The Red Sox also announced their field staffs for each level of the minors.

Triple-A Pawtucket: Manager Kevin Boles, pitching coach Bob Kipper, hitting coach Rich Gedman, coach Bruce Crabbe.

Double-A Portland: Manager Carlos Febles, pitching coach Kevin Walker, hitting coach Jon Nunnally.

High-A Salem: Manager Joe Oliver, pitching coach Paul Abbott, hitting coach Nelson Paulino.

Low-A Greenville: Manager Darren Fenster, pitching coach Walter Miranda, hitting coach Lee May Jr.

Short-season Lowell: Manager Iggy Suarez, pitching coach Lance Carter, hitting coach Wilton Veras

Rookie Gulf Coast League: Manager Tom Kotchman, pitching coach Dick Such, hitting coach Junior Zamora, coach Dave Tomlin

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Bradfo Show podast: Motivating Dustin Pedroia

Bradfo Show podast: Motivating Dustin Pedroia

While Dustin Pedroia spent a good chunk of time on the Bradfo Show podcast explaining away defensive metrics, while elaborating how why he has altered his offseason approach, there was another topic the second baseman answered very directly: Hanley Ramirez playing first base.

Pedroia talked about how he is going to approach playing next to Ramirez, drawing on experiences with the Red Sox‘ last first base newbie, Mike Napoli.

Here is what the second baseman had to say in regards to Ramirez (starting at 12:20 on podcast):

“I’m going to tell Hanley the same thing I told Nap when he moved over to first base, and I’ve already told him. Going back to the zone rating thing, this is what people don’t understand: when you’re an infielder, outfielder or pitcher, you’re connected to somebody. We’re connected together. We have to communicate every single pitch. I’m playing here. I’m letting him know if an off-speed pitch is coming against a left-handed hitter so he can get to the line a little bit quicker. If you’re a pitcher you’re communicating with your catcher to be on the same page. Outfielders are moving together. Infielders the same way. Hanley, we’re on the same team here. If I throw you a ball and you drop it, no problem. You know what I’m going to tell Hanley? No problem, get the next one. That’s what we do. It’s a unit. We move together. We play together. We all have the same thought process. You have to do that. That’s the only way you can be a great defender and have good team defense, you’re communicating and playing together and have each other’s backs. Guess what, Hanley is going to make an error this year. I’m going to let everybody know right now. I’m going to make an error this year. It’s going to happen. Nobody is perfect. You understand? So the goal is to play together and eliminate mistakes. Those are the things that he can’t have, I can’t have, Pablo [Sandoval], Bogey [Xander Bogaerts], nobody can have. You have to be on the same page. You have to be prepared and pay within our system. If he does that he’s going to be fine.

“That’s the thing, you can’t go into it going, ‘Alright, I have to pick every ball.’ No you don’t. You have to take one pitch at a time. Look at me, see where I’m positioned, we’re going to communicate. That’s how you get through this. That’s what Nap turned into being so great at. He was always communicating, moving, putting himself in the right position to make a play. Yeah, there’s going to be times you’re going to miss the ball. Everybody misses the ball. If you’re in the right spot as much as you can be, you’re going to be good.”

To read more about Pedroia’s takes on the podcast, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joins Rob Bradford for a very pointed conversation about those who question his defense, why he has changed his approach this offseason, and how he views his new first baseman, Hanley Ramirez.

Dustin Pedroia doesn't want to hear about any of those defensive metrics. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Dustin Pedroia is all fired up.

The Red Sox have boosted their list of non-roster spring training invitees to 14 players after announcing eight more to the group Wednesday.

The Red Sox have boosted their list of non-roster spring training invitees to 14 players after announcing eight more to the group Wednesday.

Those most recently announced as invitees to major league camp are infielders Josh Rutledge and Sam Travis, outfielders Brennan Boesch and Allen Craig, catcher Sandy Leon and pitchers Roman Mendez, Kyle Martin and Danny Rosenbaum.

Already on the list of non-roster invitees were pitchers William Cuevas, Sean O’Sullivan and Anthony Varvaro, third baseman Chris Dominguez, outfielder Ryan LaMarre, and catcher Ali Solis.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Fort Myers, Fla. Feb. 18, with position players starting Feb. 24.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
The guys speak with former Blue Jays GM and current VP of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers about the American League East and how it changed in his time in Toronto

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