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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rob Woodward, Rochester Red Wings - 303

Check out the updated feature on Rob Woodward from July 2011: Rob Woodward, Did Return

Rob Woodward can't be called the greatest Red Sox from New Hampshire and he couldn't be called the player fans most wanted to see at a charity softball game. But he can be called a major leaguer.

Rob Woodward's major league career consists of 24 appearances over four seasons, all of them behind him by the time he arrived in Rochester. Woodward was taken in the third round of the 1981 draft by the Red Sox, spending five seasons in the minors before making his debut as a 1985 September call-up. According to the Red Sox site Sons of Sam Horn, Woodward's career "Moment in the Sun" came that year with a nine-inning no-decision.

He pitched nine games each in 1986 and 1987. He impressed manager John McNamara in August 1987 with a six-inning plus no decision. (He did get eight decisions in his career, going 4-4). It was in 1986, with the Pawtucket Red Sox that Woodward pitched 27.2 scoreless innings, still a Paw Sox record.

His final call-up and final game came in September 1988. He arrived with the club Sept. 1, without a hint that he was on the roster. He didn't actually get into a game until more than three weeks later, Sept. 26. He got two out and gave up a run, his final appearance in the majors.

Woodward spent three more seasons in the minors, the final two in Baltimore's system in Rochester.

But when Woodward is remembered, it is for his time with the Red Sox. Baseball Digest's Jere Smith made Woodward, along with fellow CMC set member Phil Plantier, finalists for best Red Sox player ever from New Hampshire. (Kevin Romine won) Woodward also got the honor of being a former Red Sox player at a July 2007 charity softball game. When asked which former Red Sox player they most wanted to see, fans understandably bypassed Woodward for Oil Can Boyd.

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 20/880
Major Leaguers: 9
Never Made the Majors: 11
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 3
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 8

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