1984 HEADLINE: A’s Ship Rickey Henderson To Yankees

1984 HEADLINE: A’s Ship Rickey Henderson To Yankees

Back in the 1980′s you didn’t get same kind of media attention given to the players and teams of today.  Between the new age of provocative journalism and the players themselves providing personal updates via web-based outlets, there is very little that we miss.  But back in the 80′s things were different and that is why this trade bothers me 25+ years later…

Rickey Henderson has been traded by the Oakland Athletics with Bert Bradley and cash to the New York Yankees for Tim Birtsas, Jay Howell, Stan Javier, Eric Plunk, and Jose Rijo.

While the A’s didn’t just get bodies, they really didn’t get much in return for one of the game’s biggest stars either…

By this point of his career Rickey had solidified himself as the game’s top lead-off hitter and base stealer.  He was a scoring machine and his near .400 OBS was a key to many wins for the A’s.

Something tells me that there is more to the story, but we may never know…  But what I do know is that if an All-star gets traded in the prime of his career in 2009 we know each and every detail within hours!!

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One response to “1984 HEADLINE: A’s Ship Rickey Henderson To Yankees

  1. You mean people didn’t spend all day reading MLB Trade Rumors and checking Twitter? Those were the dark ages.

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