A blog by Iron Horse
When Spring Training began for the Boston Red Sox this year most people looked at the obvious weight gain from Pablo Sandoval as a huge red flag for the teams upcoming season. The AL East had gotten significantly tougher in the offseason and players being out of shape was something the Red Sox weren’t going to be able to deal with in just a month. Luckily for Boston, 25 year old Ohio born Travis Shaw came to spring training with a chip on his shoulder. Despite making just a few hundred thousand over the minimum salary for a player in Major League Baseball as opposed to his counterpart Pablo who will make $17 million in 2016. Travis Shaw still believed he could beat out Sandoval for the starting spot at the hot corner.
As of March 31st, he has done just that. When asked about the moved, 29 year old Sandoval said “We talked about it, and I’m happy with the decision.”… “They made the decision. It’s the right decision to help the team win.”
He goes on to say he’ll be ready to come off the bench and make a difference. Sandoval hit .245 with 10 HR and 42 RBI last season, Travis Shaw will be looking to make himself a mainstay as the Sox new 3rd basemen. Having a tremendous spring both offensively and defensively he has certainly earned the start to the season.
Also side note: Shaw did also play a bit of first base in Spring Training for the Red Sox as well, not committing an error at either position. Hanley Ramirez stands as the Sox opening day 1B but that could be subject to change should he fail defensively and Pablo gets back into form.
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