MLB HOF and the Case for Ted Simmons & Al Oliver

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell are on their way to Cooperstown. I love this, much deserved. But how awesome would it have been if Trammell and Whitaker could’ve been enshrined together? One of the best, if not THE best, middle infield in history. But let’s talk about, in my opinion, two of the biggest oversights for induction.

Al Oliver. What an outstanding career this man had. 2,743 hits, 219 HR, 1,326 RBI, 1,189 runs, 529 doubles, 7 time all-star, World Series Champion, 1982 batting champ, 3 time Silver Slugger Award, and a .303 batting average. Need more? He only struck out 756 times in almost 10,000 plate appearances. Scoop needs to be in the Hall. This guy was so dangerous at the plate for almost two decades.

Ted Simmons. 8 time all-star, 2,472 hits, a .285 batting average, 1,389 RBI, 248 HR, and he caught 122 shutouts which ranks him 8th all-time. His RBI total is 2nd in history among catchers. So why isn’t he in? My opinion is that the prime of his career was played in Johnny Bench’s shadow. This simply wouldn’t be fair for anyone. Ask any Cardinals fan who was around in the 70s. Ted Simmons belongs in the Hall among the great players in history.

But we all have our opinions on others that should be enshrined. Dave Parker, Lou Whitaker, Lee Smith, and so many others. Who are your snubs?

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