Cooperstown Chronicles – Dave Parker

Jan 31, 2008

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Dave Parker had it all going for him.  He had won a pair of batting titles, a MVP, and a World Series ring by the time he was 28.  His career was slightly derailed by injuries, conditioning, and cocaine use.  He bounced back to have some solid seasons in his mid-thirties.  In his late-thirties he help guide the Oakland A’s to a World Series victory over San Francisco.  Despite his issues, I think his career was good enough for a spot in Cooperstown.

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The Numbers
2466 Games (56th All-time)
9358 At Bats (45th All-time)
.290 At Bats
1272 Runs (129th All-time)
2712 Hits (55th All-time)
526 Doubles (32nd All-time)
75 Triples
339 Home Runs (82nd All-time)
1493 RBI (48th All-time)
4405 Total Bases (44th All-time)
154 Stolen Bases

World Series Numbers
3 Series, 14 Games
53 At Bats
.283 Batting Average
4 Runs
15 Hits
4 Doubles
1 Home Runs
6 RBI

The Awards

1978 MVP
1979 All-Star MVP
7 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
3 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 9 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – Five times (Batting Titles in ’77 & ’78)
On-Base % – Three times
Slugging % – Seven times (Led league in ’75 & ’78)
OPS – Five Times (Led league in ’78)
Games – Four times
At Bats – Five times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Seven times (Led league in ’77)
Doubles – Five (Led league in ’77 & ’85)
Triples – Three times
Home Runs – Four times
RBI – Nine Times (Led league in ”85)
Total Bases – Seven times (Led league in ’78, ’85 & ’86)
Intentional Walks – Eight times (Led league in ’78 & ’85)

Cobra was a feared hitter.  He hit for average, as evidenced by his back-to-back batting titles, power (six seasons of 25+ HR), had some speed (seven seasons of double-digit stolen bases), had a good glove (three straight Gold Gloves), and had a good arm (seven seasons of double-digit assists including 26 in 1977).  His power numbers are a little dwarfed by the steroids era, but he was more than just a home run hitter.  He had more total bases than Hall of Famers like Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell, and Harmon Killebrew to name a few.  I think he earned a spot in Coopertown. 

References
Baseball-reference.com
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
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges

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15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. BraystreetLad
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    I also think “The Cobra” should be in Cooperstown,but a lot of racist sportswriters who had no prblem with the presence of Klansmen in the
    HOF will object because of Parker’s cocaine abuse.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    He should be in. Hopefully we’re past the seedy side of baseball.

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  4. Bravesfan
    March 9th, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    Dave Parker is one of the best…..should be in HOF

  5. LestersLegends
    March 9th, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    He could flat out mash.

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  11. erik
    August 5th, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    i always thought parker should be in too. these jackoff writers have a lot of work to do. if they put me in charge i could do the inductions myself and i would do a better job. some of these writers with votes no very little about baseball

  12. Mark A. Cheslock
    August 11th, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    I had the privlege of befriend dave for awhile while at a job I once worked. Many times I witnessed people call, hey you’re Dave Parker and never once did he shy away and always stood and listened to them say I saw you do this or that and always said thanks and shook hands. Dave Parker not in Cooperstoen is a flat travisty.

  13. LestersLegends
    August 11th, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Thanks for sharing Mark.

  14. TexasRangerFan
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    I agree with Mark. This is a travesty.. When the big fella stepped into the box, I’m sure the opposing pitchers got scared. I know I got scared watching him hit on TV against my team. I remember him playing with a face-guard after fracturing his cheekbone in a collision with John Stearns at homeplate. Most guys today, and even then, mighta sat out and collected a paycheck. He was a gamer..

  15. Sean
    November 3rd, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    Dave Parkr was mu favorite player growing up, h had a certain style and flare to the game that made him a definate HOF. The Cobra had a beautiful swing, a gun for an arm, and speed to steal bases when necessary. Parkers numbers speak for themselves, and the 1st player to sign a million $$$ a yr. contract should have a place in the HOF.

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