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.
David Ortiz among five to be inducted into Red Sox Hall of Fame originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston