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Wade Boggs

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 2005, with 91.9% of the vote.

The first table below presents Wade Boggs's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Wade Boggs
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1982BOS24
104
10.49.00.5380.6
1.3
10.69.40.5300.51.2
1983BOS25
153
22.218.30.5471.7
3.2
21.917.60.5552.03.4
1984BOS26
157
17.917.50.5060.3
1.7
20.418.20.5281.22.7
1985BOS27
161
22.818.60.5512.2
3.7
23.718.30.5652.84.3
1986BOS28
149
21.915.00.5943.3
4.6
20.215.90.5602.03.3
1987BOS29
147
19.514.80.5692.3
3.6
20.214.40.5842.84.2
1988BOS30
155
19.915.40.5632.3
3.6
20.015.20.5682.53.8
1989BOS31
156
18.015.80.5321.1
2.3
20.016.00.5552.03.3
1990BOS32
155
18.117.70.5060.3
1.7
18.117.80.5040.31.6
1991BOS33
144
19.515.30.5602.2
3.5
18.615.40.5471.73.0
1992BOS34
143
16.316.70.494-0.3
1.1
16.116.10.501-0.11.2
1993NYA35
143
16.415.50.5150.5
1.8
16.016.80.488-0.41.0
1994NYA36
97
14.310.20.5842.1
3.2
13.910.80.5631.72.7
1995NYA37
126
13.811.90.5370.9
2.0
13.612.20.5270.71.7
1996NYA38
132
13.413.40.500-0.1
1.0
12.713.40.488-0.40.7
1997NYA39
104
9.28.60.5170.3
1.1
9.99.30.5150.31.1
1998TBA40
123
10.511.30.483-0.5
0.6
11.211.30.497-0.10.9
1999TBA41
90
7.79.30.453-0.8
-0.1
8.18.90.476-0.40.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,439
291.9254.30.53418.5
39.8
295.2257.10.53518.840.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
39
4.44.00.521 0.54.24.40.492 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,478
296.3258.30.534
40.3
299.4261.40.535 40.6


Wade Boggs collected over 3,000 hits in his major-league career, won 5 batting titles, made 12 All-Star games, and was elected to the Hall of Fame with over 90% of the vote in his first year of eligibility. Obviously, there was a tremendous appreciation of Wade Boggs's major-league career. But for all of that, I think Wade Boggs might have actually had an even better career than he's sometimes given credit for. He led the league in batting average five times, but he led the league in on-base percentage six times (and in total times on base eight times) and ranks higher on the career list in OBP (24th) than batting average (33rd). His 12 All-Star games tie for the 26th-most all-time, but Baseball-Reference ranks his MVP shares as 205th all-time.

Wade Boggs's Peak
Wade Boggs finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times in his career. These came consecutively, from 1985 through 1988, with a top finish of 4th (in 1985). As impressive as that is, it almost certainly understates how impressive Wade Boggs's peak was. According to Baseball-Reference, for example, Wade Boggs ranked 2nd-3rd-2nd-1st in WAR in the AL over those four seasons (and 3rd in 1989) and led AL position players in WAR for three consecutive years (1986 - 1988, with 2nd-place finishes on either side of that).

Player won-lost records generally agree with WAR regarding the excellence of Wade Boggs's prime.

As measured by (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over either positional average or replacement level, Wade Boggs was one of the top three players in major-league baseball over the latter half of the 1980's (1985 - 1989).

eWins over Positional Average
Top 10 Players
          eWins over Replacement Level
Top 10 Players
Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL           Player eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Cal Ripken132.6116.513.5
22.8
1Cal Ripken132.6116.513.5
22.8
2Roger Clemens80.455.913.4
20.1
2Wade Boggs124.598.013.2
21.6
3Wade Boggs124.598.013.2
21.6
3Rickey Henderson124.796.312.2
20.6
4Rickey Henderson124.796.312.2
20.6
4Roger Clemens80.455.913.4
20.1
5Orel Hershiser89.474.811.4
18.7
5Alan Trammell110.296.511.4
19.2
6Alan Trammell110.296.511.4
19.2
6Orel Hershiser89.474.811.4
18.7
7Bret Saberhagen79.759.211.3
18.2
7Darryl Strawberry119.790.710.5
18.4
8Darryl Strawberry119.790.710.5
18.4
8Ozzie Smith122.4109.39.7
18.4
9Dwight Gooden80.267.510.4
16.7
9Bret Saberhagen79.759.211.3
18.2
10Ozzie Smith122.4109.39.7
18.4
10Ryne Sandberg126.7110.58.6
17.5


Wade Boggs's Career
Wade Boggs did not merely have an excellent peak, he had an excellent career. For example, Wade Boggs is currently 29th alltime in career hits and 26th in career walks. The next table shows the top 10 players in (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average earned as a third baseman.

Top 10 Third Basemen
(Measured by eWOPA at Third Base)
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Schmidt307.1234.20.56731.0
2Eddie Mathews294.4229.40.56227.6
3Chipper Jones259.6209.30.55421.3
4Wade Boggs276.6244.20.53116.2
5George Brett223.4189.50.54116.1
6Ron Santo277.7236.40.54016.1
7Scott Rolen248.9213.60.53814.6
8Adrian Beltre319.0287.30.52614.0
9Alex Rodriguez153.0125.70.54913.2
10Evan Longoria166.2141.60.54012.1


Wade Boggs rates as one of the top five third basemen of at least the past 80 years.

Great peak, great career; great player.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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