My mock Hall of Fame ballot:
I’m a “Big Hall” guy. Basically, I ask if players with similar accomplishments (not necessarily similar statistics) are generally Hall of Famers; if that’s the case, I figure they should be in. There aren’t any hard-and-fast standards. I’ve discussed Blyleven, and Murphy (at length). Gossage is, in my opinion, the second- or third-best reliever of all time, and clearly better than any of the Hall of Fame relievers except Wilhelm.
Raines is an obvious choice to me, the second-best leadoff man of all time. Basically everyone with similar accomplishments to John is already in the Hall, and it’s hard to see keeping him out just because he was a finesse pitcher, or whatever the reason is. (He is perhaps helped in my eyes because his best period, 1977-1980, is the same time I really became aware of baseball, so I saw him pitch, well, in three World Series in four years. His career postseason record is 4-5, but with a 2.65 ERA.) I’ve decided that Parker is the best of the Rice/Dawson/Parker group, yet for some reason he’s gotten a lot less support. One at a time for these guys.
Concepcion doesn’t have “Hall of Fame stats”, maybe, but few shortstops, even Hall of Fame shortstops, do, and his stats are similar to several Hall of Fame shortstops. He was the best defensive shortstop of his time, winning five Gold Gloves. He made nine All-Star teams, five as a starter. He played on great teams, and was an integral part, allowing them to get by with Tony Perez or Pete Rose at third base. He wasn’t as good of an offensive player as Pee Wee Reese, or as Ozzie Smith in his best years, but he was as good as or better than Aparicio or other HOF shortstops. He would probably be in the Hall already if the offensive standards for shortstops hadn’t suddenly changed in the last years of his career, so he was being held to a Ripken/Yount standard.
Oh, and Joe Morgan will probably put him in via the Veterans’ Committee someday anyway.