2014 Expansion Era Ballot Bios

The results of the election will be announced Dec. 9, and any candidate receiving votes on 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted as a member of the Class of 2014.

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Davey Concepcion

Played 19 seasons for the Reds at shortstop (1970-88) and was part of five postseason teams, including four pennant winners and two World Series champions (1975-76)…Named to nine All-Star teams (1973, 1975-82)…Won five Gold Glove Awards at shortstop (1974-77, 1979)…Won two Silver Slugger Awards (1981-82)… In nine postseason series between 1970 and 1979, Concepcion hit .297 with 13 runs scored and 13 RBI… Concepcion led the NL in shortstop assists in 1974 (536) and 1976 (506), and led the loop in shortstop putouts in 1976 (304)…Offensively, Concepcion averaged almost 70 RBI a season from 1974-81.

Bobby Cox

Managed Braves for 25 seasons (1978-81, 1990-2010) and Blue Jays for four seasons (1982-85)…Won five National League Pennants (1991-92, 1995-96, 1999) and 1995 World Series…Teams finished in first place 15 times and qualified for playoffs (or finished season in position to qualify for playoffs) in 15 straight seasons (1991-2005); his Braves team also qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 2010…Teams finished .500 or better in 22 of his 29 seasons, winning at least 90 games 15 times and reaching at least 100 victories six times…Posted record of 2,504-2,001, the fourth-most wins of any manager…Won BBWAA’s Manager of the Year Award four times (1985, 1991, 2004, 2005).

Steve Garvey

Played 19 seasons with Dodgers (1969-82 and Padres 1983-87)…Won 1974 NL Most Valuable Player Award… Named to 10 All-Star Games (1974-81, 1984-85) where he hit .393 with two homers and seven RBI, winning MVP Award in 1974 and 1978…Won four Gold Glove Awards at first base (1974-77)… From 1974-80, Garvey averaged 201 hits per season, eclipsing the 200-hit mark six times, and averaged better than 22 homers and 104 RBI a season…Played in a National League-record 1,207 straight games…Named MVP of the NLCS in both 1978 and 1984.

 

Tommy John

Played 26 seasons with Indians, White Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and A’s…Four-time All-Star (1968, 1978-80) and three-time 20-game winner (1977, 1979-80)…After missing half of the 1974 season and all of 1975 after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament, returned to the Dodgers in 1976 – going 10-10 with a 3.09 ERA and winning the Fred Hutchinson Award for overcoming adversity following revolutionary ligament replacement surgery by Dr. Frank Jobe… Of his 288 wins, more than half – 164 – came after the procedure now called “Tommy John Surgery.”

 

Tony La Russa

Managed White Sox for eight seasons (1979-86), Athletics for 10 seasons (1986-1995) and Cardinals for 16 seasons (1996-2011)…Won three American League Pennants (1988-90), three National League Pennants (2006, 2006, 2011) and World Series in 1989, 2006 and 2011…Teams finished in first place 12 times – winning five American League West Division titles (one with the White Sox and four with the Athletics) and seven National League Central Division titles – and also captured National League Wild Card berths in 2001 and 2011 for a total of 14 playoff appearances…Finished with better than .500 record in each of his three stops and at least .500 in 23 of his 31 full seasons as a manager…Posted record of 2,728-2,365, the third-most wins of any manager in history…Won Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Manager of the Year Award four times (1983, 1988, 1991, 2002) and finished second five times…One of only two managers (along with Sparky Anderson) to win World Series titles in both leagues.

Billy Martin

Managed Twins, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees (five different times) and A’s for 16 seasons…Teams finished in first place five times…Skippered teams to two AL Pennants (1976-77) and one World Series victory (1977)…Played 11 seasons for Yankees, A’s, Tigers, Indians, Reds, Braves and Twins…Named to one All-Star team (1956) and was part of four Yankees teams that won the World Series (1951-53, 1956).

 

Marvin Miller

Served as the executive director for the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966-82… By 1970, had increased the minimum salary by more than 25 percent to $10,000 and won the right for the players to seek arbitration to resolve contract disputes…Led union in test of reserve clause through arbitration in 1975, and won free agency for players when arbitrator Peter Seitz ruled in favor of players…When Miller retired in 1982, the average salary was $241,497.

 

Dave Parker

Played 19 seasons for Pirates, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Angels and Blue Jays…Won 1978 NL MVP Award…Won NL batting titles in 1977 and 1978…Named to seven All-Star Games (1977-79, 1985-86, 1990) and won three Gold Glove Awards in right field (1977-79)…Won 1979 All-Star Game MVP…Won World Series titles in Pirates in 1979 and A’s in 1989.


Dan Quisenberry

Pitched 12 seasons for Royals, Cardinals and Giants…Finished in Top 5 of AL Cy Young Award voting five times (1980, 1982-85)…Led AL in saves five times (1980, 1982-85)…Named to three All-Star teams (1982-84)… From 1982-85, averaged seven wins and 40 saves a season, averaging 133 innings pitched as the Royals’ closer….In 1985, he helped Kansas City win its first World Series title, picking up the win in Game 6.

 

Ted Simmons

Played 21 seasons (1968-88) for Cardinals, Brewers and Braves…Named to eight All-Star Games (1972-74, 1977-79, 1981, 1983)…Won 1980 NL Silver Slugger Award for catchers…Garnered MVP votes in six seasons…His 193 hits in 1975 are the most of any catcher who caught at least 150 games in a season, and his 192 hits in 1973 rank second on that same list.

 

George Steinbrenner

Principal owner of the Yankees from 1973 through 2010… In 37 full seasons as owner of the Bronx Bombers, the team compiled a big league-best .565 winning percentage (3,308-2,551-3 record), while capturing 11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles.

 

 

Joe Torre

Managed Mets for five seasons (1977-81), Braves for three seasons (1982-84), Cardinals for six seasons (1990-95), Yankees for 12 seasons (1996-2007) and Dodgers for three seasons (2008-10)…Won six American League Pennants (1996, 1998-2001, 2003) and four World Series (1996, 1998-2000)…Teams finished in first place 13 times (Braves 1982; Yankees 1996, 1998-2006; Dodgers 2008-09) and qualified for playoffs in 15 times (Yankees qualified for playoffs as a Wild Card team in 1997 and 2007)…Posted record of 2,326-1,997, the fifth-most wins of any manager in history…Won Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Manager of the Year Award two times (1996, 1998)…Played 18 seasons in big leagues for Braves, Cardinals and Mets, posting a .297 career batting average with 2,342 hits and 1,185 RBI.

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