We want more, we want more: Red Sox in position for multiple titles

Xander Bogaerts Red Sox
Xaner Bogaerts played a key role for the Red Sox this postseason. Credit: Getty Images

Winning a championship in any sport is obviously extremely tough, but with all the free agent movement, trades, etc., maintaining a winning baseball team over the course of multiple seasons is difficult. After a championship in 2004, the Sox lost in the divisional round in 2005 and missed the playoffs altogether in 2006. The holdovers from the 2007 title team made it back to the Championship round in 2008. But the Sox began a downward trend from there, getting swept out of the ALDS by the Angels in 2009 before missing the playoffs in three consecutive years.

The coming seasons for the Red Sox are set up to be just as good as this year’s as going into next season, the team retains a group of young, talented players ready and willing to step up.

“We had a good core. We had seven free agent acquisitions and we had a young player or two who came up and contributed like [Brandon] Workman, [Xander] Bogaerts and [Jackie] Bradley Jr. early in the year. It was the perfect blend of young, medium and old,” Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino said.

After starting the season with Double-A Portland, Bogaerts and Workman had the biggest impacts, as in their rookie seasons Bogaerts became the starting third baseman for the last two games of the ALCS, carrying through the World Series, while Workman was a guy manager John Farrell depended on coming out of the bullpen.


Bogaerts was called up on Aug. 30 and hit .250 with five RBIs in 18 regular season games. He then excelled in the playoffs, showing no signs of being a 21-year-old rookie, as he always stayed patient at the plate. In 27 postseason at-bats, he hit .296 with an on-base percentage of .412, playing a significant role in capturing the World Series title.

With a need in the starting rotation, Workman was called up on July 10 and started three games before moving to the bullpen for the remainder of the season. In 20 appearances he finished 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA. Like Bogaerts, his youth didn’t show much in the postseason as in 8.2 innings he didn’t allow an earned run, pitching in some high leverage situations.

There are also a number of talented prospects up and coming in the system, including pitchers Drake Britton, Allen Webster, Matt Barnes, Henry Owens, Anthony Ranaudo and position players Garin Cecchini and Mookie Betts, some of whom could be part of the next great Red Sox team.

“I think it’s noteworthy we had this success while still preserving the core and the strength of our farm system,” Lucchino said. “We didn’t mortgage the future to win this year and I think that is noteworthy and I give Ben Cherington great credit for that. Yes, it does set up well for the future.”

Follow Metro Red Sox beat writer Ryan Hannable on Twitter @Hannable84



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.