Hope everyone had a great holiday season. I have been waiting for some positive news to open the new year on and it came this morning in the form of the announcement of the Class of 2014 to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the first year that all of the class are still living and that has not happened since 1971.
The Expansion Era committee elected Mangers Bobby Cox from the Toronto blue Jays and twice manager of the Atlanta Braves, Tony La Russa with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s and finished his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and Joe Torre starting his managing career with the New York Mets, also with the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and finishing his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were all elected with 100% of the voting
The ballot for this group was sent out on the 4th of November in 2013 and the results of this vote was released on December 9th 2013. Requirements are 12 of 16 votes or 75%. Others on the list include: Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Manager Billy Martin, Executive Marvin Miller, Other players include: Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons and Executive George Steinbrenner
The Baseball Writers Association of America or (BBWAA) has the final votes in the players being elected. They players they elected for this years class are: Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and Designated Hitter Frank Thomas. Greg, Tom and Frank have been elected on their first try.
The ballot for this year was made up of 17 candidates with 5% of the voting from the 2013 election and 19 first time candidates. Voters had to choose 10 candidates and no write in votes were allowed. To be elected to the Hall of Fame an applicant must receive no less than 75% of the votes for that year. Greg, Tom and Frank all made it in their first year of eligibility.
Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza are both knocking on the door of the hall and look like they have a good chance of being in the class of 2015.
The Veterans Committee identify 12 expansion era applicants who made their contributions after 1972. No player has ever been elected by this group but the criteria has been set and is the following: Players who were active for at least 10 seasons, are not on baseball’s ineligible list — example, Pete Rose and were last active in 1993 or earlier. All managers and umpires who have served for at least 10 years and are either (a) retired for at least 5 years or (b) at least 65 years old and retired for at least 6 months and any of the executives who have been retired for 5 years, or are at least 65 years old.
Congratulations to the class of 2014, Welcome to Cooperstown