Sunday, April 30, 2023

Your 1981 Red Sox Pt. 27: Dave Stapleton

In this series, I will look at each player who played in 1981, the year I was born. Because, why not?  

Dave Stapleton was coming off of a very successful rookie season in 1980.  Stapleton finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote, though distantly, to Cleveland Indians outfielder Joe Charboneau.  Stapleton played primarily at second base in 1980 and hit an impressive .321/.338/.463 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs and only struck out 32 times in 472 plate appearances.  He had been an impressive contact hitter in the minors as well, so there was reason to be optimistic about his career moving forward.

In the strike-shortened 1981 season, Stapleton had a good, but not great, season.  His average dipped almost 40 points to a still-respectable .285/.325/.423.  Most of his other numbers declined as well, except for his home runs (which increased to 10).  He played in 93 games, 13 fewer than in 1980, but that was more due to the strike.  He contributed 101 hits, 45 runs scored, 17 doubles, 42 RBIs and struck out just 22 times.  He continued to play steady defense and split time among third base, shortstop and second base, with some first base and outfield thrown in for good measure.

Unfortunately, Stapleton would continue to decline.  The next season, his power numbers again increased (28 doubles, 14 home runs, 65 RBIs), but his rate stats again declined (.264/.305/.398) in 150 games, primarily at first base.  He was excellent defensively at first, but those numbers are not going to cut it as a Major League first-baseman.  1983 again saw him play the bulk of the time at first, but his numbers again decreased to .247/.297/.363 with ten home runs and 66 RBIs, though he did hit a career-high 31 doubles.  It was his last season as anything close to a regular player.

Stapleton continued playing with the Red Sox through 1986, but never more than 39 games or 71 plate appearances.  He was relegated primarily to pinch-hitting or defensive replacement duties at first base.  He never hit another home run.  Stapleton was frequently used to replace Bill Buckner at first base late in games, but he was notably not used in Game 6 of the World Series.  Given his defensive gifts, it is unlikely he would have misplayed the ball Buckner did.  After the season, he signed a deal with the Mariners, but did not make it through Spring Training.  That was it for his career.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Forum Trade for the Wantlist

The second forum trade back was for a lot of 18 cards, all of which came off of my wantlist.

1.  Mookie Betts.  Yes, I am still getting Mookie cards.  There were three in this trade.  I have quite a few Betts cards on my wantlist still.  He was one of the most dynamic players the Red Sox have had during my lifetime.  There is still something to be said for that.

2.  Mookie Betts.

3.  Mookie Betts.

4.  Xander Bogaerts.  Bogaerts and Betts are neck-and-neck as far as number of cards in my collection.  Bogaerts has longevity on his side, Betts was just such a big star.

5.  Michael Chavis.  Chavis had a nice rookie season in 2019, but could never hit consistently after that.  He is currently with the Nationals.

6.  Roger Clemens.  I like these low-end inserts that A&G puts out each year with lots of different players.  

7.  Pedro Martinez.  Martinez appears in this trade even more than Mookie.  He still appears in a lot of sets every year for a player that has been retired since 2008.

8.  Pedro Martinez.

9.  Pedro Martinez.

10.  David Ortiz.  Here is another A&G insert.

11.  Ted Williams.  It is always nice to see The Splendid Splinter get new cards.

12.  Carl Yastrzemski.  Yaz too.

13.  Carl Yastrzemski.  I really like this shot of Yaz from the late 70's.  It is a little blurry, but it's not one I have seen a billion times before.

14.  Kevin Youkilis.  This card finished off this insert set.  Youk was one of my favorites when he was active.

15.  Steven Wright.  The one thing I don't really like about forum trades is how hard it is to get the obscure players.  A lot of people only want to list the stars because those are the players that attract attention, but as I have said a lot, I like player selection.  This is my first Wright card in a long time.  He was briefly a subject of a mini-player collection.

16.  Dustin Pedroia.  I like this picture of Pedroia here.

17.  Ted Williams.

18.  Pedro Martinez.  This is the fourth Martinez card in the trade.

Friday, April 28, 2023

The Next Couple Wong Cards

Here are a couple more Connor Wong cards from the recent binge.  These are both base cards, sort of.

1.  Finest Flashbacks.  This is one of my favorite photos of Wong so far, with the full catcher's gear (one thing that will become clear quickly is the number of times photos are re-used for different sets, but this one is only found in this set).  This set is designed after the 1995 Finest set.  I think these were only available online.  

2.  Panini Capstone.  I have said before that Panini's best cards are catcher cards in full gear.  You can fool yourself into believing they have an MLB license.  This is actually a short-printed card.  The scan does not show the unique texture of the card.

I am up to 15 Wong cards.  According to TCDB, I am tied for 9th place.  I will be moving quickly up the list, but #1 has more than 150 cards of him.  That seems ambitious at the moment, but I will see what happens.

I was pretty disappointed that I did not win one auction recently.  I was bidding on a printing plate that I was outbid on at the last moment.  That kind of sealed the deal for me for starting a new player collection.  I did not intend to get that invested.  Alas, that really frustrated me.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Donruss Optic Blaster

I have been really struggling with pulling Red Sox cards in packs lately.  I have not been able to open any 2023 products on my own, as my local Walmart has not gotten anything new, so I have been buying some Panini products from last year.  And I have had nothing to show for it in my Red Sox collection, hence why it has been several weeks since my last "pack breaks" post.

I bought two blasters the other day, Prizm and Donruss Optic.  The Prizm blaster was yet another bust.  Here is the Optic break:

All base cards, and no Connor Wong unfortunately, but it was a decent break considering there were just 30 cards in the box.

1.  Rafael Devers.  I was pretty surprised I did not have this one.  I have so many parallels I guess that this photo looked very familiar.  But, it is new to me.

2.  Trevor Story.  Like I said the other day, Story is sort of underrepresented in my collection and it always seems weird when I get a Red Sox card of him.

3.  Connor Seabold.  Wrong Connor.  Wong has a Rated Rookie card from this set that I did not have either, but I'm sure I will grab it eventually.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

First Forum Trade in a Long Time

It took several weeks, but I managed to update my tradelist recently.  I wanted to start trading again.  I have several deals coming in, but this was the first one:

1.  Kutter Crawford.  Crawford is an intriguing arm who looks to be at home as a long man out of the bullpen.  This is my first autographed card of him.  Crawford looked really good at times, but struggled at others.  He did not start the year real well, but he is starting to come around.

2.  David Ortiz.  What is there to say about Ortiz?  This is a relic card from 2023's Topps set with the 1988 design.  It is a pretty good photo of him waiting on a pitch.  

One trade down, several to go.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

A Wong-derful Mailday

Well, here we are.  It's the first official post with the subject of a new mini-player collection.  I decided on Connor Wong.  He's young enough and a promising player.  There are a couple of caveats:

1.  Obviously I will not be going for his Dodgers cards, just like with Jason Varitek's minor league cards in the Mariners organization and Steven Wright's Indians cards (during the short time I was focusing on him).  

2.  I do not think it is likely that I will be "super-collecting" him.  Wong already has nearly 800 cards with the Red Sox as a result of the absolutely insane number of parallels from each set he appeared in last year.  I want to get as many as I can during this time period, but I am not going to be spending hundreds of dollars tracking down each and every parallel.  I just want to get what I can.  

With all of that said, I have quite a few coming in.  Today, I have a few to show off:

My first high-end Wong card is this Panini Chronicles Spectra Neon Blue card.  It has an impressive three-color patch and an autograph.  This is serial-numbered to 99, which certainly helped me grab it for a decent price.

And here we have a couple of parallels.  The first is the Light Blue Select parallel.  The second is the Bowman Sky Blue parallel from Bowman.  It was not intentional that all three cards were some sort of blue parallel, but it worked out that way.  I bought several cheaper cards all in one shot, and not all of them were blue parallels.

So, here we go.  I will keep the Varitek collection going, as well as still trying to find Tzu-Wei Lin cards.  I just have a new focus for a little bit.  We will see how the season goes.

I guess if anyone out there has any that are not listed on the have list that is now one of the pages to the right of this post, I would love to trade.

Monday, April 24, 2023

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection 

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection

I am Not Starting a New Mini-Player Collection


Damn it.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

An Ebay Lot and the Jason Varitek Quest for 1,000: #992

I snagged another lot off of Ebay with a bunch of recent parallels, inserts and base cards from harder-to-find sets.  There were a few duplicates, but the majority of the cards were new to me, and the major reason I grabbed it was a new Jason Varitek card.  Once again, sorry for the scans.  I need a scanner.

1.  Chris Sale.  Sale is finally healthy this year.  His first couple starts have not been great, but he seems like he might be putting it together.  The Red Sox really need pitching, so if he can step up, it will be very helpful.

2.  Connor Wong.  I am really starting to like Wong.  He was injured most of Spring Training so he is still adjusting, but his defense has been impressive and he has surprising speed for a catcher.  I originally wanted him to start in the minors with Jorge Alfaro as the starting catcher, but I am quickly changing that opinion.

3.  Jarren Duran.  Duran looks like a different player this season.  Maybe he has finally put it all together and he can take advantage of his game-changing speed.  I love the photo here, celebrating a home run.

4.  J.D. Martinez.  There are quite a few Martinez cards in this lot.

5.  Bobby Dalbec.  Unlike Duran, it looks like Dalbec has still not been able to overcome his deficiencies.   He will likely be traded away like Michael Chavis was back in 2021.

6.  Xander Bogaerts.  There are quite a few Bogaerts cards in this lot.  That just means I will have to get that many more Rafael Devers cards to catch up.

7.  J.D. Martinez.  Martinez card #2 in the lot.

8.  J.D. Martinez.  Martinez card #3 in the lot.

9.  Chris Sale.  Sale card #2 in the lot.

10.  Trevor Story.  Story seems to be somewhat underrepresented in my collection.  His injury issues do not really help as it is often easy to forget he is even on the team.

11.  Trevor Story.  Story card #2 in the lot.

12.  Chris Sale.  Sale card #3 in the lot.

13.  Bobby Dalbec.  Dalbec card #2 in the lot.

14.  Triston Casas/Jarren Duran/C.J.Chatham.  Casas has had a slow start to the season.  Hopefully he will get it going.  Duran is on his second card in the lot.  Chatham was Boston's second round pick in 2016, but was cut loose a couple years ago.  He just never got it going.

15.  Blaze Jordan.  Jordan has a great name and massive power potential, but is still young and learning how to be a complete hitter.  It will be interesting to see whether he makes it to the Majors or not.

16.  Connor Wong.  This is Wong card #2 in the lot.

17.  Connor Wong.  This is Wong card #3 in the lot.  I will admit the number of Wong cards was a secondary reason to get this lot.  As I said, I am really beginning to like him.

18.  Jarren Duran.  This is Duran card #3 in the lot.

19.  Jarren Duran.  This is Duran card #4 in the lot.

20.  Jarren Duran.  This is Duran card #5 in the lot.

21.  Rafael Devers.  I needed that.  Not that I do not like getting Bogaerts cards, but I would prefer to get Devers cards.  I still have that 300 card goal.

22.  J.D. Martinez.  This is Martinez card #4 in the lot.

23.  Xander Bogaerts.  This is Bogaerts card #2 in the lot.

24.  Tommy Pham.  It was nice to add a Pham card too.  I liked him quite a bit and was somewhat disappointed Boston did not bring him back.

25.  Pedro Martinez.  I wonder sometimes about younger collectors' thoughts on pulling cards of retired players like this.  So many sets these days have retired players mixed in.  When I was getting into collecting, all of the sets seemed to have exclusively active players.  I think only Topps flagship is like that now, and it has a bunch of insert sets with retired players.

26.  Roger Clemens.  See?  Another one. 

27.  David Ortiz.  See?  Another one.  I love the moment this is from.

28.  Connor Seabold.  Seabold was extremely disappointing last season and was traded to the Rockies in the offseason.

29.  Carl Yastrzemski.  Here's another one.

30.  Ted Williams.  And another one.  I do love this picture though.

31.  Wade Boggs.  And another one.  This photo is interesting, showing Boggs with a bunch of chickens.  I cannot say I have seen this photo before.

32.  Alex Verdugo.  Verdugo has been the player I predicted he could be so far this season.  Plus, this card has the City Connect uniform.

33.  Jason Varitek.  And finally, Varitek card #992 is another parallel from 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary.  Potentially a goldmine for finding more Varitek cards.  This is the Blue Prism Refractor.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Loyalty and Longevity Pt. 13: Dustin Pedroia

In this series, I look at players who played their entire Major League career with the Red Sox, as long as said Major League career lasted at least ten years.

It truly is a shame the way that Dustin Pedroia's career ended.  He had a very real chance of becoming a one-team Hall of Famer, something Boston has not had since Jim Rice.  

Pedroia was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2004 Draft.  He was the team's top pick as a result of losing their first-round pick to the Athletics as compensation for signing Keith Foulke as a free agent.  His cards had a bit of a strange start.  He appeared in the 2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition set.  Sort of.  Cards with his name appeared, but the picture was actually of fellow draftee Cla Meredith.

This is NOT Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia moved quickly through the Red Sox system and made his Major League debut just two years after he was drafted.  Pedroia played in 31 games down the stretch in 2006, hitting .191/.258/.303 with two home runs and seven RBIs.  Nevertheless, Boston management seemed comfortable starting the 2007 season with Pedroia at second base.  He started extremely slowly and, after the first month of the season, fans were calling for him to be replaced.  Manager Terry Francona kept with the kid though, which eventually paid off.

Pedroia got going as the season went on, and ended up having a terrific rookie season that won him the Rookie of the Year.  His final numbers were .317/.380/.442 with eight home runs, 39 doubles, 86 runs scored, 50 RBIs and seven stolen bases.  He played steady defense and was the team's primary leadoff hitter.  He also hit two home runs in the postseason, including homering in his first World Series at-bat.  It was an impressive rookie season for the second-baseman, and the best was yet to come.

2008 saw Pedroia be named the A.L. MVP in his second season.  He is one of just two Red Sox players to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP (Fred Lynn did it in the same season).  Pedroia led the league in runs scored (118), hits (213) and doubles (54).  He came in second in the batting race and hit .326/.376/.493 with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He was named to the All Star game for the first time and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards.  He also hit three more home runs in the postseason, all of them in the ALCS against the Rays.  

Pedroia's numbers dipped a bit in 2009, but he still led the league in runs scored (115) and was named to his second All Star team.  He hit .296/.371/.447 with 15 home runs, 48 doubles, 72 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  Still, it felt like a disappointing season.  Then, injuries struck for the first time in 2010, limiting Pedroia to just 75 games.  He still made the All Star team and hit .288/.367/.493 with 12 home runs, 41 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

He bounced back in a big way in 2011 and had what was likely his greatest season.  In 2011, Pedroia hit .307/.387/.474 with 195 hits, 102 runs scored, 37 doubles and a career-high 91 RBIs.  He also had a 20/20 season, which was overshadowed by Jacoby Ellsbury's 30/30 season (a first for a Red Sox player).  His 21 home runs and 26 stolen bases were also a career high.  Pedroia won his second Gold Glove Award and finished ninth in the MVP vote, but was somehow not an All Star.

2012 was a bad year for the Red Sox, but Pedroia was still a consistent contributor, hitting .290/.347/.449 with 81 runs scored, 15 home runs, 65 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  The team was pretty bad though, so his contributions went largely unnoticed.

The Red Sox shocked the baseball world when they went from worst to first in 2013.  The team was built on good chemistry and solid role players.  Pedroia was one of the few stars on the team and he had a good season.  In a career-high 160 games played, Pedroia led the league in plate appearances (724) and hit .301/.372/.415 with 193 hits, 91 runs scored, 42 doubles, nine home runs, 84 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  He was an All Star (his fourth) and won a Gold Glove (his third) and finished seventh in the MVP vote.

In 2014, injuries really began to take a toll on Pedroia.  His slight frame and tendency to play the game like he was on fire started to wear on him a bit.  He played in just 135 games in 2014 and his numbers suffered.  It was the only full season he had less than 100 OPS+ on the season (it was 99, so it was not a horrible season).  Pedroia hit just .278/.337/.376, his worst rate stats in a full season.  He had 33 doubles and seven home runs while stealing just six bases.  He still won his fourth Gold Glove though.

He missed even more time in 2015, playing in just 93 games, but his numbers improved markedly.  That year, he hit .291/.356/.441 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs.  

Pedroia had his last great, full season in 2016.  He was completely healthy for the first time since 2013 and played in 154 games.  He played well too.  He hit .318/.376/.449 with 201 hits, his second time with more than 200 hits, 105 runs scored, 36 doubles, 15 home runs, 74 RBIs and seven stolen bases.  He was no longer fast, but his defense was still strong.  He did not win the Gold Glove though and was also not an All Star.

He was playing reasonably well in 2017, but played just 105 games due to nagging injuries to his wrist and knee.  He hit .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs on the season and then had surgery on his knee in the offseason.  He was to start the 2018 season a little late.  Unfortunately, he was never able to fully get back to health.  Pedroia ended up playing in just nine games over the next two years.  He looked like he might be back in 2019 until he was spiked in the knee in a game against the Orioles (I still can't stand Manny Machado to this day).  He played just one more game.  He tried to make it back until deciding to retire in 2021.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Dustin Pedroia's Hall of Fame candidacy.  He was certainly one of the premier second-basemen in the American League during his career, even moreso after Robinson Cano's steroid suspension.  Had he been able to continue to play for a few more years at a reasonable pace, he likely would have a strong case.  As it is, his career spanned 14 seasons and he hit .299/.365/.439 with 1,805 hits, 394 doubles, 922 runs scored, 140 home runs, 725 RBIs and 138 stolen bases.  He was an All Star four times, won four Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger, the Rookie of the Year and MVP.  As it is, Pedroia is the best second-baseman in Red Sox history.  I still think he has a borderline shot at the Hall of Fame.  It's just a shame his career ended the way it did.

Friday, April 21, 2023

Award History: Rookie of the Year

I am going to do something a bit different with the major awards.  Since we have voting results, I figured it might be a little more interesting to look at Red Sox players who received votes each year.  With the MVP, I might have to cut it off at a certain number though.  

So, let's start with the Rookie of the Year, which has been given out since 1947.  The first two seasons, there was only one award, then they gave one out to each league.

BILLY GOODMAN: 4th - tie
Goodman, who was renowned for his versatility, played almost exclusively at first base in his rookie season.  He tied for fourth place in the Rookie of the Year vote with A's pitcher Lou Brissie.  The winner was Alvin Dark of the Boston Braves.  Goodman hit .310/.414/.387 and was a very good contact hitter throughout his career.  He did not have much power and hit just one home run, but hit 27 doubles.  He also walked 74 times compared to just 44 walks.  Goodman won the batting titled in 1950 and had a career .300 batting average.  He was a two-time All Star with the Red Sox and picked up MVP votes in several seasons.  Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn finished third in the vote.

Boston's first Rookie of the Year winner was the gigantic first-baseman Dropo, from Moosup, CT.  Dropo had some massive power, hitting 34 home runs, 28 doubles, and a surprising eight triples.  He led the league in total bases (326) and tied for the league lead in RBIs with teammate Vern Stephens (144).  Dropo hit .322/.378/.583 and was an All Star for the only time in his career.  Unfortunately, he never came close to these numbers again throughout his career.  Whitey Ford finished a distant second place in the vote.

Red Sox catcher White finished third in the vote in 1952 behind A's pitcher Harry Byrd and Browns catcher Clint Courtney.  This vote really could have gone in any direction as no one really stood out.  White hit .281/.310/.423 with ten home runs, 49 RBIs and 20 doubles.  He had more power than Courtney, but a slightly lower average.  Byrd won 15 games, but also lost 15 and had a 3.31 ERA.  White was Boston's starting catcher for much of the 1950's and was an All Star in 1953.

Coming in a very distant second to Tigers star Harvey Kuenn was Red Sox center fielder Umphlett.  In his only season with the Red Sox, Umphlett hit .283/.331/.376 with three home runs, 27 doubles, five triples, 59 RBIs and four stolen bases.  Umphlett walked more than he struck out (34 to 30) and notched 140 hits with 53 runs scored.  He was traded after the season along with Mickey McDermott to the Senators for Jackie Jensen, which was a big upgrade for Boston.  Umphlett played just two more seasons in the Majors, declining significantly.

Indians phenom Herb Score won the award in 1955 by going 16-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a league-leading 245 strikeouts, but surprisingly did not win the award unanimously.  Shortstop Klaus, who was with his fifth organization already, came out of nowhere to hit .283/.351/.377 with 153 hits, 83 runs scored, 26 doubles, seven home runs and 60 RBIs.  He put up similar numbers the next season, but steadily declined every year after that.  Klaus was fairly versatile and played quite a bit at third base, even being the primary starter there in 1956.  
Boston had a pair of rookies pick up votes in 1955.  First-baseman Zauchin hit 27 home runs and drove in 93 runs while hitting .239/.335/.430.  He also hit ten doubles, scored 65 runs and stole three bases.  Zauchin never played in 100 games the rest of his career and did not come close to his power output in 1955.  He would eventually be traded to the Senators for Pete Runnels, another time Boston fleeced the Washington franchise.

I have discussed this travesty of a vote before.  The issue here is that Yankees officials pushed for a change in the definition of "rookie" during the season to exclude players who had 100 prior plate appearances.  Under today's rules, Malzone would have still qualified as a rookie in 1957.  Malzone had better numbers than winner Tony Kubek of the Yankees.  Malzone hit .292/.323/.427 with 15 home runs, 103 RBIs, 185 hits, 31 doubles and 82 runs scored.  He was an All Star and won the Gold Glove at the hot corner.  Kubek hit .297/.335/.381 with three home runs and 39 RBIs.  Malzone was one of the best third-basemen in Red Sox history, being named to six All Star games and winning three Gold Gloves.  

Boston's second Rookie of the Year winner was the righty starting pitcher Schwall.  The 25-year-old came up and had a record of 15-7 with a 3.22 ERA.  In 25 games, he pitched 178.2 innings, striking out 91 while walking 110.  He completed ten games and threw two shutouts.  Schwall led the league in home runs per nine innings, giving up just eight on the entire season.  Schwall made the All Star team in 1961.  He was never quite this good again though and was traded to the Pirates after 1962 in the deal that brought Dick "Dr. Strangeglove" Stuart to Boston.
The Red Sox second-baseman also garnered some Rookie of the Year votes.  He played in 158 games, leading the league in plate appearances (738) while hitting .259/.340/.327 with 87 runs scored, 167 hits, 25 doubles, five home runs, 62 RBIs and seven stolen bases.  He drew 78 walks compared to 77 strikeouts and had a steady glove.  Schilling's bat would decline a bit the next few years, though he was always decent with the glove.  He spent all five years of his Major League career with the Red Sox.  Among other players receiving votes in 1961 was future Royals manager Dick Howser.  Oddly, Boston had another rookie in 1961 who did not receive any Rookie of the Year votes, but would be one of the greatest Red Sox of all time.  That player was Carl Yastrzemski.

DICK RADATZ: 3rd - tie
"The Monster" was an intimidating presence on the mound when he came into the game in relief.  In 1962, he finished third in the Rookie of the Year vote after leading the league in games (62), games finished (53) and saves (24).  He had a 9-6 record with a 2.24 ERA and struck out 144 batters while walking 40 in 124.2 innings pitched.  Radatz was a two-time All Star and the first true relief ace in Red Sox history.  The winner of the vote was the Yankees' Tom Tresh.

GEORGE SCOTT: 3rd - tie
"Boomer" was the Red Sox first-baseman in 1966 and led the league in a couple of dubious categories: strikeouts (152) and double plays (25), but it was definitely not all bad for him.  Scott hit .245/.324/.433 with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs.  He also had 147 hits, 73 runs scored, 18 doubles, seven triples and four stolen bases.  He was an All Star in 1966 and would be an All Star three times in his career, twice with Boston.  He was an exceptional fielder and won eight Gold Gloves, three with the Red Sox.  The winner of the Rookie of the Year was White Sox outfielder Tommie Agee.  Davey Johnson also received votes.

Finishing a distant second in the Rookie of the Year vote to future Hall of Famer Rod Carew, Smith actually had significantly better power numbers and was a more dynamic defensive player.  Carew had him beat considerably in the rate stats though.  Smith hit .246/.315/.389 with 139 hits, 78 runs scored, 24 doubles, six triples, 15 home runs, 61 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Smith would go on to make seven All Star games in his career, two with the Red Sox, and win his only Gold Glove with Boston.  He is a borderline Hall of Famer who could actually get elected if he could just get on an Eras Committee ballot.

In a fairly close vote that easily could have gone the other way, righty starter Nagy finished second to Royals outfielder and future longtime manager Lou Piniella.  Piniella had a decent, but not particularly outstanding season.  Nagy pitched in 33 games, starting 28 of them, and had a sparkling record of 12-2 with a 3.11 ERA.  He threw 196.2 innings, striking out 84, but walking 106.  Nagy completed seven games and threw a shutout.  Unfortunately, injuries curtailed his career and he never came close to these numbers again and also never threw more than 130 innings the rest of his career.

In another season without a clear winner, the smooth-fielding second-baseman Griffin finished fourth, primarily on the strength of his defense.  Indians outfielder Chris Chambliss won the award, but did not have an eye-catching season.  Griffin hit .244/.291/.319 with 23 doubles, two triples and three home runs.  He also contributed 51 runs scored, 27 RBIs and eleven stolen bases.  Griffin would be a regular for a couple more seasons and win a Gold Glove, but his hitting was not enough to keep him in the lineup.

CARLTON FISK: 1st (Unanimous)
The first American League unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year was Fisk, who was Boston's third Rookie of the Year winner.  Fisk hit .293/.370/.538 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs as Boston's catcher.  He also notched 134 hits, 28 doubles, stole five bases and led the league with nine triples.  Fisk made the All Star team, the first of eleven (seven with Boston), and won his only Gold Glove.  Fisk would go on to a Hall of Fame career, a memorable home run in the World Series, and wears a Red Sox cap on his plaque.

Like Griffin above, Burleson was primarily notable for his defense.  Unlike Griffin, Burleson could hit a little as well.  He was a dynamic offensive threat and his defense was definitely his strength, but Burleson was the quintessential guy who could do all the little things.  In 1974, he hit .284/.320/.372 with 109 hits, 36 runs scored, 22 doubles, four home runs, 44 RBIs and three stolen bases in 114 games.  Burleson would be Boston's starting shortstop through 1980 and was named to four All Star games in his career, three with Boston.  His career was derailed by injuries after 1981.  The winner in 1974 was Mike Hargrove, "The Human Rain Delay".  Future Hall of Famer Gieorge Brett finished third.

Lynn was a near-unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year (one voter split his vote).  The center-fielder was a five tool player who led the league in runs scored (103), doubles (47) and slugging percentage (.566).  He hit .331/.401/.566 with 21 home runs, 105 RBIs, ten stolen bases and had 175 hits and seven triples.  Lynn was named to the All Star team and won a Gold Glove.  It was one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time and he was the first player to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.  Lynn's career was impacted by injuries, otherwise he could have been a Hall of Famer.  He was an All Star nine times, including six with Boston, and won four Gold Gloves, all with Boston.
The aforementioned split vote had Rice appearing with his teammate on one ballot.  Rice actually had very similar numbers to Lynn, but only led him in home runs.  Rice hit .309/.350/.491 with 174 hits, 92 runs scored, 29 doubles, four triples, 22 home runs, ten stolen bases and 102 RBIs.  Rice was also not nearly as dynamic in the field and missed some time late in the season with an injury.  The biggest difference is that the best was yet to come for Rice as he would become one of the premier power threats in the league, eventually winning an MVP award himself, being named to eight All Star teams, winning two Silver Sluggers and eventually being named to the Hall of Fame.  Rice spent his entire career with the Red Sox.

1980 was the year of "Super" Joe Charboneau.  The Indians outfielder was a sensation that season, but is a great example of a rookie fluke.  Stapleton played primarily at second base in 1980 and came in second in the Rookie of the Year vote.  He topped Charboneau in batting average and hits, but nothing else.  Stapleton hit .321/.338/.463 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs, notching 144 hits, 33 doubles and 61 runs scored.  Stapleton's numbers steadily declined each season after that to the point where he was primarily a defensive replacement in his last couple of seasons.  Notably, he usually replaced Bill Buckner at first base in 1986 but was on the bench during the final innings of Game 6 of the World Series.

Gedman replaced Carlton Fisk at catcher for the Red Sox in 1981 after the team failed to tender him a contract in time.  Gedman played in just 62 games, but it was a strike-shortened season.  He hit .288/.317/.434 with five home runs and 26 RBIs and also accumulated 15 doubles, 59 hits and 22 runs scored.  Gedman would go on to be the team's primary catcher for most of the 1980's and appear in two All Star games.  The winner in 1981 was Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti, who was more of a starter at the time, but would go on to great success as a reliever.
1981 was another year Boston had two rookies garnering votes as southpaw starter Ojeda finished third in the race.  Ojeda started ten games, pitching 66.1 innings to an ERA of 3.12.  He had a record of 6-2 and struck out 28 batters while walking 25.  Among his ten games pitched were two complete games.  Ojeda would pitch a few more seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to the Mets.  He had a lengthy career and received some Cy Young consideration in 1986 with the Mets, but was never an All Star.

Boston had the 1981 batting champ at third base coming into 1982, but Carney Lansford had some injury issues and the stage was set for Boggs who came out hitting and never stopped.  Boggs finished third in the Rookie of the Year vote behind fellow future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Twins first-baseman Kent Hrbek.  Boggs did not have Ripken's or Hrbek's power, but he was a much more accomplished contact hitter, hitting .349/.406/.441 with five home runs, 14 doubles, 51 runs scored, 118 hits and 44 RBIs.  Boggs would go on to win five batting titles and post seven straight 200 hit seasons.  He was an All Star 12 times in his career, including eight times with Boston.  He won eight Silver Sluggers, six with Boston, and two Gold Gloves.  He was inducted in the Hall of Fame on his first ballot and wears a Red Sox cap on his plaque.

Clemens made his Major League debut less than a year after being drafted in the first round.  He did not pitch much in his first season, but gave some glimpses of the outstanding career he would have.  He pitched in 21 games, starting 20 of them, and had a record of 9-4 and a 4.32 ERA in 133.1 innings pitched, striking out 126 and walking 29.  He threw five complete games and one shutout.  Clemens would go on to a terrific career, winning seven Cy Young Awards (three with Boston), one MVP, and being named to eleven All Star teams, five with Boston.  Alvin Davis of the Mariners won the Rookie of the Year in 1984.
AL NIPPER: 7th - tie
Boston had another decent rookie starter in 1984 with Nipper.  Nipper appeared in more games than Clemens, pitching 29 games, with 24 starts.  He had a record of 11-6 with a 3.89 ERA in 182.2 innings, striking out 84 and walking 52.  He threw six complete games and finished three games in relief.  Nipper would not have nearly as good of a career as his rookie teammate though.  His ERA climbed each of the next three seasons and he was eventually traded in the deal that brought Lee Smith to Boston.

Greenwell had the highest batting average of any rookie in 1987, but this was the year Mark McGwire hit 49 home runs.  As a rookie.  It was a pretty easy decision.  Greenwell hit .328/.386/.570 with 19 home runs and 89 RBIs in his rookie season.  In addition, he had 135 hits, 31 doubles, six triples and five stolen bases.  Greenwell would spent his entire Major League career with the Red Sox and was an All Star twice and won a Silver Slugger.  He came in second in the MVP vote in 1988.  Oddly enough, Ellis Burks, who was also a rookie in 1987, received no votes even though he had a 20/20 season.

The only thing I can think of to explain how Reed finished third in the vote to A's shortstop Walt Weiss is that Weiss played in quite a few more games.  Reed had more runs, walks and significantly better rate stats, but played in 109 games compared to Weiss's 147.  Reed hit .293/.380/.376 with 99 hits, 60 runs scored, 23 doubles, one triple, one home run, 28 RBIs and one stolen base.  Reed spent several seasons in Boston and led the league in doubles in 1990.  He had a lengthy career, but was never an All Star.

PHIL PLANTIER: 8th - tie
Plantier played in just 53 games in 1991, but he was extremely impressive down the stretch.  He hit .331/.420/.615 with eleven home runs and 35 RBIs.  He had 49 hits, 27 doubles, a triple and a stolen base.  Of course his limited games was nowhere near enough to get him the award over the Twins Chuck Knoblauch.  Plantier was disappointing in 1992 and was traded to the Padres before the 1993 season.  He hit 34 home runs that year, but declined after that.

Boston's first round draft pick in 1991, Sele had a very good stretch run in 1993.  He came up around mid-season and pitched in 18 games, starting each one of them.  Sele had a record of 7-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 111.2 innings pitched.  He struck out 93 batters while walking 48.  Sele had a better ERA than second-place vote-getter Jason Bere, but pitched in fewer games with fewer innings.  The Angels Tim Salmon won the award though.  Sele had a 15-year career in the Majors and was an All Star twice after leaving Boston.

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA: 1st (Unanimous)
Garciaparra had one of the greatest rookie seasons in Red Sox history.  The shortstop led the league in at-bats (684), hits (209) and triples (11).  He hit .306/.342/.534 with 30 home runs, 98 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  Garciaparra also had 122 runs scored and 44 doubles.  He was also an All Star and won the Silver Slugger in his rookie season.  Garciaparra would go on to be an All Star six times, five with Boston, and win two batting titles with the Red Sox.  He is one of the best shortstops in team history, if not the best.  Unfortunately, injuries derailed his career, otherwise he would be looking at a Hall of Fame career.  He could still make it in one day.

Probably one of the most random Red Sox players to receive Rookie of the Year votes, Daubach was a 27-year-old rookie in his third organization and had once been a replacement player.  Daubach went on a tear down the stretch, which garnered him some attention and allowed him to finish fourth in the Rookie of the Year vote.  He hit .294/.360/.562 with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs.  He had 61 runs scored, 112 hits, 33 doubles and three triples.  The winner in 1999 was Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Right-fielder Nixon also received votes in 1999.  Well, one vote.  Nixon was a heralded prospect after being drafted early in the first round in 1993.  In his first extended look in the Majors, Nixon hit .270/.357/.472 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs.  He had 103 hits, 67 runs scored, 22 doubles, five triples and three stolen bases.  Nixon would be a productive member of the team for several seasons, putting up particularly good numbers from 2001-2003.

Papelbon had one of the best seasons by a Red Sox closer in his rookie season.  He could have done even better in the vote had he not been shut down in the last month of the season.  He was an All Star in 2006.  Papelbon pitched in 59 games, finishing 49 of them.  He had a record of 4-2 and saved 35 games.  Papelbon pitched 68.1 innings, giving up just seven earned runs for an ERA of 0.92.  He struck out 75 batters and walked 13.  Papelbon is one of the best closers in Red Sox history, holding the team record for career saves and was an All Star six times in his career, four times in Boston.  Papelbon finished second to unanimous winner Justin Verlander.

It was widely predicted that Boston would have the Rookie of the Year in 2007, but Pedroia was not the player that was predicted.  The second-baseman was a great fielder, but also hit a little.  Pedroia hit .317/.380/.442 in 139 games.  He had 165 hits, 86 runs scored, 39 doubles, eight home runs, 50 RBIs and seven stolen bases.  He walked 47 times, compared to 42 strikeouts.  Pedroia spent his entire career with the Red Sox and was a league MVP, went to four All Star games, won four Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger.
Matsuzaka was the player many assumed would win the Rookie of the Year in 2007.  Matsuzaka had a good year though, making 32 starts and pitching 204.2 innings with a record of 15-12 and an ERA of 4.40.  He struck out 201 and walked 80 and threw one complete game.  Matsuzaka was a highly-touted and expensive addition to the Red Sox starting rotation.  He did not really live up to the contract as injuries took their toll.  He was largely disappointing other than a really good 2008 season.
What's this?  THREE Red Sox rookies getting votes?  Okajima was signed from Japan primarily to give Matsuzaka someone on the team to relate to, but he turned into an incredibly valuable reliever.  The lefty middle reliever made it into 66 games, throwing 69 innings with a 2.22 ERA and a record of 3-2.  He saved five games and struck out 63 batters while walking just 17, remarkable considering his pitching motion ended with him looking down at the ground while he delivered the ball.  Okajima was named to the All Star team in 2007, his only such honor, but he was a reliable bullpen arm for a few years in Boston.

Ellsbury caused a sensation with his play in the last month of the 2007 season and his play in the postseason.  Expectations were high for him in 2008, his official rookie season.  He was decent, but not quite as good as expected.  Ellsbury led the league in stolen bases (50) and hit .280/.336/.394 with 155 hits, 98 runs scored, 22 doubles, seven triples, nine home runs and 47 RBIs.  The next season he would set the team record for stolen bases in a season and he would eventually make an All Star team, win a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger.  Rays third-baseman Evan Longoria won the award.

I am counting this.  Iglesias started the 2013 season with the Red Sox, but was traded at the deadline to the Tigers in the deal that brought Jake Peavy to Boston.  For the year, Iglesias hit .303/.349/.386 with three home runs, 106 hits, 16 doubles, 29 RBIs and five stolen bases while playing impressive defense at shortstop and third base.  Of the 109 games he played in 2013, 63 came in Boston, and he hit .330/.376/.409.  He would go to an All Star game and eventually return to Boston.  He is still active.  Rays outfielder Wil Myers won the award.

Holt spent most of his career as a utility player, playing every position during his career except catcher.  He was acquired by the Red Sox in a deal with the Pirates prior to the 2013 season and spent part of that season in Boston.  His official rookie season was in 2014 and he hit .281/.331/.381 with 126 hits, 68 runs scored, 23 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 29 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Holt was Boston's sole All Star in 2015 and hit for the cycle twice, including becoming the first to do so in the postseason.  He was a fan favorite.  White Sox first-baseman Jose Abreu won the Rookie of the Year.

After a great showing in 34 games in 2016, expectations were high for Benintendi in 2017.  He had a very good year, but no one expected Aaron Judge to hit 52 home runs.  Benintendi hit .271/.352/.424 with 155 hits, 84 runs scored, 26 doubles, 20 home runs, 90 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  It was the third time a Red Sox rookie had a 20/20 season.  Benintendi had a slightly better season in 2018, but seemed to decline toward the end of the season and could never really get back on track in Boston.  He has since moved on to the Royals, Yankees and now White Sox.  He was an All Star for the Royals last season and seemed to come into his own as a low-power contact hitter.  The dynamic offensive threat from 2017-2018 appears to be gone. 

Well, that was exhausting and a lot more work than I expected.  I really doubt I will do this again for the MVP vote in particular.  I might still do it for the Cy Young vote though.