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Offline Sea Dog 23

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Future of Bogey on defense
« on: September 14, 2021, 06:25:07 PM »
John Tomase article in NBCBoston.  The Sox will likely consider where Bogey will play as they reconstruct the infield defense along with problems with Devers at 3rd and Dalbec at 1st.  Bogey is a franchise player, great bat, but ranks 19th in MLB among the 23 shortstops who played 800 innings this year ( by Fangraphs).  Based on number of defensive saves.  He is also limited in his range at SS.

"The problem isn't errors. Bogaerts is sure-handed and has only made eight of them. It's range. While Bogaerts converted a highlight-reel play up the middle over the weekend from his knees vs. the White Sox, ask yourself this: When did he last wow you from the hole?

"Like Garciaparra at roughly the same age, the 6-foot-2 Bogaerts doesn't cover a lot of ground, particularly to his right. That's part of the reason Red Sox pitchers have allowed a league-worst .324 batting average on balls in play, about 35 points worse than average.

"If Chaim Bloom and Cora want to broach a position change, they'll have to do so delicately, particularly as he enters what is effectively a contract year. The good news is Bogaerts' bat plays anywhere. If management wanted to radically realign the infield, Bogaerts could move to third and Devers to first. Another possibility would be going the Marcus Semien route and shifting to second base, a move that will earn the former A's shortstop MVP votes with the Blue Jays.

"What's clear to anyone paying attention is that for all his leadership, character, and offensive greatness, Bogaerts' days as an everyday shortstop need to end sooner than later if the Red Sox want to remake their infield defense.

"There's certainly no shame in it. It's a fate reserved for virtually all elite shortstops. Some just get there a little sooner than others."

https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/red-sox/time-red-sox-consider-xander-bogaerts-future-shortstop
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Offline longgame

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Re: Future of Bogey on defense
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 08:03:52 AM »
Interesting.  Overall something seems to be up with Bogey.  He shows no intensity, kind of like he just shows up to collect his paycheck.

Not sure 3B is the place to move him as they have Devers and Dalbec and Casas coming up at 1B. 

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Re: Future of Bogey on defense
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2021, 01:47:01 PM »
Interesting.  Overall something seems to be up with Bogey.  He shows no intensity, kind of like he just shows up to collect his paycheck.

Not sure 3B is the place to move him as they have Devers and Dalbec and Casas coming up at 1B.

In my opinion it is no place for him either.  They tried him at third base in 2014 and it was a total failure.  He not only didn't field his position but his hitting was total crap.  Keep him at short and let him play out his optiion if he wishes.  We have the No. 1 prospect in our system now and in two or three years he will be ready.  Besides, look at how many men Bogaerts leaves on the bases.