Voting for All-Fenway Team gets under way
Red Sox fans can weigh in by casting ballots through June 3
BOSTON -- Fenway Park's 100th anniversary includes the unveiling of an All-Fenway Team before this year's All-Star break.
Feel like Jon Lester has been a better southpaw starter than Babe Ruth? Or that Pedro Martinez's dominance meant more to the Red Sox than Tim Wakefield's longevity? Voting for the best righty and lefty starters in team history opened Monday and runs through Feb. 26.
The complete voting schedule is as follows:
Feb. 13-26: Right-handed and left-handed starting pitchers
Feb. 27-March 11: Catcher and first base
March 12-25: Second base and third base
March 26-April 8: Shortstop, bench and bullpen
April 9-22: Left field
April 23-May 6: Right field and designated hitter
May 7-20: Center field and manager
May 21-June 3: The 10th Man
All categories are self-explanatory, except for the last to be decided. The 10th Man is a last-chance vote for the top five second-place finishers across all categories.
Once the winners are announced, the winning players and/or their families will be recognized in pregame ceremonies in the second half of 2012.
Here are the candidates for each category:
SP, right-handed: Roger Clemens, Dennis Eckersley, Tex Hughson, Jim Lonborg, Martinez, Bill Monbouquette, Luis Tiant, Wakefield and Smoky Joe Wood
SP, left-handed: Ray Collins, Lefty Grove, Bruce Hurst, Bill Lee, Dutch Leonard, Lester, Mel Parnell, Herb Pennock and Ruth
C: Rick Ferrell, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gedman, Birdie Tebbetts, Jason Varitek and Sammy White
1B: Bill Buckner, Jimmie Foxx, Stuffy McInnis, George Scott, Mo Vaughn and Kevin Youkilis
2B: Mike Andrews, Marty Barrett, Bobby Doerr, Pete Runnels, Dustin Pedroia and Jerry Remy
3B: Wade Boggs, Larry Gardner, Mike Lowell, Frank Malzone, Bill Mueller and John Valentin
SS: Rick Burleson, Joe Cronin, Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Pesky, Rico Petrocelli and Everett Scott
LF: Mike Greenwell, Duffy Lewis, Manny Ramirez, Jim Rice, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski
RF: Tony Conigliaro, J.D. Drew, Dwight Evans, Harry Hooper, Jackie Jensen and Trot Nixon
CF: Johnny Damon, Dom DiMaggio, Fred Lynn, Jimmy Piersall, Reggie Smith and Tris Speaker
DH: Don Baylor, Orlando Cepeda, Cecil Cooper, Mike Easler, Reggie Jefferson and David Ortiz
Bench: Jerry Adair, Bernie Carbo, Alex Cora, Billy Goodman, Dalton Jones, John Kennedy, Ted Lepcio, Rick Miller, Dave Roberts and Dave Stapleton
Bullpen: Ike Delock, Tom Gordon, Ellis Kinder, Derek Lowe, Sparky Lyle, Jonathan Papelbon, Dick Radatz, Jeff Reardon, Bob Stanley and Mike Timlin
Manager: Bill Carrigan, Joe Cronin, Terry Francona, Joe Morgan, Dick Williams and Don Zimmer