Hall of Fame Case for Dick Allen

1978 Topps Dick Allen Phillies

There is no denying what an honor it is for a baseball player to be named to the Hall of Fame and there is probably no feeling like it. However, for some players who think they deserve to be in Cooperstown will never experience that feeling, which is due to the outdated voting procedures and writers holding grudges. A player who is a victim of this is one of the Philadelphia Phillies’ greatest and misunderstood players, Dick Allen. Allen first appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014 as a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden ERA Committee election ballot in 2015. Neither of the 10 candidates were selected by the committee and Allen ended up being one short of the 12 required votes needed for election. As a result of this, his chances of ever being a Hall of Famer grow ever slimmer and it shouldn’t be that way, especially when he has the numbers to get in.

In the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 80 years of existence, 15 third basemen have been elected such as Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Brooks Robinson, Wade Boggs, and Eddie Matthews. One stat that jumps out comparing Dick Allen to these 15 Hall of Famers is Allen has a better career slugging percentage than all of them at .534 and the only one close to him is Schmidt with a .527 slugging percentage. Allen also ranks third in home runs with 351 among the third basemen in the Hall of Fame. Another interesting stat is looking over a list of players over the last 136 years who led their decade(s) in OPS+, all of them are in the Hall of Fame except for Allen. Allen not only led his decade in OPS+, but his .912 OPS+ is better than any third basemen in the Hall of Fame.

Allen’s 351 career home runs might not be that impressive, but his pure power alone is. Throughout his career, Allen crushed twenty home runs over 500 feet and there was a study conducted from 2000 to 2013 where only one player in that span hit a home run over 500 feet. Allen’s power capabilities were off the charts and fans would stay to see him bat even if the Phillies were losing because there was always a possibility of him doing something special. Bill Jenkinson, a baseball historian, wrote a book called Baseball’s Ultimate Power: Ranking The All-Time Greatest Distance home Run Hitters. In the book, Jenkinson ranked Allen as the fourth best all-time home run hitter behind Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth. Also after extensive research, Jenkinson has concluded that Allen is second only to Babe Ruth as a slugger in the history of baseball, which is some pretty good company to be in.

There has been a lot of things said about Dick Allen throughout his career and even now as Allen is rated one of the most controversial players in MLB history. There existed a notion that Allen was a terrible teammate and he divided the clubhouse along racial lines, which was simply not true. Allen was a great teammate who played every game like it was his last and took a lot of the younger players under his wing. One of those young players was Hall of Famer Schmidt, who Allen mentored and Schmidt even credited Allen in his book Clearing the Bases as a thanks for being there for him all those years. Allen’s bad reputation also stems from the fact he didn’t get along with the media and rarely wanted to talk to them. He already dealt with various on the field abuse with all the cursing he listened to each game and objects being thrown at him, he just didn’t want to draw more attention to himself. Allen not talking to the media helped make him more comfortable a day-to-day basis in the time he was in and when Allen was comfortable, balls left the yard. Allen’s bad relationship with baseball writers is probably one of the driving forces keeping him out of Cooperstown because some of those writers from his day have a vote and writers do hold grudges.

There is no doubt Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame and what he accomplished and did for Philadelphia should not be forgotten and it won’t be. People have been becoming more and more aware of Dick Allen’s situation and a main contributor to that is Mark “Froggy” Carfagno. Carfagno is the campaign manager for Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame and you can follow him on twitter @markcarf. He has worked tirelessly along with Dick Allen Jr. to find a way to get Allen into the Hall of Fame, collecting all sorts of stats and information. If you feel Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame, join the Dick Allen Belongs in the Hall of Fame group on Facebook and check out https://dickallenbelongs.wordpress.com/ for other information on his Hall of Fame case.

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