Wade Boggs to Coach Tampa Bay

ByABC News
November 7, 2000, 4:39 PM

S T.  P E T E R S B U R G, Fla. Nov. 7 -- Wade Boggs never set boundaries for himself as a player, and he has no intentions of doing it forothers as hitting coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

I think goals are limitations. I dont want to set limitationson guys trying to achieve. The skys the limit, the five-time ALbatting champion and member of the 3,000-hit club said todayafter he joined the coaching staff of manager Larry Rothschild.

If I ever did that with my career, I dont think I would haveever reached 3,000. When you set goals and you reach those goals inmid-August and early September, theres nothing to look forward to.You sort of lose your drive. I dont want these guys to lose theirdrive for 162 games.

All-Star Coaching TeamBoggs, who retired from the team in 1999 after 18 big-leagueseasons, was hired along with Hal McRae and Terry Collins Boggsbecomes the Devil Rays third hitting coach in four years.

McRae and Collins, both former major league managers, will serveas bench and bullpen coach.

Rothschild, who also hired Darren Daulton to work as a catchinginstructor, said it was not necessarily his intent to fill thepositions with such high-profile candidates.

The decision was who was going to best fit in on this staffand help us the most high-profile, less profile or whatever,the manager said. I think the most important thing is the contentof the person and what they bring to us. In each case, like I said,were pretty fortunate.

Boggs played two seasons for Tampa Bay after spending most ofhis career with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and hasbeen a special assistant to general manager Chuck LaMar for thepast year.

A 12-time AL All-Star with a .328 lifetime batting average,Boggs is 22nd on the career hits list with 3,010. He became theonly player to get No. 3,000 on a home run when he connected offClevelands Chris Haney at Tropicana Field on Aug. 7, 1999.