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All-time Red Sox All-Star team

Updated: July 12, 2011, 3:47 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The first thing you need to know about my all-time Red Sox All-Star team is that Dustin Pedroia will barely notice he made the club -- he'll be too busy grousing that I stuck him in the No. 9 hole in the lineup.

Never mind that I've got the 1967 version of Yaz hitting out of place in the No. 2 hole, Pedroia's customary spot; he'll still feel the same way he did when he played in the All-Star Game in 2008 and saw that Terry Francona was batting Derek Jeter in the 2-spot instead. I can just hear him muttering, "Aren't you trying to win this game?"

Well, yes, I am, and I'd like my chances regardless of my batting order with the 2000 version of Pedro Martinez on the mound. Study the numbers -- 1.74 ERA, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.88-1, .737 walks and hits per innings pitched. And all performed with a maestro's flair.

Toughest players to leave off: Smoky Joe Wood, Manny Ramirez, Bobby Doerr, Roger Clemens, Lefty Grove.

Here's my all-time Sox lineup. Let me know yours in the comments section:

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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