Sunday, January 24, 2010

List of 36: Best Red Sox Third Basemen of the Past 36 years

1. Wade Boggs
2. Kevin Youkilis
3. Rico Petrocelli
4. Mike Lowell
5. Carney Lansford

6. Bill Mueller
7. Scott Cooper
8. Butch Hobson
9. Glenn Hoffman
10. Tim Naehring
11. John Valentin
12. Shea Hillenbrand
13. Freddy Sanchez
14. Ed Jurak
15. Jed Lowrie
16. Wilton Veras
17. Juan Bell
18. Carlos Baerga
19. Luis Ortiz
20. Mike Benjamin
21. Lou Merloni
22. Ed Romero
23. Bill Selby
24. Jack Brohamer
25. Ernest Riles
26. Chris Donnels
27. Dick McAuliffe
28. Bob Heise
29. John Kennedy
30. Buddy Hunter
31. Esteban Beltre
32. Terry Hughes
33. Frank Duffy
34. Jim Tatum
35. Sean Berry
36. Gary Gaetti


  1. Interesting list. This is based strictly on isolating the at bat/games with the Red Sox, not the overall career, I assume.

    I like any list that acknowledges Boggs. I grew up in Connecticut and watched Boggs bang doubles off the Monster for a decade.

    If I were to put together a list of the most underrated players in baseball history, my first instinct is Boggs would make the top ten.

    A .415 lifetime OBP from a 3rd Baseman? Or from any position. Boggs had a career that generated runs.

    But I'm preaching to the choir :)

    Just an Orioles fan giving props.

  2. Yeah, the list focused on the Red Sox portions of their career. Otherwise I'm guessing Gaetti may move up a bit.

    Obviously, there were some judgement calls. Is Bill Mueller's one batting title in a couple years worth more than Cooper's multiple all-stars over many years? I said yes.

    Funny, as a Sox fan, I would have put Boggs in an overrared column. Guess I just take him for granted.


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