Monday, November 4, 2013

Two former Reds greats up for Hall of Fame consideration


A pair of former Reds greats are among 12 finalists on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's "Expansion Era" ballot, which features candidates whose greatest contributions to the game were realized from 1973 through the present.

The former Reds who made the list are Dave Concepcion and Dave Parker.

Concepcion played 19 seasons with the Reds as their shortstop, compiling over 2,300 hits, 321 stolen bases, five Gold Glove Awards, and nine All-Star game selections.

Parker spent four years in the Queen City, and 19 seasons overall split between six teams, where he recorded a .290 career average and 339 home runs. In 1978, he earned National League MVP honors.

Both will seek induction into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 when a 16-member committee casts votes at the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings.

Candidates must receive 75 percent of the overall vote in order to earn election into baseball's shrine in Cooperstown.

The other greats up for consideration are Bobby Cox, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller,  Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons, George Steinbrenner, and Joe Torre.

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