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110. Fred Lynn
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 3, 1952 in Chicago, IL USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: September 05, 1974
  • Final Game: October 03, 1990
  • Gold Glove - 1975
  • Most Valuable Player - 1975
  • Rookie of the Year - 1975
  • TSN All-Star - 1975
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1975
  • Gold Glove - 1978
  • TSN All-Star - 1978
  • Gold Glove - 1979
  • TSN All-Star - 1979
  • Gold Glove - 1980
  • ALCS MVP - 1982
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1983
  • MVP - 1975
  • MVP - 1978
  • MVP - 1979
  • MVP - 1980
  • Rookie of the Year - 1975
 
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Nobody shot out of the gate quicker than Fred Lynn, as he made history when in 1975, he became the first player in Major League history to win the Rookie of the Year and the MVP in the same season.  As the other one who accomplished that feat was Ichiro Suzuki, who was already an established veteran of the Japanese Leagues, this is a beyond spectacular achievement.

In the previous year, Lynn would not only secure the ROY and MVP, and he would win his first of four Gold Gloves, won the Slugging Title (.566), and would also finish first in OPS (.967), Runs Scored (103), and Doubles (47).  That season, he would power the Red Sox into the World Series, but they went down to defeat against the Cincinnati Reds.

Lynn remained a great player for years, and while he did not win the MVP again, he probably should have in 1979, when he swept the Slash Line (.333/.423/.637) and had career-highs in Home Runs (39) and RBIs (122).  After six straight All-Star years with the Red Sox, he was traded to the California Angels, and he kept his streak alive with three more All-Star appearances.

He continued his career with Baltimore, Detroit, and San Diego, and retired in 1990 with 306 Home Runs and a .484 Slugging Percentage.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1975)
    All-Star (9) (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983)
    Rookie of the Year (1975)
    Gold Glove (4) (AL) (1975, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
    ALCS MVP (1) (AL) (1982)
    All-Star Game MVP (1) (1983) 
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (AL) (1981)
    Most Total Zone Runs (2) (AL) (1979 & 1981)
    Highest bWAR by a Position Player (1) (AL) (1979)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (1) (AL) (1979)
    Highest Batting Average (1) (AL) (1979)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1) (AL) (1979)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (2) (AL) (1975 & 1979)
    Highest OPS (2) (AL) (1975 & 1979)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (AL) (1975)
    Most Doubles (1) (AL) (1975)
    Highest OPS+ (1) (AL) (1979)
    World Series Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes: 
    (AL: 1979, 10th
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles) 
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+) 
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    73. Sacrifice Flies: 86

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1996: 5.5%
    1997: 4.7%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Boston Red Sox

Should Fred Lynn be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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