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Friday, January 28, 2022

Despite an Impressive Managerial Career and Missing Hall of Fame Election by a Single Check Mark, Lou Piniella Faces a Tough Road to be Voted into Cooperstown on a Future Ballot

In 2003, the Hall of Fame began releasing voting percentages for the Veterans and Era Committee elections.  Since that time, seven candidates—Dick Allen, John Fetzer, Marvin Miller, Tony Oliva, Lou Piniella, Allie Reynolds, and Ted Simmons have each missed gaining entry into Cooperstown by a single vote.  Of those seven candidates, Miller, Oliva, and Simmons were elected on a later ballot while the remaining four candidates still sit outside of the Hall of Fame.  The elections of Oliva and Simmons were particularly notable as they were voted in on the next ballot they were eligible to appear on after falling a single check mark shy.  With a cycle of elections for the Early Baseball and Golden Days timeframes recently completed, the Today’s Game epoch will be the next focus of the Era Committee when the voting body convenes later this year.  On the previous Today’s Game Era election, Piniella fell one tally short of being voted in.  Piniella’s near miss at Cooperstown immortality was overshadowed by the controversial election of Harold Baines who collected the exact 75% required for election by the Today’s Game Era Committee.  After coming so close to election, Piniella will undoubtedly be included on December’s Today’s Game Era ballot.  Like Oliva and Simmons, Piniella could have some momentum due to coming a single vote away on the previous Today’s Game Era ballot.  However, Piniella may have missed his best chance at being elected as he faces a tough road to Cooperstown with a solid slate of candidates set to become eligible for December’s Today’s Game Era ballot.  Nevertheless, Piniella’s long and distinguished managerial career gives the former skipper a strong Hall of Fame case that is worthy of a long look from Era Committee voters.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 28, 2022 at 08:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, lou piniella, veterans committee

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Due to the inclusion of the Negro Leagues within the Early Baseball Era, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors has convened a Special Early Baseball Overview Committee of 10 historians to develop its 10-person ballot. The Special Early Baseball Overview Committee consists of five Negro Leagues historians and five veteran members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who have previously served on the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Historical Overview Committee.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig, a member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, will serve as the non-voting chairman of this Special Early Baseball Overview Committee, and will lead the discussions prior to the vote to create its ballot.

“It is an honor to chair this important committee that will shape the Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Era ballot,” Selig said. “A number of baseball’s foremost experts on the game’s early history, including historians of Black baseball, will come together to determine which eligible candidates from the pre-1950s era will be considered for the game’s highest honor: Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The end result will be a 10-person ballot that includes Negro Leaguers, pre-Negro Leaguers and non-Negro Leaguers as eligible candidates.”

The Special Early Baseball Overview Committee includes the following Negro League historians: Gary Ashwill, Adrian Burgos Jr., Phil Dixon, Leslie Heaphy and Claire Smith. They will be joined by Historical Overview Committee members Jim Henneman (formerly Baltimore Sun), Steve Hirdt (Stats Perform), Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Jim Reeves (formerly Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and Glenn Schwarz (formerly San Francisco Chronicle).

The Historical Overview Committee, which will develop the Golden Days Era ballot, includes Henneman, Hirdt, Hummel, Reeves and Schwarz, as well as Bob Elliott (Canadian Baseball Network); David O’Brien (The Athletic); Jack O’Connell (BBWAA); Tracy Ringolsby (; Susan Slusser (San Francisco Chronicle); and Mark Whicker (Los Angeles News Group).

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: October 27, 2021 at 07:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, negro leagues, veterans committee



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