FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox wrapped up one stage of their spring training Friday morning, finishing their time at the player development complex with a final full-squad workout. Over the next 33 days, they will play 37 games, including split-squad affairs and Saturday’s doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern.
It is only one step in a long season, but an important one.
“It’s just the beginning,” said bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who was filling in for an absent Terry Francona on Friday. “I thought we had a very good pace. There was energy. We as a staff kind of prepare those veterans, they kind of set the tone. Some of the things I liked that showed in the first nine days here was the energy, the concentration. We touched on some fundamentals and some things we need them to get accustomed to and I think they responded and went at it pretty good.”
Hale oversaw the last rounds of infield practice, batting practice and the always rousing sliding drills. The bulk of the clubhouse will be packed up and moved to City of Palms Park for the rest of the spring. Already, just moments after the big leaguers left the field, the minor leaguers who will inhabit the player development complex for the next month were on the field conducting their first drills of the season.
The Red Sox bench coach touched on a variety of items as this first stage closed up. Here are a few:
“I’m looking forward to the game reaction,” he said. “I’m seeing practice reaction. The game reaction, intensity’s a little higher.”
“Tito’s talking to these guys about communicating with him more about how they feel,” Hale said. “I think it’s important that these guys understand that it’s even more important coming back from these injuries that they dealt with last season that they communicate with us even more. It’s off to a good start, it really is.”
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