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2017 Red Sox preview: Who will be the best clutch performer?

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Basically, who is the real David Ortiz replacement?

ALCS: Yankees v Red Sox Game 5 Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Here is number six in our series of eight superlatives, and this might be the most difficult to predict. Today, we are voting on the best clutch performer. This, of course, has a special place in Red Sox fans’ hearts, since this has forever belonged to David Ortiz. Whether you believe he is the best DH of all time, he is a Hall of Famer, or if clutch is even a real thing, no one came through in big moments more often than David Ortiz.

Of course, as we all know he is retired now, and someone else will have to step up for the Red Sox this year. There is literally no way of knowing who this will be, and I’m honestly not sure that there is a way to objectively decide who will be clutch in any given season. There’s probably an analytical process using lineup position and such, but I went on gut feel when I made pick. Anyway, I’ve included every hitter that’s expected to play something of a role this year below.

Poll

Who will be Boston’s clutch performer in 2017?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Andrew Benintendi
    (50 votes)
  • 37%
    Mookie Betts
    (145 votes)
  • 5%
    Xander Bogaerts
    (21 votes)
  • 2%
    Jackie Bradley
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Marco Hernandez
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brock Holt
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Sandy Leon
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Mitch Moreland
    (5 votes)
  • 12%
    Dustin Pedroia
    (47 votes)
  • 17%
    Hanley Ramirez
    (67 votes)
  • 5%
    Pablo Sandoval
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Sam Travis
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Christian Vazquez
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Chris Young
    (5 votes)
383 votes total Vote Now