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David Ortiz among five to be inducted into Red Sox Hall of Fame

David Ortiz among five to be inducted into Red Sox Hall of Fame

The Red Sox Hall of Fame will see five new members inducted in 2020. 

David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez both have a shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame but first they'll be honored for their duties with the Red Sox. The duo powered the Red Sox offense from 2003-08, winning two World Series Championships. While Ramirez spent less time in Boston, he mashed 274 home runs while Ortiz blasted 483 homers in his 14-year Red Sox career. 

Ortiz and Ramirez wouldn't have been able to win the 2004 and 2007 World Series without the help of Dan Duquette. Duquette was the Red Sox General Manager from 1994-2001 and made key acquisitions that made those two championship victories possible. He added players like Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and Nomar Garciaparra. 

While Ramirez will be inducted into the Red Sox HoF, he's still waiting for his call to Cooperstown -- and that may never come. After leaving Boston, Ramirez was given a 50-game suspension for testing positive for steroids in 2009 and received another suspension in 2011 for violating the MLB's drug policy.

Although the Red Sox are overlooking those incidents and honoring Ramirez along with Ortiz and Duquette, they'll also pay homage to their past. 

All-Star catcher Rich Gedman was signed by the Red Sox in 1977. He batted .252 with 88 home runs and was the lead catcher during Boston's 1986 AL Pennant victory. Bill Dinneen made 391 appearances, winning 170 games with a 3.01 ERA and leading Boston to it's first World Series Championship in franchise history.

As the Red Sox honor some important people to the franchise, they also announced that their 2007 World Series Game 4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals has been chosen as the "Memorable Red Sox Moment," a moment in Red Sox history that is significant to the organization. 

The 2020 class will be honored on April 30 at the Red Sox Foundation Gala.

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Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have been busy making trades.

After pulling off two minor trades last week, the Red Sox announced a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It's another small move, with the Sox sending right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins to the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. Lakins was designated for assignment on Friday.

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Left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Poyner also was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, 

Lakins posted an 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2019.

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