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Dodgers: Is The Hall of Fame Door Now Open For Steve Garvey?

Steve Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982, garnering much fanfare and even some Hall of Fame credentials. However, Garvey’s chance at Cooperstown has looked grim. That is until recent when Harold Baines was selected by the current committee.

MLB Network’s roundtable including Chris Russo, Bob Costas, and Roberto Alomar weighed in.

Still, it’s interesting to compare Baines’ stats with Garvey’s side-by-side. You can check out Garvey’s baseball-reference page here and Baines’ right here.

Moreover, what the panel says at the end of the video is interesting. Garvey’s name is the first they mention for consideration. They also talk about guys not having the sabermetric numbers needed for consideration, but Baines’ entrance may give way to players like Garvey who could slide in the back door.

Final Word

So what do you think? With a career .294 average and .775 OPS, should Steve Garvey get consideration for Cooperstown? Does Harold Baines’ enshrinement gain Garvey some favorable attention going forward? I ask you to answer this not as a Dodgers fan – but to use your intelligence as a baseball fan. It is the Hall of Fame for a reason, and not the Hall of Very Good. Garvey amassed 36.4 bWAR over the course of his career, which is good; but not other worldly.

Does Steve Garvey deserve to make your Hall? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. How is he not in the HOF? Six of seven years with 200 or more hits and the year he didn’t reach 200 he was asked to hit more hrs. He hit 33 and still had 192 hits. Let’s not forget, there wasn’t a better fielding first baseman. Off Tony Perez is in then Harvey should be also.

      1. Steve Garvey hit over .300 from 73-82 mvps winner all star played over 162 games every season with the Dodgers

      2. UH …you have your opinion of Keith Hernandez, who was, yes, a good 1st bagger…HOWEVER, the likes of Steve Garvey have never been seen since he retired. He gave everything he had to the Game, and that is saying a whole lot. And I beg to differ with you about his arm. They kept him at that position *because* he played great D as well as hit the hell out of the ball!

        Steve Garvey MORE than deserves the Hall of Fame!

  2. Steve Garvey absolutely should be in the hall of fame, his numbers through out his career are worthy plus his post season had an impact, not to mention his all-star selection and MVP season and two all-star MVP’s and What about his errorsless season? He did it on both sides of the ball. Also help San Diego get to the world series.

  3. Garvey should be in no doubt. Saw him go 5-5 with 5 rbi’s at Dodger Stadium. One of the best for 6 years straight. It’s time.

  4. How about the longest Iron Man streak in NL history and the All-Star MVPs, one as a write in candidate), the 5 World Series, and the Gold Gloves? This is a no brainer.

  5. Steve Garvey will go down in Dodger history as one of the greats, both offensively and defensively. In addition, he was a total team player and a visible face in the community. He always handled himself with dignity. Its time to recognize this formally by inducting him into the HOF.

  6. He had more 200 hit seasons then Rod Carew, got more clutch hits in big games, holds the National League consecutive games played streak, was a MVP in the 1981 World Series, Playoffs twice 1974 and 1977 and in the National league in 1974. Time for the Hall of Fame for Mr Garvey.

  7. I keep asking myself this same question….Jim Rice, Bill Mazroski, and now Harold Baines before Garvey?? I mean the stats are there, the awards are there, played the game how is should be played…..If the hold up is his divorce, his fight with Sutton (who I thought was a tool) than I can name 40-50 other HOFers who should be held accountable! The Garv deserve this honor, do the right thing……

  8. Garvey was a fan favorite and my favorite player growing up. I think he is a HOFer because of the all around game. Never led the league in major offensive categories, except hits, is a negative. Agree that Hodges should get in first. But both are more than deserving.

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