Cooperstown Chronicles – Wes Parker

Mar 21, 2008

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Wes Parker was suggested by Eric Greenberg, one of my very best friends and creator of www.justmyshow.com.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness. 

The Numbers
1288 Games
4157 At Bats
.267 Batting Average 
548 Runs
1110 Hits 
194 Doubles 
32 Triples
64 Home Runs
470 RBI
1560 Total Bases 
532 Walks

Playoffs:  11 games, 10 Hits in 36 At Bats (.278), 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HRs, 2 RBI

Awards
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
6 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
Games – Twice (Led league in 1970)
At Bats – Once
Hits – Once
RBI – Once
Walks – Three times

One thing the man could do was field.  He won six Gold Gloves and was named the first baseman for the All-time Rawlings Gold Glove Team.  He’s the only member of the team that is not in the Hall of Fame (or destined to go).  My pal Greens wondered if someone could get in soley for their defensive prowess.  That’s a good question.  Fielding is one part of the game.  It’s an important part, just not the sexy part like hitting.  One certainly can get in for having a great bat and a poor glove.  Does it work the other way around?  I think it can, but you need to do it for longer than Parker did.  Parker gets points for being on The Brady Bunch, Simon & Simon, as well as a few movies, but even that’s not enough to get him in a bust in Cooperstown.

References
Baseball-reference.com
ESPN
IMDB

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
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff

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