Tuesday, December 2, 2008
2009 Hall of Fame Candidate - Rickey Henderson
AKA - Unanimous.
I'm serious, there is absolutely no reason why Rickey Henderson should be missing from any ballot at all this year. There's no way to justify it. None at all. The man is the best leadoff hitter in the modern era, period. Maybe of all time. Just look at the stats:
2295 runs (all-time leader)
1406 stolen bases (all-time leader)
2190 bases on balls (2nd all-time)
.401 career on base percentage
Plus he played for 25 years and practically had to be physically thrown out of the league before he would retire.
What possible reason is there to not vote for him?
Rickey was a hot dog?
Rickey played in an era where some players took steroids?
Rickey referred to Rickey in the third person?
Rickey threatens to surpass Yogi Berra in amusing anecdotes?
Some weird superstition that no one should ever be elected unanimously?
Rickey played too long?
There's no doubt that Rickey's going to be inducted this year. Some tool will leave him off the ballot or send one in that's blank to get his local weekly paper 15 minutes of publicity. At least someone will get in this year for sure and if he somehow isn't inducted there's likely to be bloody riots in the stathead community. Maybe then the bass-ackwards voting process will be revamped.
Prediction: Elected with a 98% vote total.
Rickey's Rookie: 1980 Topps
Card above: 2003 Topps Chrome Record Breakers Bat card