McAdam: Sox should consider Lin for center field


McAdam: Sox should consider Lin for center field

Che-Hsuan Lin hasn't hit much at the Triple A level, so there's hardly any guarantee that he's going to hit in the big leagues.
But given the shortage of available (and natural) outfielders the Red Sox have, perhaps it's time for offense to take a back seat. While the Red Sox wait for a small army of outfielders to get healthy (they have seven currently on the disabled list), it wouldn't be the worst thing to have Lin become the regular center fielder.
Marlon Byrd has struggled enough with his routes and breaks on balls to show that he's no longer an everyday center fielder. And while Scott Podsednik has enough athleticism to get by, he, too, has his problems, as evidenced Wednesday when he broke the wrong way on a ball that hit the warning track and bounced over for a ground-rule double.
So Lin won't hit? So what? With Ryan Sweeney sidelined until at least Sunday, Lin is the best pure outfielder the Red Sox have. He also has the best arm, and is among the team's best (and speediest) baserunners.
It wouldn't be the worst idea to install him into the lineup every day, hit him ninth and live with what little offense he provides. At a time when the rest of the outfield is either limited or injured, it would be nice for the Sox -- and their pitchers especially -- to know that plays would be made in center. And because of his range, he would automatically help whichever corner outfielders with which he is paired.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.