All-Time Fantasy Teams: Boston Red Sox

Posted: February 2, 2011 in All-Time Fantasy Teams

C:  Carlton Fisk (1977)

Easily the best season of the 24-year veteran’s Hall of Fame career, this Vermont native was an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers all year.  While especially good at Fenway and against RHP, Fisk’s overall production was almost identical in each half of the season, a rarity among catchers.

.315 BA/ 106 R/ 26 HR/ 102 RBI/ 7 SB/ .402 OBP/ .521 SLG/ .922 OPS

1B:  Jimmie Foxx (1938)

These stats look like a batting line from a video game set to “easy.”  Foxx’s 3rd AL MVP campaign yielded numbers that rival any individual season in the history of the game.  I suppose when a guy’s RBI total looks like a typo,  it helps make up for only 5 SB.

.349 BA/ 139 R/ 50 HR/ 175 RBI/ 5 SB/ .462 OBP/ .704 SLG/ 1.166 OP

2B:  Dustin Pedroia (2008)

“The Laser Show” put up the best season of any Red Sox 2B, and it helped him win the AL MVP.  Much like the man himself, nothing immediately jumps out at you except for the overall excellence in every category.  Pedroia also took home the AL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, helping round out his trophy cabinet.

.326 BA/ 118 R/ 17 HR/ 83 RBI/ 20 SB/ .376 OBP/ .493 SLG/ .869 OPS

3B:  Wade Boggs (1987)

Though this Hall of Famer and member of the 3,000 hit club was one of the greatest contact hitters ever to play the game, he set his personal bests in HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, and Total Bases during the 1987 season.  Even better, he didn’t sacrifice OBP to do it as it was the 2nd best mark of his career.

.363 BA/ 108 R/ 24 HR/ 89 RBI/ 1 SB/ .461 OBP/ .588 SLG/ 1.049 OPS

SS:  Nomar Garciaparra (1998) 

From 1997-2003, Nomar had one of the greatest stretches of any SS in history.  He had four seasons that could all be defended as his best, as evidenced by his 1998 season ranking as only 3rd in BA, R, and OPS as well as 4th in SB.  He did, however, reach his highs in HR and RBI, and finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting.

.323 BA/ 111 R/ 35 HR/ 122 RBI/ 12 SB/ .362 OBP/ .584 SLG/ .946 OPS

OF:  Ted Williams (1949)

“The Splendid Splinter” has been universally regarded as the greatest hitter of all time, so choosing one year to highlight was almost impossible.  He set his single-season highs in R, HR, and RBI during the 1949 season, but he hit for the 10th worst BA of his career.

.343 BA/ 150 R/ 43 HR/ 159 RBI/ 1 SB/ .490 OBP/ .650 SLG/ 1.141 OPS

OF:  Carl Yastrzemski (1970)

Unbelievably, Yaz’s Triple Crown-winning season of 1967 was not the best statistical one of his 23-year career.  In 1970, he set personal highs in BA, R, SB, OBP, and OPS, adding to his Hall of Fame legacy and surmounting a time of offensive complacency.

.329 BA/ 125 R/ 40 HR/ 102 RBI/ 23 SB/ .452 OBP/ .592 SLG/ 1.044 OPS

 

OF:  Tris Speaker (1912)

“The Grey Eagle” led the Red Sox to two World Series victories and is acknowledged as one of the greatest centerfielders of all time, both offensively and defensively.  His sublime 1912 season earned him the only MVP award he would receive.

.383 BA/ 136 R/ 10 HR/ 90 RBI/ 52 SB/ .464 OBP/ .567 SLG/ 1.031 OPS

UTIL:  Jim Rice (1978)

“Jim Ed” bashed his way to the AL MVP in 1978 in one of the finest years ever seen at Fenway Park, leading the league in H, 3B, HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, and Total Bases.  Soft-spoken with the press, Rice let his bat do his talking all the way to the Hall of Fame.

.315 BA/ 121 R/ 46 HR/ 139 RBI/ 7 SB/ .370 OBP/ .600 SLG/ .970 OPS

Starting Pitcher:  Smoky Joe Wood (1912)

One of the most amazing years ever put up by a Red Sox pitcher.  Wood’s career was never the same after this herculean effort, but he will surely always hold the franchise single-season record for wins.

344.0 IP/ 34 W/ 1.91 ERA/ 1.015 WHIP/ 258 K/ 35 CG/ 10 SHO

Starting Pitcher:  Pedro Martinez (2000)

Done in the heyday of the steroid era, this is perhaps the most impressive season ever turned in by a starting pitcher relative to the context in which it was accomplished.  Every time he pitched at Fenway, the energy was more rock concert than baseball game.  The seven years Pedro spent pitching in Boston are unparalleled in Red Sox history.

217.0 IP/ 18 W/ 1.74 ERA/ 0.737 WHIP/ 284 K/ 7 CG/ 4 SHO

 Starting Pitcher:  Roger Clemens (1986) 

1986 was Clemens’ coming-out party to the rest of the American League.  Though it ended on a bittersweet note, the Texas fireballer used his first Cy Young award as a launching pad to six more – including the next season – and a spot in the Red Sox record books as the franchise’s all-time leader in wins and strikeouts.

254.0 IP/ 24 W/ 2.48 ERA/ 0.969 WHIP/ 238 K/ 10 CG/ 1 SHO

Starting Pitcher:  Cy Young (1901) 

There’s a reason the yearly award for the best pitcher is called the “Cy Young.”  Though he had many memorable campaigns in Boston, his first season after arriving was in many ways his most impressive.  However, when you win 511 games, it’s hard to pick any one season as clearly the best.

371.1 IP/ 33 W/ 1.62 ERA/ 0.972 WHIP/ 158 K/ 38 CG/ 5 SHO

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Tiant (1974)

 Known for his windup, mustache, and flair, “El Tiante” authored a season for the ages and established himself as more than just an entertaining figure on the mound.  His mental and physical toughness – as well as his idiosyncrasies – served to catapult him to cult hero status among Red Sox fans of multiple generations.

311.1 IP/ 22 W/ 2.92 ERA/ 1.166 WHIP/ 176 K/ 25 CG/ 7 SHO

Relief Pitcher:  Jonathan Papelbon (2006)

 This was one of the most dominant seasons in the era of the modern closer.  His fastball had so much giddy-up to it that it seemed to literally accelerate halfway to the plate.  Together with impeccable control and the intensity of a hungry wolverine, it was strange to see any ball hit with conviction against him. 

68.1 IP/ 4 W/ 35 SV/ 0.92 ERA/ 0.776 WHIP/ 75 K

Relief Pitcher:  Dick Radatz (1964)

“The Monster” turned in perhaps the greatest season in Red Sox reliever history in 1964.  Though he never started a game, his stats compare favorably to those of a modern-day ace.  Gifted with enormous size and just as big a fastball, many batters who faced him were intimidated before the first pitch.

157.0 IP/ 16 W/ 29 SV/ 2.29 ERA/ 1.025 WHIP/ 181 K

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