Red Sox: Top 5 First Basemen in franchise history
By Mike El-Far
The BoSox Injection staff ranks the top players in Boston Red Sox history at each position. We continue with first basemen.
In 2017, the Boston Red Sox will be starting the season with a possible platoon. The emergence of Hanley Ramirez as a viable first baseman in 2016, and the offseason signing of Mitch Moreland points to both players swapping between first base and DH.
But, neither player will make this list. Realistically, Hanley has an outside shot to crack the top 5 if he can continue his great production he had a year ago.
Also, while David Ortiz is one of the greatest players to ever play for the Red Sox, he is not a first basemen. Ortiz has played a total of 146 games at first in Boston. Putting him on this list would be leaving a well-qualified player off.
Boston has had a surprisingly rich history of first basemen. Some players are well-known by even the most casual fan, while some might shock die-hards. But one thing has remained constant with the 5 players that are on the list: all of them have been great contributors to the Red Sox.