As someone famous once said, there are only three certainties in life: Death, reality television, and that Rickey Henderson should be a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Not only was Rickey the most hilarious public speaker of all-time, he also HAS TO be counted among the top 10 or 20 baseball players EVER. No one in history possessed the combination of speed, power, average, defense, base running ability, and nude self-awareness of his own abilities. It’s hard to find people who disagree with this , but luckily the powers of the Internet give us the ability to seek out and humiliate those that do.
Meet Corky Simpson:
Somewhere there are whippersnappers starting to gray at the temples who idolized the eight heroes I voted for, the same way my buddies and I worshipped Stan Musial.
My choices this year are:
I’m afraid my introduction to this post gave away the flaw in Corky’s choices. Home Run Derby identifies him as the one guy (so far) who left Rickey Henderson off his ballot, signaling that Corky is either trying to make a statement of some sort or just bone stupid.
Eight names (you can vote for ten). But no Rickey Henderson. I was dying to read Simpson’s explanation of why he left Henderson off the ballot and especially how eight other players could get his vote before he gave one to Rickey.
But there was nothing. Not a Sausage. He barely even mentions Henderson’s name.
For the record, this is the first year of eligibility for Rickey Henderson, and no one has EVER been inducted into the Hall unanimously on the first ballot (note: Not even Babe Ruth for reasons that absolutely defy the imagination).
To put Henderson’s career in perspective compared to the other guys on Simpson’s list, he finished with 57 more home runs than Don Mattingly, 598 more stolen bases than Tim Raines, 281 more hits than Andre Dawson, a boatload more of EVERYTHING BUT HOMERUNS than Matt Williams, and two more championships than Jim Rice (sorry, Sox fans).
Corky Simpson: The writer who didn’t vote for Rickey Henderson [Home Run Derby]