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Shove over, Joe! Marty Brennaman wants Concepción in the HOF also.
Davey was every bit as important to the Big Red Machine as shortstop Pee Wee Reese was to the great Dodger teams of the ‘40s and ‘50s or Phil (“The Scooter”) Rizzuto was to the championship Yankees of the same era. But here’s the rub. Pee Wee and Scooter are in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Davey isn’t, even though he more than earned a ticket.
All three shortstops were scrappy “glue guys” who propelled talented teams to greatness. Davey’s career fielding percentage was significantly better than Reese’s or Rizzuto’s. Their batting averages and on-base percentages were comparable, although Davey had more extra-base hits. And Concepción’s post-season batting average - perhaps the best barometer of a ballplayer’s capacity to deliver when it matters - was a heady .297, far superior to the other two.
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