The snow is melting, days are getting longer and the birds are returning home from their hiatus down south. As the birds head north, all 30 Major League Baseball teams head south to begin spring training. With the warm up of this American pastime, it is only appropriate to give those non-baseball lovers an analogy between baseball and office furniture to help them understand what they’ve missed and what to expect in the coming years. So sit back and relax, (no pun intended) while enjoying our comparison between baseball and office furniture, HON style.


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Where to start? How about “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Colossus of Clout,” “The Great Bambino,” Mr. Babe Ruth!  The only chair that has stood the test of time and is still famous like Babe Ruth is the Pillow-Soft® Executive High-back chair. It doesn’t matter that today’s ‘players’ are slimmer and lower profile, this big comfy model is still a top seller! As a wise man once said, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

From the big and soft to the best money can buy, we jump right to the top! Ceres is the top of the line for The HON Company. If you want comfort, style and functionality then you want Ceres. In baseball we call Ceres® the New York Yankees. You may need to spend a little more to get the best, but you will not regret it!

What if you don’t have the extra cash to spend? Then you need to get the most value for your buck. Please welcome in the most transactional line of furniture HON has to offer, basyx® by HON! Reminiscent of the Oakland Athletics this line of furniture can compete with any and all competitors. At times this line will fly under the radar but when the game is on the line and it is getting close to the last out, you know it will be in the hunt for the win!

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The best of the best tend to be well-rounded and clutch in big situations. In baseball the best was the versatile, switch hitting Pete Rose – an all-star at five different positions, a silver slugger, MVP, gold glove and MLB record holder several times over. An impressive resume to say the least! In the office furniture world, the versatile and dynamic Ignition™ Series is quite simply the best. It’s The HON Company’s top-selling line of chairs! Not only is Ignition the best, it’s an easy and affordable way to furnish an entire workplace in comfort and style.

“You can put it on the board…yes!” was an oft-heard line from the press booth when Frank Thomas swung the bat. In fact, the ‘90s would not have been complete without “The Big Hurt” gracing the fields of Chicago’s Comiskey Park. This larger than life, homerun hitting first baseman and designated hitter carried his team year after year – and did it with his always present cheek-to-cheek smile. So you’re probably thinking, “What kind of chair would The Big Hurt use?” Well, look no further! The HON Company’s Pyramid® Series chairs are built HON-tough and are ready to support the big and tall user 24 hours a day.

2012 was a season filled with high expectations for Los Angeles Angels fans. The season marked the beginning of a new era for one of the greatest players of 21st century, Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year deal with the ballclub. With an award winning bat and glove, Pujols gave his team a top-notch performer day in and day out. Just as LA fans continued to expect great things from their new Angel, The HON Company views its Nucleus family of seating in a similar light. From the inside out, Nucleus is like nothing else on the market. With its unique internal structure for maximum comfort and sleek design, Nucleus® never fails to impress! This collection of chairs will be a leader in the marketplace for many years to come.

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Baseball has its closer – a pitcher who can enter a ballgame in the bottom of the ninth and valiantly shut down opponents with the game on the line. It’s hard to argue Mariano Rivera has not been the best closer in the game, ever! With over 600 saves and his name in the record books, Rivera has been lights out for the Yankees. The HON Company also has a closer in its arsenal – called Flock™. This new go-to collection of tables, seating, ottomans and lighting rounds out HON’s already stellar product assortment and allows workers to comfortably meet any challenge, anywhere. Flock is one series we’d put up against any competitor!

Lastly, every once in a great while a new player will come along that flashes signs of greatness out of the gate. Last year there were two. At the age of 19 and 20, respectively, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout gave baseball fans two new reasons to be excited about the game. What this dynamic duo was able to accomplish in their first years in the big leagues – with their gloves, bats and legs on the base paths – was more than any scout could have predicted. Rookie of the Year honors was just the beginning for these phenoms.  Just as Harper and Trout will continue to have a positive and electrifying impact on baseball, new Accelerate™ workstations are also destined for greatness! Contemporary design, high quality materials and ability to easily reconfigure to meet any need makes Accelerate a worthy Rookie of the Year candidate and a must have in your office!

If you are still reading that means you must have a passion for baseball, The HON Company or maybe both. Whichever scenario you fall into, you are okay in our book! So let’s get the season started, The National Anthem has been sung, the players have taken the field, and unlike the Chicago Cubs, this actually is the year… for HON!

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