Saturday, January 13, 2007

A few more thoughts about the Hall of Fame vote




Mark McGwire is out. It was expected. I believe that the HOF will come down very hard on McGwire, Palmeiro and Sosa. In fact, we may have 3 of the Top 10 HR hitters out of the HOF. Of course, I have not mentioned Bonds, who has some other problems.

What happened to David Concepcion? He did not get in. David was the shortstop of the Big Red Machine, the top NL team of the 1970s. David played with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez. Also, he played for Sparky Anderson.

Like Tony Oliva and Dick Allen, David Concepcion should be in the HOF.

Can you think of a better shortstop in the 1970s? Robin Yount is the only name that comes to mind. Who was better than Concepcion? Who was more complete?

Speaking of Dick Allen, See The Greatest Player Who Isn't in the Hall of Fame:
"Richard Anthony "Dick" (aka "Richie") Allen played for just 10 full seasons yet led his league in home runs twice, RBIs once, on-base average twice, and slugging three times. He was also named the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year and the 1972 American League MVP. As his record stands, a great many baseball historians would argue Allen was the best hitter in baseball between 1964 and 1974."

What a coincidence. Oliva and Allen were the AL and NL Rookie of the Year in '64. Allen and Oliva played in the late 60's when pitchers dominated baseball.

Allen's 351 homers would compare with 500 today.

Oliva was a .304 lifetime hitter with 3 batting titles and 2,000 hits in 1964-76. (He was a part time player after '71 because of knee injuries)

Anyway, I hope that the veterans committee will reconsider Allen, Oliva and Concepcion. They deserve to be in Cooperstown.

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