Former Dodger Steve Garvey is still on the outside looking in when it comes to the Hall of Fame. In today’s announcement of the unanimous selection of managers Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, and Joe Torre, no player was elected from the Expansion Era ballot.
A 10-time All Star and MVP Award winner, Garvey also boasts four Gold Gloves, a pair of All-Star MVPs, and two NLCS MVP Awards.
Known for his durability – he holds the NL’s record for consecutive games played – Garvey recorded 200 or more hits in six seasons.
To gain election, a candidate needed to be named on 75% of the ballots – in this case 12 of the 16.
Garvey’s supporters were hopeful the first baseman would gain support with the presence on the voting committee of his former manager Tommy Lasorda.
Though the vote totals were not announced for those who fell short, it was revealed that none were named on more than eight of the ballots.
In addition to LaRussa, Cox, and Torre, manager Billy Martin was also on the ballot. Though he led teams to six first-place finishes in 16 years, Martin was far short of the required 12 votes. Some have speculated his prickly personality made it difficult for voting member contemporaries Whitey Herzog and Lasorda to support his candidacy.
MLB Players’ Association executive director Marvin Miller who fell one vote short of election his last time on the ballot was again rebuffed.
Tommy John, Garvey’s Dodger teammate of six years was among five other players who failed to gain induction; Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Davey Concepcion, and Ted Simmons were the others.
By current guidelines, these players of the Expansion Era will not be eligible again until the 2016 vote for the induction class of 2017.
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