Jackie Bradley Jr. was at it again on Saturday night with some great defense.
The Milwaukee Brewers center fielder robbed a home run from Ozzie Albies in the top of the seventh inning. Look at how high up Bradley went for this ball:
What a play! That ball looked like it was going to be a homer for sure, but Bradley went high up the wall at Miller Park to rob it.
Bradley, 31, is in his first season with the Brewers after spending his entire career with the Red Sox. He is struggling at the plate, but doing what we’re used to seeing from him in the field. This catch was very similar to one we saw from him a few years ago.
It was not that long ago that the Boston Red Sox appeared to have the most promising young outfield in baseball, but the unit is now one free agent signing away from being completely dismantled. Jackie Bradley Jr. reminded Red Sox fans of that with a bittersweet social media post on Wednesday.
After the Red Sox traded Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in the three-team deal, Bradley shared a photo of him, Benintendi and Mookie Betts on Instagram. He captioned it with three bumble bee emojis.
The emojis are a reference to the three B’s — Bradley, Betts, and Benintendi. Betts, of course, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last offseason. Benintendi is now gone as well, and Bradley is a free agent.
Bradley has been known more for his glove, though he had an interesting take on defensive analytics last year. Between his defense, Benintendi’s promising bat and Betts’ all-around MVP-caliber play, the future once could not have looked brighter for the Red Sox. Things have changed in a hurry for Boston.
It’s not clear what Major League Baseball’s free agent market will look like this offseason. There appears to be at least one team, however, gearing up to spend.
Via Tim Kelly of Radio.com, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman told Radio.com’s “Big Time Baseball” that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in both George Springer and Jackie Bradley Jr. as free agents.
Neither player would come cheap. That’s particularly true of Springer, who is only 31 and is a career .270 hitter with power. He’s likely to command a long-term deal worth significant cash, especially since there’s talk about him being ready to move on from Houston.
The Blue Jays are coming off a season that saw their young team reach the AL Wild Card series. They’ll expect to be even better next year, and it sounds like they’re willing to add veterans to accelerate that process.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is widely regarded as one of MLB’s best defensive outfielders. Analytics would back that up, but it sounds like he’s not interested in having those numbers bolster his resume.
Bradley did not receive a Gold Glove nomination in center field for 2020. That prompted MLB.com’s Sam Dykstra to use an “outs above average” stat to demonstrate how good Bradley’s defensive play had been, and pointed out that the Boston Red Sox outfielder had been snubbed.
Bradley didn’t seem interested in the stat, and had a few choice words about analytics in response.
This is a reason a number of players aren’t really enthusiastic about these advanced stats. Batting averages and RBIs and runs scored are easy to understand. Something like this is not. The Red Sox are known as an analytics-heavy organization, so they likely track this, but they probably don’t involve the players much. Relying too much on numbers like that without context or the ability to improve them can contribute to the overreliance on analytics in baseball.
Either way, Bradley’s doing just fine defensively. Whatever he’s doing now, he’s probably best keeping it up.
Jackie Bradley Jr extended Wednesday’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox with a game-saving catch.
Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini represented the winning run when he came up to bat with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning. Mancini drove a ball towards the Orioles bullpen off of Ryan Brasier. It looked to everyone watching like the ball would go over the wall. Bradley had other ideas, as he tracked the ball and timed his jump perfectly to rob Mancini of a walk-off home run.
Bradley has become known for his exploits in the field. This is just another example of why he is a Gold Glove Award winner.
Jackie Bradley Jr continues to deliver in the postseason for the Boston Red Sox, and he continues to do it with two outs.
Bradley hit a solo home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night. The homer came in the top of the 8th with a 2-0 count and two outs.
Bradley now has 10 RBIs in the postseason this year, all with two outs. He had three big hits in the ALCS against the Astros in Games 3-5, knocking in nine runs on the hits. He has been coming up huge for the Red Sox.
Jackie Bradley Jr blew open Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday with a grand slam off Houston Astros reliever Roberto Osuna.
The Boston Red Sox entered the 8th inning with a 3-2 lead on Houston. Though JD Martinez flied out to lead off the inning, Boston quickly mounted a rally. They got a runner on with two outs and Rafael Devers got a hit to put runners on first and second. Osuna then hit two batters in a row to bring in a run.
And with Boston up 4-2 and the bases loaded, Bradley said goodnight with a grand slam to right field on a 1-1 pitch.
Bradley has been a monster with the bases loaded for Boston. He also had a 3-run double in Game 2 to give Boston the lead.
Bradley now has 7 RBIs in the series.
Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. may be the best defensive outfielder in baseball to have never won a Gold Glove, and that could certainly change this year.
On Sunday, Bradley made one of the best catches of the year when he somehow chased down a ball in the gap. He caught the ball when it was well past his body and slammed into the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
We’ve grown accustomed to watching Bradley make incredible plays at this point, and that is why he remains in Boston’s lineup despite his batting average hovering around .200. He routinely makes plays that are candidates for catch of the year.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of a number of left-handed batters across baseball to struggle offensively in part thanks to aggressive defensive shifts against him.
These shifts leave the third base line unoccupied, leading many to suggests that players just bunt or try to take the ball the other way to get an easy single or more. Bradley explained how this is much easier said than done.
“Everybody’s always saying, ‘Oh, just go the other way,” Bradley said, via Christopher Smith of MassLive. “Yeah, you can say go the other way. But if a pitcher is pitching you inside, are you just going to try to knife it the other way?”
Bradley’s exit velocity is fine, but he’s still only hitting .200, and understands that he won’t win any sympathy just because of how defenses work against him.
“It’s about results,” Bradley said. “We can try to sugarcoat it all we want to. Whether I hit the ball hard or not … it gives you a sense that I’m squaring it up, I’m putting good swings on it and it might be right at somebody. But I’m going to keep continuing to say it, results is the only thing that matters.”
One prominent MLB agent added another reason why left-handed hitters struggle to adapt to shifts. The consensus is that it’s certainly easier said than done.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, and the Boston Red Sox center fielder once again stated his case for Gold Glove consideration on Monday.
Bradley robbed Toronto Blue Jays DH Kendrys Morales of what would have been at least a double in the top of the sixth inning. The fly ball took Bradley to the deepest part of Fenway Park, and he was somehow able to leap and make an amazing over-the-shoulder catch.
It may be hard to believe, but we have actually seen better catches from Bradley during his career. He is hitting an abysmal .185 this season, but plays like that show why the Red Sox continue to keep JBJ in the lineup.