Cooperstown Chronicles – Jim Rice

Jan 16, 2008

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Judging by how close he came (16 votes shy), I assume that Jim Rice will meet the requirements next year to be enshrined in Cooperstown. Until then I get to plead my case for his induction.

The Numbers
.298 Batting Average
1249 Runs
2452 Hits (97th All-time)
382 Home Runs (53rd All-time)
1451 RBI (54th All-time)

The Awards
1978 MVP
2 Silver Sluggers
8 All-Star Appearances
6 Times in Top 5 in MVP Voting

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Six times
On Base % – Twice
Slugging % – Eight times (Led league in 77 & 75)
OPS – Six times (Led league in 78)
Runs – Six times
Hits – Eight times (Led league in 78)
Doubles – Three Times
Triples – Four Times (Led league in 78)
Home Runs – Seven Times (Led league in 77, 78 & 83)
RBI – Nine Times (Led league in 78 & 83)
Total Bases – Nine Times (Led league in 77, 78, 79 & 83)

His 406 total bases in 1978 were more than anyone since 1948 (Stan Musial) until the Steroid Era where there have been five higher totals (Sosa twice, Luis Gonzalez, Barry Bonds, and Larry Walker). He is also the only player to lead the league in Home Runs, Triples, and RBIs in the same season. Rice was the first person with three straight 200 hit, 35 home run seasons.

If a wrist injury didn’t cost him the 1975 postseason, who knows how the story would have gone. He could have been the difference to help the Red Sox knock off the Big Red Machine. Had that happened, I’m sure Rice would have received the call years ago. Hopefully, next year is the one.

References
http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Jim_Rice_1953
http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/riceji01.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Rice

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso

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13 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Hanlon
    April 11th, 2008 at 12:27 am #

    You are the brick! Reading stuff like this written in the way like this is a great pleasure for me.

  2. Ryan Lester
    April 11th, 2008 at 3:28 am #

    Thanks much Hanlon.

  3. BraystreetLad
    September 17th, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Thank you!!!!!

  4. LestersLegends
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:23 am #

    Bray – np

  5. BraystreetLad
    September 20th, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    But I don’t think Larry Walker juiced.(He’s a good Canadian lad.)

  6. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    you could be right

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    December 8th, 2008 at 9:17 am #

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  8. Mike Cross
    May 6th, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    I met Jim Rice in a Spring Training game in 1978 and the effection and the kindness he showed to me and other young fans really AMAZED me at what a great person he was. I had a kodac instamatic picture and took his picture and even though the picture came out with him crooked, he joked with me and signed the picture! He is going into the Hall of Fame and he deserves it! It should have come earlier, but Jim Rice was not one of these players who put up with the crap and crud the media now plays. Its like when the NBA players tell how lousy a referee made a bad call, they are telling the truth! Jim Rice did not want to get involved with that sort of crap! He had got hurt in the middle of 1989, (last year of his career) and Mike Greewell ( good player, but overated and injury proned)replaced him in left field, but what they do not tell you, is that when he was ready to go Dan Duchette the then idiot Red Sox GM (and very very unpopular) ordered his puppet manager Joe Morgan ( not our Hall of Fame friend) to bench Jim Rice and that forced Rice to retire rather than play for a dictatorship! Duchette forced Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans and Jose Canseco to want to leave the Red Sox. The new Red Sox ownership fired his ass (thank GOD!) in 2004~!!

  9. LestersLegends
    May 6th, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your story Mike. The way they did some of the guys wasn’t right. The new ownership does it right. Although one could argue they did the same with Damon, Pedro, and Lowe.

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    May 13th, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

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  11. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

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  12. Anonymous
    June 6th, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    His 406 TB, while impressive, were compiled in hitter friendly park in Boston. I might have inducted Rice…But the 1975 series WAS NOT AT ALL keeping him out. His numbers (Esp. 128 OPS+ and around 300 BtRuns) were. He simply wasn’t that good and benefited from Fenway’s cozy confines.

  13. LestersLegends
    June 7th, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Well, he was good enough to get in. Not a slam dunk, but he was a dominating force. Lots of players took advantage of their ballparks.

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