Many of the all-time greats have played for the Boston Red Sox
Success is often defined by winning championships. Boston captured five World Series titles within the first two decades of their existence followed by an 86-year draught. The 2004 Red Sox reversed the curse to win the first of four championships in the last two decades, more than any other franchise since the turn of the century.
The top 100 list features players from both eras but it also includes plenty of talent from the decades in between. Some of the best players in franchise history never won a championship but their production was too prolific to leave off this list.
Since our focus is on the storied history of the Red Sox, I intentionally excluded those who spent only a brief time with this franchise. We can overlook that Rickey Henderson, Tom Seaver and John Smoltz spent one season in Boston near the end of their careers. Let’s forget that the Red Sox should have kept Adrian Beltre for more than one year.
We’re sticking with the players who made a significant impact on this franchise to help earn them a spot on this top 100 list.