The Boston Red Sox recently announced their 2018 inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and it’s headlined by three guys who played pivotal roles on Championship teams.
Derek Lowe, Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and the late John “Buck” Freeman are the player inductees of the 2018 class, so now is as good of a time as ever to look back on their tenures in Boston, and to check in on what they’re each up to today.
Youkilis, A.K.A. the Greek God of Walks, spent the better part of 9 years in Boston from 2004-2012, where he posted a .287/.388/.487 slash line. While not particularly known for his power, he still managed to smash 133 HR and drive in 564 during that span. Known as a phenomenal defensive infielder, Youkilis began his career as a 3rd baseman but moved across the diamond to first base before the 2006 season, where he would win a Gold Glove in 2007. Youkilis has transitioned to a life of business and beer since his retirement in 2014. He owns Loma Brewing Company in Los Gatos, California with his brother.
Mike Lowell was a Red Sox from 2006 until his retirement in 2010. During his time in Boston, Lowell hit .290 with 80 HR and 374 RBI. He was a key member of the 2007 World Series team and cemented his place in Red Sox history when he won the World Series MVP that year, posting a .400 BA with a home run, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored as the Sox swept the Rockies. He set career bests in BA, hits, RBI and OPS in 2007 and spent large portions of the season as Boston’s most dangerous offensive weapon. A cancer survivor, Lowell published his book, Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Finding the Champion Within, detailing his life and career. He now works as an analyst for MLB Network.
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Derek Lowe was a sort of jack of all trades for the Red Sox, utilizing his versatility and willingness to conform to remain one of the more effective pitchers they had during his stint in Boston. From 1997-2004, Lowe posted 70 wins in 384 appearances (111 starts), to go along with a 3.72 ERA and 1.288 WHIP. He finished 3rd in Cy Young voting in 2002, when he went 21-8 with a 2.58 ERA, the same year that he threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park. Lowe spent 2 full season as Boson’s closer, notching 85 saves, including 42 in 2000. Known for his clutch postseason performances, Lowe will go down in Red Sox lore for his outing in game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, where he pitched 6 innings of 1-hit ball on just 2 days of rest. Being a cancer survivor himself, Lowe has spent his post-baseball life advocating for cancer research in partnerships with various groups and foundations across the country.
John “Buck” Freeman was one of the very first sluggers in the history of baseball. He spent the 1901 to 1907 seasons with the Boston Americans, where he hit 48 home runs (which was a monstrous amount for that era) and helped lead the team to the 1903 World Series title.
The 2018 will be honored at a gala hosted by the Red Sox Foundation on May 24th.