Originally created 11/10/99

Wade Boggs apparently set to retire



DANA POINT, Calif. -- Wade Boggs, who three months ago became the 23rd player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, apparently is set to retire.

Boggs, a five-time AL batting champion, played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays the past two years after 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and five with the New York Yankees.

Devil Rays manager Larry Rothschild, attending the baseball's general managers meetings, said Tuesday a news conference to clarify that issue will be held Thursday in St. Petersburg.

"I don't know where the story came from, it was in the St. Petersburg paper," Rothschild said. "At this time, it's too early to speculate."

Boggs, a 41-year-old third baseman, is eligible for free agency and The St. Petersburg Times reported Tuesday that Boggs is likely to take an off-field position with the Devil Rays.

On Aug. 7, he became the first player to homer for hit No. 3000, connecting against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. He kissed home plate after joyously circling the bases.

Boggs finished the season with 3,010 hits and a .328 career batting average. He was one of two players to reach the 3,000-hit milestone last season, joining San Diego's Tony Gwynn, who did it a day earlier.

Boggs, who had season-ending knee surgery a month after getting his 3,000th hit, hit .301 in 90 games for the Devil Rays last season.