Tuesday, January 05, 2010


It's been a stupendous decade for the Red Sox. A pair of World Series titles, 6 playoff appearances (they had 6 total in the 80's and 90's, and only 9 total playoff appearances since 1918), a bevy of individual and team honors. And, of course, there have been some stupendous players whose machinations resulted in such unprecedented success for this franchise.

The nominess for Sox Player of the Decade:

Kevin Youkilis, 1B/3B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mike Lowell, 3B
Manny Ramirez, LF
David Ortiz, DH
Pedro Martinez, SP
Curt Schilling, SP
Jonathan Papelbon, RP
Tim Wakefield, P

The winner is...

Manny Ramirez

I tried hard to justify giving Pedro this Award, but his time with the Red Sox in the 2000s wasn't long enough. And there's no arguing with Manny Ramirez's production while he was here.

He hit 274 homeruns in a Sox uniform, he knocked in 868 RBI, went to 8 All-Star Games, won 6 Silver Slugger Awards, a batting title, 3 OBP titles, 3 SLG% titles, 3 OPS titles, won 2 World Series rings, and was the 2004 World Series MVP. Without a doubt, the best right-handed hitter the Red Sox have had in their lineup since Jimmie Foxx.

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