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Red Sox: Top-5 shortstops in franchise history

Jul 16, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) grounds into fielders choice to shortstop allowing a runner to score during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) grounds into fielders choice to shortstop allowing a runner to score during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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John Valentin: 1992-2001

The predecessor to Nomar Garciaparra, John Valentin played 991 games for the Red Sox and is third among shortstops in career fWAR (31.2).

On July 8th, 1994, Valentin became the 10th player in MLB history to turn an unassisted triple play during a game against the Seattle Mariners. During the 1996 season, Valentin hit for the cycle while battling with Garciaparra for the starting role.

His best season came in 1995 when he hit .298 with 27 home runs and 102 RBI. His performance that season earned him the Silver Slugger award at shortstop in the American League. In 10 seasons with the Red Sox, Valentin hit .281/.361/.460 with 121 home runs and 1043 hits.