Born June 23, 1958 Marty Barrett played the bulk of his career at second base for the Red Sox before finishing it out for the San Diego Padres. The second baseman played for 10 seasons, making his MLB debut on September 6, 1982.
Barrett grew up in Arcadia California and attended Arizona State University–a school known for its rich baseball talent. Barrett was drafted by the Sox as a scrappy and smart infielder. Though he didn’t leave the MLB with the flashiest distinctions he is remembered for his above average arm, penchant for big hits, virtually never striking out (0nly 209 career Ks) along with scoring the winning run in the longest recorded professional baseball game–a 32 inning match between the Paw Sox and Rochester Red Wings.
Barrett was brought up to the bigs towards the end of the 1982 season but made an impact with his focus on contact and going the other way along with his defense. In fact it was his on-field smarts that make him memorable as he pulled off a hidden ball trick three times in his career, two of them in the same season! Here’s an example of some of his baseball-IQ (and a pretty funny video)
Barrett had some of his best years in the mid-80s as he batted a career high .303 in 1984, and then in 1986 he turned in one of his most productive seasons batting .286 with four homers, four triples, 39 doubles and 60 RBIs while stealing 15 bases. Barrett’s true shining moment though was when the regular season had ended; he batted .433 (13-30) in the World Series against the Mets, though the Sox lost in the infamous Game 7 error. You can see Barrett’s full stats here!
The Sox trudged through the rest of the 80s until 1990 when they faced the Oakland A’s in the ALCS; unfortunately teammate Roger Clemens was ejected in the second inning to which Barrett responded by dragging and dumping plastic water coolers onto the field. He was of course ejected, and as it happened it was his last appearance in a Sox uniform as he went to San Diego in the offseason. He played 12 games that season batting .188 and then retired.