Jackie Bradley Jr. Keeping Positive Amid Demotion

jbj jackie bradley jrThe Boston Red Sox starting center fielder for the majority of this season, Jackie Bradley Jr. was recently sent down to AAA Pawtucket.

Bradley, 24, struggled a bit at the top level offensively, hitting .216/.288/.290 with a .578 OPS in 112 games.

Defensively, Bradley is another story. He has yet to make an error and leads all MLB center fielders in assists with 13.
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When Bradley was sent down to AAA Pawtucket, he was not mad and brought a positive attitude to the experience.

“I just came down here ready to work,” said Bradley.

So far, for the Paw Sox, Bradley is hitting .212/.246/.273 in 14 games with the club, but is flawless once again in the field; not making an error in 126.2 innings of defense while recording an assist.

Despite his flawless defense wherever he goes, Bradley seems indifferent when it comes to being recognized for it.

“I really don’t focus on that too much, I try to focus on helping the team and winning. It’d be cool if I did, but if not, I’m not really worried about it…,” is what Bradley told this reporter when asked about the possibility of winning a Gold Glove Award or a Fielding Bible.
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There is no doubt that Jackie Bradley Jr. is the best defensive center fielder in the game, posting a 2.1 WAR in the field, but there is so much favoritism that goes into the Gold Glove Award that he may, unfairly, get gypped.

Although there are no immediate plans to call Bradley up, he will be back in Boston soon enough. The Paw Sox clinched a playoff spot and are in the hunt for the Governor’s Cup, meaning that the parent club will let most of the guys play out the playoffs before calling them up as the big league season is a lost cause at this point anyways.
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Jackie Bradley Jr. is set to work and get better day-by-day now, but he is taking things one step at a time. As for his goals this season, Bradley, who will be in contention to start in center field for the Boston Red Sox next season, has just one—”Stay healthy the rest of the way, that’s always key.”

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