LOS ANGELES -- Earlier today, it was announced that former Dodger players Steve Garvey and Tommy John and former Los Angeles manager Joe Torre are among the 12 finalists on the Expansion Era ballot, featuring candidates whose greatest contributions to the game were realized from 1973 through the present. A 16-member Expansion Era electorate will review and cast votes at the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings for consideration for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced.
In addition to Garvey, John and Torre, Dave Concepcion, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons and George Steinbrenner will be considered by the electorate. Any candidate who earns votes on 75% of ballots cast will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Results of the Expansion Era vote will be announced on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. ET from the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.
The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged with the review of the Expansion Era ballot features: Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson; major league executives Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery (Phillies) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox); and historians Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau), Bruce Jenkins (San Francisco Chronicle), Jack O'Connell (BBWAA) and Jim Reeves (retired, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
The Expansion Era ballot was devised this fall by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA)-appointed Historical Overview Committee from all eligible candidates among managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players, whose most significant career impact was realized from 1973 through the present.
The 11-member Historical Overview Committee is comprised of: Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Tribune); Bob Elliott (Toronto Sun); Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau); Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); Bill Madden (New York Daily News); Ken Nigro, (formerly Baltimore Sun); Jack O'Connell (BBWAA secretary/treasurer); Tracy Ringolsby (FSN Rocky Mountain/MLB.com); Glenn Schwarz (San Francisco Chronicle); Claire Smith (ESPN) and Mark Whicker (Orange County Register).
This election marks the start of a second full cycle of Committee Era elections for Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players by Era, a process that begin with the 2010 Expansion Era election and has featured Era elections for the Golden Era (1947-72) and Pre-Integration Era (origins through 1946) in subsequent years. The three-year cycle for Era Committee consideration was adopted by the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors in July 2010.
In the 2010 Expansion Era process, Pat Gillick was elected to the Hall of Fame, earning votes on 13 of the 16 ballots cast. Others receiving consideration for election in 2010 through the Expansion Era Committee process included: Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75%); Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50%); Vida Blue, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons, Rusty Staub and George Steinbrenner each received less than eight votes. The 2013 Expansion Era ballot features five new candidates and seven returning names to the 2013 ballot. New to the ballot for 2013: Cox, La Russa, Parker, Quisenberry and Torre, while Concepcion, Garvey, John, Miller, Martin, Simmons and Steinbrenner are making a return to the ballot.
Previous Committees on Baseball Veterans considered individual elections for individual categories of candidates for election: Players, Managers/Umpires and Executives. Electorates now consider candidates by era. The cycle will continue in 2014 for Hall of Fame election in 2015 with the Golden Era Committee and in 2015 for Hall of Fame election in 2016 with the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
The 12 candidates for the 2013 Expansion Era consideration:
Dave Concepcion spent 19 seasons as the Cincinnati Reds shortstop, compiling a .267 average with 2,326 hits, 321 stolen bases and two Silver Slugger Awards, along five Gold Glove Awards and nine All-Star Game selections.
Bobby Cox ranks fourth all-time in wins among managers, compiling a 2,504-2,001 (.556) record in 29 seasons as a major league manager, winning the 1995 World Series, while capturing five National League pennants in 25 years with the Braves, also spending four years managing the Toronto Blue Jays. Led Braves to 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005 (not including strike-shortened 1994 season).
Steve Garvey compiled a .294 career average in 19 major league seasons with the Dodgers and Padres, amassing 2,599 hits, 272 home runs, 1,308 RBI and 10 All-Star Game selections. He hit .338 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 11 postseason series, was named the 1978 and 1984 NLCS MVP and won the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award. Garvey won four Gold Glove Awards and played in an N.L. record 1,207 straight games.
Tommy John pitched 26 seasons for the Indians, White Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and A's, finishing his career after the 1989 season with a record of 288-231 and 3.34 ERA. His 700 career starts rank eighth on the all-time list and his 4,710.1 innings rank 20th all-time.
Tony La Russa ranks third all-time in wins among managers, compiling a 2,728-2,365 (.536) record in 33 seasons as manager, winning three World Series (1989 Oakland, 2006 St. Louis, 2011 St. Louis) while guiding the Oakland A's to three A.L. pennants in 10 seasons (1988-90) and the St. Louis Cardinals to three N.L. pennants in 16 years (2004, 2006, 2011). Also spent eight years managing the Chicago White Sox.
Billy Martin spent 16 seasons (1969, 1971-83, 1985, 1988) managing the Twins, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees (five different stints) and A's, compiling a 1,253-1015 record (.552). Martin's teams finished in first place five times, winning two American League pennants and one World Series with 1977 Yankees.
Marvin Miller was elected as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966 and quickly turned the union into a powerhouse. Within a decade, Miller had secured free agency for the players. By the time he retired in 1982, the average player salary was approximately 10 times what it was when he took over.
Dave Parker compiled a .290 career average in 19 major league seasons with six teams, spending 11 years in Pittsburgh and four years in Cincinnati, amassing 339 home runs, 1,439 RBI and two batting titles (1977-78). The 1978 N.L. MVP was named to seven All-Star games and three Gold Glove Awards.
Dan Quisenberry recorded 244 saves in a 12-year major league career, spending 10 seasons in Kansas City, where he finished in the Top 5 in Cy Young Award voting in five different seasons, while being named to three All-Star teams, leading the league in saves five times. Posted a career 56-46 record with a 2.76 ERA in 674 relief appearances.
Ted Simmons played for 21 seasons, totaling a .285 batting average, 2,472 hits, 483 doubles, 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves. An eight-time All-Star, he garnered MVP votes six times in his career.
George Steinbrenner guided the New York Yankees franchise as principal owner after purchasing the team in 1973 to his death in 2010, with his teams winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles.
Joe Torre won four World Series titles and six pennants in 29 seasons as a major league manager, following an 18-year major league playing career in which he compiled a career .297 batting average. As a manager, posted a 2,326-1,997 record (a .538 winning percentage), leading the Yankees to titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (in addition to 100-win seasons in 1998, 2002-04), and winning the A.L. pennant in 2001 and 2003.
Also at the Winter Meetings, the winner of the 2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, will be announced on Tuesday, December 10, and the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence, will be announced by the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, December 11. The 2014 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot will be revealed on November 25, with the results to be announced on January 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET.