Vets vote Herzog, ump into Hall

BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Whitey Herzog spent a good, long time stewing about a blown call in the 1985 World Series. So in a strange way, perhaps this fits: He's going into the Baseball Hall of Fame standing next to an umpire.

Herzog and longtime crew chief Doug Harvey got the call yesterday, elected to the Hall by the veterans committee.

Herzog was a single vote short in his previous try, and might have made it sooner with another crown on his resume. But he was forever linked to Don Denkinger after the ump's infamous miss in Game 6 so long ago cost the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to clinch.

"No, I'm not bitter at Denkinger," Herzog said at Busch Stadium. "He's a good guy, he knows he made a mistake, and he's a human being. It happened at an inopportune time but I do think they ought to have instant replay in the playoffs and World Series."

As for Harvey, Herzog joshed: "I don't know why he should get in. Doug kicked me out of more games than any other umpire."

Like Herzog, Harvey fell one vote shy in the last election. This time, they both easily drew enough support to reach Cooperstown.

Herzog was a fixture in major-league dugouts for two decades. He won the 1982 World Series and three NL pennants with the Cardinals and three division titles with Kansas City. Herzog became the 19th manager to make the Hall.

Candidates needed 12 votes (75%) to make it, and Herzog got 14 in voting Sunday at the baseball winter meetings. Results were announced yesterday. He and Harvey will be enshrined at the induction ceremonies on July 25.

Harvey umpired in the National League for 31 seasons before retiring in 1992. He worked five World Series and six all-star games, and handled more than 4,600 games overall.

ROYALS EYE BARAJAS

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos expected catcher Rod Barajas to decline arbitration before last night's midnight deadline.

One party interested in Barajas is the Kansas City Royals, who are also looking at Jason Kendall.

The New York Mets, thought to be a landing spot for Barajas, had been in trade talks with free-agent catcher Bengie Molina.

To replace Barajas, the Jays are one of four teams chasing Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit.


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