Jim Rice turns 58 years old today.
Jim Rice may be one of the best examples of a great hitter that could also hit for power or you can classify him as a power hitter that was a great contact hitter too. Either way, it works!! Although we cannot clearly say Rice was a better hitter for average than power or vice-versa, we can surely say that his numbers are mighty impressive.
After 16 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Rice ended his career with a .298 batting average while launching 382 home runs. Rice’s best season came in 1978 when he won the Most Valuable Player award while hitting .315, belting 46 home runs, and driving in 139 runs. Rice was a MVP candidate annually and finished in the Top 5 for voting in 6 total seasons.
Jim Rice competed in 1 World Series championship match-up in 1986 against the New York Mets. Although his team ultimately lost in 7 games, Rice did extremely well as he hit .333 and scored 6 runs.
Happy Birthday Mr. Rice!!