1997 Boston Red Sox season

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1997 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) JRY Trust
General manager(s) Dan Duquette
Manager(s) Jimy Williams
Local television WABU
(Sean McDonough, Jerry Remy)
NESN
(Bob Kurtz, Jerry Remy)
Local radio WEEI
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
WROL
(Bobby Serrano, Hector Martinez)
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The 1997 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing 4th in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses. This was the last time Boston had a losing regular season record until 2012.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 9, 1996: Bret Saberhagen was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[1]
  • January 22, 1997: Steve Avery was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[2]
  • January 27, 1997: José Canseco was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Oakland Athletics for John Wasdin and cash.
  • January 31, 1997: Mike Benjamin was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 .605 --
New York Yankees 96 66 .586 2.0
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 19.0
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20.0
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 .469 22.0

Notable Transactions[edit]

  • July 31, 1997: Heathcliff Slocumb was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Seattle Mariners for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek.
  • August 30, 1997: Curtis Pride was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[4]

Opening Day Line Up[edit]

  5 Nomar Garciaparra     SS
13 John Valentin 2B
42 Mo Vaughn 1B
20 Mike Stanley DH
11 Tim Naehring 3B
12 Wil Cordero LF
44 Rudy Pemberton RF
37 Bill Haselman C
24 Shane Mack CF
36 Tom Gordon P

Roster[edit]

1997 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Wally the Green Monster[edit]

Wally the Green Monster

Wally the Green Monster is the official mascot for the Boston Red Sox. His name is derived from the Green Monster nickname of the 37-foot wall in left field at Fenway Park. Wally debuted in 1997 to the chagrin of many older Red Sox fans. Although he was a hit with children, the older fans did not immediately adopt him as part of the franchise. According to the Red Sox promotions department, Wally was a huge Red Sox fan who decided to move inside the left field wall of Fenway Park since it "eats up" hits that would easily be home runs at other parks in 1947. Apparently, he was very shy and lived the life of a hermit for 50 years. On the 50th anniversary of the Green Monster in 1997, he came out of the manual scoreboard and has been interacting with players and fans ever since.[5] Thanks to former Red Sox second baseman and current broadcaster Jerry Remy, those older fans have adored him.

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ken Macha
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League DeMarlo Hale
A Sarasota Red Sox Florida State League Rob Derksen
A Michigan Battle Cats Midwest League Billy Gardner, Jr.
Short-Season A Lowell Spinners New York-Penn League Dick Berardino
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Luis Aguayo

[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bret Saberhagen Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Steve Avery Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Mike Benjamin Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Curtis Pride Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ The Official Site of The Boston Red Sox: Community: Wally
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007