The way I see it, Henderson was a great baserunner in the same way that Vince Carter or Allen Iverson were great scorers. High volume of shots made, but not as efficient as they could have been if they'd focused on winning, playing defense, etc. and not personal points totals.
Rickey had the talent, the speed, and the baseball smarts to be a great baserunner, but he cared more about being a prolific base stealer. One thing that can be said about his obsession with racking up steals and runs totals and disregarding other areas of the game, is that it probably, ironically, made him a better baseball player. One thing Rickey did as well as anyone, which he doesn't get enough credit for, is draw walks. Tons of walks. And he was taking all these pitches and drawing all these walks before it was "cool" to do so. He was a monster at getting to first base, because that is what his focus was: Let me get to first base so that I can steal second, and then steal third. In the process he had a career OBP over .400, which is remarkable given the length of his career, the mediocrity of his batting average, and the fact that the last thing any pitcher wanted to do was give him first base for free.
Last edited by GiambiJuice; 03-01-2012 at 02:40 PM.
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