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Wade Boggs 3BRed Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 10740 .328 .415 .443 .302 80.4
Birth Date6-15-1958
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1982 BOS 24 104 381 338 51 118 14 1 5 149 35 21 0 4 4 44 1 0 .349 .406 .441 .295 26.9 14.3 4.4
1983 BOS 25 153 685 582 100 210 44 7 5 283 92 36 1 7 3 74 3 3 .361 .444 .486 .325 64.8 15.4 8.5
1984 BOS 26 158 726 625 109 203 31 4 6 260 89 44 0 4 8 55 3 2 .325 .407 .416 .293 47.2 14.5 6.6
1985 BOS 27 161 758 653 107 240 42 3 8 312 96 61 4 2 3 78 2 1 .368 .450 .478 .325 71.3 7.3 8.3
1986 BOS 28 149 693 580 107 207 47 2 8 282 105 44 0 4 4 71 0 4 .357 .453 .486 .335 75.7 9.0 8.8
1987 BOS 29 147 667 551 108 200 40 6 24 324 105 48 2 8 1 89 1 3 .363 .461 .588 .344 81.5 4.3 8.5
1988 BOS 30 155 719 584 128 214 45 6 5 286 125 34 3 7 0 58 2 3 .366 .476 .490 .343 80.0 -1.9 8.5
1989 BOS 31 156 742 621 113 205 51 7 3 279 107 51 7 7 0 54 2 6 .330 .430 .449 .315 60.9 -4.8 6.1
1990 BOS 32 155 713 619 89 187 44 5 6 259 87 68 1 6 0 63 0 0 .302 .386 .418 .281 32.7 -17.0 1.7
1991 BOS 33 144 641 546 93 181 42 2 8 251 89 32 0 6 0 51 1 2 .332 .421 .460 .307 44.2 -6.4 4.0
1992 BOS 34 143 598 514 62 133 22 4 7 184 74 31 4 6 0 50 1 3 .259 .353 .358 .268 19.0 -7.5 1.3
1993 NYA 35 143 644 560 83 169 26 1 2 203 74 49 0 9 1 59 0 1 .302 .378 .362 .273 21.1 4.3 2.6
1994 NYA 36 97 434 366 61 125 19 1 11 179 61 29 1 4 2 55 2 1 .342 .433 .489 .314 38.1 4.3 4.1
1995 NYA 37 126 541 460 76 149 22 4 5 194 74 50 0 7 0 63 1 1 .324 .412 .422 .291 34.7 -1.2 3.3
1996 NYA 38 132 574 501 80 156 29 2 2 195 67 32 0 5 1 41 1 2 .311 .389 .389 .274 26.0 -10.4 1.5
1997 NYA 39 104 407 353 55 103 23 1 4 140 48 38 0 4 2 28 0 1 .292 .373 .397 .276 15.5 0.4 1.6
1998 TBA 40 123 483 435 51 122 23 4 7 174 46 54 0 2 0 52 3 2 .280 .348 .400 .264 7.0 -1.1 0.6
1999 TBA 41 90 334 292 40 88 14 1 2 110 38 23 0 4 0 29 1 0 .301 .377 .377 .259 9.3 -8.4 0.1
Career244010740918015133010578611184064141274523962910142435.328.415.443.302755.815.080.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1978 BRS AA 109 414 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 BRS AA 113 476 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 PAW AAA 129 486 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 PAW AAA 137 593 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 BOS MLB 104 381 .295 .260 .324 .391 .263 .358 108 13.1 10.3 -2.8 14.3 2.3 26.9 4.4 26.9 4.4
1983 BOS MLB 153 685 .325 .267 .327 .400 .266 .374 107 44.9 18.6 2.6 15.4 -2.5 64.8 8.5 64.8 8.5
1984 BOS MLB 158 726 .293 .262 .322 .397 .265 .340 103 23.9 19.5 2.5 14.5 0.7 47.2 6.6 47.2 6.6
1985 BOS MLB 161 758 .325 .262 .326 .405 .267 .396 102 49.1 20.7 2.8 7.3 -2.1 71.3 8.3 71.3 8.3
1986 BOS MLB 149 693 .335 .261 .328 .407 .265 .374 101 53.2 19.2 2.6 9.0 -2.3 75.7 8.8 75.7 8.8
1987 BOS MLB 147 667 .344 .263 .331 .424 .265 .361 102 60.5 19.7 2.6 4.3 -1.3 81.5 8.5 81.5 8.5
1988 BOS MLB 155 719 .343 .260 .325 .394 .269 .379 104 56.9 18.8 2.3 -1.9 1.9 80.0 8.5 80.0 8.5
1989 BOS MLB 156 742 .315 .262 .325 .384 .266 .352 109 39.2 19.4 2.4 -4.8 3.1 60.9 6.1 60.9 6.1
1990 BOS MLB 155 713 .281 .259 .324 .390 .262 .328 107 14.7 19.1 2.4 -17.0 -3.7 32.7 1.7 32.7 1.7
1991 BOS MLB 144 641 .307 .263 .328 .396 .265 .338 105 29.6 17.3 2.4 -6.4 -5.1 44.2 4.0 44.2 4.0
1992 BOS MLB 143 598 .268 .259 .325 .382 .263 .261 103 4.6 15.5 0.3 -7.5 -0.8 19.0 1.3 19.0 1.3
1993 NYA MLB 143 644 .273 .271 .338 .413 .265 .322 99 9.1 18.5 1.7 4.3 -2.6 21.1 2.6 21.1 2.6
1994 NYA MLB 97 434 .314 .273 .345 .433 .268 .345 102 26.3 13.2 1.5 4.3 -2.8 38.1 4.1 38.1 4.1
1995 NYA MLB 126 541 .291 .269 .339 .424 .265 .350 103 18.7 16.2 1.5 -1.2 -1.1 34.7 3.3 34.7 3.3
1996 NYA MLB 132 574 .274 .278 .347 .446 .268 .326 101 9.2 17.7 2 -10.4 -1.9 26.0 1.5 26.0 1.5
1997 NYA MLB 104 407 .276 .270 .339 .433 .267 .314 96 7.3 11.2 -0.1 0.4 -3.6 15.4 1.6 15.5 1.6
1998 TBA MLB 123 483 .264 .264 .329 .420 .260 .306 93 2 13.1 -1.4 -1.1 -4.4 7.0 0.6 7.0 0.6
1999 TBA MLB 90 334 .259 .277 .343 .439 .264 .317 96 -0.4 9.3 0.6 -8.4 -0.1 8.7 0.0 9.3 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1978 BRS AA 414 63 110 14 2 1 32 53 25 1 5 .311 .398 .370 .059 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 BRS AA 476 56 132 17 2 0 41 66 21 11 3 .325 .419 .377 .052 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 PAW AAA 486 51 128 21 0 1 45 64 25 3 2 .306 .398 .364 .057 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 PAW AAA 593 67 167 41 3 5 60 89 41 4 4 .335 .437 .460 .124 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 BOS MLB 381 51 118 14 1 5 44 35 21 1 0 .349 .406 .441 .092 .295 26.9 14.3 4.4
1983 BOS MLB 685 100 210 44 7 5 74 92 36 3 3 .361 .444 .486 .125 .325 64.8 15.4 8.5
1984 BOS MLB 726 109 203 31 4 6 55 89 44 3 2 .325 .407 .416 .091 .293 47.2 14.5 6.6
1985 BOS MLB 758 107 240 42 3 8 78 96 61 2 1 .368 .450 .478 .110 .325 71.3 7.3 8.3
1986 BOS MLB 693 107 207 47 2 8 71 105 44 0 4 .357 .453 .486 .129 .335 75.7 9.0 8.8
1987 BOS MLB 667 108 200 40 6 24 89 105 48 1 3 .363 .461 .588 .225 .344 81.5 4.3 8.5
1988 BOS MLB 719 128 214 45 6 5 58 125 34 2 3 .366 .476 .490 .123 .343 80.0 -1.9 8.5
1989 BOS MLB 742 113 205 51 7 3 54 107 51 2 6 .330 .430 .449 .119 .315 60.9 -4.8 6.1
1990 BOS MLB 713 89 187 44 5 6 63 87 68 0 0 .302 .386 .418 .116 .281 32.7 -17.0 1.7
1991 BOS MLB 641 93 181 42 2 8 51 89 32 1 2 .332 .421 .460 .128 .307 44.2 -6.4 4.0
1992 BOS MLB 598 62 133 22 4 7 50 74 31 1 3 .259 .353 .358 .099 .268 19.0 -7.5 1.3
1993 NYA MLB 644 83 169 26 1 2 59 74 49 0 1 .302 .378 .362 .061 .273 21.1 4.3 2.6
1994 NYA MLB 434 61 125 19 1 11 55 61 29 2 1 .342 .433 .489 .148 .314 38.1 4.3 4.1
1995 NYA MLB 541 76 149 22 4 5 63 74 50 1 1 .324 .412 .422 .098 .291 34.7 -1.2 3.3
1996 NYA MLB 574 80 156 29 2 2 41 67 32 1 2 .311 .389 .389 .078 .274 26.0 -10.4 1.5
1997 NYA MLB 407 55 103 23 1 4 28 48 38 0 1 .292 .373 .397 .105 .276 15.5 0.4 1.6
1998 TBA MLB 483 51 122 23 4 7 52 46 54 3 2 .280 .348 .400 .120 .264 7.0 -1.1 0.6
1999 TBA MLB 334 40 88 14 1 2 29 38 23 1 0 .301 .377 .377 .075 .259 9.3 -8.4 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1999-08-28 1999-10-03 60-DL 36 32 Right Knee Surgery Cartilage 1999-09-08 -
1999-05-06 1999-05-21 15-DL 15 12 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1998-04-17 1998-05-08 15-DL 21 18 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
1987-09-25 1987-10-04 DTD 9 9 Left Knee Surgery - -

Compensation

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are you "buying" for 2011 based on disappointing 2010s? Lincecum, Braun, Prince, Mauer... Obviously, "disappointing" is relative.
(adfeit from NY)
Lincecum has some oddities going on--high BABIP against, which is a point in his favor, but he's also faced some of the weakest lineups in the league via quality of opponent OPS, and has allowed an OPS a few points above that. So I can see him being the same next year, which is still pretty great, but people shouldn't be drafting him in the first round (not that they should have been this year either, he does pitch).

Braun's big issue is production against lefties--given he's right-handed, I don't see that lasting. I'll take a deeper look at some point, but that's the kind of "anything can happen in 129 at-bats) answer.

Mauer has already redeemed himself. He's hitting .329/.406/.482 now. Expecting him to hit anywhere near 28 homers again was a dream--Mauer reminds me a lot of Wade Boggs, who also had one big homer season, but was mostly a doubles/OBP guy with a high batting average.

Prince Fielder sure is up and down with his ISO, huh? .213, .330, .231, .303, .211 in his last five seasons. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Wade Boggs a good comp for Ackley aside from position?
(Tex Premium Lager from NJ)
I said consistent .300+ for Ackley. Not consistent .350+. I can't think of every being in a position to project a guy as a consistent .350 guy. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)so ryan howard is the fastest ever to 200 hr. but he's also 29. is it really a surprise that a great power hitter who basically started playing in his prime is also way faster to 200 than anyone in history?
(amr2002 from philly)
This answer is kind of a punt, because I don't know if I can address it intelligently on the fly, but the question itself is interesting. And suppose Howard had come up a year or two earlier -- would he have proven himself ready? What about someone like Wade Boggs? (David Laurila)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Generally: to what degree can plate discipline be a teachable skill and/or contagious across an entire team? Specifically: The Brewers seem to have discovered the power of the walk en masse—does history suggest an entire team of reformed hackers can maintain this walk rate across an entire season?
(david from madison, wi)
I thought Wade Boggs had a similar effect on the Yankees, especially Don Mattingly and Paul O'Neill, when he joined them. I believe I touted a similar effect last year, when Kosuke Fukudome arrived in Chicago. Having good ABs strikes me as something that can be influenced by an atmosphere that values that kind of thing, although I'm not sure it can be quantified. (For a converse, think about the Angels' often-successful approach, centered on contact hitting.) (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What criteria makes a good lead off hitter?
(cal from chicago)
Being a good hitter, period, which means an ability to get on base. All the stuff about speed is bull -- it's nice but not necessary. Wade Boggs was one of the great leadoff men of all time and never stole a base - he just got to first 45 percent of the time... I like to think about the batting order like this - it's less a function of setting up scoring (the difference between the best, second-best, third-best batting order is quite small in terms of generating offense), but in distributing playing time. Your leadoff guy will get more PAs than anyone else on your team. You want that guy to be a good hitter, not a fast one. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Gedman was my favorite baseball player as a kid. Since I was a wee lad during his career, how do you remember him? His post '86 batting lines are too depressing for me to look at.
(rogerlamarque from Brooklyn)
As part of a really awesome lineup, from Wade Boggs leading off (no stolen bases "to speed things up" in Boston) to Dwight Evans at #2, all the way down to Marty Barrett, who wasn't an impact player but could at least slap .290-worth of singles. I also remember the injuries, principally a bad thumb, pretty much finishing Gedman at 25, a tough break for both him and the franchise. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Well, if the Cards aren't going to have a good year anyway, what's the harm in sending him down for a while to delay the start of his arbitration clock? 72 wins is just as good as 73, really, right? Is there any developmental advantage to getting an extra month or two in the majors?
(Andy from New York, NY)
Getting back to Rasmus for a moment...It's not to get more wins, it's to get him big league experience when the pressure is off. I've always felt that high-level players like Rasmus should be in the bigs by 22. If you look at history, that's usually the case. There have been some late entries, like Wade Boggs, but the greats are usually there early unless their path was blocked by another great. (Boggs was blocked, in part, because Yaz was still hanging around.) Andy makes a good point about arbitration clocks, but the Cards can always do what the Mets did with David Wright and Jose Reyes, lock him up early and long. (Jim Baker)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSGiven how everyone is now bending over backwards to put Rice into the HOF maybe I shouldn't say this, but the GDPs are the one bum rap he got -- hitting behind Wade Boggs and Dwight Evans, or Boggs and Marty Barrett, even Vince Coleman would have hit into a bunch of double plays. There were only a couple of years in Rice's career in which his rate led the league. (Steven Goldman)