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Teddy Ballgame, Yaz & Big Papi: The Boston Red Sox All-Time Team

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The Starting Lineup

C     Carlton Fisk Carlton Fisk
1B     Carl Yastrzemski Carl Yastrzemski
2B     Bobby Doerr Bobby Doerr
SS     Nomar Garciaparra Nomar Garciaparra
3B     Wade Boggs Wade Boggs
LF     Ted Williams Ted Williams
CF     Tris Speaker Tris Speaker
RF     Dwight Evans Dwight Evans
DH     David Ortiz David Ortiz
Two Triple Crown winners and six Hall of Famers are featured in the Red Sox lineup, led by perhaps the greatest hitter of all-time, Ted Williams. Four players in the lineup won at least one batting crown.

The outfield is complicated, you could certainly out Yaz in left, place Williams at DH, and Big Papi at first base, or play Yaz in right, move Ortiz to first and put one of the big bats on the bench at DH, like Manny Ramirez, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Boomer Scott, or Reggie Smith. You have some flexibility, and Yaz is a great glove in the outfield.

A case can be made for Joe Cronin to be the starting shortstop, but we think Nomar was a little more of a threat with the bat, although his glove was probably not as good as Cronin's.
1.   Boggs
2.   Speaker
3.   Yastrzemski
4.   Williams
5.   Ortiz
6.   Garciaparra
7.   Evans
8.   Fisk
9.   Doerr

The Rotation

SP     Cy Young Cy Young
SP     Roger Clemens Roger Clemens
SP     Pedro Martinez Pedro Martinez
SP     Luis Tiant Luis Tiant
SP     Mel Parnell Mel Parnell

The Bullpen

RP     Jonathan Papelbon Jonathan Papelbon
RP     Bob Stanley Bob Stanley
RP     Carl Mays Carl Mays
RP     Dick Radatz Dick Radatz
RP     Tom Burgmeier Tom Burgmeier

The Bench

C     Jason Varitek Jason Varitek
1B     George Scott George Scott
2B     Dustin Pedroia Dustin Pedroia
SS     Joe Cronin Joe Cronin
LF     Manny Ramirez Manny Ramirez
LF/DH     Jim Rice Jim Rice
CF     Reggie Smith Reggie Smith
CF     Fred Lynn Fred Lynn
RF     Harry Hooper Harry Hooper