Collectors who are looking to cash in on Wade Boggs' assault on the 3,000 hit plateau take note. The veteran third baseman has been doing some of his own "collecting" this season. The Tampa Bay infielder has asked umpires to take all of his hits out of play so he can keep them as he approaches the coveted 3,000 hit mark. Of course, he won't be able to do the same should he hit a home run enroute to 3,000, but Boggs has only 118 homers in 17 seasons. The chances are good he will be able to retrieve all of his hits before he reaches the mark later this year. Randy Minkoff is a former reporter, writer, editor and author, with more than three decades of journalism experience and a unique combination of both print and broadcasting. Minkoff is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Crain's Chicago Business. He has been syndicated nationally as a radio/TV critic and has also written a weekly column for the Daily Herald. He is the author of Ron Santo; For Love of Ivy, the biography of the former Cub third baseman and his battle against diabetes. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism.