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25 Years of Red Sox: DH

After taking a break from this series, I am back with the DH spot. Initially I thought about skipping this, but in deference to Big Papi I went ahead and ran the numbers.....and I probably should have just skipped it and penciled in the big fella as you will see below. I'll be honest in the fact that I took some liberties with this list as it was difficult finding games played at DH. I've only included one player at the position, I did not include defensive stats although the listed WAR has some buried in their if the player found themselves in the field at any point which many did. Some years so many players were rifled through the DH position that it may seem odd in terms of games played (ex: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002)

For those looking to catch-up on the series here are the links to the previous FanPosts:

C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF

The Data

25 Years of Red Sox: DH

YEAR NAME G wOBA wRC+ DEF WAR CWAR
1988 Jim Rice 135 0.331 104 0.0 0.7 0.7
1989 Danny Heep 113 0.339 109 0.0 0.6 0.6
1990 Dwight Evans 123 0.334 104 0.0 0.4 0.4
1991 Jack Clark 140 0.376 129 0.0 2.4
1992 Jack Clark 81 0.312 88 0.0 -0.3 2.1
1993 Andre Dawson 121 0.323 91 0.0 -0.4
1994 Andre Dawson 75 0.310 77 0.0 -0.7 -1.1
1995 Jose Canseco 102 0.399 135 0.0 2.5 2.5
1996 Reggie Jefferson 122 0.414 140 0.0 1.9
1997 Reggie Jefferson 136 0.360 112 0.0 1.1
1998 Reggie Jefferson 62 0.385 128 0.0 0.9
1999 Reggie Jefferson 83 0.336 94 0.0 0.0 3.9
2000 Scott Hatteburg 92 0.351 103 0.0 0.1 0.1
2001 Dante Bichette 107 0.337 103 0.0 0.5 0.5
2002 Carlos Baerga 73 0.304 81 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 David Ortiz 128 0.401 145 0.0 3.2
2004 David Ortiz 150 0.408 147 0.0 4.2
2005 David Ortiz 159 0.418 157 0.0 5.1
2006 David Ortiz 151 0.427 157 0.0 5.3
2007 David Ortiz 149 0.449 175 0.0 6.2
2008 David Ortiz 109 0.372 124 0.0 1.8
2009 David Ortiz 150 0.342 100 0.0 0.0
2010 David Ortiz 145 0.382 134 0.0 2.4
2011 David Ortiz 146 0.407 154 0.0 3.9
2012 David Ortiz 90 0.425 170 0.0 2.9
2013 David Ortiz 137 0.400 152 0.0 3.8 38.8

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Top Offensive Seasons: By wRC+ Ortiz manged the 1st (2007), 2nd (2012), 3rd/4th (2005-2006) and 5th (2011) highest marks. Oh yeah and the 6th, 7th and 8th to boot.

Top Overall Seasons: By WAR, again its Big Papi with a 6.2 mark in 07, 5.3 in 06 and 5.1 in 05.

Worst Season(s): With apologies to Andre Dawson the overall player, he should have probably just ended his career prior to coming to Boston. In 1993, the aging Dawson was brought in to do nothing but hit and he managed to not do so well at that. Honorable mention to Jack Clark's 1992 attempt.

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Top Red Sox DH of the Past 25 Years: David Ortiz

As if there was any doubt whatsoever, the table above sings a pretty clear tune. Ortiz, who is arguably the best DH overall across the past 25 years, managed 38.8 WAR from a position where he gets no gains from defensive value. While many teams are scraping by using the DH hole to extend careers or to get guys playing time, etc. Ortiz has been a luxury item for the Sox. The Sox teams of the late 80's/90's went through many years trying to trot out the corpses of stars past (Rice, Dawson, Clark, Canseco, Bichette) but one shrewd move during the off-season of 2002 changed all that....3 World Series later and a "This is our F*%cking City" we may never know the true impact.

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