The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ten names on the 2020 Modern Baseball Era Hall of Fame ballot on Monday afternoon. Among the players up for consideration is Dave Parker, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1973 until 1983. Results will be announced December 8th.
The Hall of Fame’s 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot features Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker. Results to be announced Dec. 8 on @MLBNetwork #HOF2020 https://t.co/xlF1wuPg15 pic.twitter.com/jCrDFWqyMP
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) November 4, 2019
Parker was a seven-time All-Star during his 19-year career in the majors. He was a three-time Silver Slugger winner and a three-time Gold Glove winner. He best season was 1978, when he led the NL with a .334 average, a .585 slugging percentage, a .979 OPS and 340 total bases. That resulted in his winning the Most Valuable Player award. That followed up a 1977 season in which he led the NL with 215 hits, 44 doubles and a .338 average.
Parker finished his big league career with 2,712 hits, 1,272 runs scored, 1,493 RBIs, 339 homers, 526 doubles, 154 stolen bases and a .290/.339/.471 slash line in 2,466 games.
His best showing on 15 Hall of Fame ballots (1997-2011) was 1998 when he received 24.5% of the votes. What should help out his case now is that Harold Baines got in last year with very similar overall stats, though Baines lacks a World Series title (Parker has two), the Gold Glove awards and the MVP award.
Parker was on the Modern Baseball Era ballot in 2017 and didn’t receive the necessary 12 (out of 16) votes needed to gain election.