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Boston Red Sox Top 5 Shortstops of All-Time

Here are my top 5 Boston Red Sox shortstop of all-time. Like all lists at The Baseball Scholar, this is based on seasons from 1901 and after. If a player played for a franchise prior to 1901 those seasons (and his age during those seasons) will be listed but his stats during those seasons will not be listed nor will they be factored into his ranking. For a player to be eligible he had to have at least 1,500 plate appearances. Lastly, players are only eligible for one position so if they played multiple positions for a franchise they will be listed at the position I feel they had the most success. If you think I missed someone or have them in the wrong order, comment below.


  1. Nomar Garciaparra
    • Age: 22 – 30
    • Years: 1996 – 2004

    Nomar Garciaparra
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    41.2 134 966 4345 3968 709 1281 279 50 178 690 84 28 279 406 .323 .374 .553 .927

  2. Rico Petrocelli
    • Age: 20, 22 – 33
    • Years: 1963, 1965 – 1976

    Rico Petrocelli
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    39.0 108 1553 6170 5390 653 1352 237 22 210 773 10 22 661 926 .251 .334 .420 .754

  3. John Valentin
    • Age: 25 – 34
    • Years: 1992 – 2001

    John Valentin
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    32.1 111 991 4269 3709 596 1043 266 17 121 528 47 31 441 487 .281 .361 .460 .821

  4. Johnny Pesky
    • Age: 23, 27 – 33
    • Years: 1942, 1946 – 1952

    Johnny Pesky
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    30.5 114 1029 4760 4085 776 1277 196 46 13 361 48 39 581 189 .313 .395 .393 .788

  5. Joe Cronin
    • Age: 28 – 38
    • Years: 1935 – 1945

    Joe Cronin
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    29.6 122 1134 4584 3892 645 1168 270 44 119 737 31 34 585 408 .300 .386 .484 .870

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