A few of the '86 Red Sox got their first taste of major league experience on this team; Wade Boggs, Marty Barrett, and Oil Can Boyd. Unfortunately none had cards in 1982.
Dwight Evans led the team in home runs and RBI to go with a .402 OBP. Others to mention include Jim Rice who had one less RBI than Dewey Evans to go with a .309 batting average and Wade Boggs in about 2/3 of a season with a .349 batting average.
Can't decide who to choose here. Nobody really stands out. There were a couple of players out of the bullpen that put together solid years in Bob Stanley and Mark Clear, but Dennis Eckersley was the ace of this staff, so I will give it to him.
Rookie Card of the Year
This will go to Carlton Fisk's replacement at catcher, Rich Gedman. Gedman put together a few solid years, even being named to the all-star team in 1985 and 1986, but he fell apart after 1986.
Interesting Non-Topps card
Bruce Hurst was on the Red Sox prospects card in the regular Topps set in both 1981 and 1982, but finally got his own card in the 1982 Fleer set. He didn't do much for this 1982 team, but was a solid pitcher for the Red Sox from 1983-1988 and for the Padres from 1989-1992 before winding down his career as a Rockie and a Ranger in 1993-1994.
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