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Concepcion isn’t — and for reasons that remain rather dubious. ESPN motor mouth Skip Bayless has this saying of “this isn’t the Hall of Very Good,” but Concepcion was beyond good. He was a star at his position. He was one of the two best during his prime, something which would normally guarantee admission.
He’s hurt considerably from the large shadow cast by his Big Red Machine teammates and one Ozzie Smith, who was always good for a jaw-dropping catch, but for years batted on the lower end of .200. Concepcion was better offensively, and he helped redefine how to play shortstop on AstroTurf.
He made nine All-Star squads and played on one of the greatest teams in the history of the game. He’s also more qualified than many of the seemingly hundreds of Yankees who get into the Hall as long as they’ve had an official at-bat.
This isn’t surprising. Given how long it took for Tony Perez to get in, maybe there’s some big-city resentment toward the ’70s Reds. Maybe voters don’t want to have to deal with the Pete Rose issue again, which would assuredly come up with another Red inducted. Whatever the case, Concepcion has the credentials. All that’s left is his rightful plaque.
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