Mike Lowell to serve as coach for Sox third baseman Middlebrooks

Middlebrooks- (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

by DANNY JAILLET

BOSTON– As spring training unfolds, we have seen many former Red Sox players come to Fort Myers and assist in training the current roster. Just this year, many familiar faces who called Yawkey Way home at one time or another have re-involved themselves with the team. On January 24, former Red Sox star ace Pedro Martinez was announced as the Red Sox “Special Assistant to the General Manager.” Last week it was announced that Tim Wakefield, the retired veteran knuckleballer and staple of the Red Sox pitching staff for many years, would be helping newcomer Steven Wright perfect his own knuckleball. Today, another familiar face came to town as Mike Lowell made his return to the Red Sox, just in a different capacity.

According to a report from CBSBoston.com, the Boston Globe reported that Lowell came to spring training with the goal of helping current third baseman Will Middlebrooks at the hot corner. The four-time All-Star and Gold Glove award winner in 2005 played with the Local Nine from 2006-10 and won World Series MVP honors in 2007 when the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies. As the article notes, Lowell’s .974 fielding percentage is the best all time among players who have started at least 600 games at third base.

When asked about the assistance of Lowell, Middlebrooks had nothing but positive things to say about his tutor and seemed to like the move when he spoke to the Boston Globe:

“Any time you can work with someone who has won World Series and won Gold Gloves, I’m all for it. It’s great to have that at your disposal.”

It is refreshing to see players who meant so much to the Red Sox organization like Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek,, Tim Wakefield, and now Mike Lowell come back and take part in trying to produce a winning ballclub for the 2013 season. It can only mean positive things, as the club tries to get themselves back to the playoffs and in the right direction.

About Danny Jaillet

Danny Jaillet is a big Boston College Eagles and college hockey fan. He lives, breathes and sleeps sports. Writing is a hobby of his and sports writing allows me to combine his two favorite hobbies. He also authors the Dan’s Sports Report blog, which can be found at the following link: http://danssportsreport.com/. He was born in 1995 in Bogota, Colombia and lives in Maynard, Mass. with one sister, a cat and a dog. While attending Maynard High School, he tries to be as involved with the school’s athletic programs as possible. He also enjoys collecting autographs. If you want to get his thoughts on sports, follow his Twitter account @DJaillet95. Go Eagles!
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