Fire Brand of the American League Award

The Fire Brand of the American League is a Red Sox player who exhibits character under pressure, an unassuming man who leaves the spotlight for other people but makes his indelible mark on the past season’s Boston Red Sox. A piece most people take for granted, but whom we would have missed dearly. The award is based on the prior season’s work. Thus, the first recipient of the award in 2004, Tim Wakefield, was based on his 2003 season.


2014 FIRE BRAND = DANIEL NAVA
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36 PA, 41 XBH, 51 BB, .303/.385/.445


2013 FIRE BRAND = SCOTT ATCHISON
2011: 42 G, 51.1 IP, 1.58 ERA, 3.42 xFIP, 9 BB, 36 K


2012 FIRE BRAND = ALFREDO ACEVES
2012: 10-2 W-L, 55 G, 4 GS, 114 IP, 2.61 ERA, 4.77 xFIP, 42 BB, 80 K


2011 FIRE BRAND = JON LESTER
2010: 19-9 W-L, 32 GS, 208 IP, 3.25 ERA, 3.18 xFIP, 83 BB, 225 K


2010 FIRE BRAND = J.D. DREW
2009: 137 G, 84 R, 30 2B, 24 HR, 68 RBI, 15.7 UZR/150, .279/.392/.522


2009 FIRE BRAND = JASON BAY
2008 PIT: 106 G, 72 R, 23 2B, 22 HR, 64 RBI, 7 SB, .282/.375/.519
2008 BOS: 49 G, 39 R, 12 SB, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 3 SB, .293/.370/.527
2008 TOT: 155 G, 111 R, 35 2B, 31 HR, 101 RBI, 10 SB, .286/.373/.522


2008 FIRE BRAND = MIKE LOWELL
2007: 154 G, 589 AB, 79 R, 37 2B, 21 HR, 120 RBI, .324/.378/.501


2007 FIRE BRAND = DAVID ORTIZ
2006: 151 G, 558 AB, 115 R, 29 2B, 54 HR, 137 RBI, .287/.413/.636


2006 FIRE BRAND = MIKE TIMLIN
2005: 7-3 W-L, 81 G, 80.1 IP, 20 BB, 59 K, 13 SV, 2.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP


2005 FIRE BRAND = BRONSON ARROYO
2004: 10-9 W-L, 32 G, 29 GS, 178.2 IP, 47 BB, 142 K, 4.03 ERA, 1.22 WHIP


2004 FIRE BRAND = TIM WAKEFIELD
2003: 11-7 W-L, 35 G, 33 GS, 202.1 IP, 71 BB, 169 K, 4.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

All photos courtesy Kelly O’Connor, sittingstill.net