In 2016, Travis Shaw went down to Fort Myers in competition for a roster sport, but by the end of March, he had been announced as the Opening Day third baseman. Shaw accomplished this by hitting .338 with 11 RBI’s and a .886 OPS. He went on to hit .329 for the first month and a half, and then from mid-May on he hit .211. As a whole, Shaw hit .242 with a .726 on the year. That’s about all you would expect from Shaw, but the expectations of the fans skyrocketed due to a fantastic Spring Training. And I’m afraid that’s exactly what’s happening with Pablo Sandoval.
Sure, he lost some weight. His swing might look a little better and he might be able to bend over in the field, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to hit during the regular season. All I can think about is the fact that he’s nearly missed an entire season of baseball and hasn’t played in a regular season game since April 10th of 2016. We saw last year with Christian Vazquez what a year out of the game can do to a player, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I am not trying to discredit the work that Pablo has put in over the last year, but I honestly couldn’t care less what he does in spring training. We have paid him about $38 million over the last two seasons, and he has yet to do anything in order to help the Red Sox win a World Series. So congrats to him on the solid start, but I want to see him do something that will help the Red Sox make it to the postseason in 2017.