Every team needs a good bullpen to make a deep playoff run, and the Red Sox have had a lot of great relievers in their storied history.
Former closers Tom "Flash" Gordon, Derek Lowe and Jonathan Papelbon headline this list of talented relievers.
Gordon was an All-Star in his first year closing for the Sox in 1998 after tallying a league best 46 saves. He converted a then-record 54 straight save opportunies between '98 and '99. Lowe was another starter who made a successful transition to the pen, as he led the AL with 42 saves in 2000 and had a 2.56 ERA.
Papelbon was a four-time All-Star with a 2.33 career ERA and a Red Sox record 219 saves. He also closed the 2007 World Series against the Rockies with a strikeout.
Ike Delock spent 1952-63 with the Sox — missing the '54 season to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps — starting 142 games for the team and appearing as a reliever is another 180.
Ellis "Old Folks" Kinder made 276 relief appearances in eight years with Boston, leading the league in saves in 1951 and 1953. Lefty Sparky Lyle, meanwhile, appeared in all 899 career games as a reliever, collecting 99 wins. He closed 44 games for the Sox in 1969 before getting traded to the Yankees.
Dick Radatz was 49-34 with a 2.65 ERA during his time in Boston, leading the league in saves twice. He was named to two All-Star Games and was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997.
Jeff Reardon spent three season with the Sox, getting named an All-Star in 1991 after posting a 3.03 ERA and 40 saves. Mike Timlin won two World Series with the Red Sox, and his 81 appearances in 2005 ranks as the single-season record in team history.
Last, but not least, is Bob "The Steamer" Stanley, who played his entire career with Boston. He won 115 games — mostly out of the pen — and closed another 132.
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