2011 Boston Red Sox season
|2011 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John W. Henry (Fenway Sports Group)|
|General manager(s)||Theo Epstein|
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
Boston Red Sox Radio Network|
(Joe Castiglione, Dave O'Brien, Jon Rish, Dale Arnold)
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The 2011 Boston Red Sox season was the 111th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Before the season, the Red Sox were favored to win the American League East and reach the World Series, with some comparing the team to the 1927 New York Yankees. With a record of 90 wins and 72 losses, the Red Sox finished third in their division, seven games behind the Yankees.
After leading the Tampa Bay Rays by nine games in the AL wild card race on September 3—when their odds of reaching the postseason peaked at 99.6%—the Red Sox lost 18 of their final 24 games. On the last day of the season, September 28, a ninth inning Red Sox blown save loss against the Baltimore Orioles, coupled with an extra inning come from behind victory by the Rays over the Yankees, made the Rays the AL wild card winners, eliminating the Red Sox from postseason contention.
11/07/10-3B Adrián Beltré elected to free agency.
LF Bill Hall elected to free agency.
2B Felipe López elected to free agent.
C Víctor Martínez elected to free agency.
C Jason Varitek elected to free agency.
11/08/10-Activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 60-day disabled list.
Activated CF Mike Cameron from the 60-day disabled list.
Activated 1B Kevin Youkilis from the 60-day disabled list.
Activated LF Jacoby Ellsbury from the 60-day disabled list.
Called up Óscar Tejeda from Salem Red Sox.
11/24/10-Claimed Jordan Parraz off waivers from Kansas City Royals.
12/03/10-2B Nate Spears assigned to Boston Red Sox.
RHP Santo Luis assigned to Boston Red Sox.
LHP Hideki Okajima elected free agency.
RHP Taylor Buchholz elected free agency.
LHP Andrew Miller elected free agency.
Signed free agent RHP Jason Bergmann.
Signed free agent RHP Brandon Duckworth.
Signed free agent 2B Drew Sutton.
12/06/10-Portland Sea Dogs traded 1B Anthony Rizzo and RHP Casey Kelly to San Antonio Missions; San Diego Padres traded 1B Adrian Gonzalez to Boston Red Sox and Greenville Drive traded CF Reymond Fuentes to Fort Wayne TinCaps.
12/10/10-Signed free agent C Jason Varitek.
12/11/10-Signed free agent LF Carl Crawford.
Signed free agent LHP Andrew Miller.
Signed free agent RHP Clevelan Santeliz.
Signed free agent LHP Randy Williams.
Signed free agent LHP Rich Hill.
Signed free agent LHP Lenny DiNardo.
Signed free agent LHP Matt Albers.
12/18/10-Signed free agent RHP Dan Wheeler.
12/21/10-Designated SS Brent Dlugach for assignment.
Signed free agent RHP Bobby Jenks.
1/05/11-Designated Matt Fox for assignment.
1/06/11-Signed free agent RHP Tony Peña, Jr..
1/10/11-Signed free agent LHP Hideki Okajima.
1/13/11-Released RHP Matt Fox.
2011 Spring training
Fans gathered at Fenway Park on February 8, 2011 in order to kick off the Red Sox preseason by celebrating Truck Day. The first full team workout of the preseason took place on February 19. Playing other teams in the Grapefruit League the Red Sox finished with 14 wins and 19 losses.
The Red Sox made a statement in the offseason, letting everyone know that after missing the playoffs last year, they are striving to win the World Series this year, but instead imploded in dramatic fashion in September and failed to make the playoffs. During the offseason the Red Sox traded for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, and they followed that move up by signing star outfielder Carl Crawford.
On May 15, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka were placed on the disabled list. On June 10, Matsuzaka underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. Clay Buchholz was afflicted with what would be diagnosed as a stress fracture in his back and was also put on the disabled list on June 17, where he would remain for the rest of the season. Other pitchers including Rich Hill and Bobby Jenks spent significant time on the disabled list. The Red Sox obtained Érik Bédard from the Seattle Mariners seconds before the trading deadline, after Kyle Weiland (who was highlighted by his ejection on his MLB debut) proved ineffective. Starting Pitcher John Lackey and ace Jon Lester were ineffective down the stretch, as the Red Sox crashed down to a 7-20 finish, blowing a 9-game wild card lead that they held entering September. Josh Beckett missed a start early in the month after spraining his ankle in a previous start, and was ineffective in most of his September starts after that point.
The Red Sox became the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to have a nine-game lead in September and fail to make the playoffs that season, thanks to their 7—20 record in the final month of the regular season. In the days following this historic collapse, the front office and manager Terry Francona decided to part ways, and not exercise either of the additional year options on Francona's contract.
After the regular season ended, General Manager Theo Epstein entered talks with the Chicago Cubs to interview for the National League club's vacant General Manager position. The Cubs offered Epstein the position of President of Baseball Operations, and he accepted. After five months of negotiations, the Red Sox and Cubs agreed to the compensation the Red Sox would receive for Epstein. The Cubs acquired minor-league first baseman Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox, and the Red Sox received pitchers Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz. Bogaerts is the twin brother of Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Soon after the season ended, stories broke in the local media about several of Boston's starting pitchers, including Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, and John Lackey, had been playing video games, eating fried chicken, and drinking beer in the clubhouse and dugout during games when they were not pitching. Jon Lester was the first to speak publicly about the allegations, and admitted to eating and drinking in the clubhouse during games, though infrequently, but denied that these actions ever took place in the dugout.
|2011 Boston Red Sox|
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Yankees||97||65||0.599||—||52–29||45–36|
|Tampa Bay Rays||91||71||0.562||6||47–34||44–37|
|Boston Red Sox||90||72||0.556||7||45–36||45–36|
|Toronto Blue Jays||81||81||0.500||16||42–39||39–42|
Record vs. opponents
- Source: MLB Standings Grid
Legend Red Sox Win Red Sox Loss Game Postponed Eliminated from Playoff Contention Boldface text denotes a Red Sox pitcher
|2011 Game Log (90–72)|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strike Out; SB = Stolen bases; AVG = Batting average
- Source: « Boston Red Sox Batting Stats »
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV=Saves; SVO = Saves Opportunity; IP = Innings pitched; H =Hits; R= Runs; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR= Home Run allowed; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts
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- 2011 Boston Red Sox Schedule, Box Scores and Splits Baseball-Reference.com
- Jon Lester confirms Red Sox pitchers drank in clubhouse during games | redsox.com: News
- Boston Red Sox 2011 Media Guide
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