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Encyclopedia > Jim Rice
Jim Rice
Outfielder
Born: March 8, 1953 (1953-03-08) (age 54)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 19, 1974
for the Boston Red Sox
Final game
August 3, 1989
for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
AVG     .298
HR     382
Hits     2452
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 1974 Minor League Player of the Year, Pawtucket Red Sox, International League
  • 1974 MVP International League, Pawtucket Red Sox
  • 1975 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 8-time AL All-Star (1977-1980 & 1983-1986)
  • AL MVP (1978)
  • 6-time in top 5, AL MVP voting (1977-79,1983-84,1986)
  • 2-time AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1983 & 1984)
  • 2-time AL Slugging Percentage Leader (1977 & 1978)
  • AL OPS Leader (1978)
  • 2-time AL At Bats Leader (1978 & 1981)
  • AL Hits Leader (1978)
  • 4-time AL Total Bases Leader (1977, 1978, 1979 & 1983)
  • AL Triples Leader (1978)
  • 3-time AL Home Run Leader (1977, 1978 & 1983)
  • 2-time AL RBI Leader (1978 & 1983)
  • 7 seasons over .300
  • 382 home runs is the 11th best all-time among American League right-handed batters (4th when he retired)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 11 (1975-1980 & 1982-1986)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1977, 1978, 1979 & 1983)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1978)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 8 (1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985 & 1986)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1977, 1978 & 1979)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 4 (1977, 1978, 1979 & 1986)

James Edward "Jim" Rice (born March 8, 1953, in Anderson, South Carolina) is a former baseball player who was with the American League's Boston, Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. Like Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams before him, Rice was a power-hitting left fielder who played his entire career for the Red Sox. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - The Baseball Writers Association of America elects former New York Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Class-Level Triple-A (1973-Present) Double-A (1970-1972) Minor League affiliations International League North Division Eastern League (1970-1972) Major League affiliation Boston Red Sox (1970-Present) Current uniform Name Pawtucket Red Sox (1970-Present) Ballpark McCoy Stadium (1970-Present) Minor League titles League titles 1973, 1984 Division... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anderson is a city located in Anderson County, South Carolina. ... This article is about the sport. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ), i. ... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... The position of the left fielder A left fielder, abbreviated LF, is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field. ...

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Notable seasons

Rice was promoted in the Red Sox organization to being a full time player in 1975, after he was AAA's International League Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Triple Crown winner in 1974. Previous to the 1974 season, Rice's 3-run home run is the key blow in helping Pawtucket (International League) defeat Tulsa (American Association) in a 5–2 win in the 1973 Junior World Series. Consequently, he and fellow rookie teammate Fred Lynn were brought up to the Red Sox at the same time, and were known as the "Gold Dust Twins"[1] [2]. Rice finished in second place for the 1975 American League's Rookie of the Year honors, and third in the Most Valuable Player voting, after he finished the season with 174 basehits, 102 runs batted in, .309 batting average, and 22 home runs. Lynn did win both of these awards for the 1975 season. The Red Sox qualified for postseason play, but Rice did not play in either the 1975 League Championship Series or World Series because of a wrist injury sustained during the last week of the regular season. A disappointed Rice appeared during the postseason player introductions, in uniform and without the cast on his wrist.[citation needed] He removed the cast the night before and announced that he was fit to play.[citation needed] The Red Sox management had persuaded him that healing would be in the best future interest of both Rice and the Red Sox. The Red Sox would go on to lose the World Series, 4 games to 3, to the Cincinnati Reds of the National League. Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Minor League Baseball. ... 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In 1978, Rice won the Most Valuable Player award in a campaign where he hit .315 (3rd in the league) and led the league in home runs (46), RBIs (139), hits (213), triples (15) and slugging percentage (.600). He is one of only two American League players ever to lead his league in both triples and home runs in the same season, and he remains the only player ever to lead his league, and Major League Baseball in triples, home runs, and RBIs in the same season. His 406 total bases that year was the most in the A.L. since Joe DiMaggio had 418 in 1937, and it made Rice the first major leaguer with 400 or more total bases since Hank Aaron's 400 in 1959. This feat wasn't repeated again until 1997, when Larry Walker had 409. No American League player has done it since Rice in 1978. See also: 1977 in sports, other events of 1978, 1979 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing USAC - A J Foyt won final season championship under USAC. CART, Championship Auto Racing Teams open wheel racing established in the United States. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... In mathematics, a triple is an n-tuple with n being 3. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In baseball statistics, total bases refers to the number of bases a player has gained with hits, i. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... In baseball statistics, total bases refers to the number of bases a player has gained with hits, i. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Larry Kenneth Robert Walker (born December 1, 1966 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball. ...


In 1986, Rice had 200 hits, batted .324, and had 110 RBIs. The Red Sox made it to the World Series for the second time during his career. This time, Rice played in all 14 postseason games, where he collected 14 hits, including hitting two home runs. He also scored 14 runs and drove in six. The 14 runs Rice scored is the fifth most recorded by an individual during a single year's Post-season play. The Red Sox would go on to lose the World Series to the New York Mets, 4 games to 3, thus continuing their difficulties. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles...


Career accomplishments

Rice led the AL in home runs three times (1977, 1978, 1983), in RBI twice (1978, 1983), in slugging percentage twice (1977, 1978), and in total bases four times (1977-1979, 1983). He also picked up Silver Slugger awards in 1983 and 1984 (the award was created in 1980). Rice hit at least 39 home runs in a season four times, had eight 100 RBI seasons, four seasons with 200+ hits and batted over .300 seven times. He finished his 16-year career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs (52nd best of all-time), 1451 RBIs (51st), 1249 runs scored, 2452 hits (91st), and 4129 total bases (61st). He was an American League All-Star eight times (1977-1980, 1983-1986). In addition to winning the American League MVP award in 1978, he finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five other times (1975, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1986). In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... In baseball statistics, total bases refers to the number of bases a player has gained with hits, i. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rice is the only player in major league history to record over 200 hits and at the same time having 39 or more HRs for three consecutive years. He is tied for the American League record of leading the league in total bases for three straight seasons, and was one of three A.L. players to have three straight seasons of hitting at least 39 home runs while batting .315 or higher. According to the web site, Rice ranked among the league leaders in various batting categories more than 100 times during his career. From 1975 to 1986, Rice led the American League in total games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, total bases, extra-base hits, go-ahead RBIs, multi-hit games, and outfield assists.[3] Among all Major League players during that time, Rice was the leader in five of these categories (Mike Schmidt is next, having led in four). This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


His biggest flaw as a hitter was his knack for hitting into double plays. Rice's ability to hit a baseball dangerously hard, coupled with having many slow-footed teammates on base in front of him (e.g., Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans, Bill Buckner, etc.) resulted in many double plays. In 1984 he hit into a single season record of 36 double plays. He is not in bad company when it comes to grounding into double plays, because many of the career leaders in this category are Hall of Famers (e.g. Cal Ripken, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, etc.). Rice led the league in this category in four different seasons (1982-1985), matching Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi. It should be noted that the on-base prowess of Rice's teammates placed him in a double play situation over 2,000 times during his career, almost once for every game he played, and that Rice posted a batting average of .310 and slugging percentage of .515 in those situations, better than his overall career marks in those categories. In addition, the Red Sox were far more successful as a team in the games in which Rice faced at least one double play situation, posting a winning percentage of .572 in those games compared to a mark of .489 in games when Rice didn't face a double play situation. After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) for a team or a fielder is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, whose hitting in the 1980s and 1990s dominated the American League in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. ... Dwight Evans on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1988. ... William Joseph Bill Buckner (born December 14, 1949 in Vallejo, California, United States) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels and Kansas City Royals. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... There are two notable people named Cal Ripken. ... Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ), i. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Ernesto Natali (Ernie) Lombardi (born April 6, 1908 in Oakland, California — died September 26, 1977 in Santa Cruz, California), was a Major League Baseball catcher for the Brooklyn Robins, the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Braves and the New York Giants during a Hall of Fame career that spanned 17 years... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) for a team or a fielder is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ...


Rice could hit for both power and average, and at this time, only nine other retired ballplayers rank ahead of him in both career home runs and batting average. They are: Hank Aaron, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams. Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Jimmie Foxx on the cover of Time in 1929 James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who was, up until Mark McGwires glory days in the late 1990s, the most prolific right-handed power hitter to ever play... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the first half of the twentieth century. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ... Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... Stanley Frank Musial, original Stanisław Franciszek Musiał, nicknamed Stan the Man and The Donora Greyhound (born November 21, 1920 in Donora, Pennsylvania), is an American former player in Major League Baseball who played 22 seasons for the St. ... Melvin Thomas (Mel) Ott (March 2, 1909 – November 21, 1958), nicknamed Master Melvin, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career in the National League for the New York Giants (1926-1947). ... For the band, see Babe Ruth (band). ... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ...


In 1981, at a point in his career when it looked like he would one day rank among the game's all-time greats, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Lawrence S. Ritter (1922 - 2004) was a writer whose specialty was baseball. ...


Fielding prowess

Rice was an adequate left fielder, having played there in 1543 games. He finished his career with a fielding percentage of .980 and had 137 outfield assists (comparable to Ted Williams', totals of .974 and 140 assists). As a right-handed batter, Rice was able to master the various caroms that balls took from the Green Monster (in left field) in Fenway Park. His deceptive speed also helped his fielding. His 21 assists in 1983 remains the most by a Red Sox outfielder since 1944 when Bob Johnson had 23. Rice also appeared as a Designated Hitter in 530 games. The position of the left fielder A left fielder, abbreviated LF, is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field. ... The outfield is a sporting term used in cricket and baseball to refer to the area of the field of play further from the batsman or batter than the infield. ... The Green Monster in 2006, showing the manual scoreboard and Green Monster seating, and more recent additions, including charity advertisements along the top, billboards above the Green Monster seating, and the American League East standings. ... “Fenway” redirects here. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Robert Lee Johnson (November 26, 1905 - July 6, 1982), nicknamed Indian Bob, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for three American League teams from 1933 to 1945, primarily the Philadelphia Athletics. ...


Community activities

Rice was associated with a variety of charitable organizations during his career, primarily on behalf of children, some of which have carried on into his retirement. He was named an honorary chairman of The Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, in 1979,[4] and in 1992 was awarded that organization's "Jimmy Award", which honors individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to cancer research.[5] Rice is also active in his support of the Neurofibromatosis Foundation of New England.[6] Rice's involvement with Major League Baseball's RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) resulted in the naming of a new youth baseball facility in Roxbury, Massachusetts in his honor in 1999.[7] A youth recreation center in Rice's hometown of Anderson, South Carolina is also named in his honor. Rice's most notable humanitarian accomplishment occurred during a nationally televised game on August 7, 1982, when he rushed into the stands to help a young boy who had been struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Dave Stapleton. As other players and spectators watched, Rice left the dugout and entered the stands to help 4-year old Jonathan Keane, who was bleeding heavily. Rice carried the boy onto the field, through the Red Sox dugout and into the clubhouse, where the young boy could be treated by the team's medical staff. Team doctor Arthur Pappas later said that Rice's actions may have saved the boy's life, [8] which would make Rice the only major league player ever to have saved a spectator's life on national television.[citation needed] Ralph Livingstone Edwards (January 13, 1913 – November 16, 2005) was a television host and producer. ... Fundraising is the process of soliciting and gathering money or other gifts in-kind, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. ... Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a major affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It was one of the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 and became a city in 1848 until it was annexed to Boston in 1868. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Anderson is a city located in Anderson County, South Carolina. ... Humanitarianism is the view that all people should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings, and that advancing the well-being of humanity is a noble goal. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... David Leslie Stapleton (born January 16, 1954 in Fairhope Alabama) was a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox from 1980-1986. ...


Retirement activities

Rice has served as a Roving Batting Coach (1992-1994) and Hitting Instructor (1995-2000), and remains an Instructional Batting Coach (2001-present) with the Boston Red Sox organization. While the Red Sox hitting coach, the team led the league in hitting in 1997 and players won two batting titles. Since 2003, he's also been employed as a commentator for the New England Sports Network (NESN), where he contributes to the Red Sox pre-game and post-game shows. He had a cameo appearance in the NESN movie, Wait Till This Year.[9], and in the film Fever Pitch.[10] The former slugger has been known to pass his wisdom on to the current Sox players and stars from time to time. Rice was elected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame when it first opened in 1995, and he is the 40th member of Ted Williams' Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, having been inducted along with Paul Molitor, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount in 2001.[11] Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... A batting title, in baseball, is said to have been reached when a player has the highest average in his league, while still having had 3. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A sportscaster is an announcer on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... The New England Sports Network, or NESN [NESS-en], is a regional cable television network that covers the six New England states. ... DVD cover of Wait Till This Year Wait Till This Year is a reality-type docu-drama film which follows a Boston Red Sox fan during the 2004 baseball season, when the team ended their famous losing streak by winning the World Series. ... This article is about the Nick Hornby book and related films. ... The Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame was instituted in 1995 to recognize the career of former Boston Red Sox players. ... Reverse side of a Paul Molitor baseball card Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956 in St. ... David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951 in St. ... Robin Rachel Yount (born September 16, 1955 in Danville, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1974-1994). ...


Hall of Fame Debate

Rice, who hit for average and power, and to all fields, was a dominant slugger. When he was at his best, from 1975 to 1986, Rice mashed the opposition with pure strength and hitting technique. Should he be inducted as a member to the Hall of Fame, Rice would be eligible to have his number retired by the Red Sox. The Red Sox employ a rather strict policy on retiring uniform numbers; to be considered, one need first to have played a minimum of ten years with the team and one must also be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.[12] In baseball, slugger is a popular term for a powerful batter with a high percentage of extra base hits, though they may not have a high batting average. ...

The Sign at McCoy Stadium inviting fans to sign the Jersey
The Sign at McCoy Stadium inviting fans to sign the Jersey

Currently, there are 19 left fielders in the Baseball Hall of Fame. If compared against these players, Rice would rank sixth in home runs, ninth in RBIs, and 14th in both batting average and hits. While Rice is acknowledged as being one of the best hitters of his era, he has not yet received enough votes cast by the BBWAA in a given year to go to Cooperstown. However, during the course of his continuing eligibility period, he has received over 3100 of these votes, which is the second most ever collected by any player. In 2006[13] and 2007[14], he received over 63% of votes cast. His last year of BBWAA voting eligibility will be in 2008, which would place him on the 2009 ballot. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 454 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1952 × 2576 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 454 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1952 × 2576 pixel, file size: 1. ... McCoy Stadium is a Minor League baseball stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Era may refer to: Era, a long period of history ERA Real Estate, also known as Electronic Realty Associates Inc. ... Founded in 1908 as the Baseball Writers Association of America, the BBWAA is a professional association for baseball journalists writing for daily newspapers and magazines. ... Cooperstown is a village in Otsego County, New York and is the County Seat. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rice's current delay in being elected to the Hall of Fame may be related to his often difficult relationship with the media during his playing career, many of whom are still voting members of the BBWAA.[15]. Many feel that Rice's last serious opportunity to make the Hall is the 2008 ballot,[16] where his primary competition comes in the form of Rich Gossage, a fellow player who has been on the edge of induction for many years, and newcomers David Justice and Tim Raines, neither of whom are expected to get in. However, a similar situation occurred in the 2006 voting, when only Bruce Sutter was inducted. Furthermore, there is no guarantee any player must be elected in a given year; quite a few years have occurred where not single player was inducted.[17] Some writers, such as the Providence Journal's Sean McAdam, have said that Rice's chances have been improved in recent years[18] with the exposure of the "Steroids Era" in baseball, in that Rice's numbers compare favorably with those who played in an era widely believed to have been subject to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.[citation needed] As such, Rice has received increasingly more votes each year since the 2003 ballot, improving his vote totals by almost 90 votes over the span of 4 years.[19] Richard Michael Goose Gossage (born July 5, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... David Christopher Justice (born April 14, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1989-96), Cleveland Indians (1997-2000), New York Yankees (2000-01), and Oakland Athletics (2002). ... Timothy Raines (born September 16, 1959 in Sanford, Florida), nicknamed Rock, is a former American left fielder in Major League Baseball known for his speed and ability to get on base. ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ... The Canadian Alliance fielded several candidates in the 2000 federal election, and won 66 seats to become the Official Opposition party in the Canadian House of Commons. ... In chemistry and biology, Steroids are a type of lipid, characterized by a carbon skeleton with four fused rings. ...


During the 2007 season, the Pawtucket Red Sox started a campaign to get Rice inducted which includes having fans sign "the World's Largest Jim Rice Jersey." Class-Level Triple-A (1973-Present) Double-A (1970-1972) Minor League affiliations International League North Division Eastern League (1970-1972) Major League affiliation Boston Red Sox (1970-Present) Current uniform Name Pawtucket Red Sox (1970-Present) Ballpark McCoy Stadium (1970-Present) Minor League titles League titles 1973, 1984 Division...


Reference(s)

  1. ^ http://www.fenwayfanatics.com/redsox/legend/jim_rice/
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1485014/bio
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/riceji01.shtml
  4. ^ http://jimmyfund.com/ImgGallery.asp?config=/XML/abo_red_sox_gallery.xml&style=/XML/XSL/img_gallery.xsl&index=8&page=1
  5. ^ http://jimmyfund.com/abo/press/pressreleases/2005/jimmy-fund-honors-weei--glenn-ordway-with-annual-jimmy-award.asp
  6. ^ http://www.charityhop.com/charities.htm
  7. ^ http://www.bostonbaseball.com/fields/rice.htm
  8. ^ http://home.att.net/~yflanagan/baseball/ricehero.html
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486512/
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332047/
  11. ^ http://www.twmuseum.com/events/hhof_2006.html
  12. ^ http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/history/retired_numbers.jsp
  13. ^ http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/hof_voting/year/2006.htm
  14. ^ http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/news/2007/election/results.htm#2007%20BBWAA%20Hall%20of%20Fame%20Voting%20Results
  15. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/01/11/verdict_is_in_rice_still_a_tough_out/
  16. ^ http://transcripts.usatoday.com/Chats/transcript.aspx?c=1006
  17. ^ http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/hof_voting/default.htm
  18. ^ http://proxy.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?id=2268868
  19. ^ http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/hof_voting/alpha/R.htm

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