MLB players, managers, etc. who belong in the Hall of Fame

1.  Joe Torre.  Borderline HOF career statistics.  However, his managerial career ices the argument.  Surviving for 12 years under Steinbrenner and winning 4 WS is an accomplishment in itself, not to mention his other managerial stints.

2.  Davey Concepcion.  Why is the best shortstop of the 70’s overlooked? Maybe it’s because he was overshadowed by his Big Red Machine teammates of Bench, Morgan, Perez, and Rose, but that’s no excuse. There’s no quota ceiling on team HOF inductions. Davey belongs just as much as the rest of them.

3.  Maury Wills.  Stole his way into the 1962 MVP.  Revived the art of base stealing.  Is there a conspiracy keeping him out?

4.  Curt Schilling.  Perhaps it’s too soon to say he’s overlooked, so maybe he’ll get in, but still you have to wonder.

5.  Dale Murphy–one of the best overall hitters of the 1980’s and he did it all on his own without any performance enhancing drugs.  A HOFer both on and off the field.

6.  Steve Garvey–the original Dale Murphy before he got embroiled in all of those messy relationships late in his career.  Still had some of the best career numbers of his era, holds the NL record for consecutive games played (albeit, less than half of Iron Man Ripken’s record, but still a league record nonetheless) and was an All Star and MVP as well.

7.  Jim Kaat–somehow he gets ignored because he was in the second tier below the legends of his era (Koufax, Gibson, Drysdale, Marichal, Palmer, Carlton, etc.)  Yet all he did was win nearly 300 games and strike out a lot to batters to boot.  A major contributor wherever he played.  Maybe not the ace of the staff, but one of the better #2 starters in MLB history.  He would have won at least one Cy Young Award had there been a winner for each league.  Hey Veterans Committee, are you monitoring blogs?

8.  Luis Tiant–one of the most underrated pitchers of the 1970’s, but a go-to guy when the game’s on the line

9. Lou Whittaker.  He’d be in by now were it not for a quirk in the balloting procedure that eliminates candidates if they aren’t named on at least 5% of the first year ballots.  He wasn’t, so he’s off the ballot, and will have to wait until the Veterans Committee takes up his qualifications.  This shows the injustice of the way candidates are eliminated.  Certainly giving them 2 or 3 years to reach the 5% threshold isn’t unreasonable, to account for those situations where a strong class of legends eliminates many otherwise deserving candidates from induction.

10. And why not Lou’s Keystone Combination partner, Alan Trammel? Voting them in as a tandem in 2015, anyone?

 

You know me and lists, so I’ll be adding more later, so check often for updates!

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I'm a college Math Professor, and have been since 2002 after teaching HS Math for a year. I teach mostly entry level subjects such as Prealgebra and Algebra, but enjoy teaching classes that have logic or statistics as part of the content (something that goes beyond just doing arithmetic). Prior to that, I worked for 25 years as an actuary specializing in the design and administration of retirement plans for small businesses. My interests include, in no particular order: Libertarian politics Economics, particularly Austrian economics and political economics Female acoustic singer-songwriters, the more unknown, the better Oldies from the pre-British invasion era, when pop music radio stations played everything from Jimmy Dean to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Lawrence Welk, and it sounded all so natural together (and you can actually understand the words as you sing along with the songs word for word) Puzzles, particularly logic-based puzzles such as Sudukos NPR Will Short's puzzle on WESUN Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals in particular The Cleveland Browns of the 1960's (led by QB Frank Ryan, perhaps the only NFL player with a Ph.D. in Mathematics) The NCAA men's basketball tournament The Winter Olympics Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the most famous person you've never heard of. Her nonviolent and tireless pursuit of democracy for Burma (and don't call it Myanmar as long as those nutcases with OCD continue their illegal rule of this nation) makes her one of the true heroes of our time--and perhaps of all time. You go girl! When in the car, if I'm not listening to CD's, I listen to: WFAE ("Your NPR News Source")--Charlotte's NPR affiliate. Mostly during the NPR news shows during drive time WNCW--eclectic music legend out of Western North Carolina. WNCW plays just about anything--what it doesn't play is easier to describe than what it does play WSGE--"your independent music source" from Gaston College. Exists in a parallel universe and overlaps a lot with WNCW. WRBK ("Classic Oldies")--automated noncommercial FM station out of Chester County, SC whose playlist is about as broad as you can get (1950's through the early 1980's) unless it's..... WAIZ ("63 Big Ways") a recreation of the legendary Charlotte top 40 station from the 60's airing out of Hickory, NC. Usually infested with static, but the static is a minor inconvenience to be able to hear oldies ignored by most other radio stations. WAVO, from Rock Hill, SC. Does for standards what Big Ways does for pre-British invasion oldies. Also WAVO and Big Ways overlap a lot, with both playing some of the greatest music ever recorded that doesn't get played too many places! 650 AM WSM ("The Legend") when I'm driving home late at night after teaching night classes. The station that made the Grand Ole Opry Famous KMOX from St. Louis. Flagship station for the St. Louis Cardinals. That says it all!
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8 Responses to MLB players, managers, etc. who belong in the Hall of Fame

  1. hanspostcard says:

    I think Torre should be in as a player also..he will get in as a manager. Maury Wills was a jerk, which hasn’t helped his case. I love the Hall of Fame discussions.

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