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Help Boggs pursue milestone

As Wade Boggs chases 3,000 hits, incumbent starter Bobby Smith shows restraint and respect for the veteran by waiting his turn to play.

By ROGER MILLS

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 30, 1999


As Wade Boggs chases 3,000 hits, incumbent starter Bobby Smith shows restraint and respect for the veteran by waiting his turn to play.

The Times staff writer Roger Mills asked Bryan Perry of Tampa how he would handle the Boggs/Smith situation if he were manager Larry Rothschild:

"What I would do for now is play Boggs. He's the veteran. He's the guy chasing the record, and most of all, he's the draw. He'll bring people to the ballpark. But I would still give Bobby Smith as many chances as possible to keep his spirits up. Realistically, the quicker you get Boggs going, the quicker you get the whole thing over and done with. For now, I go with Boggs."

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