Retired Boston outfielder Jim Rice was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, in his fifteenth and final year on the ballot. Rice played all sixteen years of his major league career for the Red Sox and put up some monster numbers, even though those 1974-1989 Red Sox teams were not as dominant in the standings as Jim Rice was at the plate. Rice hit 382 homers, 2,452 hits, 1,451 runs batted in, had a career batting average of .298 and won one American League M.V.P. award.
While the power numbers don’t look as dominant as some posted recently, it is no secret that Rice’s career is being looked at more favorably because he was a power hitter who did his damage without the benefit of steroids.
All I know is that he was a rock for my Red Sox and never seemed to get the recognition he deserved. That all changed today. One last ceremony, his selection to the Hall of Fame gets his number 14 retired by the Red Sox.