Thursday, June 17, 2021

Happy # 73 David Concepcion


David Concepción Nº 13 Rojo de Cincinnati. | Ysmael Quero | Flickr

We remember David Concepcion who was born in Venezuela on this day in 1948.   He turned into one of the greatest shortstops in NL history.    

Dave broke in with the Reds in 1970 and was one of the key parts of the teams that won 4 NL titles and the World Series in 1975 & 1976.  
Dave was more than a great defensive infielder:  He hit .267 with 2,326 hits.    

In my opinion, Dave should be in the Hall of Fame, as Tyler Duma wrote in 2012:
There are 22 shortstops in the Hall of Fame as of 2012. When placed in that group of players, Concepcion ranks ninth in HR, 10th in SB, 11th in hits and RBI, 15th in SLG and 19th in AVG and OBP.
He won five Gold Gloves (four straight from 1974-77), back-to-back Silver Sluggers (1981-82) and made nine all-star teams (eight straight from 1975-82).   
Add to all of this that Concepcion was a quiet leader in a team that included Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose.
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