Boston Red Sox: Top 5 catchers in franchise history

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September 14, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher
September 14, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher /

Jason Varitek:1997-2011

The Captain. He spent the entirety of his 15-year big league career as a member of the Red Sox.

Though he was drafted in the first round by the Mariners, he was sent to Boston along with Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb in what would become one of the best trades in Red Sox history. During his career, he was named to the American League All-Star team three times in 2003, 2005, and 2008. He also won a Gold Glove and was awarded the Silver Slugger honor at catcher in 2005.

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In 1546 games, Tek has the most home runs, runs, RBI and runners caught stealing among Red Sox catchers. His career .994 fielding percentage is tied with Tony Pena for first among all Red Sox catchers with a minimum of 2,000 innings behind the plate, despite fielding roughly 8000 more innings at catcher than Pena. He’s also played in more postseason games than any other player in Red Sox history.

A pure winner, Varitek is one of three players ever to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League Baseball World Series. Tek won it all twice in his MLB career, most importantly as a member of the 2004 Red Sox that snapped the Curse of the Bambino. He also caught a record four no-hitters.