Marrero: 'I get to start my dream'

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Marrero: 'I get to start my dream'

BOSTON -- Deven Marrero will report to Single-A Lowell on Thursday. But first, he made a stop into Fenway Park before Boston's game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
Marrero was drafted 24th overall by the Red Sox in this year's draft, and the shortstop from Arizona State signed with the organization earlier this week.
He showed up at Fenway, tossed on the red jersey, white pants, and navy blue Boston cap, and took batting practice and ground balls with the likes of Mike Aviles and Dustin Pedroia.
Being able to turn two with Pedroia -- even if it is in a practice setting -- was a special moment for Marrero. Both are now former Sun Devils. He even refers to Pedroia as a "legend." And as of Wednesday, Marrero will begin his journey to one day turn two with Pedroia in an actual game at Fenway Park.
"That guy's the best at what he does, and he does it the right way," said Marrero on Wednesday. "And for him to be at Arizona State, and for me to be at Arizona State, that's something that I would like to do. That's a dream come true right there, to play aside that guy up the middle, and to turn two with that guy. He's a great ballplayer, and that's someone that I want to be like, definitely."
Marrero said he hit a few balls into the monster seats during batting practice. But right now, he still considers himself a "gap-to-gap" hitter.
"My job is to get on base, steal some bags, and have fun with it," he said.
Marrero certainly had fun in his Fenway experience on Wednesday. But it wasn't his first. He took batting practice at Fenway last summer with Team USA.
This time though, he got to do it with the Boston Red Sox. And he's ready to begin his journey to getting back with them again.
"I'm just glad that I'm getting my career started," said Marrero. "Hopefully you see me up here soon to help this ball club win. That's my goal.
"It hit me when I signed that dotted line. It hit me then that it was official. And then in the locker room, seeing all the guys. And then walking out here and doing all this stuff. This is real now. I get to start my dream. And I can't wait."

Sandoval surgery ‘complicated’ and he'll miss rest of season

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Sandoval surgery ‘complicated’ and he'll miss rest of season

As expected. the left shoulder surgery that Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had Tuesday will keep him out for the rest of the season and Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports it was “complicated.” 


 

Here's the official announcement from the Red Sox:

The Boston Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder today. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery this morning in Pensacola, FL.

Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and it is anticipated that he will make a full recovery in advance of the 2017 season.

It remains to be seen if we’ve seen the last of Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform, but even after his recovery, as he collects a $17 million salary for this season, there’s still the matter of the final three years of his deal (2017, 2018, 2019) with $54.6 million remaining. Could be hard to find takers for that. 

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

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Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.

McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?