Today in Fort Meyers, Red Sox skipper John Farrell revealed that Travis Shaw would be the Opening Day third basemen over the $95 million man, Pablo Sandoval.
Spring Training started out rough for the Red Sox, and specifically Pablo Sandoval, when he reported to camp out of shape and claiming to have 17% body fat.
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In his first 11 games, Sandoval went .244 with two home runs and six RBIs in 43 plate appearances. Additionally, Sandoval committed four errors and hurt his back diving for a ball, which caused him to miss a couple of days.
On the flip side, in his first 14 games, Travis Shaw hit .474, while providing great defense, which, according to Farrell, was the deciding factor on who would starting Opening Day. While Shaw has cooled off as of late (.333 for the Spring in 61 plate appearances), it is clear that the 25-year-old's compete level is through the roof and he deserves at least a shot to show what he can do in meaningful games.
Farrell briefly commented on the decision this morning in Fort Meyers, per Boston Herald: "For right now to start the season this is what's best for our team."
Sandoval also commented on the decision, stating that it's a tough decision but "it's the right decision to help the team win." according to the Boston Herald.