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Where Does David Ortiz Rank Among Red Sox Greats




Emily Rosario Posted on 8/26/2016.


Back in 2013, David Ortiz was considered the third best Red Sox player of All Time behind Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams on Bleacher Report. Three years later, Ortiz now has more career home runs then Yastrzemski and Williams plus he added a third World Series to his resume following that 2013 season.


Ortiz has more career home runs than anyone in Red Sox history. I'm still not sure you can call Big Papi the GOAT in Beantown. Ted Williams VS David Ortiz feels like a 1A vs 1B debate as Williams still has more RBI's. Ortiz won 3 World Series Championships in Boston while Williams won 0 championships.


Williams led Boston in batting average, on base percentage, and RBI's and was a force during his time which is why you can make a case for Williams. You can also argue that Williams wasn't playing during a steroid era. Ortiz reversed the curse and had a greater influence and connection with fans during his career in Boston.


People are going to remember Ortiz for that whether they are past, present, or future Red Sox fans still in school. You cannot say the same about Williams who is probably remembered mostly by past generations.


Ortiz did so much for Boston and even won a championship after Francona left. That's why I am going to say that Ortiz is the GOAT in Boston and arguably the greatest player in Red Sox history. His 54 home runs in the regular season will probably still stand for a long-time. Becoming the only Red Sox batter to hit 30 home runs at the age of 40 is truly historic.


Ortiz was an icon in Boston. He did so much for the city of Boston during a rough time. He will be missed by everyone and you have to respect the way he played and carried himself. His number will be retired in Boston as no other Red Sox player will probably ever wear 34 again. That's why I am listing Ortiz as the greatest of All Time to suit up for the Red Sox, but if you disagree comment below.



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Boston Red Sox Batting Lineup


NO.
Batter
POS.
BA
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
1
Mookie Betts
RF
.291
18
77
46
82
21
2
Dustin Pedroia
2B
.291
12
42
38
51
2
3
Xavier Bogaerts
SS
.320
7
81
32
101
10
4
David Ortiz
DH
.273
37
108
77
95
0
5
Hanley Ramirez
1B
.249
19
53
21
71
6
6
Pablo Sandoval
3B
.245
10
47
25
73
0
7
Rusney Castillo
LF
.253
5
29
13
54
4
8
Blake Swihart
C
.274
5
31
18
77
4
9
Jackie Bradley Jr.
CF
.249
10
43
27
69
3

Boston Red Sox Batting Lineup Summary: In 2015, I said that Boston would be competitive because of their bats. That was the case last season. I expect things to remain that way in 2016 with guys progressing this season.



Boston Red Sox Starting Rotation


NO.
Pitcher
IP
H
ERA
BB
SO
W
L
1
David Price
220.1
190
2.45
47
225
18
5
2
Clay Buchholz
113.1
114
3.26
23
107
7
7
3
Rick Porcello
172
196
4.92
38
149
9
15
4
Eduardo Rodriguez
220.1
220
3.85
37
98
10
6
5
Joe Kelly
134.1
145
4.82
49
110
10
6

Boston Red Sox Starting Rotation Summary: Boston's rotation is lightyears stronger then their 2015 rotation which was just god awful. Having David Price anchor this bullpen gives Boston a chance to win during the 2016 regular season on a consistent basis.


Clay Bucholtz is a question mark. Are we getting 2013, 2014, or 2015 Bucholtz? Bucholtz dominated in 2013 when Boston won the 2013 World Series going 12-1. He struggled in 2014 and did slightly better in 2015. Boston should win the AL East if Bucholtz played like he did in 2013. Boston will remain a doormat if he plays like his 2014 season. The Red Sox will be a middle of the pack team with 80-82 wins if he pitches like he did last season.


Rick Porcello did alright as a #4 starter in Detroit, but struggled last year because he was forced into a top 2 starting role. Porcello should improve as the #3 pitcher in this rotation. Porcello was teammates with David Price when the Detroit Tigers lost the 2014 ALCS to the Kansas City Royals. It's pretty ironic that Price was on the team that lost the last two ALCS games to the Kansas City Royals.


Eduardo Rodriguez really did good last year as a 22-year-old rookie. I could see Rodriguez dominating and having a breakout year like Jake Arrieta did with the Cubs at some point in a few years. That's what it's gonna take for Boston to reclaim the AL East.


Joe Kelly is a solid #5 starter in this rotation. This rotation is stronger than last year, but I still have my reservations with the Red Sox and their starting rotation.



Boston Red Sox Bullpen


NO.
Pitcher
IP
H
ERA
BB
SO
W
L
LR
Brian Johnson
4.1
3
8.31
4
3
0
1
LR
Matt Barnes
43
56
5.41
15
39
3
4
MR
Tommy Layne
47.2
41
3.97
27
45
2
1
MR
Robbie Ross
60.2
59
3.86
20
59
0
2
MR
Junichi Tawaza
58.2
65
4.14
13
56
2
7
MR
Koji Uehara
40.1
28
2.23
9
47
2
4
SU
Carson Smith
70
49
2.31
22
92
2
5
CL
Craig Kimbrel
59.1
40
2.58
22
87
4
5

Boston Red Sox Bullpen Summary: Boston has Pawtucket pitchers Brian Johnson and Matt Barnes at long reliever. Tommy Layne and Robbie Ross are massive upgrades at middle reliever.


Tawaza and Uehara were set up pitcher and closer in 2015. These pitchers were the heart of the Red Sox bullpen last season, but will now both play the other two middle reliever roles with Carson Smith moving into a set-up role while Craig Kimbrel becomes the Red Sox new closer. Boston has 4 relief pitchers capable of coming in as a closer in Tawaza, Uehara, Smith, and Kimbrel and can rotate each guy to take some pressure off of the bullpen which makes the Red Sox lethal and dangerous in the bullpen.


Prediction: The Boston Red Sox are much stronger this year. Bucholtz and Porcello are the question marks. How those two pitch determines where the Red Sox finish. I think the Red Sox are an 80-90 win team that can finish second in the AL East. Still, I'm not sure that will be enough to make the AL Playoffs and even if it is, I cannot see the Red Sox getting past he ALDS even if a lot of breaks go their way in 2016 to the point where they dethrone Toronto as AL East champions.



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