Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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[Best Syndication News] Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson both former left-fielders were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the past Sunday.

Jim Rice, 56, played for the Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. Rice became the ninth MLB player to have the highest number of total bases in consecutive seasons. Rice set a record by hitting for 400 total bases in a 19 year time span. In eleven seasons he had 20 home runs.

Rice was well known for his power hitting and he batted a .298 with 382 home runs and batted 1,451 runs over his 19 year MLB career. He helped his team by driving 100 runs or more eight times. He had a batting average of .300 seven times during his career. He reached 200 hits four times over the years playing for the Red Sox.

Rice's #14 will be retired by the Red Sox on July 28, 2009 since his induction into the hall of fame.

Rickey Hederson's claim to fame and reason for the induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame was because he is regarded as the sport's greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner. Henderson holds major league records for career stolen bases, runs scored, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs.

Rickey Henderson, 50, played for nine teams from 1979 to 2003. He was with Oakland Athletics at four different times during his career, which was also his first team he was with in the major leagues. Hederson was with the Oakland Athletics from 1979–1984, then New York Yankees from 1985–1989. He returned back to the Oakland Athletics from 1989–1993.

In July 1993, the Athletics traded Henderson to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he help Toronto win the World Series. The Oakland Athletics re-signed Hendersen in December 1993. In 1994-1996 he played with the San Diego Padres in the offseason but was traded in 1997 by the Padres to go to the Anaheim Angels. In January 1998 he was once again signed with his original team the Oakland Athletics.

In 1999 he then signed with the New York Mets who let him go the next year. Henderson then signed in 2000 with the Seattle Mariners. In 2001, he returned to the San Diego Padres. In 2002, he joined the Boston Red Sox team, at this time he was 43 years old and at the time was the oldest player in the baseball league.

In 2003 he wasn't signed to another MLB team and he joined independent Atlantic League with the Newark Bears in hopes that another major league team would sign him. Henderson did get one more major league team to sign him and it was Los Angeles Dodgers. This was Henderson's last year playing for the major leagues. He returned back to the minor leagues for a couple of years. Between 2005-2007 there were some half hearted announcements that he was going to retire, but he expressed his wanting to return to the major leagues again. Finally he gave in an the official retirement date for Henderson is July 13, 2007.

Henderson's Oakland Athletics team will be retiring #24 on August 1, 2009.

By: Dusty Rhodes

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