The National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed its Expansion Era finalists under consideration for induction in 2014, including former Dodgers Joe Torre, Tommy John and Steve Garvey.
The full list of 12 finalists also includes Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, George Steinbrenner, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Dave Concepcion, and Ted Simmons. The veterans committee split up its voting into eras every three years beginning in 2010. This is the second cycle managers, umpires, executives and players who made the bulk of their contributions from 1973-present.
The finalists were chosen by a panel of 11 chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America, comprised of Bob Elliott (Toronto Sun), Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau), Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Bill Madden (New York Daily News), Ken Nigro, (formerly Baltimore Sun), Jack O’Connell (BBWAA secretary/treasurer), Tracy Ringolsby (FSN Rocky Mountain/MLB.com), Glenn Schwarz (San Francisco Chronicle), Claire Smith (ESPN), Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Tribune) and Mark Whicker (Orange County Register).
To gain election in 2014, these candidates need at least 12 votes (75%) from a 16-member panel chosen by the Hall of Fame board.
Torre had an 18-year playing career that included an MVP award in 1971, but he peaked on the writers' ballot at 22.2% in 1997, his 15th and final year of eligibility. Four World Series championships and six pennants as manager of the Yankees make Torre a lock for induction.
Garvey was a 10-time All-Star and won the 1974 MVP with the Dodgers. His highest vote total on the writers' ballot was 42.6% in 1995, his third year on the ballot.
John had a remarkable 26-year career in the big leagues, which doesn't even include his 1975 campaign missed while recovering from the elbow surgery that now bears his name. John was 87-42 in seven years in Los Angeles, from 1972-1978. He was 20-7 with a 2.78 ERA for the pennant-winning squad in 1977, and finished second in the National League Cy Young balloting. John won 288 games and put up a 111 ERA+ in over 4,700 innings. Despite being 32 when he had the surgery, he won more games after the procedure (164) than before (124). John peaked at 31.7% in 2009, his final year on the writers ballot.
The 16 members who will decide the Hall of Fame fate of the 12 finalists are Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson; major league executives Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery (Phillies) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox); and historians Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau), Bruce Jenkins (San Francisco Chronicle), Jack O’Connell (BBWAA) and Jim Reeves (retired, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
The vote will take place on December 9, on the final day of the MLB winter meetings in Orlando.