BBWAA Historical Overview Committee To Devise 2014 Expansion Era Ballot

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent):  

From January 29th – 31st, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Historical Overview Committee met in Cooperstown to screen potential candidates for the 2014 Expansion Era ballot (Veterans Committee). The 12-member ballot will be released in the fall and is scheduled to be voted on at the baseball winter meetings in December by a 16-member electorate.

The Expansion Era is comprised of players, executives and managers who made their greatest career contributions between 1973 – present. Eligible players must be retired for at least 21 years and have played at least 10 major league seasons. Managers and Umpires are eligible five years after retirement, with 10 years of service, or six months from the date of election after retirement, if they are 65 years or older.

All candidates receiving at least 12 of 16 votes (75 percent of the 16 ballots) will gain election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for a July 2014 ceremonial induction.

Under the new rules, the Veterans Committee ballots run on a three-year rotation beginning in 2010 with the Expansion Era (1973 – present), Golden Era (1947 – 1972) and Pre-Integration Era (1871 – 1946).

Here’s a look at the selected nominees from 2010. Long retired players; Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Rusty Staub and Ted Simmons. Manager Billy Martin and executives George Steinbrenner, Pat Gillick and Marvin Miller.

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Pat Gillick was the only nominee that went on to be elected to the Hall of Fame, and with the exception of Dave Concepcion, who received eight of 16 votes (or 50-percent), the remaining seven players listed all had less.

According the National Baseball Hall of Fame website, The Expansion Era ballot will be devised by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) appointed Historical Overview Committee, comprised of 11 veteran members: Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Tribune); Bob Elliot(Toronto Sun); Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau); Moss Klein (formerly Newark Star-Ledger); Bill Madden (New York Daily News); Ken Nigro, (formerly Baltimore Sun); Jack O’Connell (BBWAA secretary/treasurer); Nick Peters (formerly Sacramento Bee); Tracy Ringolsby (FSN Rocky Mountain); and Mark Whicker (Orange County Register).

Some feel the ballot may be a similar version as that of 2010, however, with the addition of eligible players retired between 1990 – 1992, as well as recently retired managers, there may be jockeying for position on the ballot.

For instance, long retired players Keith Hernandez, Willie Randolph Dave Parker, Fred Lynn, Dan Quisenberry, Rick Reuschel and Dwight Evans, all become eligible. Bobby Grich, who was eligible in 2010, was overlooked and may be reconsidered. Then of course there are recently retired managers Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Jack McKeon.

Here’s how I see the 12-candidate Expansion Era ballot shaking out …

Long retired players:

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Dave Concepcion - 19 seasons, nine All-Star appearances, 2,326 hits, 321 Stolen Bases, two Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Gloves. Concepcion is currently ranked 10th all-time in career assists at shortstop with 6,594.

Steve Garvey – 19 seasons, .294 lifetime average, 2599 hits, 10-time All-Star with four Gold Gloves and the 1974 MVP Award. He twice led the league in hits (’78, ’80) was a two-time NLCS MVP and two-time All-Star game MVP Award winner.

Ron Guidry – 14 seasons, pitched to a 170 – 91 record with a 3.29 ERA. The 1978 Cy Young Award winner won a world series and four-times won 18 games or more. He was also a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Tommy John – 26 seasons (remarkable), four-time All-Star with a career 288 – 231 record and a 3.34 ERA. Five times he led the league in fielding percentage with a 1.000.  He ranks eighth all-time in career starts with 700 and three times finished in the top five for the Cy Young Award.

Dwight Evans – In his 20-year career (1972 – 1991) Evans reached base (3890) more times than any other player in MLB, was a three-time All-Star with 385 HR, 1384 RBI and 1391 walks (29th All-Time). Evans is the only player in history to lead his league (AL) for an entire decade (80s) in HR and win eight Gold Gloves in his career. He ranks sixth all-time in most games played in right field with 2092.

Keith Hernandez – 17 seasons, .296 career average, five all-star appearances and two Silver Slugger Awards and the 1979 MVP Award. He  has a record-setting 11 Gold Glove Awards at first base and is third all-time in assists with 1,682. He is considered by most to be the greatest fielding first baseman of all-time.

Dave Parker – 19 seasons, .290 career average, 2712 hits, 339 HR, 1493 RBI and 1978 MVP honors. A seven-time All-Star with three Gold Gloves, three Silver-Slugger Awards and two batting titles.

Managers:

Joe Torre – 29 seasons with five teams. Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees and Dodgers. Six pennants and four World Series including three-straight.  Two-time Manager of the Year Award with a .538 W – L percentage.

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Tony LaRussa – 33 seasons with three teams. White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. Six pennants and three World Series. Won World Series with two different teams (Athletics, Cardinals). Four-time Manager of the Year with a .536 W – L percentage.

Bobby Cox – 25 seasons with two teams, Blue Jays and Braves. Five pennants and one World Series with a .556 W – L percentage and four-time Manager of the Year.

Executives/Umpires:

George Steinbrenner – was the longest tenured principal owner in MLB when he passed away in 2010. Before the 2010 season the Yankees had a major league best .563 winning percentage with seven World Series titles and 11 pennants.

Marvin Miller – was executive director for MLB Players Association from 1966 – 1982. Miller was responsible for increasing players minimum salary by 25-percent in 1970 and when he retired in 1982, the average salary had increased ten-fold since that of when he originally took over in 1966.

Why..

Concepcion in all likelihood will be a lock for the ballot due to his prior endorsement by the 16-member electorate with 50% of the votes needed for induction on the last go around. Garvey, Guidry and Tommy John are all strong nominees with Hall of Fame credentials that likely result in a carry over to the ballot in 2014. New comers Dwight Evans, Dave Parker and Keith Hernandez see nominations for the first time and replace former nominees Vida Blue, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons and Rusty Staub.

Remaining players Bobby Grich, Fred Lynn, Willie Randolph, Dan Quisenberry and Rick Reuschel end up waiting another three years for reconsideration.

Managers Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, Lou Pinella, Jack McKeon and Bobby Cox are all strong candidates, however, with the limited number of nominees, look for Torre, Cox and LaRussa to be named on the ballot . This would leave Pinella, McKeon and 2010 nominee Billy Martin on the outside looking in.

Executives George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller are not only both likely nominees to revisit the ballot, but both well deserved of Hall of Fame inductions, I would expect to see their names on the ballot once again.

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References: Baseball-reference, Baseballhall.org

(*The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com*)

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  1. Ted Simmons should already be in the Hall of Fame. Whether looking at traditional baseball card statistics or sabermetrics Simmons is one of the 10 or 12 greatest catchers in MLB history. His numbers compare favorably to Fisk and Carter, catching contemporaries who are in the HOF. It is mind-boggling to me how this man continues to be overlooked and dismissed by those who supposedly are in the know. What does he have to do to command the respect he deserves? I guess that’s the price he pays for being the second best catcher in the NL behind Bench, for playing on also-ran Cardinals teams in the 70′s and for playing the majority of his career before the ESPN era. It’s a real shame but I hope the committee and those voting do more homework on Simmons’ career than this author did.

    • Patrick, thanks for reading my piece and posting your comments. I would however, kindly ask that you not assume I didn’t do my homework when writing this piece (specifically as it relates to Simmons) as noted by your comments. Please understand that we merely have a difference in opinion. I struggled with the decision of wether or not I should include Simmons in my mock ballot, and you yourself stated in your comments that Simmons has been overlooked in the past. I can truly appreciate the passion you’ve expressed for his candidacy, as I probably carry the same, if not more for Evans. As you can see by the list of potential candidates, it’s going to be challenging for most, if not all involved. And, I really believe the recent influx of eligible mangers will effect the amount of position players selected this time around. That all being said, Concepcion would not have been a favourable choice of mine (personally), his numbers are not overwhelming, however, given the fact he received the highest electorate votes toward the HOF the last time voting took place, one might assume he’s an automatic nominee to be placed back on the Expansion ballot. Again, many thanks for taking the time to read my piece and posting your comments.

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