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1975 Topps Set Card 239/660 – #29 – Dave Parker, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 239/660 – #29 – Dave Parker, Pirates

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Player Name:  Dave Parker

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1973-91

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Parker played in 148 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He hit .308 for the club with 172 hits in 558 at-bats.  Of his 172 hits, Parker connected for 35 doubles, 10 triples, and 25 home runs.  He also scored 75 runs for the team while driving in 101.

Notes From Career:  With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117.  His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

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Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Dave Parker turns 64 years old today.

Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’. While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year. With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117.

His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

Happy Birthday wishes for ‘The Cobra’!!!

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Jim Rice VS Dave Parker

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Jim Rice VS Dave Parker

One of the amazing things about baseball is that sometimes the numbers just cannot tell you about the true impact that a player had on his team or the sport.

Case in point – there are several players that starred in the 1970’s whose numbers are on par with the best players of the decade, the Hall of Famers, from the same era.  Some of those names are Jack Morris, Keith Hernandez, Steve Garvey, Alan Trammell, and one that I especially am fond of, Mr. Dave Parker.

I tried to find the best player to compare Parker to so I could demonstrate this through the numbers, and I think that a player that fits the bill is Jim Rice.

Personally, when I review these careers of these two players side-by-side I see the same player.  Both great, not elite, but certainly upper-crust.

Have a look:

Jim Rice Dave Parker
Seasons 16 19
Games 2,089 2,466
Hits 2,452 2,712
200 Hit Seasons 4 1
150-199 Hit Seasons 6 10
Batting Average 0.298 0.29
.300+ Seasons 7 6
Batting Titles 0 2
On-Base % 0.352 0.339
Walks Drawn 670 683
Strikeouts 1423 1537
Doubles 373 526
Triples 79 75
Home Runs 382 339
30-39 HR Seasons 3 3
40+ HR Seasons 1 0
Stolen Bases 58 154
Runs Scored 1,249 1,272
100-Run Seasons 3 3
RBI 1,451 1,493
100-RBI Seasons 8 4
All-Star 8 6
Gold Glove 0 3
Silver Slugger 2 3
ROY 0 0
MVP 1 1
Postseasons 2 5
WS Titles 0 2

The stand-out stats for me:

  • Parker has almost 275 more career hits
  • Very consistent annual hit tally from both
  • Extremely close lifetime batting average
  • Parker’s two batting titles is a solid accomplishment
  • Plate discipline is close
  • Parker’s doubles is much greater than that of Rice who played in a ‘doubles friendly’ park for his whole career
  • Rice has almost 50 more HR’s
  • Parker has almost 100 more stolen bases
  • Run production is extremely close
  • Post-season accolades is similar
  • Parker’s 2 World Series rings is HUGE

So, the players appear to be comparable in baseball accomplishments – yet one is in the Hall of Fame and one is not.

Why?

Let’s Debate!!!  Who would you choose?  Who was the better player??

For me, it comes down to a few things – and all of them point to Dave Parker getting my vote.  Parker was a contributor on two different teams that won World Series titles – that means a lot.  He also won two batting titles (1977 & 1978) in a time that featured a handful of guys that were collecting 200+ hits per season.  Based on the stolen base numbers, Parker was a much more aggressive base runner than Rice and he also averaged fewer strikeouts than Rice as well.  While Rice put up solid numbers, and maybe was a bit more consistent with the power production, his numbers do not exceed those by Parker by an overwhelming amount.

So, my vote goes to Dave Parker.  I firmly believe that he belongs in the Hall of Fame alongside Jim Rice.  And while neither player was the lone star on the teams that they played for, both were very solid teammates that produced wins and winning seasons for their clubs.

What do you think?  Who would you take: Jim Rice OR Dave Parker??

Let the debate begin!!!

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Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Dave Parker turns 63 years old today.

Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’. While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year. With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117. His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

Happy Birthday wishes for ‘The Cobra’!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Parker

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dave Parker

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Dave Parker card from the set:

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Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’. While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year. With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117. His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

I’m very happy to see Parker in this set.  And to be quite honest, Topps could have put him in his Pirates, Reds, or A’s uniform and I would be fine with either.

I do think that they made the right choice with Pittsburgh.  His Black and Yellow jersey and cap offer a great contrast to the bright Pink and Green of the card’s design.

Prayers For Dave Parker

Prayers For Dave Parker

By WILL GRAVES (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seven-time major league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

Parker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2012. Parker’s condition was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

”I went in for a physical, went through the whole physical and my hand was shaking,” Parker said by telephone. ”The docs saw it and I said I’ve been having problems with that. They said ‘Yeah, you got Parkinson’s, that’s how I found out.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder that gradually takes a toll on the nervous system. Notable figures with the disease include Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox. The 62-year-old Parker said his older sister is also suffering from Parkinson’s. The 1978 National League MVP is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, including at least an hour a day on his bicycle.

He got in his usual round of golf on Wednesday, rushing a bit to beat afternoon thundershowers.

”I’m managing it pretty well,” he said.

Nicknamed ”Cobra” because of his lethal bat and cannon-like arm, Parker hit 339 home runs during a 19-year career with five teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Pirates. He helped Pittsburgh win the 1979 World Series and was named MVP of the All-Star game that year after a pair of outfield assists helped the National League pull out a 7-6 victory.

Parker won another title with the Oakland A’s in 1989, when he hit 22 homers and drove in 97 runs at age 38. He is still active in the game, occasionally working as a hitting coach. Parker said he believes the Pirates, in first-place in the NL Central, are ready to end two decades of losing.

”I know the fans are used to winning when I played,” Parker said. ”They desperately need a winning season. (Twenty) years of losing baseball is unacceptable as far as I concerned. When I played, we threw everything out on the field and including the kitchen sink. It’s nice to see these guys doing the same.”

Dave Parker

Did You Know…

The first year in which the major league Home Run Derby was held in conjunction with the All-Star Game was 1985.

The winner of the 1985 Derby was Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds.

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Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Happy Birthday Dave Parker!!

Dave Parker turns 62 years old today.

Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’. While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year. With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times. As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978. His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117. His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards. ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.

Happy Birthday wishes for ‘The Cobra’!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Willie Stargell VS Dave Parker

Hall Of Fame Debate: Willie Stargell VS Dave Parker

For this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’, I thought it would be fun to compare the careers of two players that were teammates for large parts of their playing careers – Willie Stargell and Dave Parker.

We all know that Stargell is a Hall of Famer, and Parker is not.  Stargell was elected in 1988 in his first year of eligibility.  On the flip side, Dave Parker remained on the Hall of Fame ballot for fifteen years.  Parker never earned more than 24% of the vote for election into Cooperstown.

But are their baseball careers that different?  Was Willie Stargell drastically better than his teammate Dave Parker??

That is what tonight’s debate is all about – Does Willie Stargell deserve his ‘1st ballot status’ and should Dave Parker be joining his teammate in Cooperstown.

First, let’s dig into the career numbers of these players:

  Willie Stargell Dave Parker
Seasons 21 19
Games 2360 2,466
Hits 2,232 2,712
200-Hit Seasons 0 1
Batting Average 0.282 0.29
Batting Titles 0 2
On-Base % 0.36 0.339
Doubles 423 526
Home Runs 475 339
30-HR Seasons 4 3
40-HR Seasons 2 0
Runs Scored 1,195 1,272
RBI 1,540 1,493
100-RBI Seasons 4 4
30/100 Seasons 2 3
All-Star 7 7
Gold Glove 0 3
Silver Slugger 0 3
ROY 0 0
MVP 1 1
Postseasons 6 8
WS Titles 2 2

Within these numbers, here is what stands out most to me:

  • Parker’s career hits tally
  • Parker’s batting titles
  • Stargell’s on-base percentage
  • Parker’s doubles
  • Stargell’s home runs
  • Parker’s Gold Gloves
  • Parker’s Silver Slugger Awards

OK, and now the debate can begin.

First, let me tackle the Stargell-side.  Willie Stargell was a fantastic player, and a supreme power hitter.  He filled his role extremely well and was responsible for great run production during the majority of his career.  He is the oldest player in major league history to win an MVP Award and that shows the career-long dedication that ‘Pops’ put into the sport.   But, a first ballot HOFer??  I don’t think so.  I fully understand that the writers that were voting in 1988 (his year of election) had different things to review in 1988 than what voters have in 2013.  There are new numbers out now that show the real value of a player.  It is not his fault at all, but Stargell’s vote took place during a time when entry was easier.  And while he should not be blamed for that, he also does not deserve to be resting with other first-ballot guys like Aaron, Musial, Schmidt, and Brett.  I absolutely think that Willie Stargell had a Hall of Fame career, and I would call him a 2nd or 3rd tier kind of player.

Ok, now onto Dave Parker.  When looking at Parker, you see an imposing guy – 6 feet, 5 inches tall and 230 pounds.  But just when you think that he is a one-dimensional slugger, you notice that Parker was a fantastic all-around player.  Parker won back-to-back batting titles in an era when he was competing against players like Rod Carew, Bill Madlock, and Steve Garvey for the best batting averages in baseball.  Parker, during the early stages of his career, was also a fantastic fielder.  He won Gold Gloves in three straight seasons in the late 1970’s.  For me, the biggest knock against Parker was that with his size you could have expected more home run production.  Parker never had a 40-HR season, and he is well behind others on the all-time list that you would think he would have surpassed.  But, the number of doubles Parker hit during his career can counter-balance some of that.  Parker hit 526 doubles during his career, and he tallied 8 seasons of at least 30 or more doubles.

In my opinion, Dave Parker deserved a lot more Hall of Fame votes than what he received.  To obtain no more than 24% of the vote in a single year is a bit ridiculous.  Maybe it was the fact that ‘Cobra’ played for four different teams in his final four years (Lee Smith-esque) or maybe it was that for a body his size you expected to see more balls leaving the ballpark, either way – you cannot argue that Dave Parker was one of the most well-rounded hitters of his era.  His 1978 MVP season was phenomenal, and could be compared to other MVP-winning seasons from that time and hold up extremely well.

But, should Dave Parker be in the Hall of Fame?

My answer is ‘Yes’.  Parker was an unreal talent.  And he is a player that I have a strong affinity for.  While I don’t think about Parker in the same breath that I think of his 1st ballot contemporaries – Schmidt, Brett, and Yount, I do see him more on par with Andre Dawson and Jim Rice.  And that is good enough for me.

There you have it.  A little exhausting, but a lot of fun too!!

And now it is your turn to weigh in on this – (1) Is Willie Stargell worthy of his 1st ballot Hall of Fame status? (2) Is Dave Parker worthy of Hall of Fame induction.

Ok, time for you to sound off!!!

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Dave Parker ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1981 Topps

Dave Parker ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1981 Topps

Now that my Dave Parker player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1981 Topps

PARKER FAB 1

Finally, time to show off my favorite card in my recently completed Dave Parker collection.

The card comes from the 1981 Topps baseball card set, and it features a great action photo, a nice ‘All-Star’ headline, and a classic graphic that reminds you precisely of the cap worn by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1980’s.

I also like the background of the photo that was used for this baseball card – between the old-school, unprotected dugouts to the close proximity of the player in the on-deck circle – it all looks great!

Thanks for reading.