Mike Greenwell was one of those players that quietly had a very solid major league career. Never the superstar or the attention getter, Greenwell had a productive 12-year career with the Boston Red Sox.
I became a fan of Greenwell’s during his rookie season as I was following Wade Boggs’ stats on a daily basis. Like Boggs, Greenwell was a contact hitter and they suited one another perfectly. Greenwell hit .328 during his rookie year and finished 4th in the Rookie of the Year balloting ultimately losing to the unanimous winner Mark McGwire.
Greenwell’s best season(1988) was his second season with the Red Sox in which he batted .325 while hitting 22 home runs and driving in 119 runs. Had it not been for Jose Canseco’s 40/40 performance during that same year Greenwell could have finished the year with MVP honors.
During his 12-year career in Boston, Greenwell hit .300 or better in 7 seasons and finished with a career average of .303. As a 2-time All-Star selection, Mike Greenwell also amassed 130 career home runs and 726 RBI.
After retiring from baseball Mike Greenwell began a new career as a race car driver. In May of 2006, Greenwell made his debut racing for his Green Light Racing team in the Craftsman Truck Series. Greenwell also owns and operates ‘Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park’ in Cape Coral, Florida.