I was speaking with a fan the other day about the idea of the Red Sox making it back into the playoffs after the season they pulled last year. “It’s doubtful,” he explained. Even though the newly signed pitcher, Ryan Dempster, had an astounding turn out against the Cardinals his opening game in Fort Myers. “This doesn’t mean anything,” the fan states. However, the former White Sox bullpen coach, Juan Nieves, is in the position to turn tables. Now the pitching coach Nieves in turn has the ability to make things happen. After all, over the past 14 years he has provided the White Sox with his professionalism and talent where he has brought rookies like Addison Reed and Nate Jones to the forefront.
Getting back to Dave Magadan. Where has he gone and who do we have to replace him as hitting coach in this year’s season? Magadan went to the Texas Rangers and Greg Colbrunn is up to bat (no pun intended). With Colbrunn’s abilities to connect with the players John Farrell and others decided he would make a good fit despite his inexperience in the major leagues. Arnie Beveler, first base coach, Tory Lovullo, bench coach and Dana Levangie, bullpen coach have all been hired alongside those aforementioned to bring the Boston Red Sox up to par. These are the men who are behind the players. The question now stands, will the Red Sox make the playoffs this season or will they fold as they did the previous year?