- By Marcus Hartman
The Baseball Hall of Fame’s doors opened to Alan Trammell over the weekend.
Does that mean fellow shortstop Davey Concepcion will get in some day, too?
Johnny Bench, Concepcion’s Big Red Machine teammate, hopes so.
Trammell came closer to getting voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, maxing out at 40.9 percent of the vote last year, his final year of eligibility.
Concepcion’s topped out at 16.9 percent in 1998 and got 16.2 percent in 2008, his last year on the ballot.
His path to the hall would be the same as Trammell’s: Selection by the Eras Committee.
Formerly known as the Veterans Committee, the Eras Committee now considers players from specific eras on a rotating basis.
Trammell and Concepcion are both part of the Modern Baseball Era, which will be considered again in two years.
Concepcion won five Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers during a career that spanned 1970-1988.
He hit 101 homers with 950 RBIs and 321 steals while batting .267 in an era when middle infielders were known first for their defense.
He was a nine-time All-Star and played in the postseason five times, including the back-to-back World Series champions in 1975 and ’76.
According to Baseball Reference, Concepcion is tied with Graig Nettles for 44th in Defensive Wins Above Replacment, nine spots behind Trammell.
Trammell made six All-Star Games and won three Silver Sluggers. He was the MVP of the 1984 World Series.