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Three players that helped the Red Sox win World Series victories in 2004, and 2007, will be among the five newest inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Derek Lowe, Kevin Youkilis, and Mike Lowell highlight the group of five that will be inducted at some point in 2018.
Derek Lowe (SP)
Lowe arrived along with teammate Jason Varitek to the Red Sox in a July 1997 trade that sent Heathcliff Slocumb out of town. The trade made by former GM, Dan Duquette, is considered one of the best trades in Red Sox history.
Lowe appeared in 384 games (111 starts) for the Red Sox from 1997-2004. During his tenure, he made the All-Star team as both a reliever in 2000 and as a starting pitcher in 2002.
In 2004, he became the only pitcher in baseball history to earn a series-clinching win in the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series in a single postseason.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8sSO5av3-E]
Kevin Youkilis (1B / 3B)
Youkilis earned two World Series rings in Boston – 2004 and 2007. During his 7.5 years with the team, he quickly became a fan favorite with his Blue Collar play, unique batting stance, and “YOOOOOOOUK” chant.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOTnKoucxG0]
The Red Sox fan favorite was a three-time American League All-Star as a first baseman. Youkilis set a club record for consecutive games without an error. He also finished 3rd and 6th in two MVP races, as well as winning the 2007 Gold Glove at first.
Mike Lowell (3B)
Lowell arrived as part of the Josh Beckett trade in 2005 and took a little bit of time to adjust to being in Boston.
Lowell was named an AL All Star at third base in 2007. The cancer survivor powered the Red Sox to a World Series title during the same year and was named World Series MVP after going 6-for-15 (.400) with three doubles and a home run.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc_bmsGNXvo]
To each of these players, thank you for your contributions to Boston and the Red Sox organization.
Each player has provided Red Sox fans with memories that will last a life time.