MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs latest Field of Dreams investor
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MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is the Field of Dreams expansion project's latest investor.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs has signed on as an investor in the Field of Dreams Movie Site expansion project.
Thursday, Chicago-based development company Go the Distance Baseball, LLC announced Boggs' involvement.
The projected $38 million expansion project includes a 24-field youth baseball-softball tournament facility, complete with lodging for traveling teams as well as other amenities.
Boggs, a 12-time All Star, spent most of his 18-year MLB career with the Boston Red Sox and has more than 3,000 hits to his name.
"Keeping the Field of Dreams Movie Site alive and growing for generations to come is a great way to give back to the sport I love and that has been my livelihood," Boggs said in a media release Thursday.
He helped bring the New York Yankees to the 1996 World Series championship and finished his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
In addition to all that, Boggs had four straight .300-plus seasons, five American League batting titles, eight Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Glove Awards.
A Nebraska native, Boggs now lives in Tampa, Fla. He said in an interview with KWWL TV Thursday afternoon, he sees this project as a way of giving Midwest ballplayers a leg up to the major league.
"A lot of times in the north, they don't have the climate that California, Texas and Florida have, naturally. Those three states produce the most professional athletes as far as baseball players go, so the north of sort of limited," Boggs said. "Once the leaves fall off the trees and the snow hits the ground, baseball's sort of done, but one of the facilities that we're going to have on site is an indoor facility where they can practice year round, get in there, take some ground balls, maybe take some batting practice and get they're throwing in, and that way, when the spring comes, they're not a step behind."
He said the Midwest facility will also save parents money.
"It's something the Midwest needs, naturally: an area for youth baseball players and youth softball players to go," Boggs said. "We feel that this area geographically benefits the parents economically for the fact that they don't have to go to the east coast for their children to compete."
The MLB Hall of Fame inducted Boggs in 2005, and the Red Sox Hall of Fame inducted him in 2004.
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