It's no secret that the Red Sox haven't been able to get off the struggle-bus this season, with a majority of their issues coming from the third baseman spot. The starting role is still anyone's to win, thanks to an inconsistent Pablo Sandoval. After being put on the 10-day Disabled List (again) for an ear infection, it's time to ask this question: Should we get rid of him?
He has never been as good as he was with San Francisco since joining the Sox, hitting under .250 every year he has been with us. He has not been terrible, posting batting averages of .245 in 2015 and .212 this year. But it isn't his batting that is the problem. The inconsistency of being healthy and his errors while in the field is what is making the biggest mess of all. He has played less than half the games this year, putting the pressure on Josh Rutledge and Deven Marrero to fill his shoes. Rutledge and Marrero have five errors combined at third base this season, as many as Sandoval in almost double the time. On top of that, his time on the DL is becoming more frequent than ever and looks like it isn't going to stop anytime soon.
Also, John Farrell's optimism for Sandoval absolutely amazes me. He traded our starting third baseman at the end of last year because he thought Sandoval would be our starter without seeing how he could even perform anymore- trusting Sandoval would just perform like he did in San Fran. And yet, after all the injuries and bad plays, he still thinks Sandoval could be who he once was, even though that glimmer of hope gets smaller and smaller by the day.
As great as it is to be positive, it's time to cut the crap and face reality: The Sox need to get rid of Sandoval for good. He's had plenty of chances to redeem himself and has yet to do it. Even with personal relationships, it's still a business and if you can't live up to expectations, you get the boot-same thing goes for any job. Don't do your job, don't stay.
Hey, the good news for Sandoval would be that he won't have to worry about his diet anymore.