|Born: June 15, 1958 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 10, 1982|
for the Boston Red Sox
|August 27, 1999|
for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox. Events 763 BC - Assyrians record a Solar eclipse that will be used to fix the Chronology of Mesopotamian history Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in Baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. His hitting in the 1980s and 1990s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles, in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League ( AL) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball Anthony Keith Gwynn (born May 9 1960 in Los Angeles California) is a former Right fielder in Major League Baseball, statistically one of the best and Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. The 2005 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001 With 12 straight All-Star appearances, Boggs is third only to Brooks Robinson and George Brett in number of consecutive appearances as a third baseman. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the "Midsummer Classic" is an annual Baseball game between players from the National League Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr (born May 18, 1937 in Little Rock Arkansas) is an American former Third baseman in Major League George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals His finest season was 1987 when he set career highs in HR(24), RBI(89), and slugging percentage(. 588). Also in that season he batted . 363 and held a . 461 OBP, both stats leading the league.
A left-handed hitter, Boggs won five batting titles starting in 1983. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles over Philadelphia Phillies (4-1 Rick Dempsey, He also batted . 349 in his rookie year which would have won the batting title, but was 121 plate appearances short of the required minimum of 502. From 1982 to 1988, Boggs hit below . Champions Major League Baseball World Series Champion St Louis Cardinals World Series MVP Darrell See also 1988 Major League Baseball season Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers 349 only once, hitting . 325 in 1984. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Detroit Tigers over San Diego Padres (4-1 Alan Trammell, MVP From 1983 to 1989, Boggs rattled off seven consecutive seasons in which he collected 200 or more hits, an American League record for consecutive 200-hit seasons that was later matched by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Oakland Athletics over San Francisco Giants (4-0 Dave Stewart, often known simply as, (born October 22 1973 in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is an Outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Boggs also had six seasons with 200 or more hits, 100+ runs and 40+ doubles. Although he would not win another batting title after 1988 (his batting title that year broke Bill Madlock's Major League record of four by a third baseman), he regularly appeared among the league leaders in hitting. Bill Madlock Jr (born January 12, 1951 in Memphis Tennessee) is a former Major League Baseball player He was roundly criticized by columnists, opposing players and even his own teammates as being selfish for his focused, methodical approach to hitting.
In 1992, Boggs slumped to . Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Atlanta Braves (4-2 Pat Borders, MVP 259 – one of only three times in his career that he failed to reach . 300 – and at the end of the season he left the Red Sox, with whom he had spent his entire career. He was heavily pursued by two teams: the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees - he chose the Yankees when they added the third year to the contract that the Dodgers would not offer. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball team based in Los Angeles California, USA The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. Boggs went on to be awarded three straight all-star appearances, had four straight . 300-plus seasons and even collected two Gold Glove Awards for his defense. For the award given to amateur boxers see Golden Gloves. In American Baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to
In 1996, Boggs helped the Yankees to their first World Series title in 18 years. It was the first (and only) World Series title earned by Boggs. He memorably celebrated by jumping on the back of an NYPD horse, touring the field with his index finger in the air - despite his self-professed fear of horses.
Boggs signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the final two seasons of his career, in 1999 collecting his 3,000th hit. The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St Despite his deserved reputation as a singles hitter with limited power, he is the first and only member of the 3,000-hit club whose 3,000th hit was a home run. The historic ball was caught in the right field stands of Tropicana Field by Mike Hogan, a sports information director at the University of South Florida, who gave it back to Boggs at the conclusion of the game. Hogan had moved to Tampa just 10 days prior to the event. Boggs retired in 1999 after sustaining a knee injury, leaving with a career batting average of . Champions Major League Baseball World Series: New York Yankees over Atlanta Braves (4-0 Mariano Rivera, MVP 328 and 3,010 hits.
Boggs is credited with teaching the Yankees their current pitch-selection technique; swinging only at perfect pitches and fouling off close but tough to hit pitches, forcing teams to go to their usually weak bullpens. Before Boggs joined the Yankees, they were 14th in pitches per plate appearance, and 4th and then 1st after he joined. In addition, the Yankees were 12th and 8th in on base percentage the two years prior to Boggs joining the team and 2nd the year he came on board (1993), followed by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 1st. In Baseball statistics, on-base percentage (OBP (sometimes referred to as on-base average ', as the statistic is rarely presented as a true Percentage) Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Philadelphia Phillies (4-2 Paul Molitor,
His own style included mental preparedness techniques including visualizing four at-bats each evening before a game and imagining himself successfully getting four hits.
In 1987, Boggs – who was up for a new contract following the season – hit 24 home runs, easily the most in any year of his career.
His #12 has been retired by the Tampa Bay Rays. Although he has not had his number retired by the Boston Red Sox, he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2004. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
Boggs garnered non-baseball related media attention in 1989 for his four-year extramarital affair with Margo Adams, a California mortgage broker. A mortgage broker acts as an intermediary who sells Mortgage loans on behalf of individuals or businesses After Boggs ended the relationship in 1988, Adams filed a $12 million lawsuit for emotional distress and breach of oral contract. In law a lawsuit is a civil action brought before a Court in which the party commencing the action the Plaintiff, seeks a legal or equitable remedy Intentional infliction of emotional distress ( IIED) is a Tort claim of recent origin for intentional conduct that results in extreme emotional distress Breach of contract is a Legal concept in which a Binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance She argued that Boggs had verbally agreed to compensate her for lost income and services performed while accompanying Boggs on road trips.  Boggs' reputation was further sullied when Adams agreed to an interview with Penthouse magazine in which she discussed intimate details of her time with Boggs. Penthouse, a Men 's Magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and Soft-core pornographic pictorials  While acknowledging the validity of the affair, Boggs went on the offensive in order to combat the wave of negative press, publicly denying many of the claims made by Adams. Boggs' rebuttal included an appearance on the ABC program 20/20 in which he presented his side of the story to Barbara Walters. 20/20 is an American television Newsmagazine broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25 1929) is an American Journalist, writer and media  In February 1989, an appeals court threw out $11. Court of Appeal, Court of Appeals, and Appellate Division redirect here for a list of specific courts using those titles see Court of Appeal 5 million of the initial lawsuit, ruling that Adams could not seek compensation for emotional distress.  The remaining $500,000 was settled out of court later that year for an undisclosed amount. 
Before his retirement, Boggs was plagued by newspaper reports that the expansion Devil Rays gave him financial compensation in return for selecting a Devil Rays cap for his plaque, though he has denied that any such condition was part of his contract.  In light of those reports (and other rumors that teams were offering number retirement, money or organizational jobs in exchange for the cap designation) the Hall decided in 2001 to change the policy on cap logo selection, giving the Hall, not the players, the final say in such matters. Boggs would eventually be depicted wearing a Boston cap for his 2005 induction, despite his acrimonious relationship with Red Sox management.
Boggs was known for his superstitions as much as his hitting. He ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice once called Boggs "chicken man"), woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 150 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17. The chicken ( Gallus gallus, sometimes G gallus domesticus) is a domesticated Fowl which is traditionally believed to have descended from James Edward Rice (born March 8 1953) is a former Left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the American League 's His route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout. He drew the Hebrew word "Chai", meaning "life", in the batter's box before each at-bat, though he is not Jewish. Chai (xai occasionally) is a Symbol and word that figures prominently in Jewish culture and consists of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet His favorite count was 3 balls and 2 strikes. Boggs also claimed that his at-bats improved when longtime mistress Margo Adams attended games while not wearing underwear.