MLB - AL EAST
Stadium: Fenway Park
Manager: Alex Cora
2021-2022 TEAM LEADERS
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox team has a long history, with their best years coming back in the club’s early years in the 1900s and 1910s. But they have also found success in the 2000s and 2010s.
The team is coming off a good 2021 season, where they went 92-70 and made it to the postseason. The Red Sox would go on to the A.L. Championship Series against the Houston Astros but would come up short against them.
The Red Sox have been bumpy since their 2018 World Series win, missing the postseason in 2019 and 2020. The 2021 season proved to be a bounce-back year for them, but can they keep that momentum going into 2022, or will they fall short as they have in the two years before their postseason run in 2021?
With all the trade rumors around Boston for 2022, only time will tell if they can make it back to the postseason and into the World Series again.
Boston Red Sox History
The Boston Red Sox team was founded in 1901 but was known as the Boston Americans from 1901 to 1907. It wasn’t until the start of the 1908 season that Boston would be renamed the Red Sox.
The team was usually in the postseason mix during the Red Sox’s early years, also known as The Golden Era. From 1901 to 1920, the Red Sox would appear in six World Series, winning five of them. But at the end of the 1919 season, the Red Sox would sell their best player to their rival, the New York Yankees.
On December 26th, 1919, the Red Sox would sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The Red Sox would then go on to the most prolonged championship droughts of the time, dubbed by many as the Curse of the Bambino. Whether the selling away of Ruth cursed the team is up for debate, but his sell was considered one of the worse moves in baseball history.
2022 Key Stats
With a good 2021 in the books for the Red Sox, they will be looking to build on the momentum from last year. With some changes to the hitting coach and assistants, the Red Sox are looking at fresh faces with a team that ranked third in batting average and 10th in home runs for the 2021 season. The stakes will be high for these new hitting coaches in Boston.
The Red Sox have also made some moves during the offseason, re-signing catcher Kevin Plawecki who had an on-base percentage of .738 during the 2021 season.
They also signed starting pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal. Hill played for the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Mets during the 2021 season. He would start 13 games with the Mets, having a 1-4 record and 3.84 ERA.
With the Rays, he would start 19 games with a 6-4 record and 3.87 ERA.
Championships Won by the Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are no strangers to championships. Since 1901, the Red Sox have won nine World Series titles, 14 A.L. Pennants, and won the A.L. East Division title 10 times.
The bulk of the Red Sox’s World Series wins came in the early years of their existence. Their first five titles came in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918. It would be 86 years before the Red Sox would win another World Series.
After winning the World Series in 2004, the Red Sox would win the title in 2007, 2013, and 2018.
The Red Sox’s also have the third most A.L. Pennants won by a team to date with 14. The Red Sox won the A.L. Pennant in 1903, 1904, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1946, 1967, 1975, 1986, 2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018.
With the team’s last four A.L. Pennant wins, they also went on to win the World Series.
Important Team Events
The Red Sox have a Patriots’ Day game every year. For the 2022 season, the Red Sox will play this morning game on April 18th against the Minnesota Twins. Another notable event will be the matchups between the Red Sox and their rival, the Yankees. These two teams will meet for six series against each other.
The first series will start in New York from April 7-10th. The next series will be at Fenway Park from July 8-10th. From there, they will have series from July 15-17th, August 12-14th, September 13-14th, and finish their series from September 22-25th.
The Opening Day game for the Red Sox will be at home against division rival Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox will play this game on March 31st.
The last notable event for the Red Sox in the 2022 season is their games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Their games at Wrigley will be the first time since 2012 that Boston has played at the field.
There is no player more famous than Babe Ruth when it comes to the Red Sox. He may be known for his time in New York, but he was with the Red Sox first and won three World Series titles with the team before being sold to the Yankees.
The deal would later give birth to the superstition of the Curse of the Bambino, which saw the Red Sox go 86 without a World Series win.
Cy Young is another famous Red Sox player. Although he only played for Boston for seven years, his only World Series win was with Boston back in 1903. Cy Young held many records as a player, some of which haven’t been broken yet.
Young was such a stable in baseball that in 1956 MLB created the Cy Young Award for the best pitcher during the regular season.
Other favorite Red Sox players of the past include Ted Williams, David “Big Papi” Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Johnny Damon.
The 2022 season will see the return of Alex Cora as their manager. He led the Red Sox to the A.L. Division Championship game in 2021 but would fall short to the Houston Astros. Also coming back is Cora’s number two in command, bench coach/outfield instructor Will Venable.
The Red Sox have also promoted assistant hitting coach Peter Fatse to hitting coach for the 2022 season. Fatse has been with the team as the assistant in that position since 2020. Luis Ortiz and Ben Rosenthal will take over Fatse’s old position as an assistant.
Rosenthal is entirely new to Red Sox organization, while Ortiz is a former Red Sox player from back in the 1990s. Rosenthal is completely new to coaching in the majors, while Ortiz has been a coach for major league teams since 2017. The new assistants to Fatse may take some time to get used to the Red Sox system already in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
The last World Series win for the Red Sox came in 2018.
The Red Sox would go 86 years before winning another World Series title, the longest drought for any MLB team at that time.
The New York Yankees are the biggest rivals of the Red Sox.
Rodger Clemens holds the record for the number of strikeouts while playing for the Red Sox with 2,590 strikeouts as a Red Sox.
37 players that have played for the Red Sox are in the MLB Hall of Fame. However, only ten players have the Red Sox as their primary team listed in the Hall of Fame.