If you have spent any time watching the Boston Red Sox during spring training, you can’t help but notice Grady Sizemore and be amazed with how well he is playing so far, considering he hasn’t played any sort of baseball, MLB or otherwise, for the last two years.
He has met every challenge that the Red Sox have presented for him and has passed them, apparently with flying colors. It has gotten to the point where it might be worth considering if Sizemore could be the starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter when the season starts. Jackie Bradley who originally was the prime candidate for the centerfield position has struggled. He isn’t even batting .200. What once appeared to be Bradley’s position to lose has now become an outright competition.
How does this happen? How does a player who hasn’t set foot on the diamond in two years suddenly look like he hasn’t missed a step? Now the Red Sox have some figuring out to do. If Sizemore makes the team, they would almost have to keep Bradley as a backup in case Sizemore gets hurt. However that gives Boston an excess of outfielders and would probably mean they would have to trade Mike Carp who is really valuable and well-liked amongst the Red Sox.
If they don’t keep Bradley and Sizemore gets hurt, Boston would have to put Shane Victorino in centerfield which is fine, but that would seriously weaken right field. Sizemore probably isn’t going to return to the elite talent that he was before the injuries; however, the fact that he has come this far says a that he is already making an impact on the 2014 Red Sox.
I’ll be honest, I thought: we would hear a lot of stories about him being in extended Spring Training, he would make a token appearance or two in the middle of the summer and that would be the end of it. Even if he doesn’t pan out, he has been quite the story already.
The Sizemore story is extremely compelling and could make him the Comeback Player of the Year this season so be sure to get your 2014 Red Sox tickets here.