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Top 10 Boston Red Sox of All-Time

Name the top 10 Boston Red Sox players of all time.
By wins above replacement, according to baseball-reference.com
Only includes stats accrued playing with the Red Sox
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Last updated: October 6, 2022
First submittedMay 2, 2016
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WAR
Years
Position
Player
122.0
1939–1942, 1946–1960
OF
Ted Williams
96.5
1961–1983
OF
Carl Yastrzemski
80.8
1984–1996
P
Roger Clemens
71.9
1982–1992
3B
Wade Boggs
66.6
1972–1990
OF
Dwight Evans
66.7
1901–1909
P
Cy Young
55.7
1907–1915
OF
Tris Speaker
53.5
1998–2004
P
Pedro Martinez
52.7
2003–2016
DH
David Ortiz
51.9
2006–2019
2B
Dustin Pedroia
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Level 48
Aug 16, 2016
Mandatory "Absolutely nothing!" comment
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Level 56
Aug 16, 2016
SING IT AGAIN YALL
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Level 65
Aug 16, 2016
David Ortiz's first season with the Sox was 2003.
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Level ∞
Oct 3, 2016
Fixed
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Level 51
Oct 4, 2016
Im guessing your counting the bambino as a traitor?
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Level 44
Jun 6, 2017
His WAR must not have been high enough
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Level 87
Aug 2, 2018
His wins above replacement are too embarrassing to calculate.
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2022
He still manages to be #16 on the Red Sox all-time list just from the few years he played there.
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Level 92
Aug 8, 2017
Why isn't Buckner on this list? Oh, wait, he was one of the top 10 all time NY Mets.
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Level 87
Jul 4, 2018
Even more famous than Tom Seaver to Red Sox fans.
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2018
haha
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Level 84
Feb 15, 2020
Anybody who thinks Bill Buckner lost the '86 World Series for the Red Sox didn't watch Game 6. That's just a stupid narrative that the sports media has run with that reflects complete ignorance/dishonesty about how that game went down. By the time that ball went under Buckner's glove, every Red Sox fan on earth already knew Boston had blown another shot at a World Series championship.
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Level 65
Mar 12, 2018
I was certain Jim Rice was the 72-90 OF. Nope, 74-89.
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2018
Same here!
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Level 73
Oct 24, 2018
I was just surprised Rice wasn't on here. But look at the years: Jim Rice played in left field, taking over from Carl Yastrzemski, who took over from Ted Williams. All that with the Green Monster as the backdrop. Solace for a near-century without a championship.
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Level 87
Jul 4, 2018
Pudge isn't catching?
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Level 58
Oct 24, 2018
Ten is a pretty elite group...some of the other possibles (maybe not Top 10, it's subjective) of note were Johnny Pesky, Tris Speaker, Carlton Fisk, Luis Tiant, Dom DiMaggio, Joe Cronin, Vern Stephens, Nomar Garciaparra, Jimmy Collins, Jim Rice, etc...
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Level 84
Oct 24, 2018
Would have done much worse if the other recently-featured Red Sox quiz hadn't put some of these players fresh in my mind (Cy Young, for example).
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Level 67
Oct 24, 2018
Either this WAR stat wasn't a thing when I used to follow baseball, or it at least hadn't caught on as much as it evidently has now. Can someone help clarify things for me a bit? When I looked it up online, I find that 6+ is considered to be an MVP-level player. So how in the heck are these players 50 and above?
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2018
Career WAR is cumulative. The levels you found were for comparing WAR over a single season.
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Level 84
Oct 24, 2018
https://www.fangraphs.com/library/misc/war/

It's a much-debated statistic that tries to capture in one number a player's overall value.

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Level 67
Oct 25, 2018
It's a little (or a lot) complicated, but it's designed to be the best single measure of a player's worth. +6 WAR means that player (let's say a shortstop) will bring his team six more wins over the course of a season than a replacement (average) shortstop would. So the higher your WAR, the more value to your team because you will create more wins than an average player would if he was in your place.

I'm honestly not sure exactly how it's calculated, but I know that's what it represents.

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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2022
A typical MVP season is more like 10 WAR, not 6.

Sometimes casual fans don't like WAR because they don't understand the value of walking, base-running, defense, and positional scarcity.

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Level 78
Oct 24, 2018
I believe that Pedroia passed Doerr in WAR.
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Level 84
Oct 24, 2018
This is correct. Baseball Reference lists his career WAR as 52.1, and he's only ever played for the Sox.

Actually, it was already true last year, as Pedroia had a negative WAR in 2018.

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Level ∞
Oct 26, 2018
Fixed. My guess is that baseball reference tweaked their WAR calculations causing this to change.
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Level 68
Oct 11, 2022
Crazy that he has almost as much WAR as Ortiz and played here for the same number of years. I know he never had Ortiz's leadership or postseason heroics, but still. I certainly hope they retire his number.
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Level 58
Apr 24, 2019
Just a note: Jimmie Foxx had some good years with the Sox. In 7 seasons, hit .320, slugged .605, had high HR & RBI totals...not saying he should necessarily be on the list but definitely impressive credentials!
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Level 84
Feb 15, 2020
1901-09 - Pitcher. At first, I assumed I had no shot at this. Then I decided to try to think of any old-time pitchers who may have been great enough to win the Cy Young award once that award started being given out. Couldn't come up with anything except players I knew played for other teams. (e.g. Christy Mathewson)

The light finally came on with :19 left. D'Oh!!

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Level 84
Feb 15, 2020
Roger Clemens*

David Ortiz*

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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2022
Drug testing is more of an IQ test than anything else nowadays. You have to know when and how to do it without getting caught. And most of them do, in some form.

The "steroid era" was different than today because it was like the Wild West. The testing rules had yet to be formalized, so a player couldn't point to a string of negative tests to prove his innocence. And then a witch hunt ensued.

It's getting old. Really old.

But I recognize I'm in the minority here.