Spoiler alert: that new position is left bench.
Rule #31: yell long enough and eventually somebody is going to come over to find out what the fuss is all about.
Subsection A: rant on the internet long enough and professional sports organizations will listen to you.
Since Pablo Sandoval’s large appearance at the beginning of spring training, there has been almost constant outcry against him from Red Sox Nation, analysts, and any Floridian behind him in the McDonald’s drive through. After sigining a deal worth $17.6 million annually with the Boston Red Sox last offseason, Sandoval was the worst defensive third baseman in the league and saw a huge dip in his performance at the plate.
Manager John Farrell announced that Sandoval will be benched for Monday’s season opener in Cleveland, effectively turning him into the world’s most expensive paperweight.
Replacing Sandoval at third base will be 25 year old Travis Shaw. In 21 games this spring, Shaw’s batting .339 with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Shaw has done a terrific job of giving Farrell no choice but to play him over the floundering Sandoval. Shaw’s been perfect defensively at third and has spent some time at first as well.
Sandoval is hitting .233 in 17 games. His fielding percentage is .857, which is even worse than last season’s catastrophe.
Unfortunately, robbing Sandoval of his only exercise, running from the dugout to third between innings, may actually exacerbate the problem. That’s a risk I’m willing to take.