Mike Napoli set a new team record in his first season with the Red Sox, though not a desirable one: most strikeouts in a season by a batter. A look at the 10 highest single-season strikeout totals by a Red Sox player, along with their strikeout rate (at-bats per strikeout):
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1B Mike Napoli, 2013
.58, 23 HRs, 90 RBIs, 485 ABs, 67 BBs
Napoli has been a streaky hitter during his first season in Boston (27 RBIs in April, just one HR in June, followed by a late resurgence). His previous high for strikeouts in a season: 137.
2B Mark Bellhorn, 2004
.264, 17 HRs, 82 RBIs, 523 ABs, 88 BBs
In his only full season with the Red Sox, Bellhorn posted several offensive career highs and batted .300 in the World Series. He also led the AL in strikeouts, and struck out another 17 times in the postseason.
LF Jason Bay, 2009*
.267, 36 HRs, 119 RBIs, 531 ABs, 94 BBs
Despite all the strikeouts, Bay was an All-Star and finished seventh in balloting for AL MVP on a 95-win team. However, injuries have since kept him from duplicating his '09 success with the Mets and Mariners.
3B Butch Hobson, 1977
.265, 30 HRs, 112 RBIs, 593 ABs, 27 BBs
Hobson was part of a powerful lineup that scored 859 runs. It also featured free swingers Jim Rice (120 strikeouts) and George Scott (112). Hobson would lower his strikeouts to 78 by 1979.
CF Tony Armas, 1984*
.268, 43 HRs, 123 RBIs, 639 ABs, 32 BBs
In an impressive power display, Armas led the AL in home runs, runs batted in, and total bases, making his high strikeout total more forgivable. He finished seventh in MVP voting.
1B Mo Vaughn, 1996*
.326, 44 HRs, 143 RBIs, 635 ABs, 95 BBs
Vaughn posted career highs in hits (207), home runs (44), runs batted in (143), walks (95), and OPS (1.003) as part of a selective Sox lineup - nobody else on the team had more than 89 strikeouts.
1B Mo Vaughn, 1997
.315, 35 HRs, 96 RBIs, 527 ABs, 86 BBs
Despite missing 21 games, Vaughn earned another spot on the list with his 1997 total. As Boston fell out of the pennant race, his strikeouts increased (67 strikeouts in 208 at-bats in August and September).
1B George Scott, 1966
.245, 27 HRs, 90 RBIs, 601 ABs, 65 BBs
Scott was a 22-year-old rookie in 1966, and played every game on a team that lost 90 games and finished ninth in the American League. The free swinger would win eight Gold Gloves at first base.
1B Mo Vaughn, 1995*
.300, 39 HRs, 126 RBIs, 550 ABs, 68 BBs
Vaughn was a controversial winner in American League MVP voting, narrowly edging Cleveland slugger Albert Belle although Belle bested him in several offensive categories and only struck out 80 times.
LF Manny Ramirez, 2001*
.306, 41 HRs, 125 RBIs, 529 ABs, 81 BBs
After signing a long-term contract with Boston, Ramirez set a career high for strikeouts in his first season with the Red Sox. Two seasons later, he would finish with more walks (97) than strikeouts (94).