The Boston Red Sox franchise has a storied history in Major League Baseball, filled with some of the sport’s best players.
They are tied for ninth in baseball with 11 players inducted to the Hall of Fame.
With fan favorite David Ortiz approaching the beginning of his candidacy, the Red Sox can expect another addition to that list.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 16, 2015
This list got us thinking; who are three former Red Sox players that make a good Hall of Fame case?
Ortiz is virtually a shoe-in, so he won’t be considered for this list.
Manny Ramirez, another classic Red Sox player, doesn’t get consideration because he was caught and suspended for performance enhancing drug use.
With these limitations in mind, here are three former Red Sox that do deserve a spot in Cooperstown.
1. Roger Clemens
Roger Clemens was never actually proven to have used PEDs, separating himself from Ramirez.
While everyone assumes he does, he technically has a clean record.
On top of this, Clemens was on a Hall of Fame track even before his supposed PED use.
The consensus belief in the sport is that he began juicing in 1998, so let’s look at his career prior to then.
Through the 1997 season, Clemens was 213-118.
His ERA was just 2.97 which, during an era of increased offense, stands out.
With Boston, this storied career included back to back 20-win seasons, with two Cy Young Awards and an MVP.
Roger Clemens, Splitter Movement. 😳 pic.twitter.com/knl3CTal7p
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) November 5, 2017
Also, while Clemens’ career is stained by his steroid use, the 10 seasons he played after 1998 weren’t unbelievable.
Outside of a stretch from 2004-2006, the lowest ERA he had was 3.51.
While he deserves criticism for his steroid use, the greatness of his career must be recognized.
He finished with a staggering seven Cy Young Awards, and third all-time in strikeouts.
It is time for Clemens to be voted in.
2. Luis Tiant
Tiant is another former Red Sox player that deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Luis Tiant, Slow Curve (Home Plate View). pic.twitter.com/TMZCAdwTGP
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) November 7, 2017
Throughout his 19-year career, Tiant had a 229-172 record with a 3.30 ERA.
This included eight standout seasons with the Red Sox form 1971-1978.
While he didn’t win as many games, Tiant has a comparable ERA to Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven.
Clearly, he has a Hall of Fame resumé that deserves recognition.
3. Dwight Evans
Evans spent 19 of his 20 MLB seasons with the Red Sox.
Over this time, he was surrounded by Hall of Famers Carl Yazstremski and Jim Rice.
However, the fact that Evans isn’t in Cooperstown beside them is surprising.
He put together a solid MLB career, posting nearly 2,500 hits, 385 home runs and a .272 average.
Boston #RedSox legend Dwight Evans becomes the first player to hit a HR on the very first pitch of the major league season when he goes deep vs. Detroit #Tigers hurler Jack Morris! (1986) #MLB #History #OpeningDayAtHome pic.twitter.com/hEEaGnkiGJ
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) March 26, 2020
These numbers are actually very comparable to Rice’s career numbers as they are virtually the same.
However, Evans was a better defender as he took home eight Gold Gloves over his career.
He has numbers that warrant Hall of Fame consideration, and he could certainly be a candidate.
While the window for Tiant and Evans may be closed, there is still a chance with the Era’s Committee.
This group gives players that were overlooked by the writers a chance to make it into the Hall of Fame.
Along with Clemens, look for these three former Red Sox to make their way into Cooperstown someday.