* 5x All-Star selection (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981)
* 2x World Series champion (1975, 1976)
* Silver Slugger Award winner (1981)
* 1977 NL MVP
* 1976 MLB All-Star Game MVP
If George had been a Yankee he'd be in and we'd be talking about how he's only in because he's a Yankee.
Were there a Hall of Really Good, George would be in.
I don't think he's a HoFer though.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
In 1977, Foster hit 52 home runs, making him the only major league player to belt 50 or more homers in a single season during a 25-year period (between Willie Mays with 52 in 1965 and Cecil Fielder with 51 in 1990). The next batters to hit 50 HRs in the National League were Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998. He also batted in an NL leading 149 runs. In recognition of his accomplishment, Foster received the NL's MVP award by a unanimous vote.
You may be right, MrC, but the above passage screams HoF to me. Again, JMO.
Loved him as a player, but I'm afraid not.
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I believe George Foster is one of the greatest sluggers in Reds history.
I don't think he is worthy of the Hall Of Fame though.
Had he continued to produce at his 1976-81 level for four or five seasons after he went to the Mets, maybe. But unfortunately, that didn't happen. He tailed off pretty significantly.
Two players with very similar career statistics, Gil Hodges and Willie Horton, aren't in the Hall of Fame.
The Reds HOF yes.
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