Red Sox bring back Lowell

November 20, 2007 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Another way the Boston Red Sox are breaking with precedent: They’re keeping their stars.

Boston brought back third baseman — and World Series MVP — Mike Lowell with a three-year contract on Monday. Just as the team kept pitchers Curt Schilling and Tim Wakefield this offseason, it has shown a similar willingness to hold onto its top performers at the plate.

One reason why the Sox never made it to back-to-back postseason appearances for much of the Curse of the Bambino epoch — from after the 1918 World Series till the 1998-99 seasons under manager Jimy Williams — is that they failed to retain key players. Iconic catcher Carlton Fisk departed after the 1980 season when he failed to receive a new contract on time, while the late-1990s exits of Roger Clemens and Mo Vaughn helped to tarnish the tenure of general manager Dan Duquette.

So the good news from Yawkey Way continues. Can it translate into another postseason visit in 2008?

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