My earlier posts on all-time Sox lineups and rosters got me thinking: how good was Jim Rice really?
I don't ask out of any disrespect to #14. He was a great player. He was better than the other two guys in the picture here, which is saying something.
But he's no better than third on the all-time list of Sox left fielders, because Williams and Yastrzemski were simply better. It's no shame to come in behind those guys.
And if we include all Sox outfielders who played at least, say, five years with the team and had a big impact on its fortunes, Rice wasn't as good as Tris Speaker -- who was, in the judgment of Bill James, better than Joe DiMaggio.
And then there's the question from the current day: was Rice better than Manny?
My thumbnail guess: considering all phases of the game, Rice was the
Or am I missing something?