The latest generation of Red Sox stars in the 2010s have helped the team win four division titles and two more World Series. Here are their ten best players from the decade.
After winning two World Series in the first decade of the twenty-first century, in 2004 and 2007, the Red Sox hit a bit of a dry spell. They just barely missed out on getting back to the World Series in 2008 before a steady decline that culminated with the rock-bottom 2012 season. However, that was also the moment the team had a bit of a rebirth.
Expectations were low heading into 2013 before the Red Sox surprised all of us by finishing in first place and winning the most unexpected World Series in history. A couple of last place finishes followed, but during that time the next generation of homegrown stars blossomed and were promoted to the big leagues to help the team in their next phase.
That next phase led to three straight division-winning seasons and another World Series victory as well as the greatest individual season in franchise history.
Some of the players on this list also appeared on the list of best players from the 2000s because they deserved to be recognized in both decades. Others will show up here after being left off of the previous list because they fit better here due to their accomplishments.
As usual, let’s begin in no particular order.