Boggs, Wade

Wade Anthony Boggs
Born: June 15, 1958, Omaha, Nebraska
Played For: 
Boston Red Sox (1982-1992), New York Yankees (1993-1997), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-1999)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2005

Wade Boggs was a virtuoso with a bat and one of the game's true masters at striking a baseball between the foul lines at an alarmingly successful rate. Utilizing great bat control and a good eye, Boggs won five batting titles, strung together seven consecutive seasons of 200 or more hits and earned 100 walks in four straight seasons. With his knack for getting on base, Boggs often batted leadoff and scored at least 100 runs every season from 1983-89. A member of the 3,000-hit club despite not getting a chance to play in the big leagues regularly until he was nearly 25, Boggs retired with a lofty .328 batting average.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Wade Boggs was the first player to hit a home run for his 3,000th career hit?
I used to tell my pitchers I could get them two strikes on Boggs easy, but from then on they were on their own. There's no doubt in my mind that he is the best two-strike hitter in history.
Rene Lachemann