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Oakland Athletics MLB News - A’s Baseball Blog » Rickey Henderson was awesome for the Oakland Athletics

Rickey Henderson was awesome for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 11 January 2010 at 10:01 am

Rickey Henderson was the best lead-off hitter I have ever seen, period. He had some of his best years with the A’s. He played 14 years for the A’s appearing in 1,704 games in which he was 1,768 of 6,140 (.288 avg, .839 OPS) with 1,270 runs scored, 167 homers, 648 RBIs and 867 stolen bases. Henderson stole over 100 bases in a season an amazing 3 times for the A’s. He scored over 100 runs seven times for the A’s twice leading the American League. He led the league in hits 1 time for the A’s and he led the league in steals 8 times for them. Henderson is #3 all-time in hits for the A’s, #1 in runs scored and #1 in stolen bases. Henderson won the MVP Award in the A.L. in 1990 with the A’s when he played in 136 games in which he was 159 for 489 (.325 avg, 1.016 OPS) with 119 runs scored, 28 homers, 61 RBIs and 65 stolen bases. 1982 was also a season that seemed to jump off the stat sheet for Henderson as he played in 149 games in which he was 143 for 536 (.267 avg, .780 OPS) with 119 runs scored, 10 homers, 51 RBIs and 130 stolen bases. I often wonder how much Rickey Henderson would have cost in a fantasy auction draft back in the day? Rickey Henderson is the all-time leader in major league history in both runs scored (2,295) and stolen bases (1,406). His is in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown N.Y. and he is the greatest leadoff hitter of all time.

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