Eyes of the World on Cooperstown

Cooperstown, New York will be THE place to be for baseball fans this weekend with a full class of players who will be inducted as members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2022. After a 2021 Class that was non-existent, the 2022 class is headlined by some amazing baseball players. Starting off with David “Big Papi” Ortiz who is always a fan favorite. Ortiz is a three-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox and was the face of the franchise for years. Ortiz has always been larger than life, and even during his last year playing baseball he was putting up numbers that were better than most players have ever seen. Ortiz even helped Boston get through major tragedy after the Boston Marathon bombing, giving an inspirational speech to the crowd that will give goosebumps to listers for years to come. He is true Hall-of-Famer in every sense of the word. No matter what team you root for it was hard not to like Big Papi.

Minnie Miñoso is also going to be inducted in this years Hall of Fame class. Minnie was a Cuban born player who famously played left field for the Chicago White Sox. He was the first ever black player on the Chicago White Sox and hit a homerun on the first pitch of his first at-bat and was a star ever since. He was elected by the Golden Era Committee and will be inducted posthumously this Sunday, a feat that most baseball fans feel is long overdue.

Another candidate that will be inducted is Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat. A 16-time gold glove winner and 1982 World Series champion, Kaat pitched for over 25 years and still contributes to the game today calling baseball games for a number of television networks. Kaat pitched over 4600 inning amassing 283 wins while keeping a career 3.45 ERA. A absolute stud on the mound with his arm and his glove having the 2nd most gold gloves won by a pitcher only trailing other Hall of Famer and Atlanta Braves superstar Greg Maddux.

The Minnesota Twins will also send Tony Oliva to Cooperstown this weekend as well. Another Cuban-born player, Oliva was a two-time World Series Champion, winning 3 AL batting titles. Oliva’s first season was so amazing, he became the first ever player to win a batting title and a Rookie of the Year award as well. Oliva is also the only Minnesota Twins team member to be on all 3 World Series teams, playing outfield in 1965 and helping coach the team in 1987 and 1991. Even without as many of the bombshell stats as some Hall of Famers, Oliva was always highly regarded by all during his time as a player and beloved by all players as a coach.

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Boston Red Sox Memorabilia

Boston Red Sox Autographed Memorabilia
The Boston Red Sox boast one of the finest sports histories in American sport. Fenway Park is the most historic park in all of baseball, the oldest stadium in the country. The Red Sox and Yankees have been battling for the American League for over a century. The two teams make for the best rivalry in American sports. The Red Sox broke the curse in 2004 with a team constructed by Theo Epstein. The Red Sox won their first world series since 1918 when they defeated the Cardinal four games to zero. The 2004 Red Sox teams will always go down as the most famous Red Sox team. The ’04 Sox were led by Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. The ’04 Sox had amazing performances from Curt Schilling (Bloody Sock Game), Bronson Arroyo and Pedro Martinez. boasts a large, authentic Red Sox memorabilia collection. Our collection includes Ted Williams authentic autographs and David Ortiz sports collectibles. Our best-selling items are signed Dustin Pedroia jerseys, Pedro Martinez signed baseballs, Red Sox signed hats and Manny Ramirez autographed photos.

Farewell, David “Big Papi” Ortiz
Red Sox fans said farewell to the most popular players of the 2000’s. David Ortiz spent fourteen seasons with Boston which included 10 All-Star appearances, 3 World Series titles and a World Series MVP. David was the face of the “Boston Strong” team of 2013 and always had a smile on his face. Fans loved their Big Papi. Even in his final season, Ortiz was still crushing baseballs with 38 homers. Ortiz will be a near First Ballot hall of famer. Red Sox faithful has purchased plenty of David Ortiz memorabilia. Signed David Ortiz collectibles will only gain in value moving forward.

2017 Boston Red Sox
Catcher Sandy Leon
1st Base Mitch Moreland
2nd Base Dustin Pedroia
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts
3rd Base Pablo Sandoval
Outfielder Andrew Benintendi
Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Outfielder Mookie Betts
Designated Hitter Hanley Ramirez

Starting Pitcher Rick Porcello
Starting Pitcher Chris Sale
Starting Pitcher David Price
Starting Pitcher Steven Wright
Starting Pitcher Drew Pomeranz
Closer Craig Kimbrel

Manager John Farrell

Collect the entire 2017 Boston Red Sox Line-Up! Get signed photos, jerseys or baseballs from the whole team: Sandy Leon, Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Pablo Sandoval, Rookie Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., All Star Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez. The Red Sox Pitching Staff led by the Big Three: Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and lefty David Price.

Down on the Farm
Boston Red Sox fans have to be pleased with the strength of their farm system. Their strong minor league rosters led to the acquisition of Chris Sale. Boston parted with top prospect, Yoan Moncada in the winter of 2016. The Red Sox have developed a ton of homegrown talent in recent years: Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts have developed through the Bo Sox system. The next wave of Boston bombers include Andrew Benintendi & Rafael Devers. Both are top prospects and expect to make an impact at the MLB level as soon as 2017.

Boston Red Sox Farm System
Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
Salem Red Sox (High A)
Greenville Drive (Low A)
Lowell Spinners (Short Season)

Facts & Figures
Rivals: New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays
8 World Series Titles: 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007 & 2013
13 American League Pennants
Oldest Stadium in MLB – Fenway Park
Sale of Babe Ruth

Retired Numbers
#1 Bobby Doerr
#4 Joe Cronin
#6 Johnny Pesky
#8 Carl Yastrzemski
#9 Ted Williams
#14 Jim Rice
#26 Wade Boggs
#27 Carlton Fisk
#45 Pedro Martinez

Top-Selling Red Sox Memorabilia
Ted Williams Memorabilia
David Ortiz Baseballs
2013 World Series Champions – Boston Strong