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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By Patrick Languzzi (Cooperstown Correspondent): Follow @patricklanguzzi
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.
Pat Gillick HOF Induction Speech:
Monday June 18th, 2012
Robert Whitmer (Baseball Writer):
There are moments in time that stick in out head. Moments that will define people for the rest of their days. Most people have the birth of their children, their wedding day, or the first day on their first job. We don’t need camcorders (for readers my age and older) or cell phones (for my younger readers who don’t know what a camcorder is) to record these images because they will be etched in our heads by our own accord. We have these moments on the baseball field as well. Most remember Jason Kendall for the horrific ankle injury that happened while trying to beat a throw. You know the one where the bottom of his foot is upwards instead of downwards. Babe Ruth was an outstanding player and the first power hitter of the game. He is remembered for supposedly calling where his home run was going to land and backing it up by hitting it there. Unless you watched him on a regular basis, you remember the great Willie Mays for that over-the-shoulder catch, the spin, and the throw while falling down to clear it from the outfield. If you’re a Red Sox fan, you remember Curt Schilling, as great as he was, for that bloody sock in the World Series. Often times, if we look beyond these moments, we see careers that should define the player but often do not. You don’t have to be a legend to have moments that define you. Sometimes it’s the moments that we don’t forget, that make you a legend. Reggie Jackson had his moment that defined him as a player, but is that all that we should remember him for? Read the rest of this entry