The 2012 Boston Red Sox finished 69-93, last in the American League East and the franchise's most losses since 1965. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Manager Bobby Valentine was fired and former Sox pitching coach John Farrell was brought in from Toronto to replace him. The culture change was immediate and Boston won 97 games in 2013 and the AL East title. The Sox beat Tampa Bay in four games in the ALDS and Detroit in six in the ALCS. In the World Series against St. Louis, David Ortiz was unstoppable, hitting .688 with two home runs as Boston won in six games and Big Papi took his first World Series MVP Award.
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