Of Wade Boggs' many accomplishments that make him worthy of consideration for the Hall of Fame, these truly stand out:
7 CONSECUTIVE 200-HIT SEASONS
The only player to have more than seven in a row is Willie Keeler, who did it eight straight seasons for Baltimore and Brooklyn from 1894-1901. Overall, only five players had more than seven for their career: Pete Rose (10), Ty Cobb (nine) and Lou Gehrig, Paul Waner and Keeler (eight).
3,010 CAREER HITS
He was the 23rd player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau, and one of 25 current members of the club. The only ones not in the Hall are not eligible: Pete Rose, Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson and _ for now _ Boggs.
.328 CAREER BA, .415 CAREER OBP
He ranks 26th in career on-base percentage and is one of only eight players with at least 3,000 hits and 1,400 walks, and he ranks 34th all time in batting average, hitting better than .300 in 15 of 18 seasons and winning five AL batting titles.
_ MARC TOPKIN, Times staff writer