Pat Gillick, the longtime executive for the Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Phillies has been elected by a special Veterans Committee for the “Expansion Era” from 1973-present for managers, umpires and executives to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Gillick becomes the 32nd executive to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and just the fourth individual elected whose career has been defined nearly exclusively as a team architect, joining Ed Barrow, Branch Rickey and George Weiss in Cooperstown
While Gillick made the HOF, Marvin Miller, the former Executive Director of the MLBPA, yet again, missed the cut, this time, by a single vote or 68.75 percent of the vote. Inclusion into the HOF requires a 75 percent vote by the committee.
At 93, chances are long that Miller will make the Hall unless it is posthumously. The next time voting for the Expansion Era will occur will be 2013.
The 16-member Expansion Era Committee was comprised of Hall of Fame members Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith; major league executives Bill Giles (Phillies), David Glass (Royals), Andy MacPhail (Orioles) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox); and veteran media members Bob Elliott (Toronto Sun), Tim Kurkjian (ESPN), Ross Newhan (retired, Los Angeles Times) and Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated).
The Results of the Expansion Era Ballot (12 votes needed for election): Pat Gillick (13 votes, 81.25%); Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75%); Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50%); Ted Simmons, Vida Blue, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Al Oliver, Rusty Staub and George Steinbrenner each received less than eight votes.
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