Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Red Sox give up on Blake Swihart in surprising release

Red Sox give up on Blake Swihart in surprising release

Boston, MA- The Boston Red Sox are now 6-12, back in last place in the American League East after losses against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees that saw them get cumulatively outscored by a margin of 16-1.

Consider it surprising, then, that this is how things end between Swihart and the Red Sox.

The roster move was made before the Red Sox take on their long-time rival, the New York Yankees, in The Bronx. The Red Sox' ace, Chris Sale, was on the mound for Tuesday night's loss against counterpart James Paxton and the obvious occurred, Leon was behind the plate as the starting catcher. He slashed.231/.310/.385. The Red Sox selected Swihart in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, 26th overall. Once a top prospect, it never quite panned out for the 27-year-old, but he did win a title with the team and sometimes, that's the best any of us can ask for. Is making Blake Swihart the scapegoat for the team's very bad start really the right approach?

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Leon's primary objective in returning from Triple-A Pawtucket will be to catch ace Chris Sale, who has struggled mightily in 2019. Likewise, Swihart can hit, making him an intriguing utility option for any team.

Many of the Red Sox' pitchers raved about Sandy Leon's prowess at calling a game behind the plate during the team's run towards an eventual World Series victory last season.

The Red Sox had to choose between Swihart and Leon. Absolutely nothing has gone well for Boston, who have allowed 40 more runs than they've scored.

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