Wade Boggs joined the Hall of Fame this week, but you might have missed it if you were living in Boston. It was a bigger deal in Boston when Dennis Eckersley was elected to the Hall. There's something wrong with the city when a player who built his Hall credentials in Oakland gets more acknowledgement than a player who built his Hall credentials in Boston.
Boggs had some flaws:
- He embarrassed his team and himself with his Margo Adams affair (a story that was over exposed -- I'm sure he's the first athlete who cheated on his wife).
- He was known to complain to an official score keeper about ruling a potential hit an error (all players do this, but Wade got criticized the most for doing it).
- He went to the Yankees. (This is what bothered me the most about Boggs, but I've gotten over it. The Sox made no effort to re-sign him. Also, in my twisted mind, the image of Boggs winning a series as a Yankee doesn't bother me as much now the Red Sox won one).
- He played too long just to get 3000 hits. (On the other hand, the Red Sox waited way too long to bring him up from the minors. I'm too lazy to look it up, but not many player reached 3000 in fewer games than Boggs.
Look at his stats.
For seven straight years he had over 200 hits, walked a lot, and scored over 100 runs. In 1985 he had 240 hits, 107 runs, a .368 batting average, 42 doubles, and an on base percentage of .450. I wouldn't mind having a player like that hit in front of Ortiz and Manny.
Not everyone ignored Boggs going into the Hall of Fame. Bob Ryan wrote a nice article.