Dave Parker had another chance to get elected into the Hall of Fame.
He was denied once again.
The player once known as “The Cobra” was passed over by the Veterans Committee earlier this week.
Instead, a trio of managers got the call: Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre.
If you’re not familiar with his body of work, from 1977 to 79, Parker was the best player in the game. He won an MVP award in 1978, batting titles in 77 and 78, was named All-Star Game MVP in 79, and later picked up an RBI crown in 1985.
He had a cannon of an arm in the outfield and won three Gold Glove awards.
Here he is in the 79 All-Star Game:
Let’s see where he stacks up with some other Hall of Famers.
Player A is Dave Parker
Player B is Jim Rice
Player C is Andre Dawson
Not a bad career at all.
The other two are in the Hall. Parker deserves to be there too.
The only thing that can be holding back Parker’s induction is his drug problem from the early 1980s. Because of that, he might not ever get in.
– Rick Green