The bigger problem facing the Hall of Fame is that due to the backlog on the ballot, as well as the increased numbers of team, players and thus, eligible candidates, the players from the 1990s and later will be severely underrepresented over time. Finding a way for one of these players to get in will only make the lack of players from the 1990s and later more striking. If Parker gets into the Hall of Fame only a few years after getting rejected by the voters, the cases for more recent corner outfielders like Lance Berkman, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Vladimir Guerrero and others who were better hitters, but with shorter careers like Bobby Abreu and Brian Giles will be much stronger. Similarly, the logic of letting Garvey in, while, as is likely to happen, keeping John Olerud, Jason Giambi and Fred McGriff out, is tough to follow. Garvey or Dave Parker would not be the worst Hall of Fame selections, but perhaps the most puzzling.
Written by Lincoln Mitchell On In Baseball Tagged Hall of Fame, Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Joe Torre, World Series, New York Yankees, Big Red Machine, Will Clark, Keith Hernandez, Vada Pinson, Luis Tiant, Mark Grace, Dwight Evans, Alan Trammell, Tony Perez, Andre Dawson, Jim Rice, Lance Berkman, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Vladimir Guerrero, Bobby Abreu, Brian Giles, John Olerud, Jason Giambi, Fred McGriff, Tim Raines