Liam Hendriks' chapter with the A's may have officially come to a close, but the impact of his time in Oakland will stay with the Aussie forever.
Hendriks' penned a heartfelt thanks to A's fans and the organization Thursday night, posting a video montage on Instagram with some of his most memorable times in the Green and Gold.
"To the fans, thank you always!" Hendriks captioned in part. "You pushed me to be the best I could be and I hope I made you proud!"
The A's were never going to be able to match Hendriks' price in free agency this offseason. That became a reality Monday, when the 31-year-old signed a three-year, $54 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, with an option for a fourth year. That effectively ended Hendriks' five-year tenure with Oakland, but his contributions to the team will always stand out.
After being traded to the A's from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, Hendriks worked up the ranks, eventually establishing himself as one of the top right-handed relievers in the league. A staunch 1.80 ERA in 2019 led to his first-career All-Star berth in 2019. He bested that effort in a shortened 2020, posting a 1.78 ERA and a 13.1 strikeout-per-nine ratio en route to landing the American League Reliever of the Year award.
A combination of his talent and candor led to Hendriks being a favorite both in the clubhouse and in the stands. Now, the 31-year-old is officially headed to the South Side, but what he accomplished in the Bay will hardly be forgotten.