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Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:48 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The experiment lasted a mere 13 innings last season. Adrian Gonzalez made two starts and played 13 innings in right field for the Red Sox during interleague play, in order to get David Ortiz into the lineup at first base -- where he also appeared in just 13 innings.

At the time, both sluggers joked about their defensive "prowess" in the unfamiliar positions.

"I told [second baseman Dustin Pedroia], 'Anything up there [in the air] is yours ... and anything on the ground is yours, too,'" Ortiz said (via Danny Knobler's blog last season). "I just have to make sure I catch the balls they throw to me."

"[Pedroia] is going to have to cover first base and right field," Gonzalez said (Knobler blog).

Fast-forward to this spring, and new manager Bobby Valentine appears serious about getting the two more comfortable. In an exhibition game Saturday night, Ortiz will start at first. Sunday, Gonzalez is scheduled to workout in right.

“Right now, (Ortiz) is conditioned to do it,” Valentine said (BostonHerald.com). “If, in fact, during the interleague play, it’s determined that he should play in the field, I think he should have these reps on his resume so that he feels that he’s done it before this year and that he can do it again. This isn’t just to get his at-bats. This is because I’ve talked with him and Adrian and there might be a situation during the year where he’s going to be a first baseman.”

So it doesn't sound like Valentine is pushing for this to be a full-time situation during interleague play, but it's definitely on the table again.

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MA CHICKEN
Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:15 pm
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Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

Easy to understand your amateur status ma chicken; keep blowing A-Rods horn for him, he likes that!


MA CHICKEN
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Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:02 pm
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Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:20 pm
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen againpo




Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:52 am
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

Cappy Clunk will gp down as a mediocre catcher who got his ass kicked by A-Rod. That while the wuss had no sack to take off his catchers gear..MA CHICKEN post March 3, 2012, 2:10 AM

We all would be sure to believe anything you might post ma chicken.

A-Rod was the punk who made the highlight of V-Tek's career moment, the highlight that made him a man's man.

Keep blowing A-Rod's horn the way you do ma chichen. If A-Rod didn't have a ring by now, the albatross of being the "quitest....."SUPERSTAR&q
uot;.....ever" would be encased in concrete around his body, as it is, he presently just wears the banner. For A-Rod, baseball got a little tougher without his cousin Vinny and A-Rod would know, V-Tek taught him what tough is.  

 



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:01 am
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

I have no problem with Gonzales playing some rightfield, but not in Fenway.  Maybe Yankee Stadium, or Camden Yards, or Philadelphia. Anywhere rightfield is rather short and straight across.  Ortiz is not a bad glove, he just doesn't cover a lot of ground.  Still, overall, AGON at first and Big Papi DH is th best solution whenever possible.


MA CHICKEN
Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:28 am
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Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:15 am
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

No Sox fan even wants Gonzalez on the team.  Bases loaded, two out, game on the line and he'll hit a weak grounder to second base every time.  But if you need a single in the 8th inning of a 7 run game, he's your man.

Quitest........... "superstar" ..............ever.

Philbo Johnson, your blabber comes straight from A-Rod's bio! Your attempt to twist the facts doesn't work here; A-Rod isn't giving up his "quitest.."superstar"
;..ever" title anytime soon.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:38 pm
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

Papi at first, where he actually is not bad, and Gonzalez in right field, where he IS bad, is still better than some .240 hitter with no power in right. As a Sox fan for over 65 years I would like to see it and, by the way, the Sox pitching is going to be much, much better than last year. Lackey was the singular worst pitcher I have ever seen in those aforementioned 65 years and Andrew Miller, Kyle Weiland and, God bless him, Tim Wakefield were not much better.



Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Ortiz, Gonzalez experiment could happen again

No Sox fan even wants Gonzalez on the team.  Bases loaded, two out, game on the line and he'll hit a weak grounder to second base every time.  But if you need a single in the 8th inning of a 7 run game, he's your man.

Quitest........... "superstar" ..............ever.

And now you're losing his fielding too.  Brilliant.


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