Red Sox: Worst pitchers in franchise history
By Rick McNair
The Boston Red Sox have had a history of some awful pitchers and here are a few that I remember. Some may have been a success, but only elsewhere.
The travels continue as I explore the worst pitchers I ever saw in a Red Sox uniform. Statistically, they may have had others who simply were more atrocious on the atrocious scale, but there is something that sets these special inductees apart. Maybe it was style? Maybe the fact that every time I saw them something bad was in the works?
The Red Sox have an extensive list to draw candidates from and I will avoid going into the history of the team – especially the 1920s. From the mid-1950s on a cornucopia of dysfunctional pitching exists. Fortunately, as the Red Sox become more competitive a weaning process takes place where incompetence usually results in a quick exit from the roster.
Some that I mentioned had respectable careers, but it was elsewhere. Boston often became the last port of call for hanging on in “The Show.” The 1960s are especially a robust time period for selecting less than talented mound artist – I could have cherry picked many from 1961-66.
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As with other “worst lists,” this as purely subjective, but some of the statistics certainly give a clear indication of why they are being “honored.” I am sure some have escaped my notice and others can gladly fill in the appropriate blanks.