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St. Louis, Milwaukee catcher fell off writers’ ballot quickly

St. Louis, Milwaukee catcher fell off writers’ ballot quickly

By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

One of 19 catchers elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ted Simmons belatedly joins his contemporaries: Johnny Bench (1967 to 1983, inducted 1989); Carlton Fisk (1969 to 1993, inducted 2000); and Gary Carter (1974 to 1992, inducted 2003), all of whom played in a golden age for the position.

Largely overlooked by the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in his first year of eligibility in 1994 Simmons received just 3.7% of the requisite 5% in order to remain on the ballot.

Simmons spent a generation in candidacy purgatory until his name was included on the Modern Era Committee ballot for the first time in 2018, falling one vote shy of the 12 needed to gain the 75% necessary for election. The third time proved to be a charm for Simmons who received 13 votes on the 2019 ballot, joined by long time MLBPA (union) Executive Director Marvin Miller.

Baseball Hall of Fame has new elected Board of Directors

Baseball Hall of Fame has new elected Board of Directors

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the Baseball Hall of Fame, announced on Thursday, July 29, the new elected Board of Directors.

Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine and Ken Griffey Jr. have all been elected to serve as Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine and Ken Griffey Jr. to the Board of Directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” Clark said in a media release. “As players, Craig, Tom and Ken were each known for their passion for the game and their leadership. Since being elected as Members of the Hall of Fame, they have all demonstrated their continuing commitment to baseball and to this institution. Their vision will help guide the Museum toward the future while it remains focused on its mission to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations.”

In addition, Curt Schilling’s request to be removed from the 2022 Baseball Writer’s Association of America ballot was denied in a unanimous vote.

Thank Heaven For Derek Jeter

Thank Heaven For Derek Jeter

No 2021 Inductees,

No Schilling, No Bond, No Clemens

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Hall of Fame President Tim Mead breaks the news.

If not for Derek Jeter and his Classmates of 2020, this would have been another sparse summer for baseball in Cooperstown.

For the first time since 2013, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected none of the 25 Hall of Fame candidates above 75 percent, leaving the class of 2021 at zero.

Hall of Fame President Tim Mead announced results pf BBWAA balloting Tuesday, Jan. 26 – for the first time, broadcast from the Hall of Plaques at 22 Main St.

He said he’s confident that the ceremony will take place on July 25, saying that there is a lot of “diligent” work happening “behind the scenes.”

Mead’s presentation, which was broadcast live by the MLB Network, also marks the first time an Induction Class has been announced at the Hall of Plaques.

For years, it was done at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Lately, HoF presidents, Jeff Idelson and last year Mead, announced the class at MLB Network headquarters in Secaucus, N.J.

Randy Johnson Leads 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

Randy Johnson Tops 2015 HoF Ballot

Pitcher Randy Johnson tops the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot
Pitcher Randy Johnson tops the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

COOPERSTOWN –  Cy Young award winner Randy Johnson tops the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot as 17 names are added to the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot as 17 names are added to consideration by the The Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the Hall of Fame announced this morning.

Joining Johnson are Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, along with sluggers Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield, two-time batting champion Nomar Garciaparra and lock-down closer Troy Percival.

Other first-time candidates include: Rich Aurilia, Aaron Boone, Tony Clark, Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd, Brian Giles, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado and Jason Schmidt.

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