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 at Boston’s home base after spending all nine seasons of his career in the National League. The obscurity will pose a challenge for Duvall when it comes to manning the outfield, as he will likely fit in as the Red Sox’s day-to-day center fielder.
“The biggest challenge will be the size,” Duvall told reporters Wednesday, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. “I’ve even thought about watching certain moves and how I can learn to play the ball off the wall or the ball in the hole. … I’m thinking of ways I can try to familiarize myself with the park.
One of the ways Duvall plans to do that is enlisting the help of current members of the Red Sox, most notably Kiké Hernández, to let him know about his new outfield home.
Hernández, who helped recruit Duvall to Boston, should be a reliable source as he played center for the past two seasons with the Red Sox and can give Duvall advice to help him through his transition.
“Probably the first person I go to for advice…it’s a very unique ballpark, it will take some getting used to…” Duvall told reporters, according to Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald. “I’m up for the challenge, I’m looking forward to it. Honestly, I can’t wait to get started.”
Duvall has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but saw most of his time come in center field during an injury-shortened 2022 campaign with the Atlanta Braves.