Boston Red Sox: The 20 Greatest Hitters in Franchise History

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Boston Red Sox: The 20 Greatest Hitters in Franchise History
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When you think about major league baseball, the Boston Red Sox are usually among the first franchises to pop into your head.  There's no way to avoid it, given the constant media coverage of the club and of its rivalry with the New York Yankees.

Though they're now one of the most competitive franchises in baseball, the Red Sox endured an infamous stretch of futility that stretch for nearly a century.  World Series victories in 1918 and 2004 were bookends to those struggles, but even in their worst years, the Sox were blessed with great offensive talent.

Taking a look back, here are the 20 greatest hitters to don a Red Sox uniform.  Note that this list does not include active players or anyone whose tenure with the Sox was shorter than three seasons. 

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