Boston Red Sox AA Afiilliate Names All-Time Team to Celebrate 20th Season
The Boston Red Sox current AA affiliate is the Portland Sea Dogs, and they are about to finish their 20th season of existence. They were a Florida Marlins affiliate from inception through 2002, and have been a Red Sox affiliate since. Thurdsay, they named their all-time team.
Obviously, the list is littered with current and former Red Sox, but also surprising is the number of guys that have played for both organizations. Kevin Millar, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Kotsay, Josh Beckett and Edgar Renteria all make the list having been in both organizations. Gonzalez only as a minor leaguer in the Marlins system, and Ramirez never made the big leagues with the Red Sox.
Charles Johnson is the only player that played for the Marlins and not the Red Sox that made the list, while eight players on the list never spent time with the Marlins organization.
Clearly, the Sea Dogs have had the greatest amount of talent go through their system over the past decade rather than the first decade, as names like Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz having made the all-time list and are currently starring for the Red Sox.
This has been a news-filled week for the Sea Dogs, despite having less than a week left in their season (they have no real chance to make the playoffs). Anthony Ranaudo was also named to the season All-Star team and highly touted prospect Matt Barnes got called up from AA to AAA.
Despite having one of the worse records in the Eastern League, the Sea Dogs have had a ton of talent move through their team, and had a chance to showcase the guys that prove the Red Sox have the talent to compete for years to come.
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