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Top 10 Best/Worst Red Sox 3B Seasons (1961 - 2010)


Continuing our walk through the last 50 years, position by position. Today we have the "hot corner" and as you'll see the Sox have been historically good at this position.



The Numbers

Top 10 Worst 3B Seasons (by WAR)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/3B
1 2000 Alexander, Manny -0.8 -0.9 0.1 45 63
2 1965 Malzone, Frank -0.6 -0.6 0.0 70 96
3 1975 Petrocelli, Rico -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 75 113
4 1976 Hobson, Butch -0.2 0.3 -0.5 82 76
5 2001 Hillenbrand, Shea 0.0 0.2 -0.2 77 129
6 1977 Hobson, Butch 0.2 1.4 -1.2 101 159
7 1978 Hobson, Butch 0.3 1.7 -1.4 92 133
8 1980 Hoffman, Glenn 0.7 0.5 -0.2 93 110
9 2009 Lowell, Mike 0.8 1.4 -0.6 106 107
9 1999 Valentin, John 0.8 -0.3 1.1 78 111
10 2004 Mueller, Bill 1.0 1.6 -0.6 106 96

Comments: Notice that the 10th worst WAR season at 3B still managed a 1.0, that's pretty solid. 2000 was a weird year for the position with aboout 7,200 players appearing there. Alexander, a utility player (and a bad one at that) and a steroid user, topped the list of yuck. I wonder if people in the 70s called Hobson "The Butcher"? Lowell and Valentin, both good players appear here at the end of their careers and both coming off injuries. Mueller followed up a stellar season in 2003 with a not-so-stellar 2004. I remember when some Sox fans were excited about Hillenbrand.

Top 10 Worst 3B Seasons (by OPS+)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/3B
1 2000 Alexander, Manny -0.8 -0.9 0.1 45 63
2 1965 Malzone, Frank -0.6 -0.6 0.0 70 96
3 1975 Petrocelli, Rico -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 75 113
4 2001 Hillenbrand, Shea 0.0 0.2 -0.2 77 129
5 1999 Valentin, John 0.8 -0.3 1.1 78 111
6 1976 Hobson, Butch -0.2 0.3 -0.5 82 76
7 1961 Malzone, Frank 1.1 0.8 0.3 85 149
8 1964 Malzone, Frank 1.2 1.4 -0.2 86 143
9 1978 Hobson, Butch 0.3 1.7 -1.4 92 133
10 1980 Hoffman, Glenn 0.7 0.5 -0.2 93 110

Comments: Pretty much the same list as above, rearranged a bit. Even the 10th player was only 7 pts below average.

Top 10 Best 3B Seasons (by WAR)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/3B
1 1987 Boggs, Wade 9.1 8.4 0.7 173 145
2 1988 Boggs, Wade 8.7 8.5 0.2 166 151
3 1986 Boggs, Wade 8.6 7.9 0.7 156 149
4 1985 Boggs, Wade 8.5 7.7 0.8 151 161
5 1989 Boggs, Wade 8.2 6.2 2.0 142 152
6 1983 Boggs, Wade 7.6 6.9 0.7 150 153
7 2010 Beltre, Adrian 6.1 5.6 0.5 141 154
8 1991 Boggs, Wade 6.0 4.9 1.1 140 140
9 1984 Boggs, Wade 5.8 4.8 1.0 125 156
10 2003 Mueller, Bill 5.5 5.8 -0.3 140 135

Comments: Well now, what do we have here? 8+ WAR seasons are pretty rare (heck 7+ ones are), yet a certain Sox third sacker managed 5 of them - in a row. Boggs as I've state in another thread, is arguably the best player, not only on his team, but in all of baseball - in the 1980s (apologies to Henderson). He grabs 8 of the 10 spots on this list. There are 10 more seaons below Mueller of 3+ WAR with names like Valentin, Naehring, Lowell and Lansford.

Top 10 3B Seaons (by OPS+)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/3B
1 1987 Boggs, Wade 9.1 8.4 0.7 173 145
2 1988 Boggs, Wade 8.7 8.5 0.2 166 151
3 1986 Boggs, Wade 8.6 7.9 0.7 156 149
4 1985 Boggs, Wade 8.5 7.7 0.8 151 161
5 1983 Boggs, Wade 7.6 6.9 0.7 150 153
6 1989 Boggs, Wade 8.2 6.2 2.0 142 152
7 2010 Beltre, Adrian 6.1 5.6 0.5 141 154
8 1991 Boggs, Wade 6.0 4.9 1.1 140 140
9 2003 Mueller, Bill 5.5 5.8 -0.3 140 135
10 1981 Lansford, Carney 3.8 3.6 0.2 132 86

Comments: Sensing a trend here, 1987 was a travesty of epic proportions: Boggs led the league in BA/OBP and OPS and managed 9th in the MVP voting (his own teammate - Evans actually finished higer)

Raw Stats (by Year)

Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/3B
2010 Beltre, Adrian 6.1 5.6 0.5 141 154
2009 Lowell, Mike 0.8 1.4 -0.6 106 107
2008 Lowell, Mike 2.6 1.2 1.4 103 110
2007 Lowell, Mike 5.1 4.3 0.8 124 154
2006 Lowell, Mike 4.2 2.2 2.0 104 153
2005 Mueller, Bill 2.6 2.6 0.0 109 142
2004 Mueller, Bill 1.0 1.6 -0.6 106 96
2003 Mueller, Bill 5.5 5.8 -0.3 140 135
2002 Hillenbrand, Shea 3.8 3.2 0.6 105 156
2001 Hillenbrand, Shea 0.0 0.2 -0.2 77 129
2000 Alexander, Manny -0.8 -0.9 0.1 45 63
1999 Valentin, John 0.8 -0.3 1.1 78 111
1998 Valentin, John 4.6 2.6 2.0 101 153
1997 Naehring, Tim 2.1 1.8 0.3 117 70
1996 Naehring, Tim 3.5 2.5 1.0 103 116
1995 Naehring, Tim 4.4 3.7 0.7 123 124
1994 Cooper, Scott 1.9 1.0 0.9 97 104
1993 Cooper, Scott 2.8 1.7 1.1 98 154
1992 Boggs, Wade 2.2 1.9 0.3 96 117
1991 Boggs, Wade 6.0 4.9 1.1 140 140
1990 Boggs, Wade 2.8 3.6 -0.8 121 152
1989 Boggs, Wade 8.2 6.2 2.0 142 152
1988 Boggs, Wade 8.7 8.5 0.2 166 151
1987 Boggs, Wade 9.1 8.4 0.7 173 145
1986 Boggs, Wade 8.6 7.9 0.7 156 149
1985 Boggs, Wade 8.5 7.7 0.8 151 161
1984 Boggs, Wade 5.8 4.8 1.0 125 156
1983 Boggs, Wade 7.6 6.9 0.7 150 153
1982 Lansford, Carney 2.1 2.9 -0.8 114 114
1981 Lansford, Carney 3.8 3.6 0.2 132 86
1980 Hoffman, Glenn 0.7 0.5 -0.2 93 110
1979 Hobson, Butch 1.5 2.1 -0.6 106 142
1978 Hobson, Butch 0.3 1.7 -1.4 92 133
1977 Hobson, Butch 0.2 1.4 -1.2 101 159
1976 Hobson, Butch -0.2 0.3 -0.5 82 76
1975 Petrocelli, Rico -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 75 113
1974 Petrocelli, Rico 2.1 2.2 -0.1 110 116
1973 Petrocelli, Rico 2.2 1.2 1.0 100 99
1972 Petrocelli, Rico 2.4 2.9 -0.5 104 146
1971 Petrocelli, Rico 5.3 4.8 0.5 123 156
1970 Scott, George 1.6 2.0 -0.4 118 68
1969 Scott, George 1.4 1.4 0.0 95 109
1968 Foy, Joe 3.0 3.2 -0.2 96 147
1967 Foy, Joe 1.1 2.2 -1.1 113 118
1966 Foy, Joe 3.9 3.6 0.3 114 139
1965 Malzone, Frank -0.6 -0.6 0.0 70 96
1964 Malzone, Frank 1.2 1.4 -0.2 86 143
1963 Malzone, Frank 2.6 2.2 0.4 105 148
1962 Malzone, Frank 2.4 1.6 0.8 97 156
1961 Malzone, Frank 1.1 0.8 0.3 85 149
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