July 12, 2007

He's baaaaaack! (sort of):
Everyone's favourite baseball player that refers to himself in the 3rd person returns to the major leagues as a coach.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:51 AM - 18 comments

Grum is very happy that Rickey is back in the MLB in some way. Grum thinks that if Jose Reyes benefited that much from Rickey's help in spring training, then this might be a great idea. Of course, with expanded rosters in September, a team way ahead in (or out of) the playoff race, a couple of injuries, maybe Rickey gets a chance to play again? Grum wouldn't mind seeing that. Rickey still wouldn't be the oldest player on the team...

posted by grum@work at 12:54 AM on July 12, 2007

I sure do hope that Rickey can indeed help with improve the Mets offense, they just haven't reached their fullest potential as of yet. Injuries have taken their toll on the offensive side but still, the NL is theirs for the taking now all they have to do is get their act together and take care of business.

posted by BornIcon at 07:36 AM on July 12, 2007

You can't argue with the numbers Henderson has put up during his playing career. If even 50% of his skill set can be passed on to the hitters, there would be a marked improvement. It remains to be seen how well he does, but I do know that the man loves the game.

posted by Howard_T at 07:53 AM on July 12, 2007

As long as Rickey can get Rickey's players to hit like Rickey, Rickey won't have any problems with Rickey's fans, or Rickey's bosses. tommytrump wishes Rickey the best in Rickey's new job.

posted by tommybiden at 08:27 AM on July 12, 2007

"rickey hennerson wanted to make sure it's not awkward for you, bein older than your hittin coach and all" I am reminded of Ted Williams' achievements as a hitting coach. Natural ability may preclude teaching.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 AM on July 12, 2007

Rogers Cadenhead likes this very much.

posted by rcade at 10:07 AM on July 12, 2007

That was some funny shit, yerfatma. Thanks for the laughs.

posted by BornIcon at 10:22 AM on July 12, 2007

Venicemenace loves Rickey anecdotes, the Dugout, and the use of third person in this thread...

posted by Venicemenace at 10:34 AM on July 12, 2007

Geez. Franco is forty-freaking-eight. Wow.

posted by diastematic at 11:11 AM on July 12, 2007

...and apparently, now, no longer a major-league baseball player with the New York Mets. From wow to aww.

posted by diastematic at 04:10 PM on July 12, 2007

Julio Franco will end up on some other team; it's a bylaw of MLB that he has to be on some team. Rickey Henderson will probably help the Mets. Bonkers is always glad to hear that Rickey is helping people become good like Rickey. But yerfatma could be right, too.

posted by Bonkers at 05:50 PM on July 12, 2007

Hey,Grum,nice post on a fascinating player.Whats up with the Brit spelling(favourite)?

posted by sickleguy at 06:31 PM on July 12, 2007

Whats up with the Brit spelling(favourite)? I'm Canadian. That is how the word is spelled.

posted by grum@work at 06:36 PM on July 12, 2007

According to WFAN, Henderson may not be the permanent replacement as hitting coach. The Mets said they may end up with either Rickey or possibly Howard Johnson in the post full time.

posted by dyams at 07:25 PM on July 12, 2007

Whats up with the Brit spelling(favourite)? I'm Canadian. That is how the word is spelled. And "Z" is pronounced Zed. (My grandparents were Canadian)

posted by commander cody at 01:16 PM on July 13, 2007

May 18, 2007 Beane said that the team might consider bringing Henderson back for one game -- perhaps when rosters expand in September -- so that he could retire in an A's uniform. The A's would be open to the idea as long as it was workable with the roster situation at that point and if the details were firmly settled with Henderson in advance.

posted by boxscore jr. at 02:17 PM on July 13, 2007

My grandparents were Canadian Glad they came to their senses.

posted by yerfatma at 02:56 PM on July 13, 2007

Rickey Henderson is BitterOldPunk's favorite baseball player ever, and as a Mets fan, he hopes Rickey Henderson has a long and productive future with the club. He doubts it, Rickey Henderson being Rickey Henderson and all (and the Mets being the Mets), but still he hopes.

posted by BitterOldPunk at 01:29 PM on July 15, 2007

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