Since 1901, countless MLB greats have called Fenway Park home. Here are the five greatest hitters in Boston Red Sox history.
When considering who the greatest hitters in Boston Red Sox history are, there’s no shortage of names that comes to mind. The historic franchise has been home to hundreds of incredible players, but who are the best of the best?
I want to preface this blog by admitting that no list of the “5 Greatest Hitters” in Boston Red Sox history will ever be factually correct. No amount of sabermetrics can effectively support the declaration that a player from one generation is “better” than a player from a different generation. However, using the information we have, we can form very strong opinions.
I consider myself somewhat of a baseball purist. What I mean by that is that I don’t necessarily believe in the new-school philosophy of hitting. The whole “hit the ball in the air” thing? I think it’s overrated. You can shove advanced statistics in my face all you want, but the 2017 Red Sox proved you can still win without the long-ball. What does that have to do with anything? I’m glad you asked.
When I made this list, I didn’t base it off career offensive WAR. I didn’t base it off home runs, slugging percentage, or even batting average. I selected players who I believe to be true masters of their craft. Complete hitters. If you disagree with me, well, I’d love to respectfully tell you why you’re wrong. Let’s get started.