Cooperstown Chronicles – Dave Concepcion

Jan 25, 2008

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It seems like everyone else on the Big Red Machine that didn’t gamble has made it into the Hall of Fame.  OK, I’m being a little facetious, as George Foster and Ken Griffey have and will not get the call from Cooperstown.  Besides Pete Ro$e, there is one more Big Red Machine member that I feel should get that call…Dave Concepcion.

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The Numbers
.267 Batting Average
993 Runs
2326 Hits (124th All-time)
389 Doubles
48 Triples (26th All-time)
101 Home Runs
950 RBI
321 Stolen Bases
2488 Games (50th All-time)

Playoffs – .297, 13 runs, 30 hits, 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HRs, 13 RBI, 7 stolen bases in thirty-four games.  In 20 World Series games, he has 12 RBI.

The Awards
9 All-Star Games
1982 All-Star Game MVP
5 Gold Gloves
2 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 3 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Once
Games - 3 times
At Bats – Twice
Hits - Once
Doubles - Once
Triples - Once
RBI – Once
Stolen Bases – Three times
Intentional Walks – Oncea

References
Baseball-reference.com

Judging by numbers alone, he probably doesn’t merit consideration, but there are more to it than just numbers.  Dave Concepcion was a good hitter and a slick fielder.  He was arguable the best SS of the ’70s.  Only a handful of shortstops manned the position as many games as Concepcion.  He was a winner, and one that stepped up his play on the bigger stage of the playoffs.  I think there’s room in the Hall for him.

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson

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  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 7th, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    [...] Pete Browning Jim Bunning * Bert Byleven Joe Carter Orlando Cepeda* Rocky Colavito Earle Combs* Dave Concepcion David Cone Roger Connor* Larry Corcoran Mike Cuellar Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    [...] Pete Browning Jim Bunning * Bert Byleven Joe Carter Orlando Cepeda* Rocky Colavito Earle Combs* Dave Concepcion David Cone Roger Connor* Larry Corcoran Mike Cuellar Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry [...]

  3. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    [...] Pete Browning Jim Bunning * Bert Byleven Joe Carter Orlando Cepeda* Rocky Colavito Earle Combs* Dave Concepcion David Cone Roger Connor* Larry Corcoran Stan Coveleski* Mike Cuellar Bill Dahlen George Davis* [...]

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