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What did the Tigers do with Cobb, or Pirates with Wagner?
any Bosox fans out there old enough to have backstory on how he didn't make the team in '81 or '80?
In short, the sotry is that Boggs hit VERY well in the minors, but the Sox failed to realize how poor a hitting park they had at AAA; their hitters would actually hit for BETTER stats in the majors (half of the games at Fenway)! Plus they didn't account well for the value of his good eye.
I was young then but I seem to recall that there were concerns that Boggs didn't have the power to be an MLB 3rd baseman nor was he good enough defensively. Basically it was "all he can do is hit" which look ridiculous now of course.
The Sox had traded for Carney Lansford who went on to win the batting title in 1981 and in 1980 they went into the season with Butch Hobson who had been a good player but fell apart.
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