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Orel Hershiser on 2017 Hall of Fame ballot

Former Dodgers pitcher considered by ‘Today’s Game Era’ committee

Orel Hershiser 1987 (Bud Symes / Getty Images)
Orel Hershiser lasted just two years on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot.
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LOS ANGELES — Orel Hershiser gets another shot at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, one of 10 candidates to be considered by the Today’s Game Era committee for election in 2017.

The 16-member committee is the Hall of Fame’s revamped veteran’s committee, that votes on different eras of candidates, which could be players no longer eligible for election by the Baseball Writers Association of America, or managers, umpires and executives.

The Today’s Game Era consists of candidates whose main contributions came from 1988-2016.

Joining Hershiser on the ballot are former players Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, and Mark McGwire, managers Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella, executive John Schuerholz, owner George Steinbrenner, and former owner, commissioner and World Series canceler Bud Selig.

The committee will vote on Dec. 5 at the winter meetings in Maryland, with 12 votes (75 percent) needed for induction to Cooperstown. The results will be announced on January 18, 2017, along with the results of the BBWAA election.

Hershiser pitched 13 of his 18 seasons with the Dodgers, going 204-150 with a 3.48 ERA and 112 career ERA+ in 3,130 innings. He made three All-Star teams (1987-89), won one Gold Glove Award (1988) and one Silver Slugger Award (1993).

He won the 1988 National League Cy Young Award unanimously, going 23-8 with a 2.26 ERA, ending his regular season with a record 59-inning scoreless streak. Hershiser followed that with a 1.05 in 42⅔ postseason innings, including two shutouts and a complete-game win to close out the World Series in Oakland.

Hershiser won his first seven career postseason decisions and ended with a 2.59 postseason ERA with an 8-3 record and one save in 22 games, including 18 starts. He was NLCS MVP and World Series MVP in 1988, and ALCS MVP in 1995 with the Indians.

Hershiser finished with 56.8 career Wins Above Replacement, and ranks 79th all-time among pitchers using Jay Jaffe’s JAWS system for evaluating Hall of Fame candidacy.

He was on the writers’ ballot for just two years, earning 11.2 percent of the vote in 2006, then 4.4 percent in 2007, dropping off the ballot after that for not getting the requisite 5 percent of the vote.

Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 30, 2017.