After a year that had no living inductees into the Hall of Fame, there are three former Dodgers that may change that next year. Major League Baseball released the 12-man Expansion Era Hall of Fame ballot today to be voted on in the next month.
The Dodgers official Twitter account gave the news on the three former Dodgers that were nominated:
Tommy John, @SteveGarvey6 and former Dodger manager Joe Torre are among the 12 finalists on the Expansion Era ballot
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 5, 2013
The ballot also includes Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin, Dave Concepcion, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenbery, Ted Simmons, Marvin Miller and George Steinbrenner. They’ll be voted on by a 16-man committee and must receive 75% of votes to be inducted. The inductees, if any, will be announced on December 9, which is also the first day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-2010 and led them to the NLCS in consecutive years. Under Torre, the Dodgers won back-to-back NL West titles and won their first playoff series since 1988. The former Dodger manager had his most success with the New York Yankees where he won four World Series titles in 12 seasons. Torre also played 18 seasons in the majors and hit .297 in his career.
John played six seasons with the Dodgers back in the 1970s and was 87-42 with a 2.97 ERA in 182 games. The left-hander played 26 seasons and is most famous for lending his name to the surgery that replaces the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow with another tendon in the body. He finished his career with 288 wins and three World Series appearances.
Garvey is the most significant Dodger on the list after he spent 14 seasons with the team. Garvey took over the starting first base position in 1973 and remained there until 1982, forming a quarter of the famous Dodger infield that played together for eight seasons. The right-handed slugger had 211 career home runs with the Dodgers before hitting 61 more with the San Diego Padres. Garvey helped the Dodgers capture the 1981 World Series in his fourth appearance.
Garvey may be the only one who would be inducted as a Dodger, but the Dodgers will be rooting for all three come December.
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