Former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Tommy John are among the 12 finalists on the Expansion Era ballot for induction into Cooperstown, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced today.
A 16-member electorate will vote at Baseball’s Winter Meetings in December. Any person receiving 12 votes will be inducted. Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson each have a vote. The four Major League Executives with ballots are Paul Beeston, Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery, and Jerry Reinsdorf, while historians Steve Hirdt, Bruce Jenkins, Jack O’Connell, and Jim Reeves round out the electorate.
Garvey played 14 years for Los Angeles, compiling a .301 average in 1727 games. While with the Dodgers, Garvey played in four World Series, coming away with a crown in 1981. He won four consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1974-1977 and was named to eight straight All Star games from 1974-1981. He also holds the National League record of 1,207 consecutive games played.
John pitched for the Dodgers for six of his 26 Major League seasons. He posted a .674 winning percentage while with Los Angeles, the highest of any of the six teams for which he pitched. Overall the lefty won 288 games. His 700 career starts rank eighth on the all-time list; his 4,710 1/3 innings rank 20th all time.
The other finalists for the Hall of Fame are Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, managers Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, and Billy Martin, players’ union chief Marvin Miller, and players Dave Concepcion, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, and Ted Simmons in addition to Garvey and John.
The last time the Expansion Era was up for induction was 2010 when longtime executive Pat Gillick was named on 13 of 16 ballots to gain enshrinement.
That year, Marvin Miller fell one vote short. He figures to get elected this year.
Concepcion, the former Cincinnati shortstop received 50% while Garvey, John, Simmons, Martin, and Steinbrenner were each named on less than half of the 16 ballots.
Four players on the 2010 ballot – Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Al Oliver, and Rusty Staub – did not make the final cut this time around.
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