The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum today announced the finalists for the Expansion Era ballot.
Only Connie Mack, with 3,731 and John McGraw with 2,763 have guided their teams to more victories than LaRussa. Right behind LaRussa on the all-time list is Cox, who is just ahead of Torre.
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner also figures to get strong support.
A 16-member electorate will vote at Baseball’s Winter Meetings in December. Any person receiving 12 votes will be inducted. Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson each have a vote. The four Major League Executives with ballots are Paul Beeston, Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery, and Jerry Reinsdorf, while historians Steve Hirdt, Bruce Jenkins, Jack O’Connell, and Jim Reeves round out the electorate.
The other finalists on the ballot are players Dave Concepcion, Dave Parker, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dan Quisenberry, and Ted Simmons, and manager Billy Martin.
The last time the Expansion Era was up for induction was 2010 when longtime executive Pat Gillick was named on 13 of 16 ballots to gain induction.
Miller fell one vote shy that year. Concepcion, the former Cincinnati shortstop was named on half the ballots while Garvey, John, Simmons, Martin, and Steinbrenner were each named on less than eight of the 16 ballots.
Four finalists from 2010 – Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Al Oliver, and Rusty Staub – did not make the final cut this time around.
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