A disappointing campaign for the Red Sox, who were projected to be a playoff team but finished in the AL East basement. Boston ended a forgettable season with a 78-84 record, a spectacular fall after posting 92 wins in 2021.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts led the team with a .307 batting average while adding 15 homers and 38 doubles, and the Aruban middle infielder has batted over .300 in three of the past four seasons. Third baseman Rafael Devers hit .296 with 27 home runs and 42 doubles.
With a bevy of unsigned free agents, the outlook in Boston for next season is murky.
The Boston Red Sox are an American League (AL) East division team based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1901, they were one of the original eight charter teams in the American League. In 1903, they adopted their now iconic red socks, hence the name.
The Red Sox have won nine World Series Championships, most recently in 2018, which is the joint third-most of any MLB team. Additionally, they have won fourteen American League Pennants and ten Division titles. One of the most recognizable names in professional baseball, they have had a number of iconic moments, including a historic four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004.
Since 1912, the Red Sox have played their home games at Fenway Park, located in the heart of Boston's Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. An iconic venue known for its distinctive features such as the "Green Monster" left field wall and manual scoreboard, it is also known for its passionate fan base and lively atmosphere during games. Fenway Park has hosted three World Series and has been credited with helping keep baseball alive during challenging times such as The Great Depression and World War II.
The biggest rival of the Boston Red Sox is the New York Yankees. The two teams have faced off against each other many times over their storied histories, with famous moments such as Bucky Dent's homerun in 1978 and Aaron Boone's walk-off homerun in 2003. In recent years the Red Sox have had success against their rivals and won four Championships since 2004 while the Yankees haven't won any since 2009.
Notable players in Red Sox history include Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, and Chris Sale, who are considered to be some of greatest players ever to put on a Red Sox uniform.