The case for a few Dodgers who never reached Cooperstown despite Hall-of-Fame credentials.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a rich history that extends back to their roots in Brooklyn. From Sandy Koufax to Clayton Kershaw, the franchise has been blessed with some of the game’s best pitchers, along with many great hitters. But has the Hall-of-Fame recognized enough Dodger greats?
Let’s take a look at three players who haven’t heard their name called to Cooperstown despite posting legendary numbers during their playing career with the Dodgers.
Dodgers who should be in the Hall-of-Fame: Gil Hodges
Considered one of the best defensive first baseman of his generation, Gil Hodges spent 16 seasons with the Dodgers dating back to 1943. After spending two years serving in the military, the Princeton, Indiana native soon became a fixture in the Brooklyn Dodgers lineup.
Between 1949-1957, he made eight All-Star teams and finished in the top-10 for slugging percentage five times. When not mashing the baseball, he was picking it in the field, winning three consecutive Gold Glove Awards between 1957-1959.
Hodges helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to their lone World Championship while playing on the East Coast. He would later win another World Series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles, their first on the West Coast in 1959. In total, he played in 7 Fall Classics, batting .267/.349/.412 with 5 home runs and 21 RBIs.
Over his 18-year-career, with his final two seasons playing for the Mets, the right-hander hit 370 home runs and drove in 1,274 RBIs. His 43.3 bWAR ranks 7th in Dodger history. He finished his time in the majors with a more than respectable .273/.359/.487 slash line.
While Hodges often times reached over 50% of the BBWAA vote for the Hall-of-Fame, he ultimately fell short and was removed from the ballot in 1983 (after the 15-year window to make it).
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