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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr. in A’s-Mariners first-pitch ceremonies

The A’s are opening up the 2019 season on the road. Not in Seattle. Not in Texas. Not in the United States. Not even in Toronto.

Once again, the A’s season starts in Japan. Oakland will play two exhibition games against professional Japanese teams before their first regular-season game is scheduled for March 20, a week before the rest of the league, against the Mariners in Tokyo.

And when the games begin, two greats will be in the batter’s box. A’s Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson will step in during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1, followed by Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. in the next game.

Rickey has to prepare- there’s a greater-than-zero chance he’ll play for the Marlins by the end of the season.

 

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, ken griffey jr., rickey henderson

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A’s Rickey Henderson, ‘gung ho’ for Kyler Murray, once had shot with Raiders

MESA, Ariz. — Rickey Henderson heard all the Kyler Murray comparisons. He knew the A’s top draft pick last year was a 5-foot-10 outfielder with speed and power, and that scouts were dropping Henderson’s name when describing Murray.

“We were all gung ho to see him here — especially me,” Henderson told The Chronicle. “You know me — I was like, ‘Who’s like me? Let me see him!’”

Henderson, the greatest player in franchise history, is in Oakland’s camp as a visiting instructor, and he had looked forward to working with Murray this spring. After winning the Heisman Trophy, however, Murray declared for the NFL draft and last Monday, he announced he is going to pursue football full-time.

Given how loopy Rickey! normally is, I’d rather not imagine what playing football would have done to him….

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: football, rickey henderson, two-sport athletes

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Babe Ruth is the Greatest Player Ever?—?But He’s Far From the Best

Yet another list to argue about.

“Johnson threw 346 innings in 1913, using soft baseballs the color of John McGraw’s teeth…”

gehrig97 Posted: February 07, 2019 at 04:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, babe ruth, mickey mantle, mike trout, rickey henderson, willie mays

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Rickey Won’t Quit

This isn’t a news article, but a direct link to a new Rickey 30 for 30 podcast about his age 46(!!) season with the San Diego Surf Dawgs. 

I got a kick out of it, I hope you do too.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 15, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, rickey henderson

Monday, October 01, 2018

Matt Carpenter Achieves the Rare Feat of Going an Entire Season Without Grounding into a Double Play

Matt Carpenter’s 2018 season will be largely remembered for enduring the worst slump of his career and the seemingly salsa-fueled hot streak that followed.  However, the St. Louis Cardinals infielder also quietly achieved a rare feat during his excellent 2018 campaign when he finished the season without grounding into a double play.  By doing so, Carpenter became just the tenth hitter to go an entire campaign without being doubled up while amassing the required number of plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.

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Over the course of his 2018 campaign, Carpenter had 91 plate appearances in which there was an opportunity for the slugger to ground into a double play.  Carpenter’s 91 opportunities rank second highest among the ten hitters to achieve the rare feat, trailing only Reiser’s incredible total of 148.  Reiser’s presence at the top of the leaderboard is not surprising, as he was the only one of the ten hitters regularly batted in the heart of the order.  With his 2018 season included, Carpenter’s career average for grounding into a double play when he had the opportunity do so dropped from 6.1% to 5.2%.  Among the ten hitters, only Reiser and Deer have career marks lower than Carpenter’s impressive 5.2%.  Despite not being recognized as a fast baserunner, Carpenter’s 5.2% is well below the career averages of Henderson and Biggio—two Hall of Famers renowned for their speed on the basepaths and expertise at batting leadoff.  In 2018, the average major league hitter grounded into a double play just over ten percent of the time that they came up with the opportunity to do so.  Thus, a hitter with Carpenter’s 91 double play opportunities on average would have grounded into a twin-kill nine times.


 

 

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