I recently became aware that one of my favorite Pirates players of all time is battling Parkinson's disease. I think this is a good time to really point out why HOF players should be voted in during their 15 year eligibility.
Dave Parker never received more than 24% votes for his HOF candidacy.
He often played hurt and one time even played with a football helmet to protect his broken jaw.
While Parker was involved in some off field battles that may have ruined his chances, there is no doubt that he was one of the best outfielders in the 70s and 80s.
He finished in the top 10 MVP voting 6 times in his career and won the award in 1978 (95%). In addition to the MVP honors, he also won 3 gold gloves, 3 silver sluggers, 7xAll-Star, 2x NL Batting Champ, and won the 1979 All-Star game MVP.
He finished his career with more RBI than other HOF players Mickey Mantle, Jim Rice, Billy Williams, Orlando Cepeda, etc
His doubles total are higher than many HOF players also.
His career ended with a .290/.339/.471 line with 339 HR and 526 doubles while collecting 2,712 hits while driving in just shy of 1,500 RBI.
Below you'll see my entire hits collection of the Cobra.
I have 6 autographs, 15 jerseys, and 12 bat relics along with 1 Three Rivers stadium seat relic.