May 21, 2024

Purple Sox

From crew legends to one-year leases, the Purple Sox are well-represented on this yr’s poll.

Manny Ramirez (proper) is on the Corridor of Fame poll for his eighth season. Barry Chin/Globe Workers

The 2024 MLB Corridor of Fame Poll was launched on Monday, and Purple Sox followers are positive to acknowledge most of the names on that checklist.

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Headlining this checklist of proficient Purple Sox gamers is outfielder Manny Ramírez, the one returning candidate on the poll to play in Boston. Ramírez is without doubt one of the most widely-respected figures in Purple Sox historical past, as he helped them win the World Collection in 2004 and 2007.

Ramírez performed in Boston from 2001-2008, and he batted .312/.411/.585 with 274 house runs and 868 RBIs whereas he wore a Purple Sox jersey. In that eight-year stretch, he gained six straight Silver Slugger Awards (2001-06), made the All-Star Recreation in every full season he spent in Boston, and completed as excessive as third place (2004) in MVP voting.

That is Ramírez’s eighth yr on the poll, primarily on account of his reported use of performance-enhancing medicine throughout his taking part in profession.

Along with Ramírez, 5 former Purple Sox gamers seem on the Corridor of Fame poll. These 5 gamers are making their poll debuts this yr, permitting writers the chance to vote for them for the very first time.

Adrián Beltré signed a one-year contract with the Purple Sox in 2010, which started what was arguably the very best season in his profession as much as that time. He made his first All-Star look, gained a Silver Slugger Award and completed ninth in MVP voting after a season by which he batted .321/.365/.553 with 28 house runs, 102 RBIs and an MLB-leading 49 doubles.

Like Beltré, first baseman Adrián González arguably performed the very best baseball of his life at that time in a Purple Sox uniform. González was traded to the Purple Sox after the 2010 season ended, and he completed the 2011 season batting .338/.410/.548 with 27 house runs, 117 RBIs and an MLB-leading 213 hits. It was essentially the most adorned season of González’s profession, as he made his fourth All-Star crew, gained each Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and completed seventh in MVP voting earlier than the season ended.

Regardless of his accomplishments, González performed simply one other half-season in Boston, batting .300/.343/.469 with 15 house runs and 86 RBIs earlier than he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2012. 

Infielder Brandon Phillips completed his lengthy MLB profession with the Purple Sox in 2018, the yr they gained the World Collection. Phillips solely performed in 9 video games with the Purple Sox and is remembered extra fondly for his time in Cincinnati, however he’s identified all through Boston as being the primary particular person in franchise historical past to put on No. 0 and for his go-ahead house run within the ninth inning towards the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 5 of that yr.

Catcher and first baseman Víctor Martínez was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on the 2009 MLB Commerce Deadline, and he completed that yr batting .336/.405/.507 with eight house runs and 41 RBIs in a Purple Sox uniform. Martínez made the All-Star crew the next yr and batted .302/.351/.493 earlier than signing with the Detroit Tigers that winter.

Pitcher Bartolo Colón performed with the Purple Sox in 2008, pitching to a 3.92 ERA and a 1.385 WHIP in seven begins earlier than the Purple Sox suspended him for leaving the crew to go to the Dominican Republic with out returning. Colón is most identified for his accomplishments with different groups he performed for in his lengthy profession, together with profitable the Cy Younger Award whereas pitching for the Anaheim Angels in 2005.