Well it looks like my intense, and troublesome, hatred for Pablo Sandoval is paying off–well more like Pablo’s underperformance and Travis Shaw’s rise to stardom are but hey let me have my moment.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that Shaw, so far this Spring, is the better player. The first/third baseman is batting a torrid .419 with two homers and nine RBIs while Sandoval has is batting .250 (begrudgingly, I admit he also has two homers), while making errors left and right.
Shaw’s the guy right? Hanley Ramirez has been surprisingly good (I’m not too surprised, he was an infielder after all), so he’s not going anywhere. But there is one big, fat, overstuffed and overpaid guy we can bounce out, and that is Sandoval.
Manager John Farrell seems to agree with me–as most smart people do.
“There could be the potential for more here,” Farrell said. “We’re not in a place in spring training where we’re going to shut that down. He could be competing for regular at-bats.”
Damn right Farrell, what is interesting though are his statements on Shaw possibly playing the outfield.
“He’ll get there,” Farrell said. “He’s getting regular at-bats. The one thing I did not want to do was jump him around from day to day. We feel comfortable with his ability at first base. He’s spent some time here in some games at third base to allow him to settle in and gain some comfort there. On this upcoming trip, he’ll start to get some play in the outfield for us.”
I think the answer is clear: Shaw is the better player than Sandoval right now and has earned the starting job. Do the Sox want a fat turkey at third who subs himself out of games to look at “models” on his phone while swiping away with his pudgy, greasy fingers–or do they want the Mayor of Ding Dong City, the young prospect who rose the ranks quietly only to burst onto the scene.
It’s an obvious choice, Shaw 2016.