Newly hired Boston Red Sox outfielder Adam Duvall doesn’t have much experience playing inside the confines of Fenway Park.
Duvall has played in just four games in Boston’s home ballpark after spending all nine seasons of his career in the National League. The unfamiliarity will present a challenge for Duvall when it comes to manning the outfield as he will likely slot in to become the Red Sox’ everyday center fielder.
“The biggest challenge will be the dimensions,” Duvall told reporters Wednesday, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. “I also thought about watching some plays and how I could learn to play the ball against the wall or in the gap. … I’m thinking of ways I can try to introduce myself to the park.”
One way Duvall is doing this is with the help of current members of the Red Sox, especially Kike Hernandez, to bring him up to speed at his new outfield home.
Hernandez, who helped recruit Duvall to Boston, should be a reliable source as he played the last two seasons in center with the Red Sox and can offer advice to Duvall to aid his transition.
“Probably the first person I go to for advice… It’s a very strange ballpark, it will take some getting used to…” Duvall told reporters, according to Gabriel Starr of the Boston Herald. “I’m up for the challenge, I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to go, to be honest.”
Duvall has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but most of his time during an injury-plagued 2022 campaign with the Atlanta Braves came in center field.