Four Yankees on Vets Committee Hall of Fame ballot
George M. Steinbrenner III, Joe Torre, Billy Martin, and Tommy John were four of the 12 men named to the Hall of Fame's Expansion Era Veterans' Committee ballot on Monday, with their potential Hall of Fame merits to be voted on by the 16-member committee next month.
This will be Steinbrenner, Martin, and John's second crack at election under the new Veterans Committee format; they were all on the first Expansion Era ballot in November 2010, but failed to receive the requisite number of votes to join former Blue Jays, Mariners, Orioles, and Phillies general manager Pat Gillick in earning election.
To be elected as part of the Class of 2014, candidates will need at least 12 votes (75 percent) from the committee. Any selectees will be announced on Dec. 9, the first day of the annual MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., and will join those selected from the annual player ballot - which is due to be released on Nov. 25 and will be voted upon by eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America - next summer to be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Veterans Committee members are allowed to vote for a maximum of five candidates per ballot.
Below are short bios of the four pinstriped candidates, courtesy of the official release on MLB.com:
John pitched in 26 seasons for the Indians, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and A's, finishing his career after the 1989 season with a record of 288-231 and a 3.34 ERA. His 700 career starts rank eighth on the all-time list and his 4,710 1/3 innings rank 20th all-time.
Martin spent 16 seasons (1969, 1971-83, 1985, 1988) managing the Twins, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees and A's, compiling a 1,253-1,015 record (.552). Martin's teams finished in first place five times. He won two AL pennants and one World Series (1977) with the Yankees. He had five different stints with New York.
Steinbrenner, a charismatic owner who frequently dominated the media coverage of the Yankees, guided the franchise as its principal owner from 1973, when he purchased the team, until his death in 2010, during which time New York won 11 AL pennants and seven World Series titles.
Torre won four World Series titles and six pennants in 29 seasons as a manager, following an 18-year playing career in which he had a .297 batting average. As a manager, he posted a 2,326-1,997 record, good for a .538 winning percentage. He led the Yankees to Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (in addition to 100-win seasons in 1998 and from 2002-04), and six AL pennants. He spent his first 14 seasons a manager with the Mets, Braves and Cardinals, and finished his career managing the Dodgers in 2010. He took his teams in New York and Los Angeles into the playoffs every year from 1996-2009.
The 16 members of the electorate are: Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, and Frank Robinson; Major League executives Paul Beeston (Toronto), Dave Montgomery (Philadelphia), Jerry Reinsdorf (Chicago White Sox), and Andy MacPhail (formerly of the Twins, Cubs and Orioles); and historians Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle, BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O'Connell, and Jim Reeves, recently retired from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.