Sunday, November 14, 2010

One-Year Wonder Pt. 5: Rickey Henderson

Every once in awhile, the Red Sox pick up a veteran player for a year, or just the stretch run that was a star at one point that I become fascinated with. It's a player that is basically only a role player at that point in their career, but may show flashes of their old brilliance. It's so unusual to see them as a member of the Red Sox, that I try to find as many of their cards as possible. This series will be about some of those players.
Rickey Henderson is an all-time great and it was clear already by the time he joined the Red Sox that he was headed to the Hall of Fame. Henderson was brought in as a free agent prior to the 2002 season to serve as a backup outfielder. He had already surpassed the all-time marks for runs, walks, and stolen bases. He had already achieved his 3,000th hit. He was still playing though.

Henderson played in 72 games for the Red Sox in 2002. His slash line was .223/.369/.352/.721. He also hit five home runs and stole eight bases. He showed that he still had enough left to play reasonably well, but he was not a starter anymore. Still, having an all-time great on the Red Sox appealed to me. Henderson was a player I enjoyed watching when I was younger and he was one of the best players in the majors. It would have been great to see him play for Boston when he was younger.

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