Regardless Of The Man, You Cannot Deny 3,000 Hits & 500 Home Runs!!!
You may not like him as a person, and I am cool with that. You may not like that he apparently lied and waved his finger at Congress, and I would understand that too. Hell, you may not like him because of the mustache that he wears, and while I don’t understand it, I won’t hold that against you either.
But you cannot deny that what Rafael Palmeiro did on the baseball field for 20 seasons was not elite. And beautiful too…
So here we are roughly two weeks removed from the announcement that he will not be inducted into Cooperstown as a member of the class of 2011.
And the fact that he received just 11% of the votes is shocking to me!!! Yes, I said SHOCKING!!!!
How can a player that collected 3,020 hits and 569 home runs be so hated? It makes no sense – none at all. Palmeiro is an elite player, and 1 of just 4 players in major league history to accomplish that feat. And the company in that group is baseball royalty – Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray.
Think of all of the great players that are in the Hall of Fame that played in the same era and never came close to these numbers – Winfield, Ripken, Gwynn, Boggs, Dawson, Sandberg, and the list goes on to name some of baseball’s most legendary names too – Mantle, Musial, Frank Robinson, Griffey, Bonds, and more.
Palmeiro was a 4-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and recipient of 2 Silver Slugger awards. A perenial contender for the MVP as well, he finished in the Top 15 for the award 6 times.
Rafael Palmeiro was an extraordinary performer at the major league level for two decades. He deserves to be treated as such. And he absolutely deserves more than 64 votes of confidence acknowledging that.
Raffy, if I had a vote you would have had 65!! Keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the baseball writers wake up and smell the coffee…