18. 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
 
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A three-time College World Series Champion at USC (1971-73), Fred Lynn would be drafted in the second round in '73 and was called up to play in 15 Games in 1974.  As it was only a handful of games, he was eligible for the Rookie of the Year in 1975.  He didn’t just win that award; he also captured the MVP. 

In that season, Lynn led the AL in Runs (103), Doubles (47), Slugging (.566), and OPS (.967) with a Batting Average of .331 and 21 Home Runs.  The Centerfielder also captured his first of four Gold Gloves, and with his help, the Red Sox won the Pennant.  Lynn continued to play well, earning All-Stars annually from 1975 to 1980, and in 1979, he would have a better year than his MVP winning one.  Lynn would have career-highs in Hits (177), Home Runs (39), RBIs (122), and in all three components of the Slash Line (.333/.423/.637).  Notably, those last three stats were first overall in the AL.  He finished fourth in MVP voting, but that year it was one by a far inferior Don Baylor of California.  Lynn played one more year for Boston before being

dealt to the Angels after the 1980 season. 

As a member of the Red Sox, Lynn would secure 944 Hits, 124 Home Runs, and a Slash Line of .308/.383/.520.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round of the Amateur Draft 6/5/73.
  • Departed: Traded to the California Angels with Steve Renko for Jim Dorsey, Joe Rudi, and Frank Tanana 1/23/81.
  • Games Played: 828
  • Notable Statistics: 523 Runs
    944 Hits
    217 Doubles
    29 Triples
    124 Home Runs
    521 Runs Batted In
    43 Stolen Bases
    .308/.383/.520 Slash Line
    32.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1975)
    All-Star (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979)
    Rookie of the Year (1975)
    Gold Glove (1975, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
    Highest bWAR for a Position Player (1979)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (1979)
    Highest Batting Average (1979)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1979)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1975 & 1979)
    Highest OPS (1975 & 1979)
    Most Runs Scored (1975)
    Most Doubles (1975)
    Highest OPS+ (1979)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1980)

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