Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts on D&C admits losing confidence last season: 'This year is a new year, I feel much better'

Ryan Hannable
February 26, 2015 - 4:24 am
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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts checked in with Dennis & Callahan live from Fort Myers, Florida on Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming season and what he did in the offseason to try and bounce back from a difficult 2014 season. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Last season was a difficult year for Bogaerts, as in his first full season in the majors he hit .240 with an on-base percentage of .297. He struggled even more with runners in scoring position, hitting just .153 for the year. Bogaerts admitted he lost confidence during the year, but 2015 is a new season. "Yeah, a little bit -- going really bad for two months, I mean extremely bad," Bogaerts said of losing confidence. "Trying to have confidence everyday coming to the park was pretty tough. This year is a new year, I feel much better. I feel much more confident in myself so, it's something I definitely learned, no matter how tough the situation is it's just keep your head up." Bogaerts switched positions a few times during the year -- moving from shortstop to third base when the team signed Stephen Drew, and then back to shortstop once Drew was traded at the trade deadline. He said the changing positions had an effect on him mentally. "Maybe it messed with me mentally a little bit, but I guess that was my fault being young and not understanding they really got him to help the team," Bogaerts said. "We needed someone to come in and play either short or third because [Will] Middlebrooks was injured." The shortstop spent much of the winter in Arizona working out for roughly four hours a day. Focusing on building muscle was one of his major goals, as he said his body wore down last year. "Really gained a lot of muscle," said Bogaerts. "Trying to be fast, quick. Last year towards the All-Star game my body started wearing down and I think [that was why] I was struggling so much, I was mentally weak and it just dragged on me physically and stuff like that. It just went downhill from there. The All-Star break boosted me up a little but and then it went back down." The 22-year-old learned a lot from his first full season in the majors, but feels his experiences last year will only help him moving forward. "It's a really tough game," said Bogaerts. "Especially in the Boston market -- a lot of media attention, especially after winning the World Series, a lot of eyes were on us. I think this year will probably be the same because of all the new acquisitions that we have. You just have to have a lot of confidence in yourself. You go through your ups and downs. It's definitely easy to lose your confidence."

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