Top 50 Sox Seasons #46: Wade Boggs, 1988

.366/.476/.490, .965 OPS, 719 PA, 214 H, 125 BB, 128 R, 5 HR, 58 RBI, 3.7 BB/K, 166 OPS+
Postseason: .385/.444/.385, 16 PA, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 R, 3 RBI

All-Star, Silver Slugger, MVP – 6

Boggs was nearing the end of his stunning string of 200-hit seasons in 1988 (the next year would be his last to reach that mark), but this would be his second-best, following up an amazing 1987 campaign with another league-leading OPS and setting a career high in on-base percentage – at the time the best single-season mark since 1962.

What’s more, Boggs put together an impressive 35-game on-base streak from May 13 to June 22 that included 50 hits and 37 walks (a .530 OBP). It was the second-longest of his career, then a month later, he kicked off a 31-game streak. In the 96 games between May 13 and Aug. 28, Boggs failed to reach base in a game three times. Overall, the third baseman reached base in 144 of the 155 games (93 percent) in which he played that season – clearly the lawsuit filed that summer by former girlfriend Margo Adams was no distraction.

Key game: Aug. 3. True to form, Boggs reaches base three times in four appearances – coming a homer short of the cycle and scoring two runs in a come-from-behind, 5-4 win over Texas. His one-out triple in the seventh leads to the tying run.

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