For the Pelicans, making a large, long-term commitment to Holiday comes with risk. He averaged 15.4 points and 7.3 assists last season, but struggled with injuries in his first three seasons in New Orleans, playing 139 of 246 games from 2013-16.
But letting Holiday walk would leave the Pels with few options to improve the Cheap Soccer Jerseys Size Xxl roster, and the team’s brain trust — especially general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry — are under pressure to get back to the playoffs in the wake of last February’s Cheap Softball Jerseys blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins deal. Holiday is the priority, and the Pelicans have some reason for confidence.
He admits that he almost certainly would have played a few more years had he not won a World Series ring with the Blue Jays in 1992. That’s what everyone plays for, after all.
“If we hadn’t won it, I might be coaching somewhere trying to get that ring in,” Henke said.
Henke is somewhat diffident on whether he belongs in Cooperstown.
“I don’t know,” Henke said. “I did the best I could when I played. I didn’t cheat, I didn’t use anything. I did it on natural ability. I worked hard every day. I think I represented the game.”
He added, “Tony La Russa, somebody asked him if I deserve to be in and he said, ‘Absolutely. Tom had everything you want in a Hall of Famer — longevity, helped the team win, represented the game the way it was supposed to be represented.’ I don’t know. I don’t dwell on stuff like that. It’s out of my control. Is 311 saves good enough? I don’t know.”
But Henke said he hasn’t rued his decision to walk away from baseball when he did. He’s maintained some involvement with the game, attending Cardinals fantasy camps, and said he’s happy to do things with the Blue Jays and Rangers when asked. He remains something of a celebrity every time he goes north of the U.S. border.