The Boston Red Sox have announced the latest members to be inducted into the franchise’s exclusive Hall of Fame class in 2020.
Following an underwhelming attempt at going back-to-back in their playoff miss 2019 season and an off-season kickoff which began with a new general manager and plenty of questions in his newly acquired hot-seat, the Boston Red Sox have announced the members of their 2020 Hall-of-Fame class.
Ortiz, 44, finished off his illustrious 20-season career racking up a baker’s dozen nicknames due to his unmatched October hitting. David Ortiz batted his way to becoming the most pivotal and franchise-transcending pickup in Red Sox history. In 1,953 games played in Boston, Ortiz batted .290 with 483 home runs, 1,530 runs batted in, and a .570 slugging percentage.
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Big Papi completely altered both his career and the direction of Red Sox baseball since former teammate, current Baseball and Red Sox Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez managed to convince the organization to sign the lefty slugger after being released from the Minnesota Twins in 2002 for just $1.25 million.
There are simply too many moments to attach Papi whether it’d be his leadership at the plate in 2004, 2007, or 2013. Ortiz both flipped the switch on the Boston Red Sox and the way baseball and it’s enthusiasts today perceive the designated hitter position today.
Ramirez, 47, also etched his name into the Red Sox history books, playing dominant duo with Ortiz in leading the Terry Francona-era lineup to a 2004 and 2007 World Series Championship.
Playing in nearly eight of his 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez either managed to live up to his infamous “Manny being Manny” slogan for good or bad. Whether it was taking Angels reliever Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez deep in the 2007 ALDS for one of the most iconic post-season home runs- one that included an unforgettable two hands in the air pose prior to our current bat flip era.
Then there was the other side to “Manny being Manny” which consisted of moments such as his forever to be questioned and remembered two-man cutoff with Johnny Damon against the Orioles in 2004.
Back in the early 1900s, Bill Dinneen pitched 41 games for the then Boston Beaneaters and Boston Americans (1900-1907). He would make four appearances on the mound as a starter in the 1903 World Series, including the title-clinching victory in game eight against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yes, this was an era in which your starter making four World Series appearances and a best of nine series were both socially acceptable.
Rich Gedman served as the primary man behind the plate for the Red Sox for nearly 10 seasons and 140 games. The Worcester Massachusetts native has plenty of memories to recall when looking back at his hometown professional baseball career.
Gedman caught the first 20-strikeout game in Roger “Rocket” Clemens, hit a postseason grand-slam in the 1986 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, and belted a game seven home run in the1986 World Series. Not to mention during his time with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Gedman participated in the longest game in organized baseball history, a 33-inning showdown which took two days to declare a victor against the Rochester Red Wings.
Then there’s the only man who’s contribution didn’t come on the field but instead from the front office in Dan Duquette. While Duquette didn’t partake in leading the Red Sox to anywhere beyond their 2003 “Cowboy Up” run which came short thanks to a game-seven homer to deep left in Yankee Stadium, it was indeed Duquette who’s earned his fair share in playing the sacrificial lamb for Boston’s future.
Acquisitions such as David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield. As well as being the man responsible for drafting six-time All-Star, 1997 American League Rookie of the Year, and two-time AL batting champ Nomar Garciaparra.
In addition to these five soon-to-be members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Boston will add it’s 3-0 game four victory against the St. Louis Cardinals as a memorable Boston Red Sox moment.