Unveiling the Red Sox Top 100

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Well here’s an exercise for the sake of an exercise.

My 10 or 15 favorite members of the Red Sox has always been pretty solid, but what would my 100 favorite Red Sox look like? I wondered, and if you’re curious, here they are.

Building this was interesting, but more interesting to me was how many guys didn’t make the cut. I won’t say who they are here, but see if there are glaring omissions from the list. I either a) forgot them, or b) left them out on purpose. At this point, option B is more likely, but A is still possible.

And, to fill out this spot, here’s my all-time favorite Red Sox lineup, made with my heart and not with my head. That said, my apologies to the Gator, Mike Greenwell:


RF – Dwight Evans 24

2B – Dustin Pedroia 15

LF – Ted Williams 9

DH – Jim Rice 14

1B – Carl Yastrzemski 8

SS – Nomar Garciaparra 5

CF – Ellis Burks 12

C – Jason Varitek 33

3B – Tim Naehring 11


RHP – Pedro Martinez 45

I’d take my chances with those guys. Wouldn’t you?

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8 responses to “Unveiling the Red Sox Top 100

  1. SuperSonicsFan92

    i know this is your favorite player/lineup list, but i’m still shocked at the absence of wade boggs. as much as he went to the dreaded yankees (and then blasphemied himself on the devil rays), i still put him in my starting lineup…at least my top 100.

  2. He’s the big one that’s missing. But he was never really higher than sixth or seventh on my “favorite Red Sox” list when he was here, I didn’t miss him at all when he left, and when he got on the horse… well, I’ll let this guy explain it:


  3. This is another thing I saw and immediately said “Ooooh Nick did a great job and that looks fun, better do it with the Braves.” I won’t put 100, but here’s my Top 25 (Atlanta era only), along with my starting lineup. Jones and McCann top the list as they’ve been my only two “favorite players.” Well, except Blauser when I was 7.

    1. Chipper Jones (1993-)
    2. Brian McCann (2005-)
    3. Greg Maddux (1993-2003)
    4. John Smoltz (1988-2008)
    5. Henry Aaron (1966-1974)*
    6. Marcus Giles (2001-2006)
    7. Andres Galarraga (1998-2000)
    8. Fred McGriff (1993-1997)
    9. Jeff Blauser (1987-1997)
    10. Mark Lemke (1988-1997)
    11. Javy Lopez (1992-2003)
    12. Martin Prado (2006-)
    13. Tom Glavine (1987-2002, 2008)
    14. Tim Hudson (2005-)
    15. Steve Avery (1990-1996)
    16. Ryan Klesko (1992-1999)
    17. Jason Heyward (2010-)
    18. Marquis Grissom (1995-1996)
    19. Brian Jordan (1999-2001, 2005-2006)
    20. Omar Infante (2008-)
    21. Matt Diaz (2006-)
    22. Rafael Belliard (1991-1998)
    23. Andruw Jones (1996-2007)
    24. Mark Wohlers (1991-1999)
    25. Peter Moylan (2006-)


    1. CF- Marquis Grissom (9)
    2. SS- Jeff Blauser (4)
    3. 3B- Chipper Jones (10)
    4. RF- Henry Aaron (44)
    5. 1B- Andres Galarraga (14)
    6. C- Brian McCann (16)
    7. LF- Ryan Klesko (18)
    8. 2B- Marcus Giles (22)
    9. P- Greg Maddux (31)

  4. Names I either forgot or just couldn’t find room for: Kelly Johnson, Mark DeRosa, Dale Murphy (never saw him play), Brad Clontz, Jair Jurrjens, Troy Glaus, and Julio Franco. Jesus, how did I forget Franco?!

  5. Was that sarcastic, or have you come around on Troy Glaus? I remember him sucking out your love of baseball earlier in the year when he was swinging at (and missing) everything in sight.

  6. You mean when I called him and Melky Cabrera an abortion? Yeah, you could say I’ve warmed up to him. I actually wrote a spec article that I never finished about how I turned on him way too fast and combined it with a story of turning on former UGA WR Mohamed Massaquoi way too fast too.

    Heck, I even like Melky now. He’s got that Manny thing going for him, without the, you know, Hall of Fame talent. I think this was the turning point:

  7. I realized today that my list (but not my lineup) will need some tweaking. I forgot to add Fred Lynn, Lefty Grove, Jimmy Foxx, Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper and Jimmy Collins. I don’t know how I forgot Lynn, and the pre-1939 guys got left behind while I was trying to mine great moments from the Butch Hobson era.

    I won’t make a new post, I’ll just note where when the upgrade happens.

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