Parker up for Hall of Fame vote

Former Pirate Dave Parker was named as one of 10 people on the Hall of Fame’s 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot Monday.

Parker is alongside players Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Ted Simmons, Lou Whitaker and former head of the Major League Baseball Players Association Marvin Miller as the 10 individuals up for the vote.

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2020.

The Modern Baseball Era ballot was established in 2017. Parker has been a part of the vote each of the past two years, but failed to secure more than half of the vote either time.

Parker spent 11 of his 19 major league seasons with the Pirates. In his time with Pittsburgh from 1973-1983, he won the 1978 National League Most Valuable Player award, three Gold Gloves, back-to-back batting titles in 1977 and 1978, four of his seven career All-Star nods — including All-Star Game MVP in 1979 — and a World Series ring in 1979. He also earned three Silver Slugger awards away from Pittsburgh and was one of the key hitters for the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics.

He finished his career with a .290 batting average, 339 home runs, 1,493 RBI and 40.1 WAR.

Parker spent 15 years on the Hall of Fame ballot from 1997-2011, but never came close to securing the 75% vote he needed for induction. The closest he came was in 1998, when he received 24.5% of the vote.

The results will be announced on Dec. 8 on MLB Network.

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