The Hall of Fame is Better with Jim Rice

The Hall of Fame is Better with Jim Rice

The Hall of Fame is Better with Jim Rice

An excellent hitter Jim Rice, the former Boston Red Sox Outfielder & Hall of Fame Member was known for his talent to hit the ball all over the field while always threatening to hit it out of the park.

“Most power hitters have holes. Jim Rice had no big holes,” said Hall of Famer relief pitcher Goose Gossage.

The Anderson South Carolina native played 16 seasons in the major leagues all with the Boston Red Sox. The 8-time All-Star finished his career with 382 home runs and drove in 1451 RBIs. He ended his career with a .298 batting average and in 1978 he won the American League MVP award.

In 2009 Rice was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after appearing on the ballot for the 15th time. This would have been the last time Rice would be able to appear on the ballot. If he had not received above 75% of the votes he wouldn’t have been inducted. Luckily for Rice, he got 76.4% of the votes needed. He became the 4th player to be elected in what would have been his final appearance on the hall of fame ballot.

Throughout his illustrious career he finished in the top ten in batting average 6 times, hits & homeruns 7 times, RBI’s & Total Bases 9 times, and On Base Percentage twice. Once he took over the left field position at Fenway Park there was no looking back and rest was history.



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