Sorry for the 2 sports themed posts back to back but the announcement yesterday of the electee’s to the baseball Hall of Fame has me asking myself a question. Who are the 5.2 percent of the baseball writers that didn’t think Ricky Henderson should be elected into the HOF?
The undisputed standard for leadoff hitters, Henderson received 94.8 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday, well above the 75 percent needed.
He’s not Ruth or Aaron but he is the best leadoff hitter in baseball history as well as the national pastime’s all time stolen base leader.
Henderson, the 1990 AL MVP, was a 10-time All-Star who swiped 1,406 bases, one shy of 50 percent more than Lou Brock, who is in second place with 938. Henderson batted .279 with 297 homers, 1,115 RBIs, 2,190 walks and 2,295 runs. He owns the modern-day season record with 130 steals in 1982 and the career mark with 81 leadoff homers. He played for Oakland, the Yankees, Toronto, San Diego, Anaheim, the Mets, Seattle, Boston and the Dodgers.
So what reason exactly could 28 or so writers have for not voting for Henderson?