1970 Boston Red Sox season

1970 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Dick O'Connell
Manager(s) Eddie Kasko
Local television WHDH-TV, Ch. 5
Local radio WHDH-AM 850
(Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Johnny Pesky)
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The 1970 Boston Red Sox season was the 70th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses, 21 games behind the Baltimore Orioles, who went on to win the AL championship and the 1970 World Series.

Offseason

Regular season

The 1970s began with a new manager for the Red Sox. After the firing of Dick Williams near the end of the 1969 season, general manager Dick O'Connell reached down into the farm system again for a replacement and came up with Eddie Kasko, who had managed the Red Sox AAA farm team at Louisville to a second-place finish in 1969. Eddie had been an infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox for 10 years (and eventually became the scouting director for Boston).

Eddie took over a team in transition in 1970. Its leading pitcher was Ray Culp, with 17 wins. Jim Lonborg, the superstar of 1967, still was not back in form and went 4–1. Carl Yastrzemski led the team and the American League, with a .329 average, and Tony Conigliaro appeared to have recovered from the horrible beaning of 1967, hitting .266, with 36 home runs and 116 RBIs. Reggie Smith hit .303, and George Scott had a banner year at .296, with 16 homers and 63 RBIs. Unfortunately the Red Sox finished 21 games back of the rampaging Baltimore Orioles, who won 108 games and then went on to defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970 World Series, 4 games to 1.

Season standings

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 10854 0.667 59–22 49–32
New York Yankees 9369 0.574 15 53–28 40–41
Boston Red Sox 8775 0.537 21 52–29 35–46
Detroit Tigers 7983 0.488 29 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 7686 0.469 32 43–38 33–48
Washington Senators 7092 0.432 38 40–41 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1970 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 13–57–59–314–411–712–07–55–711–77–512–6
Boston 5–135–78–412–69–97–55–77–510–87–512–6
California 5–77–512–66–66–610–812–68–105–78–107–5
Chicago 3–94–86–126–66–67–117–116–125–72–164–8
Cleveland 4–146–126–66–67–118–47–56–68–107–511–7
Detroit 7–119–96–66–611–76–68–44–87–116–69–9
Kansas City 0–125–78–1011–74–86–612–65–131–117–116–6
Milwaukee 5–77–56–1211–75–74–86–125–133–9–18–105–7
Minnesota 7–55–710–812–66–68–413–513–55–713–56–6
New York 7–118–107–57–510–811–711–19–3–17–56–610–8
Oakland 5–75–710–816–25–76–611–710–85–136–610–2
Washington 6–126–125–78–47–119–96–67–56–68–102–10

Opening Day lineup

  2Mike Andrews2B
  7Reggie SmithCF
  8Carl Yastrzemski    LF
  5George Scott1B
  6Rico PetrocelliSS
25Tony ConigliaroRF
  1Luis Alvarado3B
10Jerry MosesC
43Gary PetersP

Notable transactions

Roster

1970 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Tom Matchick10141.07100

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ray Culp33251.117143.04197

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bobby Bolin62020.008

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels International League Billy Gardner
AA Pawtucket Red Sox Eastern League Matt Sczesny
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bill Slack
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League John Butler
A Greenville Red Sox Western Carolinas League Rac Slider
A-Short Season Jamestown Falcons New York–Penn League Jackie Jensen

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Winston-Salem, Greenville

Notes

References

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