We’re down to just two teams from the Junior Circuit–the Yankees and the Red Sox. These should both be pretty interesting.
The Red Sox playoff history is pretty well known. When they started off as the Boston Americans, they were strong out of the gate, finishing no lower than 3rd each of their first 4 years (1901-1904) and winning the World Series in 1903. After a run as a middling team from 1905 to 1911 (during which they changed their name to the Red Sox), they embarked on a great run from 1912 to 1918, where they appeared in and won 4 World Series.
After that, the team has had some major ups and downs. They had 6 straight last-place finishes from 1925 to 1930. They were quite respectable from the late 1930 through the 1950s, but made just one post-season appearance, losing the World Series in 1946. After being dismal for most of the 1960s, they made the World Series again in 1967, only to lose again. They were great throughout the 1970s but lost another Series in 1975.
Starting in 1986, the team has had a strong run continuing to present day. In the 26 completed season since then, they have finished lower than 3rd only 5 times. However, they also reeled off 7 more post-season exits until finally winning the World Series in 2004. They followed that up with another win in 2007, as well as 3 more playoff losses.
Anyway…let’s dig in.
Here are the top Red Sox batters in terms of career WAR:
Oh, boy. This is not going to be easy. David Ortiz, arguably one of the most important players the team’s ever had, is only 12th. We’ve got HOFers as low as 9th, 10th, and 13th. We’ve got 2 guys at the copy in Williams and Yaz who were lifelong Red Sox and are inner-circle HOFers. Where does this leave fantastic players like Boggs, Evans, and Speaker?
I really have no idea how decisions like this can be made. Forget it. Let’s look at pitchers.
|7||Smoky Joe Wood||28.3||1908||1915|
Oh…Clemens, Cy Young, Pedro, and Lefty Grove? Is that all?
Seriously, I really don’t even know what to say. They have so many good players. And Curt Schilling isn’t even on here–all that guy did was win a game in every single playoff series the Red Sox played in 2004 and 2007.
When thinking of Red Sox managers, it’s hard not to think of Terry Francona. He took a team that hadn’t won a title in 86 years and delivered 2 in a 4-year span. The only other Red Sox manager to win two World Series was Bill Carrigan.
Anyway…good luck with this one, folks. For the first time, I’ve included all 15 guys from one of the lists–in this case, I put all 15 of the batters. The only ones I even considered leaving off were Harry Hooper and Reggie Smith, but thought better of it.
Please choose 4: