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|Tom Candiotti's Take|
I tend to downplay my career. But being on the ballot gives me the opportunity to look back on my 16 years as a major-league pitcher and realize, hey, I had a pretty good run.
Now, if I had John Kerry's money, I might have a chance to be elected! Seriously, it's great just to be mentioned in the same breath with the other players on the ballot.
One first-time eligible player who stands out is Wade Boggs. The 12-time All-Star has 3,010 hits. That 3,000-hit plateau is a significant accomplishment. Boggs also holds the AL record with seven straight 200-hit seasons.
I faced Boggs often during my career. He came up in 1982, one year before me. He was always a tough out.
Boggs had tremendous bat control, and he would pepper that wall in Fenway Park when he was with the Red Sox.
A little-known fact about Boggs is that, for a position player, he had a pretty good knuckleball.
As a knuckleball pitcher, I could appreciate that. I remember once during a pregame situation Boggs threw the ball toward me — and it was a knuckleball. "How was that?" he asked me. He even threw two-plus innings in two career outings as a pitcher. I called him up after one of those outings and told him, "Hey, good job with your knuckleball."
Boggs was fun to play against. I wish him the best in his candidacy for the Hall of Fame.
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