As some of you may have heard, the New York Mets have hired Rickey Henderson as a coach, though it appears at this point that what he'll be coaching is still undecided. He'll either be the teams new hitting coach, or the new first base coach. Either way, Mets beat writers should be eagerly anticipating whatever comes out of his mouth. It should be entertaining.
It's a move that seems odd and understandable at the same time. Arguably the game's greatest leadoff hitter and the all-time leader in walks, Rickey knows a lot about patience at the plate, which is something the Mets have sorely been lacking this year. But Rickey never really struck me as a coach, considering his penchant for doing his own thing his own way, and his insistence that he still wants to play in the majors. Can a coach insert himself as pinch hitter?
Plus there's also the issue of his previous tenure with the Mets. He infuriated Met fans during the 1999 NLCS when, after being pulled for a defensive replacement in the 8th inning of game 6 (a game they lost), he retired to the clubhouse to play cards with Bobby Bonilla. He was then released by the team in 2000 after failing to run out a ball that he thought was headed over the fence.