What Up, Dawg

Former San Diego Surf Dawgs outfielder Rickey Henderson

Congratulations to Rickey Henderson on being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. My favorite memories of Henderson are his slide into home after hitting the homer that gave him the all-time runs scored record, the wedge shot down the right-field line that fell just fair for his 3000th hit, and of course, his tenure (not 10 years) with the San Diego Surf Dawgs. Rickey was one fun dude to watch play the game.

Congratulations also to Jim Rice, the third best left fielder on this year’s ballot and a fine ballplayer — sort of the Moises Alou of his day. I won’t speak ill of Rice; it’s certainly not his fault he’s in Cooperstown. Still, there are several similar players who haven’t been voted in, and I’m at a loss to explain why Rice was anointed the representative Hall of Famer from that lot.

Finally, congratulations to the voters for failing again to elect Tim Raines and Bert Blyleven. It takes a special kind of effort to do that, and not everyone would be up to the task. Way to go.

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  1. ::smacks lips:: mmm my coffee seems extra bitter this morning….nope it’s just GY!

    j/k :) good post and I agree that both Raines and Blyleven should both be in the HOF if Rice is in (which I really don’t have an issue with).

    Congrats to Rickey!

  2. #2@Steve C: My favorite:

    If they want to pay me like Mike Gallego, I’ll play like Gallego.

  3. I wasn’t there when Rickey broke the runs record but I was there for his 3000th hit. My favorite part about it was that he didn’t jog waiting to see if it would be caught… he ran hard and turned it into a double.

  4. No love for Mark Grace? The major league leader in hits in the 90s doesn’t get enough votes to stay on the ballot.

  5. #3@Geoff Young: That one is awesome.

    Here is a Tom Verducci article that has lots of Rickey stories:

    And here is a holiday for Rickey, who as born on Christmas:

  6. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3831086

    Chris Burke becomes a candidate for the second base job.

  7. Rickey kicks ass. Wild man. Old School yet so new school. I know this doesn’t add much, but I think Rickey would agree that he’s the best ever. Doubt we’ll see another like him.

  8. The 3rd best LF on the ballot. I had to read that a couple of times until it dawned on me Rickey was a LF. He’s just RICKEY!, iconic, unique, eponymous, one of a kind, but he was indeed a LF and a leadoff hitter and a base stealer and a total crack up and a Hot Dog with Extra Mustard. What a player!

    But 3rd best LF on the ballot is true beyond a shadow of a doubt: Rickey, Rock and Rice.

    Now can we get Blyleven in next year? I sure hope so, and maybe Corky Simpson will remember to vote for Rickey next year. I hope he doesn’t get confused when he can’t find Rickey on the ballot. Is it really possible 38 people couldn’t figure out Rickey is the greatest leadoff hitter of all time, the greatest base stealer of all time and a no doubt, slam dunk, 1st ballot Hall of Famer? I can’t wait to see how many people can’t figure out Maddux.