Maddon praises Myers' defense at Fenway

Maddon praises Myers' defense at Fenway

BOSTON -- Wil Myers has been a standout on defense of late. During the last homestand the Rays' right fielder made a leaping catch at the wall, then Tuesday night against the Red Sox, he made a diving catch and later a nice running catch that took him deep into the right-field corner.

"I think the ghost of Dewey Myers has been out there the last couple of days," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I mean the play diving in there and the one in the corner was really reminiscent of [former Red Sox great Dwight Evans' play in] the '75 World Series."

Maddon complimented Myers for how hard he's worked on his defense.

"It's something we really impressed on him during Spring Training," Maddon said. "The catch at home. Those two catches last night. He understands that we're looking for the complete baseball player. And he's really worked at it."

Myers endured a fielding gaffe at Fenway Park during last year's American League Division Series between the Rays and Red Sox. Myers noted that he does not carry any baggage from that play and that he's simply concentrated on just making the plays on defense.

"The biggest thing is just being ready every single pitch," Myers said. "It's not like I'm a terrible outfielder. I think a lot of people remember what happened last year in Boston, so everybody thinks I'm a bad outfielder. It's just being ready each and every pitch and taking better routes to the balls. The biggest thing is, I'm getting better jumps right now."

When asked if he knew who Evans was, Myers replied: "No idea."

When told that Maddon had called him "Dewey Myers" as a compliment, Myers smiled and said, "Thanks, Joe."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.