Saturday, October 11, 2014

Red Sox A-Z

This is not a complete three season recap of the worst to first to worst Boston Red Sox.  This is an exercise that first came to my mind while creating some all time teams earlier this year. Check the RSM archives for the Nick Esasky All-Stars ( May '14) and the Oh Brother All-Stars ( June '14).  The thought came to me that there has never been any big leaguer whose last name starts with X.  From there I realized that left 25 other letters, to a baseball fan 25 can only mean a baseball roster.

So this is an all time Red Sox 25 man roster team made up of one player for each letter of the alphabet. I will bypass the biographical info and simply present the alphabetical list and then the same names in roster format.

A. Tony Armas
B. Wade Boggs
C. Roger Clemens
D. Bobby Doerr
E. Dwight Evans
F. Jimmie Foxx
G. Nomar Garciaparra
H. Bruce Hurst
I. Jose Iglesias
J. Jackie Jensen
K. Ellis Kinder
L. Jon Lester 
M. Pedro Martinez
N. Mike Napoli
O. David Ortiz
P. Jonathan Paplebon
Q. Paul Quantrill
R. Dick Radatz
S. Vern Stephens
T. Birdie Tebbetts
U. Koji Uehara
V. Jason Varitek
W. Ted Williams
Y. Cy Young
Z. Bob Zupcic

Now the 25 man roster by positions.

Starting Pitchers

Cy Young
Pedro Martinez
Roger Clemens
Jon Lester
Bruce Hurst


Dick Radatz


Koji Uehara
Jonathan Paplebon
Ellis Kinder
Paul Quantrill

Starting Nine

C  Jason Varitek
1B Jimmie Foxx
2B Bobby Doerr
SS Nomar Garciaparra
3B Wade Boggs
LF Ted Williams
CF Jackie Jensen
RF Dwight Evans
DH David Ortiz


C  Birdie Tebbetts
1B Mike Napoli
IF Vern Stephens
IF Jose Iglesias
OF Tony Armas
OF Bob Zupcic

Just a couple of quick notes.  Jackie Jensen, my starting center fielder, was in fact an All Star right fielder for most of his career, but did play some in center.  I decided to start Jensen over Armas, who also was more of  right fielder until he came to Boston and played center due to Dewey Evans manning right.  I also ended up with no true backup second base man, but I think Iglesias could handle it.

So here is my attempt at this exercise, I encourage others to give it a whirl.  There are many, many other good candidates.  For example after putting together this squad, even attempting to put together a true all star roster, I realized five of the seven Red Sox players with their numbers retired are not here.

If you do try, unless you want relief pitchers Daryl Irvine and Uggie Urbina on your team ( and you may), you are going to have Jose Iglesias and Koji Uehara.  There are only two I's and U's in the all time Sox roster.  The choices are limited for Q and Z as well, but there are other choices availabl

Thanks for reading the Red Sox A-Z!

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic work as always Art. I attempted this exercise and rather than list my team here are some names that I also had in contention, which I am sure that you also had:

    A Mike Andrews
    C Tony Conigliaro, Joe Cronin
    D Johnny Damon, Dom DiMaggio
    E Jacoby Ellsbury
    F Carlton Fisk, Boo Ferriss, Keith Foulke (I think I might lean towards Pudge)
    H Harry Hooper, Tex Hughson ( I might take Hooper over Hurst)
    L Bill Lee, Dutch Leonard, Duffy Lewis, Jim Lonborg, Derek Lowe
    M Frank Malzone
    N Tim Naehring, Trot Nixon (Taking Naehring over Nap would give you a bit more roster flexibility)
    O Troy O'Leary, Hideki Okajima (OK, not really in contention but a few memorable seasons from these two)
    P Mel Parnell, Dustin Pedroia, Johnny Pesky, Rico Petrocelli
    Q Carlos Quintana
    R Manny Ramirez, Jim Rice, Babe Ruth (You could take anyone of these over the Monster as your DH and move Ortiz to 1B)
    S Curt Schilling, George Scott, Tris Speaker, Bob Stanley (I might take Gramp's favorite The Steamer)
    T Luis Tiant, Mike Timlin (El Tiante would probably be my pick)
    V John Valentin, Mo Vaughn
    W Tim Wakefield, Smokey Joe Wood
    Y Carl Yastrzemski, Kevin Youkilis
    Z Al Zarilla (Zarilla or Zupcic is a bit like splitting hairs)

    One thing I noticed in going through the list of Red Sox players, there were plenty of good 2B, SS, and LF in Red Sox history.