Former Boston Red Sox left fielder Jim Rice has been chosen to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. He will be joined by Rickey Henderson, baseball’s all-time leader in runs scored and stolen bases.
“The only thing I can say is I’m glad it’s over with,” Rice said. “I’m in there and they can’t take it away.”
This was Rice’s final try at the induction and he got almost 76% of the votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, just above the needed 75%. Many people have the opinion that although he was one of the best players in the history and had a strong reputation of being a hard-hitter in the 70s, his ‘curt relationship’ with the reporters and an irritating personality did not help.
On the other hand, Rickey Henderson has been a favorite with everyone. He got inducted into the Hall on the first ballot only and that too with an overwhelming majority. He got the support of almost 95% selectors.
“I feel great about it,” Henderson said. “It’s been a long time coming. I played baseball because I loved the game. I wanted to continue playing. It came to a time that I had to stop. And now that it has been five years, they have chosen me to go into the Hall of Fame. I cannot be any more pleased or thrilled about it.”
The two will be officially inducted in a ceremony on July 26th in New York.