Anyone who saw Travis Shaw play in 2015 raved about him all winter. From coaches to fans to fellow players, seemingly everyone knew the Boston Red Sox’s first baseman for the second half of last season would find his way into the lineup in 2016 in some manner.
What they didn’t know was how. But now, it seems difficult to imagine a regular lineup in which Shaw wouldn’t play.
The 26-year-old won the starting third base job in Spring Training, pushing Pablo Sandoval to the bench. Along with right fielder Mookie Betts, Shaw is the only Red Sox to play in every game this season. He’s started 20 games at third and three at first.
The faith has paid off: His .309 batting average, 15 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits entering Saturday all rank second among Red Sox regulars.
NESN’s Gary Striewski caught up with Shaw on “Red Sox Gameday Live” before Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees. Check out the interview in the video above.
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