Cooperstown Chronicles – Lance Parrish

Mar 14, 2008

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Lance Parrish was suggested by wiltonfongjr, a friend of mine from the Sporting News community.  I’ve decided to review his numbers and offer my opinion to his Hall of Fame worthiness.

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The Numbers
1988 Games 
7067 At Bats
.252 Batting Average
856 Runs
1782 Hits
305 Doubles 
27 Triples 
324 Home Runs
1070 RBI 
3113 Total Bases 

Playoffs:  8 games, 8 hits in 30 at bats (.267), 4 runs, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBI 

8 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
6 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in three seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Slugging % – Twice
At Bats – Once
Doubles - Twice
Triple – Twice
Home Runs – Five Times
RBI – Once
Total Bases – Once
Extra-base Hits – Twice

He’s got a really cool nickname (Big Wheel) and he was once a bodyguard for Tina Turner, which is even cooler, but I think his Hall of Fame resume comes up a little short.  He was one of the best power hitting catchers ever, establishing AL record with 32 in 1982 an 33 in 1984.  However his batting average and slugging percentage are a little too low for me.  He never scored more than 80 runs, had more than 165 hits, had only two years with 30+ doubles, and only had one year of 100+ RBI.  He gets close because from 82-85 he averaged 30 HRs and 99 RBI.  However, his number in the other years are a little too mediocre for my liking.  Perhaps the steroid-aided numbers that Ivan Rodriguez produced along with Piazza and the rest of the offensive-minded catchers have spoiled me.  Perhaps I could be convinced that he really is worthy of the Hall of Fame considering how good he was in his ear.  I’m a little torn on this one, but for now I’ll say he’s in the Hall of Good, the Hall of Cool Nicknames, and the Hall of Cool Side Jobs.

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 14th, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    His numbers are better than I thought, But I agree with you.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 14th, 2008 at 11:30 pm #

    Same here Larry.

  3. Pops
    March 15th, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Why does it look like he’s going to kiss Jack Morris?

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 16th, 2008 at 7:15 am #


  5. Chuck
    March 17th, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    No, and get a room.

  6. Ryan Lester
    March 17th, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    Really funny.

  7. Big Denny
    March 17th, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    Looks more like he’s working on a hickey.

  8. Ryan Lester
    March 18th, 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Perhaps you’re right.

  9. erik
    August 5th, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    i dont believe lance is a hall of famer. but can someone tell me why gary carter is again

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