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While I agree that Henderson certainly deserves to be in the hall, I can see reason for a non unanimous vote. Talent and ability are one thing, but character and class are another. Look how many teams he bounced around on. If he was such a valuable asset as a leadoff hitter, why did so many teams trade him? Could it be his attitude and demeaner?
If you recall, he broke the all time steals record almost exactly the same time Nolan Ryan broke the strike out record. It was a golden "teachable moment" for my then 10 year old son who now plays ball at the college level. Ryan broke the record with no fan fare, no bravado, and showed complete class in doing so. Henderson, on the other hand, ripped the base off the peg, pranced around and announced in the media his greatness; in short showed no class in his action. My son still remembers that lesson and conducts himself accordingly on and off the field.
posted by bb60 at 06:43 PM on December 13
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