Former Pirate Parker does not make Hall of Fame
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Dave Parker was passed over again by the Hall of Fame.
On Monday, the Expansion Era Committee unanimously elected former managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox. They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Parker, who starred as the Pirates' right fielder from 1973-83, was among nine candidates who got six or fewer votes (specific vote totals were not released). To gain induction, a candidate had to be chosen by at least 12 of the 16 committee voters.
Parker, 62, was on the regular Hall ballot for 15 years before running out of eligibility in 2011. He never was named on more than 25 percent of the ballots, far short of the 75 percent requirement for induction.
Although he never generated much support among voters, Parker said fans and former players often expressed surprise that he hasn't been elected.
“The conversation comes up quite a bit, and 90 percent of the time, I'm not the one who brings it up,” Parker said. “They say it's a shame I'm not in the Hall.”
Former Pirates closer Kent Tekulve said Parker “went out every night and played as hard as possible. He played at a level that was above and beyond the rest of us. I'm completely stunned he isn't in (the Hall).”
La Russa, 69, led teams to six pennants and three World Series titles. He ranks third among managers with 2,728 career victories.
Cox, 72, guided the Atlanta Braves to five National League pennants and won the World Series in 1995. He ranks fourth with 2,504 wins.
Although he was a nine-time All-Star and the 1971 NL MVP, Torre, 73, was elected to the Hall as a manager. Under Torre, the New York Yankees won six American League pennants and four World Series. He ranks fifth with 2,326 victories.
“It hits you like a sledgehammer,” Torre said of getting in the Hall of Fame. “I can't tell you how excited I am. What makes it even better is to go in with these two guys (Cox and La Russa).”
Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.
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