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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The Hall of Fame Case for Dave Parker

Would I vote for him?

He falls short for me.

Parker’s prime was fantastic, but it was too short to carry a peak-heavy, Sandy Koufax-style Hall of Fame candidacy and the fact that he was in the wilderness for a good five or six years harmed his overall career value.  If that hadn’t happened — if he had kept himself in shape and off the blow during what should have been the prime-to-late-prime of his career — sure, we’d be having a different conversation right now. Indeed, we’d probably be talking about one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

But it didn’t go down like that and one’s Hall of Fame candidacy should not be judged on potential. In the end, Parker had less overall career value than his 1978 MVP counterpart Jim Rice did, and Jim Rice is a pretty low bar all things considered.

Can’t say that I’d argue with Craig on these points, no.

QLE Posted: December 03, 2019 at 09:53 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dave parker, hall of fame

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   1. The Duke Posted: December 04, 2019 at 09:50 PM (#5905763)
You must have been pretty damn good for someone to say “if you could have stayed off the blow, you’d have more than 2712 hits”

Imagine having 2712 hits and being considered a massive underachiever

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