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William Nuschler Clark, Jr.: The Case for the Hall of Fame

FLUSHING, NY - 1989:  Will Clark #22 of the San Francisco Giants runs to first base against the New York Mets during a game in the 1989 season at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Shamus StaffordCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

Will Clark made his major league debut in 1986 against Nolan Ryan and the Houston Astros. In his first major league at bat against Nolan Ryan, he hit a home run.

What a way to start a career.

He has a career batting average of .303, slugging percentage of .497, 284 career home runs, two silver slugger awards, 2,176 career hits, 1,205 runs batted in, and was a six time all star.

In 1989, he barely lost the batting title to Tony Gwynn and came in second in the N.L MVP, losing to teammate Kevin Mitchell.

These stats seem respectable but maybe not really Hall of Fame numbers, right?

Wrong!

Will Clark is a legitimate Hall of Famer. His numbers are not inflated like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmerio, and now Manny Ramirez. Just to name a few.

What if Will Clark had taken steroids?

Would he have had injury plagued seasons through out his career?

Would he have missed 47 games in his rookie year due to an elbow injury?

Maybe, maybe not.

A main reason why athletes take performance enhancers is not only to gain speed and power, but to build endurance and to prevent injury over a long grueling season.

Go to the web site, The Baseball Cube.com, type in Will Clark, and compare him to Barry Bonds. The numbers are drastically different, and Will Clark was a legitimate clean player. Barry Bonds' stats are definitely inflated and Will Clark still has a better career batting average than him.

The reason why pitchers and catchers cover their mouths during mound visits is because of Will Clark.

During the 1989 pennant against the Cubs, he read Joe Girardi's lips when he was talking to Greg Maddux on the mound about how to pitch to Clark.

Will Clark hit a home run off of Maddux.

So if the Hall Of Fame committee wants to make a statement against voting in steroid users such as Bonds and McGwire, vote in a guy who played the game right, who left it all out on the field.

William Nuschler Clark, Jr.

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