FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Throughout their history, the Red Sox have never been known much for their speed, but under new manager John Farrell, Boston should, at the very least, be one of the most aggressive baserunning teams in the American League.
Farrell confirmed Monday that baserunning will be a priority throughout camp.
"For the position players, the one thing that might be a little bit different is just the time and effort we put into the baserunning -- from the new terminology that will be implemented to what we expect," Farrell said. "There are certain things that might be done in a controlled setting and not be done with reckless abandon by any means, but there will probably be a greater emphasis on that than what they've been exposed to in the past."
Jacoby Ellsbury has been an elite baserunner during his career. Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino also like to run, but what Farrell is trying to create is a state of mind for his baserunners.
"What we'll try to do is put pressure on the defense, as far as our first to thirds," Farrell said. "They're going to be dealing with a new third-base coach, a new first-base coach. There's a lot of things that we have to cover, and that's the in-game terminology that takes place that others might not be aware of. When a guy gets to first base, how is [first-base coach] Arnie [Beyeler] going to talk to him? Both verbal and non-verbal. There's a lot of things that we'll go through that will be in chalk-talk sessions to drill work to ultimately going out on the field."