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Steve Garvey, Tommy John on Modern Era ballot for Baseball Hall of Fame

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Steve Garvey

A pair of former Dodgers are up for Hall of Fame consideration, with first baseman Steve Garvey and pitcher Tommy John on the Modern Baseball Era ballot to be decided at the winter meetings in December.

Garvey and John are two of 10 names on the ballot for what is the revamped veterans committee, with different eras rotating each year. The Modern Era covers those whose primary contributions came from 1970-87.

Others on Modern Baseball Era ballot this year are Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. These 10 will be up for consideration by a 16-member panel including Hall of Famers, executives and veteran media members. The vote will take place on Dec. 10 at the winter meetings in Orlando, with 75 percent needed for election.

Both Garvey and John were also on the Modern Baseball Era ballot in 2014, but fell short of the 12 votes needed for induction into Cooperstown.

Garvey was a 10-time All-Star, including eight with the Dodgers, and hit .294/.329/.446, a 117 OPS+ in his 19-year career, with 272 home runs and 440 doubles. He had six 200-hit seasons and set a National League record with 1,207 consecutive games played from 1975-83.

In 15 years on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot (1993-2007), he peaked at 42.6% in 1995.

John pitched six of his 26 years with the Dodgers, and won 288 games with a 3.34 ERA, a 111 ERA+ in 4,710⅓ career innings. He’s one of eight pitchers to make 700 major league starts.

He is best known for undergoing the elbow reconstructive surgery that now bears his name. John missed the entire 1975 season after Dr. Frank Jobe performed the first Tommy John surgery, and won more games after the surgery (164) than before (124).

John peaked at 31.7% in 2009, his 15th and final year on the BBWAA ballot.

Through Jay Jaffe’s JAWS system, Garvey rates as the 51st-best first baseman of all-time, with 37.7 career WAR and a seven-year peak of 28.6 WAR, compared to the average Hall of Fame first baseman at 66.4 career WAR and 42.7 peak WAR. John rates as the 83rd best starting pitcher of all-time, with 62 career WAR and a peak of 34.7 WAR, compared to 73.9 career WAR and 50.3 peak WAR for the average Hall of Fame starting pitcher.

The next induction ceremony at Cooperstown will be Sunday, July 29, 2018. The results from this year’s BBWAA ballot will be revealed on Jan. 24, 2018.