Translating for those of you who can't read Spanish, Concepcion is one of four new inductees into this Hall of Fame, which as far as I can tell, isn't really a place as much as just a list of people who have played well in the winter leagues.
Celerino Sanchez, a Mexican infielder, who played two seasons for the Yankees in 1972-73.
Jerry White, who played 11 seasons in the majors and had a monster winter league season in 1979 when he hit .522.
MLB.com had an interview with Concepcion and a good story about his career.
A few Venezuelan players that have come after Concepcion have won #13 in his honor, but Concepcion discussed the reason he wore #13.
"The 58 jersey was too big, and I wanted 8, 11, 17 and a bunch of others, but they were all gone," former Reds great Dave Concepcion said during breakfast at his home on Thursday. "I thought about my mom and how she was born in 1913. I am glad because that No. 13 has brought me good luck. Nineteen was gone, too."
I looked at the photo and for some reason was shocked at the head of white hair Concepcion had. Concepcion started playing in the majors in 1970 which was around the time that I started to have an idea what baseball was. He played until he was 40 (the age I am now) and since he played for the Reds his whole career and I grew up in L.A., I saw him play on TV a lot. So I now have a vision of how I will look in 17 years. Except I will likely not be as wealthy as Concepcion.
While his Reds teammates campaign for him for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Concepcion will likely never make it as he will be compared to shortstops with more power like Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez (did you know he used to play shortstop? I've seen kinescopes!)