Jim Rice spent sixteen seasons in the Major Leagues, all with the Boston Red Sox, and became one of the most dominant hitters of his generation. The hard-hitting left fielder slugged twenty or more home runs in eleven seasons, had eight seasons with more than 100 RBIs, batted over .300 in seven seasons, and collected 200 or more hits in four seasons. Rice won the American League MVP in 1978 when he led the league in hits (213), triples (15), home runs (46), and RBIs (139). The eight time All-Star picked up two Silver Slugger Awards in 1983 and 1984. Jim Rice finished his impressive career with a .298 lifetime batting average, 2,452 hits, 382 home runs, and 1,451 RBIs. In 2009 he had his number “14” retired by the Boston Red Sox.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
July 21, 2012