Mike Lowell

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Mike Lowell
Mike Lowell

He was simply part of a trade that brought Josh Beckett to the Red Sox in 2006 as the Florida Marlins looked to dump salary, but Mike Lowell proved his worth over the next two seasons with Boston. In his first season, he made just six errors at third base in 153 games and went a stretch of 70 games mid-season in which he did not make an error in the field. He also raised his batting average nearly 50 points from the previous year as well as most of his numbers at the plate.

In 2007, his best season with the team, Lowell finished seventh in the American League in batting average (.324) and fifth in RBI (120), both career-best marks, while also hitting 21 home runs. He also finished high amongst Red Sox leaders in several categories. In the post-season that same year, Lowell batted .353 and finished with two home runs, 15 RBI, and a slugging percentage of .610. He posted a hit in all but two of Boston’s 14 post-season contests and was named World Series MVP, the second Red Sox player ever to receive that honor.

After the season, Lowell took fewer years and less money to stay with Boston, but knee injuries limited him to an average of 116 games per season between 2008 and 2009. Although he continued to put up respectable numbers at the plate, his range at third base quickly suffered. Off-season surgery limited him to just 73 games in 2010; after spending most of the year in a limited role as a bench player, the aging former All-Star officially retired from baseball at season’s end.

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