Fred Lynn – 1991 Topps

March 18, 2011

That’s Just Wrong

Fred Lynn as a Red Sox – Perfect.

Fred Lynn as an Angel – OK. He wanted to play in California, and the Angels basically stole him.

Fred Lynn as an Oriole – Nope. He wanted to play in SoCal, and so when he became a free agent he went to…Baltimore?

Fred Lynn as a Tiger – Double nope.

Fred Lynn as a Padre – Just wrong.

Now people have speculated that if Fred Lynn played in Boston for his entire career, that he’d be in the Hall of Fame.

I don’t think so.

Reggie Smith is the player that he is most similar to. Excellent player – underrated even. Lynn was underrated after Boston.

But his most similar by ages tells the tale:

Ages 25-27: Dave Parker

Age 28: Bobby Abreu

Ages 29-31: Mike Sweeney

Ages 32-35: Ellis Burks

It’s rather remarkable that most all of these players were, at some point in their careers, overrated and underrated. Much like Lynn.

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