Who were the best rookies in the history of the Boston Red Sox? Here is a breakdown of the best rookies in franchise history at each position.
Who were the greatest rookie players in Boston Red Sox history? A few actually won the Rookie of the Year Award (ROY) and many others didn’t for the simple fact there was no award.
To determine who had that best introductory season, I’ll abide by the current rules that have fewer than 130 at-bats and for pitchers less than 50 innings. That reduces the competition by eliminating players such as Mookie Betts who put in half a season.
Certain positions have an abundance of players who deserve and a few positions are rather barren such as catcher. In other situations, a player may have played well under the number of games on the schedule, but made enough of an impact to get the notoriety.
Some of the rookies used the beginning as a springboard to incredible careers with a few being fortunate enough to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Others were traded or saw careers shortened with injuries or fading performances.