- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
The holiday weekend was busy on the home front, so I cede today's lead to Mark Simon of ESPN Research, on the Hall of Fame voting:
One candidate for whom ESPN.com didn't break down strengths of candidacy was Dave Parker, who will be in his 14th year on the ballot, after receiving 15 percent of the vote last year. Parker's candidacy has never really taken off, but this nugget, found with the help of Baseball-Reference.com's Awards voting section, provides some interesting food for thought.
If you go on the idea of a player's being dominant in his era as an important qualification: Dave Parker finished in the top 5 of the MVP voting five times. That may not qualify as prolonged dominance, but it's still impressive. Twenty-three players have ranked in the top 5 of the MVP voting at least five times.
Of those 23 players, Barry Bonds (12 times), Albert Pujols (eight times), Frank Thomas (seven times), Alex Rodriguez (six times), David Ortiz (five times), Ken Griffey Jr. (five times) and Pete Rose (five times) are not currently eligible for the Hall of Fame. Of the other 16 players, 15 of them are in the Hall of Fame.
The other is Dave Parker, who finished in the top 5 as many times as Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt and Reggie Jackson, among others.