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.
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.
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.