The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that they plan to retire Wade Boggs' No. 26 next May.
During his Red Sox tenure, Boggs won five batting titles, six silver sluggers, passed 200 hits in seven seasons
and was named an All-Star eight times. But until now, he was the only Hall of Famer to go into Cooperstown
wearing a Red Sox cap and not have his number retired by the team. Even the Rays, for whom Boggs only played
two seasons as he collected hit No. 3,000, retired Boggs' number 12 years ago.
Before this, BOS hadn't been shy about giving out No. 26, which was all the more puzzling. Since Boggs left Boston
in 1992, 13 players have worn it — a smorgasbord that included such luminaries as Scott Podsednik, Aaron Sele and
Alejandro Pena. Brock Holt has worn it the past three seasons, but will now wear No. 12.