According to RedSox.com, the Red Sox only retire numbers for Hall of Famers who played 10 years in Boston. Well Boggs meets both standards. (Johnny Pesky’s number is retired despite never being elected to the Hall of Fame. Go figure.)
What exactly is the problem here? He’s in the Hall of Fame with a Red Sox cap. He was the best hitter of the 1980s. He had five batting titles in the 1980s with the Sox. You prefer on-base percentage? OK, he led the league SIX times in on-base percentage. Had the highest OPS in 1987 and 1988. Got 200 hits seven straight seasons. He got 2,098 of his 3,010 hits in a Red Sox uniform. And oh yeah, scored what looked like a key insurance run in Game 6.
Why isn’t his uniform retired?
Why have Wes Chamberlain, Alejandro Pena, Aaron Sele, Orlando Merced, Chris Snopek, Rob Stanifer, Sean Berry, Freddy Sanchez and Ramiro Mendoza all worn No. 26 for the Red Sox since Boggs left?
Yeah I loved Lou Merloni too, but he wasn’t a Hall of Famer.
Was it because he went to the Yankees? He was non-tendered! The Red Sox in their infinite wisdom just cut him loose. And he clearly cared about playing in Boston. Who else was crying in the dugout?
Sure he had an affair…I have a feeling he wasn’t the only one. Retire No. 26 already!