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The Veteran's Committee HOF ballot came out for the "expansion era" from 1973-present. It includes players, managers, owners, and off-field contributors. There are two questions to this format.
Who defines the expansion era as after 1973? I think of the expansion era of post-1961 when, you know, they added expansion teams. Or maybe post-1969 would be more apropos since that's when more expansion occurred and divisional play began.
Also, aren't the players in a separate area of the Hall of Fame. They had it right before when they separated off-field contributors and managers from players. They are distinct HOF categories according to the institution itself.
Here's the list:
Marvin Miller, Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons and Rusty Staub, Pat Gillick, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner
There will be a committee composed of former players, owners, and writers to determine who will be in the class of 2011. To be elected, they have to appear on at least 75% (or 12) of the 16 ballots cast.
In terms of players who were included on the ballot, I am in agreement with Ted Simmons, Tommy John, Ron Guidry, Al Oliver to be included.
I think there are other names out there for this era as shown in my previous Profile Derby Posts shown here such as Bret Saberhagen, Graig Nettles, Keith Hernandez, Darrell Evans, Willie Randolph, Buddy Bell, Jerry Koosman, Dan Quisenberry, Dave Stieb, Bobby Grich, Dwight Evans, and Reggie Smith.
Other names that will be featured in future posts include Bobby Bonds, Jack Clark, Lou Whitaker, and Sal Bando.
In addition, these names were omitted from the previous Veteran's Committee ballot: Dick Allen, Jim Kaat, Luis Tiant, and Joe Torre. (maybe they will be included in the 1947-1972 era ballot?).
In any case, my goal is still to construct the comprehensive HOF ballot possible with your input.
A poll will be posted later this evening with the next choices. Thanks for participating!