J.D. to Bench, J.R. to R.F.

Well, it finally happened, J.D. Drew has been relegated to bench duty while Josh Reddick has been named the starting RF. ‘Bout time.

I have nothing against J.D. Drew as a person. He seems humble, likable and a good teammate, but he isn’t producing and Terry Francona finally made the change. Reddick isn’t a sure thing, but he is tearing the cover off the ball and has been producing at a much better clip than has Drew. Much better.

Here’s Francona on the matter: “I don’t know where it’s going to go. Nobody does but as much as we want to win games, I think at the moment, he (Reddick) gives us a better chance. So that’s what we’re doing.”

He says Reddick gives the Red Sox a better chance to win and I agree. Given that JD might very well retire at the end of the season, I am happy the Red Sox are moving on with the future. Reddick and Ryan Kalish will probably compete for the starting job next year if Kalish can get back on the field this year. If he can’t, we might as well hand the job to Reddick.

A quick comparison:

Drew: .219/.317/.305, 271 PA, 23 R, 4 HR, 21 RB
Reddick: .378/432/.671, 95 PA, 20 R, 4 HR, 18 RBI

Reddick has the same production as Drew in 1/3 the PAs.

I’ve always maintained that Drew would have been a Hall of Famer had he had a love, a passion for the game of baseball. Sweet swing, excellent fielder, could have had it all, but the desire wasn’t there (I’m referring to Drew in the past-tense already). If he retires next year at 36, as he suggested he might, that just proves my point, Drew never really wanted it. For all of us who played baseball in youth leagues, high school and perhaps beyond and really loved baseball, what a waste. Put the the head of Marty Barrett, Brian Daubach or Dustin Pedroia on Drew and bam, there you’d have one of the best ever to play the game (no Ted Williams jokes now).