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    • Let's not forget that Garvey also came along during a historically weak point for fist basemen, especially in the NL. For most of his prime, he was far and above the rest of the guys at his position. I think this helped a lot in his perception as a huge star.

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      • Originally posted by willshad View Post

        It's interesting how sometimes an early career 'future HOFer' tag will stick for a long time. Some guys who peak early and also decline early don't lose much status (think Griffey Jr, Rice, or F Thomas) while others fall out of favor. Garvey is kind of in the middle, he peaked early, at one point was seen as an easy future HOFer but is still seen as something of a borderline guy. Contrast to someone like Al Oliver, who looks similar career-wise but wasn't seen as a HOfer while active and peaked late. He is still seen as far behind Garv.

        I think the general consensus is that it's good to peak late, but sometimes I'm not so sure.
        The moniker USUALLY sticks once repeated enough. There are occasional Garveys or Mattinglys...but not many.
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