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Plus Boggs was considered slow. He ran like a cement block, got on base all the timer, and darn it all, it's all Wade's fault that big Jim Ed grounds into all those DP's.
And I know it sounds uber insane now, but the above was actually a pretty prominently held school of thought in the mid 80's.
Now in fairness, it should be mentioned that Boggs always complained that the main reason he wasn't a power hitter was that the Sox (rightly) batted him leadoff. For years he said, "Hit me deeper in the order and I can hit the Poo-bah." As he, like Ichiro always had great BP power, he was kinda, sorta, maybe a little bit, believed.
But before 87 he got into a bad contract dispute, and somehow convinced the Sox to hit him 3rd that year. Boggs responded with the best year of his life, hit .363 with 40 doubles and 24 HR's.
So the Sox in their infinite wisdom moved him back to leadoff the next year.
Oh I know-all of which worked against Wade. The one year he gets a chance to hit 3rd and Boom, everyone in the league goes nuts.
Year AL NL1985 4.11 3.241986 4.33 3.361987 4.91 3.841988 3.52 2.821989 3.08 2.93
the tougher AL East pitching hurts him as well.
Yeah, Boggs was a big deal. He wasn't a "slugger," but then Nomar wasn't either. So I don't know what Simmons is thinking.
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