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July 26, 2011

Hall sticking with five-year waiting period for potential inductees

Contrary to a report in Monday's New York Post, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not considering dropping the waiting period for players to be eligible for induction from five to three years.

Post columnist Kevin Kernan didn't quote anyone from Hall but wrote: "One reason Hall officials would want to shorten the waiting period is to make it a more 'immediate' event. There is a lot to be said for that because, why should sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famers have to wait five years?

"We're much more of a quick-response world, and a three-year waiting period would fit the bill. This five-year waiting period was first enacted in the 1950s. Times have changed."

Brad Horn, the Hall's senior director of communications and education, sent an email to several media outlets Monday.

It read in part: "I'm writing to point out an erroneous report in the New York Post today regarding the Hall of Fame's voting procedures and the five-year waiting period. This account of a proposed reduction in the five-year waiting period is entirely untrue."

Gillick remembers Nader

One of the first stops in newly inducted Baseball Hall of Fame member Pat Gillick's 46-year front office career involved working with the New York Yankees as a coordinator of player development from 1974-76.

As a member of the Yankees staff, Gillick said he came to Oneonta to visit the organization's Class A affiliate and interact with owner Sam Nader.

"Sam Nader was probably one of the most considerate owners that I ever worked with," Gillick said Saturday afternoon at an induction eve media conference at the Clark Sports Center.

"(Damaschke Field is) a very historic field," he continued. "Sam cared about the fans, he cared about the town of Oneonta, he cared about the ballplayers _ all our players. Sam was just terrific. And all our ballplayers that came through there really enjoyed playing in Oneonta. But he was really for me one of the pillars of the New York (Yankee) family, just a great guy, loved baseball and as I say loved the fans and loved the town very, very much."

Gillick sounded dismayed that Oneonta no longer has a professional team.

"I'm sorry to see that the club is no longer there," Gillick said of the Oneonta Tigers franchise, which moved to Norwich, Conn., in 2010.

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