Newly signed Boston Red Sox outfielder Adam Duvall doesn’t have much experience playing within the confines of Fenway Park.
Duvall has played just four games in Boston’s home field after spending all nine seasons of his career in the National League. The unknown will present a challenge for Duvall when it comes to manning the outfield, as he will likely become the Red Sox’s everyday center fielder.
“The biggest challenge will be the dimensions,” Duvall told reporters Wednesday, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. “I’ve even been thinking about watching certain games and how I can learn to play the ball off the wall or the ball in the gap. … I’m thinking of ways to try to familiarize myself with the park.”
One way Duvall plans to do that is to enlist the help of current members of the Red Sox, particularly Kiké Hernández, to get him up to speed in his new outfield home.
Hernández, 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 help him in his transition.
“Probably the first person I go to for advice… it’s a very unique ballpark, it will take some work to get used to…” Duvall told reporters, according to the Boston Herald’s Gabrielle Starr. “I’m ready for the challenge, I’m looking forward to it. Honestly, I can’t wait to get going.”
Duvall has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but saw most of his time during an injury-shortened 2022 campaign with the Atlanta Braves coming in center field.