‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Wade Boggs VS George Brett
When discussing the greatest third baseman of all-time, the names Mike Schmidt and Brooks Robinson seem to be the first two names uttered in most conversations.
The third spot is kind of up for grabs though. From Chipper Jones to George Brett to Eddie Matthews to Wade Boggs, the list of names that could fill the third spot is a lengthy one.
So, tonight, we will debate two of those Hall of Famers: Wade Boggs and George Brett.
First, let’s look at their numbers:
|Wade Boggs||George Brett|
|200 Hit Seasons||7||2|
|150-199 Hit Seasons||4||9|
Ok, and now that the numbers are posted, here are my take-aways:
- Boggs’ number of 200-hit seasons stands out immediately
- The difference between a .328 and a .305 career batting average is huge over a 18-21 season career
- Boggs’ career on-base percentage is .46 points higher that Brett’s
- Brett has almost 100 more doubles and 200 more home runs than Boggs
- Boggs scored a lot more average runs per year
- Brett drove in runs at a much greater clip – 3:2
- Boggs was recognized with 8 Silver Slugger Awards to Brett’s 3
- Brett’s MVP Season stands out
Man, what a race between these two guys. While Wade Boggs was able to excel in the 3rd spot in the batting order due to his ability to put the ball in play and draw walks, Brett was a huge run-producer for the Royals. Brett’s home run numbers and RBI cannot be ignored. And the fact that he did that while maintaining a career batting average of .305 is huge. I was extremely surprised to see that Brett had more career doubles than Boggs – very surprised!
As for league-wide recognition, they have similar All-Star numbers, with Boggs getting the edge in both Gold Glove Awards and Silver Sluggers. But, it was Brett that is able to stake his claim as the best player in baseball with his MVP Award.
So, now it is vote time.
And my vote goes to Wade Boggs. For me, Boggs was the perfect person you would want batting third for your team. His uncanny ability to get on base by either collecting hits or drawing walks was elite. Ultimately, it led to a lot of runs being scored – and a lot of wins for the Boston Red Sox. His defense was better than Brett’s and the Silver Slugger wins cannot be ignored.
And now it is your turn. Cast your vote in the debate - Wade Boggs VS George Brett!!!!