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The Company Gonzo Keeps


              Luis Gonzalez hit his 350th home run on Saturday, which elevated him into some elite company. Yes, he caught up to Chili Davis on the all-time home run list, with Dick Allen next up at 351 dingers.

               But Gonzalez also joined an elite club of hitters that have at least 350 homers and 575 doubles. The others: Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripkin Jr., Rafael Palmeiro and Barry Bonds.

              One of the burning questions will become this: Does Gonzalez have the kind of numbers deserving of Hall of Fame membership? With 2,545 hits, it looks fairly certain he'll fall short of the 3,000 milestone. He finished in the top 10 in MVP voting only once in his career. According to baseball-reference.com, his numbers most closely resemble those belonging to Dave Parker, Dwight Evans, the aforementioned Chili Davis, Billy Williams and Bernie Williams. Only Billy Williams in that group is in the Hall.