Monday, December 21, 2015

Finally, Sox Will Retire Number Of Wade Anthony Boggs

The Great Wade Boggs (Getty Images)
A full decade after he was inducted into the Hall Of Fame, the jersey number 26 of Wade Boggs will be retired by the Red Sox. This long overdue honor will take place on May 26th. Mark your calendars. Boggs was one of the best hitters to ever don Carmine Hose—compiling a career mark in Boston of .338 over 11 seasons. Three-thirty-eight! His on-base percentage in Boston was a ridiculous .428. A 12-time All-Star, Boggs led the American League in hitting five times—all as a member of the Red Sox. Four of those batting titles were in succession (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988). In 1987, he led the league in OPS (1.049). He also led the AL in intentional walks for six straight seasons (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992). He collected over 200 hits seven times. Over his total 18-year career, Boggs hit .328 with a .415 OBP and an .858 OPS. Startlingly good numbers for a guy who bled Red Sox red—remember his reaction in the dugout after the 1986 World Series loss. We have long called for this honor, and we welcome it. Congratulations, Boggsie!