2017 Sea Dogs Hall of Fame Voting

Inductee to be announced in pre-game ceremony on September 1st

By Portland Sea Dogs | July 26, 2017 3:31 PM ET

The Portland Sea Dogs have announced the nominees for the 2017 Unum Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame. Fan voting will determine the winner. Fans are asked to vote for the one player they feel most deserves to be inducted in the Sea Dogs Hall of Fame.

The Unum Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame was established in 2005. In order to be eligible for the Sea Dogs Hall of Fame, the player most have debuted with the Sea Dogs at least ten years ago, had success in Portland and beyond in their career.

The Sea Dogs will announce the winner in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, September 1st when the Sea Dogs host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 6:00 PM at Hadlock Field.

NOMINEES:

Clay Buchholz RHP (2007-08)
Made his Double-A debut in 2007, going 7-2, 1.87 ERA (17 ER/86.2 IP) in 16 games with 116 strikeouts in 86.2 innings pitched. During his time in Portland, Buchholz was named an Eastern League All-Star and pitched in the Futures Game. Later in 2007, Buchholz made his Major League debut, going 3-1 with the Red Sox and a 1.59 ERA in 4 games. Clay won his first start, beating the Angels at Fenway Park on August 17, 2007…In only his second career major league start on September 1, 2007, he became the first Boston Red Sox rookie to throw a no-hitter when he blanked the Baltimore Orioles 10-0…Buchholz pitched with the Red Sox from 2007-16 and was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the 2017 season for current Sea Dog Josh Tobias.


Josh Reddick OF (2007-09)
Selected by the Red Sox in the 17th round of the 2006 draft and made his Sea Dogs debut in 2007, getting one at-bat in the last game of the season…Reddick hit .257 in 98 career games with the Sea Dogs, with 19 homers, 21 doubles and 5 triples. The Georgia native made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2099, getting the call from the Sea Dogs. Reddick appeared in 133 games with the Red Sox before a trade to the Oakland A's on December 28, 2011 for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney. Reddick patrolled with outfield for the A's from 2012-16 and was traded to the Dodgers during the trade deadline. Currently, Reddick is an everyday player for the Houston Astros.

Jacoby Ellsbury OF (2006/ 2007)
Appeared in 67 games with Portland across the 2006 and 2007 seasons, hitting .347 (94-for-271) with 20 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, 32 RBI, and 24 stolen bases… Still holds franchise record for batting average in a single month (.455, April '07) and is tied for most doubles in April (2007)… 2011 American League All-Star, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove Award winner… Led MLB in stolen bases in 2009 (70) and 2013(52), led AL in stolen bases in 2008 (50)… Led MLB in total bases in 2011 (364), when he finished 2nd in MVP voting… In seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox, hit .297 with 155 doubles, 31 triples, 65 home runs, 314 RBI, and 241 stolen bases in 287 attempts (84% success rate).

Jon Lester LHP (2005)
2005 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and All-Star with an 11-6 record and 2.61 ERA… Led the League in ERA, strikeouts (163), and tied for lead in complete games (3)… 2.61 ERA in 2005 is third-best single-season ERA in Sea Dogs history… 163 strikeouts in 2005 is second-most single-season strikeouts in Sea Dogs history… 2.57 career ERA in Portland is second-best in team history… Played parts of nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he was a two-time World Series Champion and three-time All-Star… Started 241 games for Boston and compiled a 110-63 (.636) record with a 3.64 ERA and 1,386 strikeouts (4th most in franchise history)… 1.97 career postseason ERA is 3rd best in franchise history… Threw a no-hitter on 5/19/08 at Fenway Park vs. Kansas City (7-0 win).

Jonathan Papelbon RHP (2005)
Started 14 games for Portland in 2005 and went 5-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 87.0 innings pitched… 12 year MLB career with Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington… 2007 World Series Champion with Boston… Six-time All-Star… Red Sox career saves leader with 219.

Anibal Sanchez RHP (2005)
Started 11 games for Portland in 2005 and went 3-5 with a 3.45 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 57.1 innings pitched… 11-year Major League career with Florida and Detroit… Led the American League in 2013 with a 2.57 ERA… Threw a no-hitter on 9/6/06 for Florida vs. Arizona (2-0 win).

Luis Castillo SS (1996)
Member of the 1996 Portland Sea Dogs, where his .317 AVG (5th best single-season, 4th best all-time) and 51 stolen bases (2nd most single-season, 5th most all-time) still stand in the Sea Dogs' record books… 15-year Major League career with Florida, Minnesota, and the New York Mets… Three-time All-Star… Three-time Gold Glove award winner… Led the National League in stolen bases in 2000 (62) and 2002 (48)… .290 career AVG with 194 doubles, 59 triples, 370 stolen bases, and 1,001 runs in 1,720 games.

Billy McMillon OF/ MGR 1995/ 2014-2015
Member of the 1995 Portland Sea Dogs, where he set a single-season team record with 96 walks and also posted the second-most hits (162) and third-highest on-base percentage (.423) in a single-season in team history… His .423 career on-base percentage as a Sea Dog is second-best all-time… Played six seasons in the Major Leagues with Florida, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Oakland… .248 career hitter with 35 doubles, 93 RBI, and 66 runs in 269 career games… Returned to Portland to manage the Sea Dogs in 2014 and 2015, led the 2014 Sea Dogs to an 88-54 record, posting the most single-season wins for a Sea Dogs team in franchise history.

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