Red Sox To Retire Wade Boggs’ Number This May
The Boston Red Sox announced Monday, that the team will retire former third baseman Wade Boggs' number 26 jersey in a pregame ceremony prior to the club's May 26 home game.
Boggs spent the first 11 years of his 18-year career at the hot corner for Boston. The five time batting champion won each batting title as a member of the Red Sox and was an All-Star eight times, during his tenure with the club. He finished his Red Sox career with a . .338 batting average, six silver slugger awards and a club record seven 200-hit seasons.
After the 1992 season, Boggs moved on to the rival New York Yankees, where he spent five years and won his only World Series championship in 1996. From there, he finished his career with two years in Tampa Bay, as a member of the then Devil Rays, where he reached the 3,000 hit club.
Boggs' holds a career slash line of .328/.415/.443 and compiled 3,010 hits, 1,412 walks and 1,014 RBI in 2,440 games. In 2005, Boggs was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee. He chose to sport a Red Sox cap on his hall of fame plaque.
Utility man Brock Holt had worn Boggs' number 26 the past two years, but to accommodate the retiring of the jersey the club also announced that he will switch to number 12 for the upcoming season.