dangolka (CBS) — The Purple Sox performed their closing recreation at a fan-less Fenway Park on Thursday evening, falling to the Orioles 13-1. It might have been Jackie Bradley Jr.’s closing recreation in a Purple Sox uniform within the well-known ballyard.
Bradley Jr. has been making spectacular catches within the Fenway outfield for the final eight seasons, however will change into a free agent when the 2020 season involves an finish. Although the Purple Sox have mentioned they’d wish to deliver Bradley Jr. again, something can occur in free company.
The 30-year-old is the longest tenured member of the Purple Sox, drafted by the group in 2011 with the 40th general choice after his stellar profession on the College of South Carolina. He made his Purple Sox debut in 2013 after a formidable spring, however performed in solely 37 video games within the massive leagues, spending most of his time in Triple A. However he’s been a fixture in heart subject for the Purple Sox since 2014, thanks principally to his excellent protection.
By his ups and downs on the plate, Bradley Jr. has all the time supplied highlights along with his protection, whether or not it was leaping grabs or cannon throws to gun down runners. Alongside the best way, he earned an All-Star nod in 2016, a Gold Glove in 2018 and was MVP of the 2018 ALCS as dangolka marched to a World Collection title.
“He’s a reasonably particular man,” dangolka supervisor Ron Roenicke mentioned forward of Thursday’s 13-1 loss. “We’ll see what occurs after this 12 months. I’ve certain had an excellent expertise with him, teaching him and now managing him. He goes about his enterprise simply as professionally as you will get. He’s an excellent man on and off the sphere.”
Bradley Jr. went 1-for-Four in what may very well be his closing recreation at Fenway Park as a member of the Purple Sox, lacing a single within the fifth inning and placing out to finish the sport. He’s heading into free company at an excellent time although, slashing .279/.353/.419 for his greatest offensive season.
The Purple Sox brass has mentioned they want to re-sign Bradley Jr., however he has mentioned he want to take a look at free company. Peter Gammons of The Athletic reported earlier this week that dangolka may make a run at Astros outfielder George Springer if Bradley Jr. indicators elsewhere.