Friday, January 23, 2009

It's About Time

Announced last week that former Sox outfielder Jim Rice received the honor of being elected to Baseballs Hall of Fame.

James Rice is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball and a Baseball Hall of Fame-electee. Rice played his entire career for the Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. An 8-time American League(AL) All-Star, he was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 1978 after becoming the first major league player in 19 years to hit for 400 total bases, and went on to become the ninth player to lead the major leagues in total bases in consecutive seasons, and join Ty Cobb as one of two players to lead the AL in total bases three years in a row. He batted.300 seven times, collected 100 runs batted in (RBI) eight times and 200 hits four times, and had eleven seasons with 20 home runs, also leading the league in home runs three times, RBIs and slugging average twice each.

In the late 1970s he was part of one of the sport's great outfields along with Fred Lynnand Dwight Evans, who was his teammate for his entire career; Rice continued the tradition of his predecessors Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski as a power-hitting left fielder who played his entire career for the Red Sox. He ended his career with a .502 slugging average, and then ranked tenth in AL history with 382 home runs; his career marks in homers, hits (2,452), RBI (1,451) and total bases (4,129) remain Red Sox records for a right-handed hitter, with Evans eventually surpassing his Boston records for career runs scoredat bats and extra base hits by a right-handed hitter. When Rice retired, his 1,503 career games in left field ranked seventh in AL history. Rice will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2009, as the 103rd member to be elected in by the BBWAA.

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1 comment:

Madam Z said...

I'd like to comment, but what I know about baseball could be fit into the eyelet of James Rice's left shoe.