Membership into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is likely to grow substantially in July and it will start with a star-studded Expansion Era ballot that was released by the Cooperstown shrine Monday.
Managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox headline a 12-man ballot of players, managers and executives whose greatest contributions to baseball ran from 1973 through today.
Former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and ex-Yankees manager Billy Martin also are on the ballot, along with former players Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry and Ted Simmons.
Former Major League Baseball Players Association head Marvin Miller rounds out the candidates.
A 16-member panel will vote on the candidates Dec. 9, during baseball’s winter meetings in Orlando. Twelve votes are needed for election.
Assuming Torre, La Russa and Cox make it from the Expansion Era ballot and considering that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot will include first-timers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, the Clark Sports Center podium could get mighty crowded in 2014.
Results of the BBWAA ballot will be released Jan. 8.
Unlike this past July when the BBWAA elected no one and the inductions of deceased Pre-Integration Committee selections Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White were held in front of a sparse turnout estimated at 2,500, Cooperstown figures to be packed when Induction Day arrives July 27, 2014.
The 16 men who’ll vote on the Expansion Era ballot are Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson, along with executives Paul Beeston, Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery and Jerry Reinsdorf, and historians Steve Hirdt, Bruce Jenkins, Jack O’Connell and Jim Reeves.
The following is a capsule look at the Expansion Era candidates: