If you notice Jose Iglesias’ bat improving this season, you may have his double play partner to thank.
Iglesias visited Dustin Pedroia this winter in Arizona and the three-time All Star went back to his roots to help the shortstop out. Iglesias told Pedroia he had never played pepper before. Pedroia quickly changed that fact and it immediately helped the rookie see the ball better.
That was evident during the spring when Iglesias hit .294 with a .765 OPS. Those numbers were up from .118 and .391 during the 2012 regular season. Iglesias started 2013 off hot with a 3-for-5 performance against the New York Yankees with three infield singles.
Check out Pedroia’s full interview with Peter Gammons in the video above to hear how the Red Sox’ clubhouse chemistry will allow them to focus on baseball and nothing else.