Rickey Henderson

Check out these eye-popping stats from A's legend Rickey Henderson

Check out these eye-popping stats from A's legend Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson. Need I say more? Well, I'm going to.

The outfielder has a 25-year résumé filled to the brim with accomplishments. He's been selected to ten All-Star teams, has two World Series rings, a Gold Glove Award, three Silver Slugger Awards, an American League MVP Award, and of course, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Go ahead, catch your breath -- we are just getting started.

Ryan Spaeder, the stat guy (that's not his official title, but that's how most people know him) was a huge help in the production of this piece. Check out his new book Incredible Baseball Stats, here.

Man of Steal

Henderson's 1,406 stolen bases are not only an all-time record, but if you split him into two players, they would have enough swipes to rank both first (930) and 47th (467) all time.

He broke Lou Brock's record at 32-years-old and he was just getting started. He stole bases at a more efficient rate after breaking the stolen bases record (79.6 percent) than Brock did in his entire career (75.3 percent). 

Not good enough for you? OK then ... 

Rickey was still a more efficient base stealer in his 40s (76.2 percent).

10/100

Henderson had 10 home runs and 130 stolen bases with Oakland in 1982. It's noted he's "baseball's only 10/100 man," as well as the first 10/90 player since Harry Stovey in 1890. 

66

Henderson had 66 stolen bases in his first 66 games of the 1982 season. (!!!)

Another fun nugget

The Man of Steal had the ability to make it known that he will get on base by any means necessary.

He had three seasons with at least 100 walks and 100 stolen bases. Every other player in MLB history has combined for just two. He also tallied two 20-plus homer, 80-plus stolen base seasons. Only Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds has even one. Also -- no other player in history has even a single 20-70 season.

1990 MVP season

Some of you reading this weren't even born in 1990. Rickey Henderson was dominating the game.

During his MVP season, he batted a .329/.345/.506 line ... after falling behind 0-2 in the count. He slashed .325/.439/.577 overall. He also became the first player with an OPS of 1.000 or better and 65 or more stolen bases in a season since Ty Cobb in 1911. And he did this all in year in which even I wasn't born yet.

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[RELATED: A's name Coliseum playing surface after Henderson]

Lucky for us, we continue to see Henderson roaming the dugout and coaching boxes for the A's every now and then. He's a true A's-lifer. 

How lucky are we?

Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr. in A's-Mariners first-pitch ceremonies

Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr. in A's-Mariners first-pitch ceremonies

The A's are opening up the 2019 season on the road. Not in Seattle. Not in Texas. Not in the United States. Not even in Toronto. 

Once again, the A's season starts in Japan. Oakland will play two exhibition games against professional Japanese teams before their first regular-season game is scheduled for March 20, a week before the rest of the league, against the Mariners in Tokyo. 

And when the games begin, two greats will be in the batter's box. A's Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson will step in during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1, followed by Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. in the next game. 

If you want to watch the festivities live though, you better be ready for an early morning. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 a.m. PT in both A's-Mariners games. 

[RELATED: Franklin Barreto earns trip to Japan with A's after big spring training]

This is the second time the two teams have opened their season in Japan. Oakland and Seattle met in the last Opening Series in Tokyo in 2012. 

Six Bay Area athletes who should follow Jason Witten, attempt comeback

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Six Bay Area athletes who should follow Jason Witten, attempt comeback

Jason Witten announced he will end his retirement after a year and return to play football, the Cowboys announced on Thursday via Twitter

This will mark Witten's 16th season in the league and with Dallas. 

The 11-time Pro Bowler is trying to make a comeback which is something to look forward to, and I respect the enthusiasm. But doesn't it give you warm fuzzies to know this could start a trend for others to return?

Let's take a look at some Bay Area legends that we would be very excited to see give the game a second chance.

Marshawn Lynch

When Marshawn Lynch tweeted a cryptic photo of some cleats hanging on a phone line and a peace symbolic emoji, people weren't sure it was actually over for him, but he confirmed "he was done" -- he was going to retire after the 2015 NFL season after six seasons with the Seahawks. 

But wait ...

Lynch was then acquired by the Raiders in April of 2017 -- the Oakland native would return to the Bay Area. 

At the moment, we don't know if Lynch will return to the Raiders, or football altogether and the team still isn't sure what to do with the five-time Pro Bowler with his contract expiring next month.

Still, he's the type of guy worth waiting for. 

Bartolo Colon

So, Bartolo Colon hasn't retired -- thank our lucky stars for that. But perhaps one day he will.

Across 21 seasons, the 45-year-old has four All-Star selections and an AL Cy Young Award he earned back in 2005 where he was also in MVP talks. He spent two seasons with the  A's where he earned one of those All-Star honors and was once again in talks to earn yet another Cy Young Award.

You should all join me on this train when I say Colon should never retire -- but if that day does come could you imagine him attempting a comeback? Sign me up.

Also, someone please sign him -- he's a current free agent -- and ahem, we know he looks good in that green and gold.

Patrick Willis

When five-time All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis decided to retire after the 2014 season, many were surprised -- but he felt it was the right time as he said in an interview with Matt Maiocco.

“I believed in myself before anyone else saw it. I never put that in anybody else’s hands. So for me, it was the right time.”

Still, he's keeping in shape and still in the industry offering up his expertise with "CoachTube," an online training course that teaches individuals basically how to be a linebacker.

He looks like he could still play.

Rickey Henderson

We already know what it would look like if Rickey Henderson were to announce he was coming back. It would look like this:

Henderson is an Oakland native and spent 14 seasons with the Green and Gold across his 25-season illustrious career. He has 10 All-Star selections, two World Series championships, stolen like a million (1,406) bases, and he has a place in Cooperstown.

He still does guest coaching spots with the team and you know they would welcome him with open arms. 

Barry Bonds

Speaking of the Bay Area welcome ...

Barry Bonds -- perhaps you have heard of him: Hit 762 career home runs -- a lot of them into McCovey Cove, 14 All-Star selections, two batting titles, and he's a seven-time MVP.

Ringing any bells?

If you've seen the guy recently, you can tell he's still in amazing shape. And the Giants just recently retired his number -- perhaps to have it for safe keeping if he changes his mind?

OK, so that's farfetched, but we can all dream, right?

Baron Davis

When the Warriors acquired Baron Davis in 2005, a gorgeous backcourt was formed with Davis and Jason Richardson leading the way. He was also very happy to be back in California. 

The two-time All-Star didn't get those selections with the Warriors, but he was part of the "We Believe" movement that was the strongest group of Dubs since before the recent Steph Curry-led dynasty. 

Across his career, Davis averaged 16.1 points and 3.8 assists per game.