Monday, January 12, 2009

GOAT Rickey Henderson in HOF

Seriously, 28 voters thought Rickey Henderson wasn't a first ballot Hall of Famer? Really now, let's run down his career attributes from Jayson Stark:
• He's the all-time leading base stealer in the history of the sport. And even if he'd never played a game after age 29, he'd still rank No. 5 -- ahead of Vince Coleman, Honus Wagner, Joe Morgan, Kenny Lofton and Maury Wills. Among a zillion others.

• Let's just say Carl Crawford and Jose Reyes are baseball's two most prominent active base stealers. They've combined to steal 592 bases in their careers, in a total of 13 seasons. That's not even as many as the 612 Rickey stole after turning 30 -- by HIMSELF.

• In Rickey Henderson, ladies and gentlemen, we're talking about a man who had more 20-homer seasons (four) than Matt Holliday, more 100-run seasons (13) than Manny Ramirez and Junior Griffey put together, and more 100-walk seasons (seven) than Chipper Jones, A-Rod, Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Grady Sizemore and Johnny Damon combined.

• In fact, Henderson had more 100-walk seasons by himself than all 14 of the active leadoff men in our rank-the-leadoff-hitters poll have drawn in their careers COMBINED.

• Not to mention he led the major leagues in runs scored five different times. Only Babe Ruth (eight) and Mickey Mantle (six) ever did it more times than that.
Case closed, nuff said! Whomever decided he wasn't first ballot should have their votes taken away. Morons. Rickey is the greatest clean player I've ever personally seen play. One of these days I'll write something up about Mr. Henderson. Mr. Oakland, born and raised. Congratulations and welcome to your rightful place on baseball's greatest team.
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