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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