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Athletics to honor Rickey Henderson by naming Coliseum field “Rickey Henderson Field”

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The Athletics announced on Monday that the club will honor Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson by renaming the Coliseum field “Rickey Henderson Field.” The dedication ceremony will be held on Opening Night, scheduled for April 3 against the Angels. Additionally, the Athletics have scheduled Rickey Henderson Day for July 15 which features a Henderson jersey giveaway.

Henderson, 58, was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2009, receiving 511 of 539 (94.8%) votes. The Athletics retired his No. 24  in August 2009.

As a member of the Athletics, Henderson hit .288/.409/.430 with 167 home runs, 648 RBI, and 867 stolen bases. He holds the career major league records for stolen bases (1,406), runs scored (2,295), unintentional walks (2,129), and leadoff home runs (81). He holds the single-season record for stolen bases as well, having stolen 130 in the 1982 season.

Henderson will also serve as a special assistant to A’s president Michael Crowley, noted in the team’s announcement on Monday.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.