Really there is no debate. Rafael Palmeiro is absolutely a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Take a look at his career stats. He is one of only four players in the history of baseball to have 3000 hits and 500 home runs. The others are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray. That’s pretty good company.
I was flipping between NPR and ESPN radio when I heard the guy subbing for Mike & Mike arguing that Rafael Palmiero should not be a first-ballot HOF’er and you can make an argument that he shouldn’t be in at all. What? Is he crazy?
Basically the argument was that Palmeiro has never lead his league in any major category (home runs, RBI, etc…) and that he hasn’t won any MVP awards or contributed to his team’s post-season success. It was said that Palmeiro was just a B+ player for an A+ length of time. That is a load of crap. Raf has hit as many as 47 homers and driven in as many as 148 runs in a season. Those are A numbers to me.
Because he played for the Orioles and the Rangers he never had “big market” exposure like players from Chicago, LA, or New York might get. If the Cubs had traded Mark Grace instead of Palmeiro way back when, no one would be arguing about Raf’s Hall of Fame status. I think the Cubs definitely traded the wrong player.
Generally a Hall of Fame player is the most dominant player at his particular position during his era. While this is not necessarily true for Palmeiro, it can also be said that because he came into his own during the “steroid era” of baseball and wasn’t one of the “monsters” like Sosa, Bonds, or McGwire, that he was somewhat overlooked as well. His numbers were great during the 90’s but not overly inflated like those aforementioned players.
Any way you slice it, Rafael Palmerio deserves to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. My question for all of you is what other current players will be HOF’ers? I have my list and would like to know yours.
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