98.5 The Sports Hub Facebook Followers Select Ultimate Red Sox Lineup

By Trevor Peele

The Boston Red Sox return to the postseason Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians to begin their American League Division Series. The Indians enter the series with the higher seed but due to late injuries to the pitching rotation, the Red Sox are favored to not only win the series but advance to the World Series.

So before the series is set to begin, we took to Facebook to find out the Ultimate Red Sox lineup at each position and these are the fan results.

GOAT: DAVID ORTIZ, DH (2003-Present)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 02: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox waves to fans during the pregame ceremony to honor his retirement before his last regular season home game at Fenway Park on October 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ortiz received 100 percent of the votes as the clear GOAT for the Red Sox. In his 14 season with the Red Sox, Ortiz has etched numerous memorable moments in the eyes of thousands. From his heroics of leading the Red Sox from a 0-3 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankess, to being a human wrecking ball in the 2013 World Series. Big Papi lives for October so let’s enjoy his last ride.

1. PEDRO MARTINEZ, P (1998-2004)

CLEVELAND, : Boston Red Sox Pedro Martinez is sprayed with champagne in the locker room by teammates after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 11 October 1999 in game five of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland, OH. The Red Sox defeated the Indians 12-8, to advance to the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. AFP PHOTO Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox Pedro Martinez is sprayed with champagne. (JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Martinez easily was the fan favorite taking 80 percent of the votes. In his tenure with the Red Sox, Martinez was 117-37, striking out 1,683 batters and having a 5.45 strikeout to walk ratio. This was the height of the steroid era and nobody stood a chance against Martinez. Ken Griffey Jr. was 0-12 against Pedro, Edgar Martinez was 3-25 and Frank Thomas was 4-27.

2. JASON VARITEK, C (1997-2011)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 31: Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by Adrian Gonzalez #28 after Varitek scored in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees on August 31, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Varitek, the Red Sox lifer, took 54 percent of the votes, squeaking past the 40 percent Carlton Fisk (another Red Sox great) grabbed. Varitek was a player for 15 years and was behind the plate for the Red Sox his whole career. In that career he had 193 home runs, a batting average of (.256) and 757 RBIs. He won the AL Gold Glove in 2005, selected to three All-Star games and was part of the World Series winning teams in 2004 and 2007.

3. JIMMIE FOXX, 1B (1936-1942)

Foxx, known as “Double X” or “Beast”, was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1951. In 887 games with Boston, Foxx hit 222 home runs with 788 RBIs and holding a (.320) batting average. In 1952, Foxx led the Fort Wayne Daisies to a first-place finish in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

4. DUSTIN PEDROIA, 2B (2006-Present)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Pedroia coasted in the voting, taking 77 percent while the other candidates barely broke 10 percent. Currently in his 11th season (all with the Red Sox), the four-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star has a career batting average (.301), 133 home runs and has piled up (1683) hits.

5. WADE BOGGS, 3B (1982-1992)

1989: Wade Boggs #26 of the Boston Red Sox focuses on home plate as he prepares for a play during a game in 1989. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

1989: Wade Boggs #26 of the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Boggs was the clear favorite taking 69 percent of the fan voting. In 11 season with the Red Sox, Boggs batted (.338) with 85 home runs, 687 RBIs and 1067 runs. Boggs was an eight-time All-Star with the Red Sox and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

6. NOMAR GARCIAPARRA, SS (1996-2004-Traded)

Short stop Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox makes the play against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, July 25, 2004. The Red Sox won 9-6. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images)

Short stop Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images)

Garciaparra took 61 percent of the votes. In nine years with the Red Sox, Garciaparra batted .323 with 178 home runs. In 1999 and 2000, the five-time All-Star led the American league in batting (.357) and (.372).

7. TED WILLIAMS, LF (1939-42, 1946-60)

BOSTON - CIRCA 1955: (UNDATED FILE PHOTO) Baseball legend Ted Williams (1918 - 2002) of the Boston Red Sox holds a bat circa 1955. The 83-year-old Williams, who was the last major league player to bat .400 when he hit .406 in 1941, died July 5, 2002 at Citrus County Memorial Hospital in Florida. He died of an apparent heart attack. (Photo by Getty Images)

Baseball legend Ted Williams (1918 – 2002) of the Boston Red Sox holds a bat circa 1955. (Photo by Getty Images)

Williams and his 19 season with the Red Sox racked up 64 percent of the votes. In 1943-45, Williams was one of the many baseball stars that served their country during wartime. The 19-time All-Star batted .344, hit 521 home runs, had 1839 RBIs and accumulated 2,654 hits. His uniform number (9) was retired in 1960 and he was voted in the Hall of Fame in 1966.

8. FRED LYNN, CF (1974-1980)

HOUSTON - JULY 11: Fred Lynn, former All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox smiles during the Major League Baseball Legends and Celebrity Softball Game at Minute Maid Park on July 11, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – JULY 11: Fred Lynn, former All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Lynn grabbed 52 perfect of the fan votes while the second best had 25 percent. The center fielder was rookie of the year in 1975 (only played 15 games in 1974) and also the American League MVP in the same year. He was  a six-time All-Star with Boston and received all of his Gold Glove Awards (4) while in the Red Sox uniform.

9. DWIGHT EVANS, RF (1972-1990)

BOSTON - OCTOBER 13: Former Boston Red Sox great, Dwight Evans throws out the first pitch before game three of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 13, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

BOSTON – OCTOBER 13: Former Boston Red Sox great, Dwight Evans. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Evans took the right field spot with 61 percent of the votes. Evans spent 20 years in the Majors and 19 of those were spent in Boston. The right fielder grabbed eight Gold Glove Awards and was selected to three All-Star games. He batted (.272) in the Red Sox uniform and led the league in home runs (22) in 1981.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Jody Mooney says:

    Well, where in the heck is Yaz? I can see there’s a problem with Teddy in left, but Yaz played a good number of games at first. I think he’s a better choice than Fox. Good, God. Yaz was an all-time great. He’s got to be in there.

  2. Jody Mooney says:

    Or you could just put all the outfielders together and taken the top three vote getters. Does anyone thing Yaz couldn’t have played right field. I’m sure he did at least once. I know he played center a few times. Evans was a good player, but better than Yaz? Come on.

  3. Evans is the best defensive right fielder I have seen.

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