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08:17 AM ET 03.25 | On Sunday, Red Sox manager John Farrell may have offered a glimpse into his thinking when it comes to Jackie Bradley Jr. [The move] gave you a feeling the future is now. Several hours before a game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Farrell held court in the visitors dugout explaining why he decided to play Jacoby Ellsbury in center, Shane Victorino in right and young Bradley, who has never played a game above Double A but doesn't seem to understand that's supposed to mean something, in left. ... It was another proving ground for Bradley, whose play keeps insisting he head to Yankee Stadium next weekend even if common sense and business sense suggest McCoy Stadium might be a wiser choice.

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Jackie Bradley Jr., US Presswire Jackie Bradley Jr., US Presswire
March 25, 2013  08:24 AM ET

He's been their best player this spring.

March 25, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Another Boston thread.

March 25, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Let youth be served.

March 25, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Another Boston thread.

As it should be.

March 25, 2013  08:35 AM ET

I'd love to see him stick, but it is really shortsighted not to send him to Pawtucket for 11 days and get an extra year of eligibility before he becomes a FA.

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March 25, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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they can send him down later in the season when guys like Papi and Drew return and still save his eligibility.

In theory, yes, but what if he is hitting .355, do you think Boston fans will stand for it. Better to shoot for a .500 record through the first nine games, and let Bradley get the minor leagues behind him for good. No need to screw with his head (leave that for Bard).

March 25, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

As it should be.

Silence!

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March 25, 2013  08:53 AM ET

What do they have to lose? Reward the kid for a great spring and if it doesn't work out you send him back down while doing your best to convince him that if he keeps working he'll be back up. Even Mickey Mantle struggled when he first came up.

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March 25, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Bard did much better back when Farrell was the pitching coach. Let's hope that he can get his mechanics straightened out and be an effective reliever for them.

They seem to have the bullpen depth now to give Bard a chance to straighten himself out down in AAA.

March 25, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd love to see him stick, but it is really shortsighted not to send him to Pawtucket for 11 days and get an extra year of eligibility before he becomes a FA.

As their best player, they need him in the majors. They cannot afford to get of to another 2 - 10 start.

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March 25, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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As their best player, they need him in the majors. They cannot afford to get of to another 2 - 10 start.

The natives will really get restless if that were to happen.

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March 25, 2013  09:13 AM ET

The only problem sizing up young Bradley in spring training is very difficult since other teams are looking at young pitchers themselves for the future and the veterans are working on different stuff also and are not up to par. Another thing young Bradley has not seen the fast ball move and the curve ball break as he will in the majors.

March 25, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Silence!

I think not.

March 25, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The only problem sizing up young Bradley in spring training is very difficult since other teams are looking at young pitchers themselves for the future and the veterans are working on different stuff also and are not up to par. Another thing young Bradley has not seen the fast ball move and the curve ball break as he will in the majors.

He looked okay against that youngster Cliff Lee yesterday.

 
March 25, 2013  09:14 AM ET

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