On Monday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame unveiled a list of 12 candidates to be considered for induction via the Expansion Era ballot. Among the dozen candidates, two former Reds players made the cut, including Dave Concepcion and Dave Parker.
In his column from Wednesday, Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe, who is credited for developing the JAWS system, which aims to measure a player's Hall of Fame worthiness by comparing him to the players at his position who are already enshrined, took a look at each candidate on the Expansion Era ballot, and deemed Concepcion and Parker to be unworthy of baseball's most coveted honor.
Although Concepcion amassed 2,326 hits, won five Gold Gloves, and was a key member of the Big Red Machine, one of the greatest dynasties in the history of any sport, Jaffe believes Concepcion falls short for a few reasons, namely because he ranks only 41st among all shortstops in history, according to Jaffe's JAWS rating. This puts Concepcion below the likes of Jimmy Rollins, Omar Vizquel, and Rafael Furcal, all of which are borderline Hall of Famers in their own right.
In Parker's case, Jaffe says the "Cobra" isn't good enough for Cooperstown due to the fact that he ranks just 35th among all right fielders in history, according to the JAWS system. In his 19-year career, Parker boasted a slash line of .290/.339/.471 with 2,717 hits and 339 home runs. Most of his years were spent with the Pittsburgh Pirates, before an addiction problem to cocaine nearly cut his career short, until he resurrected it with the Reds.
All in all, Jaffe proposes that Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Marvin Miller will garner elections, and adds that Ted Simmons may join them.
So, what do you think? Are Concepcion and Parker Hall of Famers in your mind?