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!