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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 25th, 2012
Robert Whitmer (Baseball Writer):
There have been times in entertainment history when a kiss has not necessarily been a good thing. In The Godfather II, Al Pacino gives the kiss of death to Fredo after he “breaks his heart.” In the music video for “Father Figure” by George Michael, he proceeds to be slapped by the famous fashion designer after she gets upset the lowly taxi driver for trying to kiss her. Then if you are a religious person of the Christian faith, then you would believe that an innocent kiss on the cheek from Judas is the sign that set Jesus apart from the disciples for arrest and trial by the Romans. It is this event in history that gives the kiss on the cheek a bad rap. Kissing can be a good thing though. For the most part, none of you would be reading this article if kissing hadn’t happened (I’m not going any further to keep this a PG write-up). We all know that infamous Time magazine photo of the couple kissing in the streets celebrating the end of World War 2. Finally, who could ever forget the band KISS? Yes that group that sang Dr. Love and many other good songs. I bring them up solely for their name, but also to show that kissing is everywhere. You can’t turn on the TV right now and not find kissing on it. Movies are made 100% about kissing. If you search the word “kiss” on IMDB it brings up 4,172 movies that have that word in them somehow and we aren’t talking the script. When you bring up “kissing” and “baseball” you think of one person. If you put those two words in the search box on Google the first two results are about Morganna Roberts: The kissing bandit. Read the rest of this entry