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  • February 17th, 2012

    February 17, 2012: The All Fenway Team:
    The Boston Red Thoughts Version, Part 1

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:17 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (4)

    As I mentioned earlier this week, the Sox and Major League Baseball, under the auspices of the website, FenwayPark100 (which in and of itself is a very cool site to check out…) are balloting for the “All Fenway Team”, which will be unveiled before the All-Star break as part of the 100 Year Anniversary Celebration of Fenway Park…

    You can vote in 8 different ballots, with up to 3 different positions in each, and with each lasting for about 2 weeks.  This week the voting kicked off with starting pitchers, both left handed and right handed, and the the balloting will end with with “the 10th Man” which will be the Top 5 of the 2nd place vote getters in each of the previous categories, which runs from May 21st to June 3rd…

    While I will probably cast my ballot formally, at least for some of the categories, I figured I would name my ballot here as well. Nominees have been selected for each position, so you don’t have to pull them from the ether–and they won’t have to deal with dozens of different ballots, I suspect, so I will use that constraint as well.

    So here goes…

    The Nominees for Starting Pitcher, Righty are: Roger Clemens, Dennis Eckersley, Tex Hughson, Jim Lonborg, Pedro Martinez, Bill Monbouquette, Luis Tiant, Tim Wakefield and Smoky Joe Wood.

    The Nominees for Starting Pitcher, Lefty are: Ray Collins, Lefty Grove, Bruce Hurst, Bill Lee, Dutch Leonard, Jon Lester, Mel Parnell, Herb Pennock and Babe Ruth.

    And the Winners are: Pedro Martinez and Lefty Grove. I know some folks will say that Roger Clemens deserves consideration, but when Pedro pitched in the late 90′s, it was somehow transcendent.  And there is also the  fact that I cannot get past the whole “Clemens is a complete jackass, and a crappy human being” thing. And while I think that Jon Lester has the goods to be a transcendent, once-in-a-lifetime, kind of pitcher–he isn’t there yet…And you can’t dispute a 300-141, .680 win percentage from Hall of Famer Lefty Grove…As far as Babe Ruth–while he was an effective pitcher with a .671 win percentage, his body of work as a pitcher was significantly smaller…

    The Nominees for Catcher: Rick Ferrell, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gedman, Birdie Tebbetts, Jason Varitek and Sammy White.

    This question has come up before, and in the past it used to be a harder decision, between Carlton Fisk and Jason Varitek. But, after the collapse, and the apparent unwillingness to “Captain up” and lead the team, it decision became a bit easier. Oh, it was always Carlton Fisk–the only Pudge as far as I am concerned–but now the choice is just a little bit clearer…

    The Nominees for 1B: Bill Buckner, Jimmie Foxx, Stuffy McInnis, George Scott, Mo Vaughn and Kevin Youkilis.

    First base for the Red Sox has always been a funny thing–it’s been hit or miss as to what kind of power and fielding we get out of the position–its usually one or the other–rarely both. Of course, there have been exceptions to the rule, such as Kevin Youkilis, Mo Vaughn and the current 1st baseman, Adrian Gonzales. But the clear choice for 1st in the All-Fenway team has to be Jimmie Fox, the Albert Pujols/Ted Williams of his time. 3 MVP’s, a .325 BA and a Triple Crown make a pretty compelling argument for the Hall of Famer…

    The Nominees for 2B: Mike Andrews, Marty Barrett, Bobby Doerr, Pete Runnels, Dustin Pedroia and Jerry Remy.

    This selection came down to Bobby Doerr and Dustin Pedroia for me. And while Dustin’s numbers are pretty comparable to Bobby’s, and maybe even a bit better in some cases, we are comparing 6 Seasons to 14, so I am going to go with Bobby Doerr on this one. I’m not saying Dustin Pedroia won’t be a better 2nd baseman–and, actually, I would not be surprised if he does better, but he is not there YET…

    Coming up: In part 2, we’ll look at my selections for 3B, Shortstop, Left, Right, and Center…

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    The Boston Red Thoughts Version, Part 1”

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