By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The greatest offensive duo in Red Sox history will enter the Red Sox Hall of Fame together.
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez will headline the 2020 class, the team announced Tuesday. They will be inducted alongside former catcher Rich Gedman, former general manager Dan Duquette, and pitcher Bill Dinneen, who played six years in Boston from 1902-1907.
From 2003 to 2008, Ortiz and Ramirez put up numbers few middle of the order tandems have in Major League history, combining for 431 home runs before Ramirez was traded in 2008. Only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit more home runs as a duo over a six-year span in baseball history, 526 between 1927 and 1932.
Ortiz hit 483 home runs in a Red Sox uniform, second only to Ted Williams (521). He batted .290 with a .956 OPS in his 14 years in Boston. He was undeniably the most clutch player in team history, leading the Red Sox to three championships.
Ramirez is on the short list for the greatest right-handed hitter in team history. He batted .312 with 274 home runs and a .999 OPS in his seven and a half years in Boston.
Gedman, a Worcester native, played 10 years with the Red Sox from 1980 to 1990. He made two All-Star teams and was the runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year in 1981.
Duquette was chosen as this year's non-uniform inductee. He served as general manager from 1994 to 2001. His three major accomplishments as GM were trading for Pedro Martinez before the 1998 season, signing Ramirez to an eight-year, $160 million contract in the winter of 2000, and trading closer Heathcliff Slocumb to the Seattle Mariners for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek.
Dinneen started four games in the first World Series in 1903 and won the clinching game of the series.
An induction ceremony will be held on April 30.
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