In addition to the all time greats who have played for the Red Sox are many players who were great but underrated. Here are five of the best.
Any team that’s been around for as long as the Boston Red Sox has had plenty of great players pass through, players who have become legends and franchise icons. Many of them transcended the team and became all time greats who ended up in Cooperstown. The names are known by Sox fans old and young alike and will be forever.
Beyond those greats is a sub-tier of players who were excellent in their own right; perhaps not good enough to merit induction into the Hall of Fame, but still worthy of praise and remembrance. However, being around for as long as the Red Sox have, there’s yet another sub-classification within this tier of players: those who were really good but are underrated.
The passage of time tends to diminish the talents and contributions of these underrated, underappreciated players, but fans with a deep appreciation of Red Sox history fondly remember these players. This article will is an appreciation of five of the best and most underrated players in franchise history.
(If you feel like some deserving players have been left off, don’t worry…there will be a second part of this article in the future!)
In no particular order, let’s begin.