Baseball fans pick best Boston Red Sox players of past 100 years
To celebrate the centennial of Fenway Park, the club conducted an online election, the results of which are sure to be debated.
The older any major-league team is, the harder it can be to pick the best players during its existence. So when the Boston Red Sox decided to let fans select an All-Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Team, it offloaded a lot of potential controversy in choosing from an incredibly deep reservoir of all-stars, from Babe Ruth, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1914 to 1919, to David Ortiz, the team's current sultan of swat.
Here is the lineup as chosen in online balloting and announced at the team's final home game of the season on Sept. 26:
Right-handed pitcher – Pedro Martinez
Left-handed pitcher – Lefty Grove
Catcher – Carlton Fisk
First base – Jimmie Foxx
Second base – Dustin Pedroia
Third base – Wade Boggs
Shortstop – Nomar Garciaparra
Left field – Ted Williams
Right field – Dwight Evans
Center field – Fred Lynn
Designated hitter – David Ortiz
Pinch hitter – Bernie Carbo
Pinch runner – Dave Roberts
Closer – Jonathan Papelbon
Manager – Terry Francona
First reserves (across all categories) – Jason Varitek (C), Mo Vaughn (1B), Bobby Doerr (2B), Mike Lowell (3B), Johnny Pesky (SS), Carl Yastrzemski (LF), Dom DiMaggio (CF), Trot Nixon (RF), Roger Clemens (P), Luis Tiant (P), Tim Wakefield (P), Dennis Eckersley (P), Dick Radatz (pitcher), and Joe Cronin (manager).
Second reserves (across all categories) – Rich Gedman (C), George Scott (1B), Jerry Remy (2B), Frank Malzone (3B), Rico Petrocelli (SS), Jim Rice (LF), Reggie Smith (CF), Tony Conigliaro (RF), Babe Ruth (P), Smoky Joe Wood (P), Curt Schilling (P), Bill Lee (P), Jim Lonborg (P), and Dick Williams (manager).