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Dave Concepcion makes the Hall of Fame (additional info)
2006-02-03 10:15
by Bob Timmermann

The Caribbean Series Hall of Fame that is.

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.

The other three inductees are:

  • Pedro Formental, a Cuban star who also played in the Negro 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. 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!)

2006-02-02 13:28:42
1.   grandcosmo
Jerry White was the perennial throw-in for many a Strat-O-Matic trade when I was growing up. He was the very idea of a fifth outfielder.
2006-02-02 14:05:46
2.   Jacob L
You had me scared for a minute there, Bob, what with the constant lobbying for every member of the 70s Reds, save for Pete Rose, to make the Hall. If Davey got in, they'd have to turn their attention to Cesar Cedeno.
2006-02-02 14:30:49
3.   Bob Timmermann
You fell for the trap.


2006-02-02 15:17:52
4.   grandcosmo
2006-02-02 15:31:05
5.   Bob Timmermann
You don't need to jump out of a plane to make your point...
2006-02-03 10:32:48
6.   Voxter
Take comfort, Bob, in the fact that you may have no hair at all at 57.

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