Communication Skillz

Clayton Mortensen today learned today that he made the Red Sox opening day roster.  What’s worrisome is the way he learned he made the roster. He had to seek out new manager John Farrell to find out his status with the club.  Farrell told him he assumed he knew that he had made the club given other roster cuts.  In addition, Jackie Bradley Jr. also told the media that he is unaware of his status Even though he is flying to New York with the others.

If you make an opening-day roster, wouldn’t it be nice if your manager told you face-to-face?  From all accounts, Ferrell seems to be an upfront, no-frills manager. I like that. But he clearly has some work to do with his communication skills.  Perhaps I’m making a mountain out of a molehill with this issue, but I think a manager owes it to the players on is 25 man roster to tell them face-to-face if they’ve made the team.

Maybe he has a reason for his approach and I’m more than willing to give him time, but the last thing this edition of the Red Sox need is a manager with doesn’t have time to tell his players, especially his young players for which this is a milestone event, that they’ve made the club.