The Finalists: Concepcion and Simmons

Our continuing series on the 12 men on the Baseball Hall of Fame Expansion Era ballot. Dave Concepcion Summary: Played 19 years for the Cincinnati Reds. Was the starting shortstop for the Big Red Machine team that dominated the mid-1970s -- played in four World Series from 1970 to 1976. Known for being a dazzling defensive shortstop who offered some offensive value -- this in a time when the best defenders (like Gold Glove winners Don Kessinger, Dal Maxville, Bud Harrelson, Roger Metzger, Mark Belanger, Ed Brinkman) could not hit at all. Some see Concepcion as a bridge between the era of the no-hit shortstop and the era when shortstops (Alan Trammell, Cal Ripken, Robin Yount, Dickie Thon, etc) became offensive weapons.

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