Dodgers: Fans Strongly Support Steve Garvey Getting Into the Hall of Fame

The Tommy Lasorda Dodgers era is chock full of legendary figures. The best of the best have been immortalized in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Dodgers fans firmly believe first baseman Steve Garvey deserves his spot in the hall alongside his peers from that golden era: Lasorda, Don Sutton, and Jim Gilliam.

Garvey’s Awards and Accolades

As a Dodger, Garvey slashed .301/.377/.459. Garvey beat out a slew of future Hall of Famers (Lou Brock, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan, Willie Stargell) and teammate Mike Marshall to win the 1974 NL MVP award.

Garvey led the NL in hits twice (1978 & 1980). The ten-time All-Star also finished in the top ten for NL MVP voting five times during this 14-year Los Angeles career.

Garvey was elite, even more so in October. His .359 average in the 1981 playoffs helped push the Dodgers to their first championship in 16 years.

His .910 lifetime playoff OPS propelled him to NLCS MVP awards in 1978 and 1984. For puzzled Dodgers readers, he won the 1984 hardware with the San Diego Padres. The last five years of his 19-year career were spent in San Diego.

The former Michigan State Spartan could also handle the leather. He took him four consecutive Gold Gloves at first (1974-1977).

The Ultimate Honor

In an interview this past December, Garvey expressed how much it would mean to him to join fellow Dodger Gil Hodges in the Hall of Fame. Hodges, one of Garvey’s mentors, was posthumously elected on December 5, 2021.

“It would be the ultimate honor for me, with Gil being my idol. You never know.”

Garvey would have to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Committee. This is due to the fact that he’s no longer an eligible candidate on the BBWAA ballot. He would need votes from at least three-fourths of the committee.

The first baseman was a fantastic player for the Dodgers during his decorated career.

If Dodgers fans have their way, he will indeed one day join his hero Gil Hodges in Cooperstown.

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    • It depends on your definition of slime ball, I guess. He fathered a couple of kids out of wedlock. As a player, I think he belongs. He and Keith Hernandez—who stubbed his toe off the field—were, in my opinion, the top two all around 1B during their careers. Neither are in but if a player like Harold Baines is in…..

    • If you look at Steve Garvey and his four gold gloves and his 10-time, All-Star selections how can he be denied? That doesn’t include his post-season stats in 55 games, he hit .338 with 11 home runs. Former MVP in the league. 2 times, All-Star MVP. 2 times NLCS MVP, and then hit a solid .294 for his career in 18 seasons.

  1. garvey was my favorite player growing up. he certainly looked like a hall of fame guy. he was consistent . an iron man type. good style. only 5″ 9″ too. good power. high average. no steroids. clean player. he liked multiple blonds but you could hardly hold that against him unless you were part of the womens novement against all men during those times. they got him to hit for more power after 1976 though and that screwed up his sweet swing. he wouldve been fine hitting 15 to 18 homeruns a year and drilling pitches all over the field for a high average. he held it together cause he was so good. but his numbers and average probably wouldve been even better if the dodgers coaches at that time hadnt gotten garvey to hit for more power. the way he used to stroke the ball to the opposite field before 1977 was like a dream. he wouldve been in the hall already if they hadnt of messed with his swing.

  2. When Harold Baines was elected to the HOF, thanks to Tony La Russa — a former manager and current friend of Baines and was on the election committee, the bar was lowered. The bar did not have to be lowered for Steve Garvey. If Baines is the election standard for the HOF, then many, many other players should be elected. Isn’t this just typical of MLB?

  3. Steve Garvey deserves to be in the Hall of Fame he was a solid player who came through in the clutch in the big moments. His defense was also solid at first base, and you knew that if the ball was in his vicinity, he was going to make the play. It was a huge loss when he was allowed to go to San Diego had the Dodgers wanted to keep him in Dodger Blue it was their choice to make. They let him go to the Pads and I never got over that loss. Garvey was a stellar player and deserves to join his idol, Gil Hodges.