1970 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record87–75 (.537)
Divisional place3rd (21 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Yawkey
General manager(s)Dick O'Connell
Manager(s)Eddie Kasko
Local televisionWHDH-TV, Ch. 5
Local radioWHDH-AM 850
(Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Johnny Pesky)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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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 Triple-A farm team, the Louisville Colonels, to a second-place finish in 1969. Kasko had been a major league infielder from 1957 to 1966, with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, and the Red Sox.

Record by month[2]
Month Record Cumulative AL East Ref.
Won Lost Won Lost Position GB
April 11 8 11 8 3rd (tie) 2 [3]
May 9 17 20 25 5th 11+12 [4]
June 14 11 34 36 4th 10+12 [5]
July 18 13 52 49 4th 11 [6]
August 16 14 68 63 4th 17 [7]
September 19 12 87 75 3rd 20+12 [8]
Octoberdagger 0 0 87 75 3rd 21 [9]
dagger Several other teams finished their season on October 1.

Kasko 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 American League with a .329 batting 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 behind the rampaging Baltimore Orioles, who won 108 games and then went on to defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970 World Series.

There were no scheduled doubleheaders this season at Fenway Park.[10]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 108 54 0.667 59–22 49–32
New York Yankees 93 69 0.574 15 53–28 40–41
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 21 52–29 35–46
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 29 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 76 86 0.469 32 43–38 33–48
Washington Senators 70 92 0.432 38 40–41 30–51

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 13–5 7–5 9–3 14–4 11–7 12–0 7–5 5–7 11–7 7–5 12–6
Boston 5–13 5–7 8–4 12–6 9–9 7–5 5–7 7–5 10–8 7–5 12–6
California 5–7 7–5 12–6 6–6 6–6 10–8 12–6 8–10 5–7 8–10 7–5
Chicago 3–9 4–8 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–12 5–7 2–16 4–8
Cleveland 4–14 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–11 8–4 7–5 6–6 8–10 7–5 11–7
Detroit 7–11 9–9 6–6 6–6 11–7 6–6 8–4 4–8 7–11 6–6 9–9
Kansas City 0–12 5–7 8–10 11–7 4–8 6–6 12–6 5–13 1–11 7–11 6–6
Milwaukee 5–7 7–5 6–12 11–7 5–7 4–8 6–12 5–13 3–9–1 8–10 5–7
Minnesota 7–5 5–7 10–8 12–6 6–6 8–4 13–5 13–5 5–7 13–5 6–6
New York 7–11 8–10 7–5 7–5 10–8 11–7 11–1 9–3–1 7–5 6–6 10–8
Oakland 5–7 5–7 10–8 16–2 5–7 6–6 11–7 10–8 5–13 6–6 10–2
Washington 6–12 6–12 5–7 8–4 7–11 9–9 6–6 7–5 6–6 8–10 2–10


Notable transactions

Opening Day lineup

  2 Mike Andrews 2B
  7 Reggie Smith CF
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
  5 George Scott 1B
  6 Rico Petrocelli SS
25 Tony Conigliaro RF
  1 Luis Alvarado 3B
10 Jerry Moses C
43 Gary Peters P

Source:[12]

Roster

1970 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Statistical leaders

Carl Yastrzemski
Category Player Statistic
Youngest player Roger Moret 20
Oldest player Ducky Schofield 35
Wins Above Replacement Carl Yastrzemski 9.5

Source:[13]

Batting

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
G Games played Carl Yastrzemski 161
PA Plate appearances Carl Yastrzemski 698
AB At bats Mike Andrews 589
R Runs scored Carl Yastrzemski 125
H Hits Carl Yastrzemski 186
2B Doubles Reggie Smith 32
3B Triples Reggie Smith 7
HR Home runs Carl Yastrzemski 40
RBI Runs batted in Tony Conigliaro 116
SB Stolen bases Carl Yastrzemski 23
CS Caught stealing Carl Yastrzemski 13
BB Base on balls Carl Yastrzemski 128
SO Strikeouts George Scott 95
BA Batting average Carl Yastrzemski .329
OBP On-base percentage Carl Yastrzemski .452
SLG Slugging percentage Carl Yastrzemski .592
OPS On-base plus slugging Carl Yastrzemski 1.044
OPS+ Adjusted OPS Carl Yastrzemski 177
TB Total bases Carl Yastrzemski 335
GIDP Grounded into double play Rico Petrocelli 16
HBP Hit by pitch Tony Conigliaro 8
SH Sacrifice hits Ray Culp 5
SF Sacrifice flies Rico Petrocelli 10
IBB Intentional base on balls Carl Yastrzemski 12

Source:[13]

Pitching

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
W Wins Ray Culp 17
L Losses Ray Culp 14
W-L % Winning percentage Vicente Romo .700 (7–3)
ERA Earned run average Ray Culp 3.04
G Games pitched Sparky Lyle 63
GS Games started Gary Peters 34
GF Games finished Sparky Lyle 40
CG Complete games Ray Culp 15
SHO Shutouts Gary Peters 4
SV Saves Sparky Lyle 20
IP Innings pitched Ray Culp 251+13
SO Strikeouts Ray Culp 197
WHIP Walks plus hits per inning pitched Sonny Siebert 1.199

Source:[13]

Awards and honors

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

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
Source:[15][16]

References

  1. ^ a b Tom Matchick page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "The 1970 Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "Events of Thursday, April 30, 1970".
  4. ^ "Events of Sunday, May 31, 1970".
  5. ^ "Events of Tuesday, June 30, 1970".
  6. ^ "Events of Friday, July 31, 1970".
  7. ^ "Events of Monday, August 31, 1970".
  8. ^ "Events of Wednesday, September 30, 1970".
  9. ^ "Events of Thursday, October 1, 1970".
  10. ^ "Red Sox boost prices, no twin bills listed". Lewiston Evening Journal. (Maine). Associated Press. December 22, 1969. p. 22.
  11. ^ Chuck Hartenstein page at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ "Boston Red Sox 4, New York Yankees 3". Retrosheet. April 7, 1970. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "1970 Boston Red Sox Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Hutch Award
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  16. ^ Boston Red Sox Guide for Press TV Radio. 1970. p. 2. Retrieved March 14, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.