>Well, Rickey Henderson had his worst year in several this year. He
>slipped quite a bit.
That's for sure. Without the walks Rickey's year sucked (especially
for an outfielder).
>How bad was he? His slugging dropped below .400, down to the .350
>range, and he did little better than break even on the basepaths.
Yes, his power is absent. This is one of the things which made
him so great, great at getting on base (especially via the walk)
and if you served it up so as to not walk him he could pound it.
I expected his steals to go down as he is 35 years old.
>Of course, he posted yet another year of a .400 OBP in a miserable
>hitters' park, and the Oakland Left Fielders were far and away the
>best in the AL. And it wasn't Berroa or Neel tracking those balls
Well looking at his stats you see that his walk rate was almost the
equal of Frank Thomas (if he would have had as many PA's as Thomas
he would have gotten 105 BB's and Frank had 109). I don't remember
Neel playing left (or outfield) at all this year. I think Aldrete
and Berroa shared the duties with Rickey.
>I'll still take him for next year, thanks. If Karsay comes back
>healthy, Acre and Briscoe come back healthy, even one of the stiffs
>has a career year, and Gates comes back healthy, we could win the
Well Rickey still is a very good player. The question becomes, "would
you take him at his salary ($4.8 million)?" I'm not so sure that I
would. He needs to produce more slugging to be worth what he is
getting (now if he was a shortstop). To my knowledge Acre was not
hurt in 1994 (Briscoe was but I expect him back). Both Briscoe and
Acre did better than Eckersley (please don't bring the Eck back, pretty
please). A healthy Gates would do wonders. However I think you forgot
someone, Mark McGwire. I don't think the A's will have a chance
without Mark in the lineup for at least 145 games. They also need
Ontiveros to pitch well (perhaps not like 1994 but close at least).
Having Karsay come back would be real nice but I think the Jays may
have handed given us some damaged goods (does this sound familar Angels
>It could happen. And Ben Grieve looks awfully darn good for a couple
>of years down the road.
Actually I don't expect Grieve till at least late 1996 or 1997 at
the earliest. By then some of this pitching that the A's have
should be up (yes that's correct folks the A's have some stud pitching
in the minors! Finally!).
>It's not likely, but you never know....
Not this year unless everything falls into place and the western
division stumbles (the later is probably more likely than the