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25 Years of Red Sox: 1B

*Editor's Note: I've added CWAR or "Cumulative WAR" column to the table, included comments on average, above average and star season percentages, and also added more Notes under the Notes section. Enjoy

Continuing the 25 Years of Red Sox series, we move to 1B. Again we are looking from 1988-2013 and I'm including both starters and backups who appeared in at least 20 or more games at the position during the year in question. Stats that are listed are full-season stats for the Red Sox although G = Games at the position. The Data

25 Years of Red Sox: 1B

YEAR NAME G wOBA wRC+ DEF WAR CWAR
1988 Todd Benzinger 88 0.316 95 -6.7 0.4 0.4
Dwight Evans 64 0.389 142 -13.2 0.4 0.4
1989 Nick Esasky 153 0.379 135 -6.1 4.2 4.2
1990 Carlos Quintana 148 0.337 105 -3.3 1.8
1991 Carlos Quintana 138 0.357 116 -3.7 2.6
Mo Vaughn 49 0.320 92 -7.2 -0.1
1992 Mo Vaughn 85 0.325 97 -9.1 0.2
Scott Cooper 62 0.334 103 -1.7 1.2 1.2
1993 Mo Vaughn 131 0.390 134 -12.8 3.4
Carlos Quintana 53 0.274 59 -5.1 -1.1 3.3
1994 Mo Vaughn 106 0.410 140 -12.4 2.6
1995 Mo Vaughn 138 0.406 139 -2.6 5.1
1996 Mo Vaughn 146 0.422 145 -9.6 6.2
1997 Mo Vaughn 131 0.418 150 -20.8 4.0
1998 Mo Vaughn 142 0.421 151 -4.8 6.3 27.6
1999 Mike Stanley 111 0.378 121 -8.5 2.2
Brian Daubach 61 0.393 130 -9.5 2.0
2000 Brian Daubach 83 0.329 88 -4.5 0.6
Mike Stanley 39 0.326 87 -2.5 0.1 2.3
Jose Offerman 39 0.326 86 -1.2 0.4
2001 Brian Daubach 106 0.360 119 -7.4 2.0
Jose Offerman 43 0.317 90 1.5 1.4
2002 Tony Clark 85 0.251 45 -2.7 -1.5 -1.5
Brian Daubach 60 0.351 112 -18.3 0.3 4.9
Jose Offerman 41 0.296 76 -3.8 -0.1 1.7
2003 Kevin Millar 101 0.351 112 -24.2 0.4
David Ortiz 45 0.401 145 -10.9 3.2
Shea Hillenbrand 28 0.334 100 -4.7 0.4 0.4
2004 Kevin Millar 69 0.374 124 -20.0 1.4
David McCarty 67 0.321 89 -4.0 -0.1 -0.1
David Ortiz 34 0.408 147 -15.5 4.2 7.4
2005 Kevin Millar 110 0.334 100 -6.6 0.6 2.4
John Olerud 80 0.341 105 -1.0 0.4 0.4
2006 Kevin Youkilis 127 0.357 111 -6.9 2.6
J.T. Snow 26 0.272 54 -1.8 -0.4 -0.4
2007 Kevin Youkilis 135 0.374 124 -0.1 4.0
Eric Hinske 43 0.313 84 -5.2 -0.2 -0.2
2008 Kevin Youkilis 126 0.406 146 2.5 6.0
Sean Casey 45 0.343 104 -6.4 -0.1 -0.1
2009 Kevin Youkilis 78 0.413 147 1.9 5.8
Casey Kotchman 29 0.262 47 2.6 0.0 0.0
Jeff Bailey 23 0.332 93 0.8 0.4 0.4
2010 Kevin Youkilis 101 0.419 159 -6.3 4.0 22.4
Mike Lowell 43 0.299 78 -3.2 -0.4 -0.4
2011 Adrian Gonzalez 156 0.407 155 -0.2 6.3
2012 Adrian Gonzalez 115 0.348 116 1.4 2.6 8.9
James Loney 28 0.253 51 2.1 -0.1 -0.1
2013 Mike Napoli 131 0.367 129 -0.6 3.9 3.9
Mike Carp 29 0.382 139 -7.9 1.2 1.2

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Top Overall Seasons: When looking at WAR, there is a tie at the top with Gonzalez's 2011 and Mo Vaughn's 1998 which both come in a 6.3. Vaughn also eclipsed the 6 wAR mark in 1996 with 6.2, while Youk put up an even 6.0 in 2008.

Top Offensive Seasons: By wRC+ standards, the Sox have had some pretty solid seasons put up by their 1B. This is not a huge surprise considering 1B is typically an offensive position first and foremost. There have been 4 seasons of 150+ wRC+ from primary starters led by Youkilis' 159 in 2010 and followed by Adrian Gonzalez's 155 in 2011 and Mo Vaughn's 1998 and 1997 marks of 151 and 150 respectively.

Top Defensive Seasons: Youkilis' 2008/2009 stands out as does Gonzalez's 2011/2012 stint. Napoli did himself justice with the glove as well this year. Man we've had some butchers at 1B in year's past (more on that later)

Worst Overall Season: Hard to look past 2002. The Sox went out and signed Tony Clark for his power and glove and he proceeded to post a -1.5 WAR across 85 games, Brian Daubach and Jose Offerman (or "Awfulman" as we liked to call him) managed a 0.2 WAR in limited time at the position giving 2002 an overall -1.3 value.

Worst Defensive Player: Mo Vaughn was not a great defender by any means at 1B at least by the stats, but even with a -20.8 Def season under his belt, he looks like John Olerud when compared to Kevin Millar. Millar played the position with an iron glove. Brian Daubach might have been just as bad but appeared in way less games than Millar.

Top Backup: This is a very tough call as most teams do not have dedicated "backups" for 1B. Mike Carp's offensive output stands out this year and John Olerud was probably the best defensive 1B that the Sox have had over the past 25 years, so maybe some combo of those guys? John-Mike Olecarp.

Average Seasons (Defined as 2.0+ WAR by the primary starter): 18 of 25 (72%)

Above Average Seasons (Defined as 4.0+ WAR by the primary starter): 9 of 25 (36%)

Star Seasons (Defined as 6.0+ WAR by the primary starter): 4 of 25 (16%)

Notes: My favorite Sox player of all time ekes his way onto the list as a part-time 1B in 1988. A few players on this list will be seen again, namely Offerman (2B), Lowell (3B) and Ortiz (DH)

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Top Red Sox 1B of the Past 25 Years: Mo Vaughn

This was much closer than the call at Catcher. Vaughn posted 27.6 WAR over his 8 Red Sox seasons compared to Kevin Youkilis at 22.4 WAR. Youkilis was clearly better with the glove but Vaughn's bat and consistency gets him the ever so slight nod. An easy argument could be made for Youkilis of course.

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