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Top 10 Best/Worst Red Sox 1B Seasons (1961-2010)

Continuing the series of looking at the best and worst of the past 50 years by position, we move to the FirstBase spot. Using Baseball-Reference and a little Excel magic, I'll be looking at the Top 10 Best and Worst seasons by both WAR and OPS+

* To qualify for the season a player had to have played the most games at that location for the team for that season


Number after the Jump

Top 10 Worst 1B Seasons (by WAR)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/1B
1 1968 Scott, George -2.9 -2.8 -0.1 39 112
2 1983 Stapleton, Dave -1.7 -1.6 -0.1 76 145
3 1969 Jones, Dalton -1.6 -1.3 -0.3 70 81
4 2002 Clark, Tony -1.3 -1.7 0.4 47 85
5 1984 Buckner, Bill -0.7 -0.1 -0.6 97 113
6 1986 Buckner, Bill -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 97 138
7 1977 Scott, George -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 114 157
8 1992 Vaughn, Mo -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 98 85
9 1988 Benzinger, Todd -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 95 85
10 1980 Perez, Tony -0.1 0.5 -0.6 108 137

Comments: Some noticeable names on here: Clark, Buckner, Perez. Buckner was a pretty terrrible 1Bman in the mid 80s, not to mention one particular play. Vaughn appears here as a youngster and he'll make more appearances just on diferent lists. I will always remember Berman's nicknames and Todd "Mercedes" Benzinger holds a special place in my memory.

Top 10 Worst 1B Seasons (by OPS+)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/1B
1 1968 Scott, George -2.9 -2.8 -0.1 39 112
2 2002 Clark, Tony -1.3 -1.7 0.4 47 85
3 1969 Jones, Dalton -1.6 -1.3 -0.3 70 81
4 1983 Stapleton, Dave -1.7 -1.6 -0.1 76 145
5 1978 Scott, George 1.5 1.3 0.2 83 113
6 1972 Cater, Danny 0.8 0.3 0.5 85 90
7 1982 Stapleton, Dave 0.3 -0.3 0.6 86 106
8 2000 Daubach, Brian 0.2 -0.5 0.7 88 83
9 1988 Benzinger, Todd -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 95 85
10 1984 Buckner, Bill -0.7 -0.1 -0.6 97 113
10 1986 Buckner, Bill -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 97 138
10 1981 Perez, Tony 0.2 0.1 0.1 97 56

Comments: Tony Clark, coming off of some nice seaons with Detroit was brought in to display some power - Whoops!. Of course he then goes on to have some nice seasons with Arizona. Billy Buck - not so great with the bat.

Top 10 Best 1B Seasons (by WAR)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/1B
1 1970 Yastrzemski, Carl 9.1 8.2 0.9 177 94
2 2009 Youkilis, Kevin 6.4 5.6 0.8 145 78
3 2008 Youkilis, Kevin 6.0 4.8 1.2 143 125
4 1998 Vaughn, Mo 5.7 5.3 0.4 153 142
5 1996 Vaughn, Mo 5.6 5.5 0.1 150 146
6 1973 Yastrzemski, Carl 5.0 4.1 0.9 139 107
7 1987 Evans, Dwight 4.9 5.8 -0.9 156 79
8 2010 Youkilis, Kevin 4.8 4.4 0.4 158 101
9 1967 Scott, George 4.4 3.7 0.7 138 152
10 2007 Youkilis, Kevin 4.3 3.2 1.1 117 135

Comments: Yaz spent 1970 bouncing around positionally, but put up a dominating season. Youk appears here 4 times and takes the #2 and #3 spot. Dewey put up a nice season in 87 after a move from the outfield.

Top 10 Best 1B Seasons (by OPS+)

# Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/1B
1 1970 Yastrzemski, Carl 9.1 8.2 0.9 177 94
2 2010 Youkilis, Kevin 4.8 4.4 0.4 158 101
3 1987 Evans, Dwight 4.9 5.8 -0.9 156 79
4 1998 Vaughn, Mo 5.7 5.3 0.4 153 142
5 1997 Vaughn, Mo 3.4 4.7 -1.3 152 131
6 1996 Vaughn, Mo 5.6 5.5 0.1 150 146
7 1979 Watson, Bob 2.4 2.6 -0.2 148 58
8 1994 Vaughn, Mo 2.4 3.1 -0.7 146 106
9 2009 Youkilis, Kevin 6.4 5.6 0.8 145 78
10 1995 Vaughn, Mo 4.2 3.6 0.6 144 138

The List

Year Player WAR oWAR dWAR OPS+ G/1B
2010 Youkilis, Kevin 4.8 4.4 0.4 158 101
2009 Youkilis, Kevin 6.4 5.6 0.8 145 78
2008 Youkilis, Kevin 6.0 4.8 1.2 143 125
2007 Youkilis, Kevin 4.3 3.2 1.1 117 135
2006 Youkilis, Kevin 2.2 2.2 0.0 106 127
2005 Millar, Kevin 1.2 1.1 1.0 98 110
2004 Millar, Kevin 2.0 2.7 -0.7 117 78
2003 Millar, Kevin 0.7 1.3 -0.6 110 101
2002 Clark, Tony -1.3 -1.7 0.4 47 85
2001 Daubach, Brian 1.9 1.8 0.1 122 106
2000 Daubach, Brian 0.2 -0.5 0.7 88 83
1999 Stanley, Mike 1.6 1.7 -0.1 115 111
1998 Vaughn, Mo 5.7 5.3 0.4 153 142
1997 Vaughn, Mo 3.4 4.7 -1.3 152 131
1996 Vaughn, Mo 5.6 5.5 0.1 150 146
1995 Vaughn, Mo 4.2 3.6 0.6 144 138
1994 Vaughn, Mo 2.4 3.1 -0.7 146 106
1993 Vaughn, Mo 3.3 3.5 -0.2 139 131
1992 Vaughn, Mo -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 98 85
1991 Quintana, Carlos 2.3 2.0 0.3 114 138
1990 Quintana, Carlos 1.2 0.7 0.5 103 148
1989 Esasky, Nick 3.4 3.1 0.3 133 153
1988 Benzinger, Todd -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 95 85
1987 Evans, Dwight 4.9 5.8 -0.9 156 79
1986 Buckner, Bill -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 97 138
1985 Buckner, Bill 0.9 0.7 0.2 106 162
1984 Buckner, Bill -0.7 -0.1 -0.6 97 113
1983 Stapleton, Dave -1.7 -1.6 -0.1 76 145
1982 Stapleton, Dave 0.3 -0.3 0.6 86 106
1981 Perez, Tony 0.2 0.1 0.1 97 56
1980 Perez, Tony -0.1 0.5 -0.6 108 137
1979 Watson, Bob 2.4 2.6 -0.2 148 58
1978 Scott, George 1.5 1.3 0.2 83 113
1977 Scott, George -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 114 157
1976 Yastrzemski, Carl 2.6 2.0 0.6 120 94
1975 Yastrzemski, Carl 2.7 2.0 0.7 111 150
1974 Yastrzemski, Carl 4.0 4.4 -0.4 140 84
1973 Yastrzemski, Carl 5.0 4.1 0.9 139 107
1972 Cater, Danny 0.8 0.3 0.5 85 90
1971 Scott, George 2.7 1.4 1.3 107 143
1970 Yastrzemski, Carl 9.1 8.2 0.9 177 94
1969 Jones, Dalton -1.6 -1.3 -0.3 70 81
1968 Scott, George -2.9 -2.8 -0.1 39 112
1967 Scott, George 4.4 3.7 0.7 138 152
1966 Scott, George 2.7 1.2 1.5 107 158
1965 Thomas, Lee 1.9 2.0 -0.1 128 127
1964 Stuart, Dick 0.1 1.2 -1.1 118 155
1963 Stuart, Dick 1.4 2.2 -0.8 126 155
1962 Runnels, Pete 3.5 3.4 0.1 130 151
1961 Runnels, Pete 1.6 1.6 0.0 116 113

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