Posted at 2:46 PM on May 9, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Henderson signs contract to play in Class-A level
Rickey Henderson, baseball's career leader in runs and stolen bases will play in the new independent Golden Baseball League this season, agreeing on Monday to join the San Diego Surf Dawgs. He is 46 years old.
Seeing that this delays his eligibility, will it jeopardize his Hall of Fame chances?
I will make myself not sound like such a kook and say that it will NOT hurt his chances. He's well past all the big milestone numbers (3,000 hits for example) that the Hall likes to look at.
Henderson's Hall induction will not be delayed by this. He would have to sign with a major league organization to delay his induction. As far as the Hall is concerned, his waiting period began after the 2003 season which he played with the Dodgers.
With Bonds and others tainted by steriod suspiscion, you could make a very strong agument that Rickey is the greatest (didn't he tell us that way back in 1991?), at least of this era
Few can play baseball like Henderson. He may not be a nice guy, but I think you are right in saying he maybe the best of the 80's and 90's. He could probably still be starting for a few lack luster teams (Yankees included!!!!)
Hmmm, I'm not sure if Henderson meets the minimum age requirement for the Yankees.
Ricky will always be remembered for that "today, I am the greatest" line, which really painted him as a jerk in a lot of peoples minds. However, how many people know that he is one of the most generous people in the game (majors or minors)? Out of his own pocket he has paid for the pre & post-game spreads for the minor league teams he's played on, he's upgraded the bus that players ride on from town to town, he's paid for plane tickets for fellow players so they may get home to see an ill relative, the list goes on. I know Ricky likes to talk about Ricky, but the man's career offers him quite a lot to say. He's going to be a First Ballot Hall of Famer, the Hall will be just as honored by his induction and I, for one, can't wait to hear his induction speech.