Beckett was the ace of Boston’s rotation during its run to the 2007 title and remains one of baseball’s most electric starters. Lowell, meanwhile, was a steadying clubhouse presence and a terrific offensive and defensive third baseman (when healthy) and had his own moment in the sun during his MVP performance in the ’07 Fall Classic.
Nonetheless, it’s hard not to look at Ramirez—entering his sixth season in Miami—and wonder what might have been had he remained a member of the Red Sox.
The 28-year-old has blossomed into one of the best overall players in the majors while Boston has struggled to find a full-time shortstop.
How would life in Beantown be different—for the better—if Hanley were patrolling shortstop in Fenway, both this season and beyond?