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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.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.