Saturday, January 01, 2005

Concepcion Deserves to Be Enshrined at Cooperstown

The Cincinnati Reds web site has an outstanding article by correspondent Todd Lorenz about the continued failure of Baseball Hall of Fame voters to honor Reds shortstop Davey Concepcion at Cooperstown.

Concepcion was the best shortstop of his era, a key component of the Big Red Machine, the finest team in National League history.

Defensively, his play at shortstop was only slightly less impressive than that of Ozzie Smith, whose career partially overlapped Concepcion's.

Offensively, Concepcion was better than Smith and until the advent of Alex Rodriguez, a sound argument could be made that he was the best all-time at the position.

Lorenz's article holds out little hope that Concepcion will be enshrined at Cooperstown this year. That's a real shame because I believe that he is truly deserving!

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