LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.. — More over Fergie Jenkins, there is another Canadian in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
Pat Gillick, former general manager of the Blue Jays was the lone person on the Expansion Era ballot to be elected into the Hall on Monday.
Gillick received 13 of 16 votes from the committee composed of eight Hall of Famers, four owners and four writers.
Former union leader Marvin Miller fell one vote short of the required 12 votes.
Gillick became a Canadian citizen in November, 2005, after living in Toronto since 1976. Robbie Alomar will find out next month if he will be joining Gillick in Cooperstown next July on induction day.
Three of Gillick’s teams won the World Series — the 1992-93 Blue Jays and the 2008 Phillies. Beginning in 1983, teams under Gillick’s direction as GM — the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies and Jays — posted winning records in 20 of 22 seasons.
His teams reached post-season play in 11 his final 20 seasons.
“We are thrilled to have Pat as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and we welcome him into the Hall of Fame family,” said Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark. “Pat’s consistent excellence as a talent evaluator and team builder has been evident at every step throughout his brilliant career, constructing three World Series champions with his teams making 11 post-season appearances.”
Gillick is the 32nd executive elected but only the fourth who was primarily a team architect, according to the Hall, joining Ed Barrow, Branch Rickey and George Weiss. All but Rickey had backgrounds with the New York Yankees.
Now 73, Gillick pitched in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization from 1959-63. Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, a member of this year’s remembered Gillick as “a wild lefty.”
Gillick was the anti-Money Ball GM.
“Statistics tell you one thing and they don’t want anything happening emotionally on the field or anything on the field to really tinker with those statistics sometimes," Gillick explained.
" So I think you have to use both. You have to see the player and you have to see him on the field — how he plays the game. Is he intense? Does he have passion? Get his body language. See how he interacts with the other players on the team.”
In his fifth time on the ballot, former players’ association head Marvin Miller fell one vote short of the 75% needed for election. Dave Concepcion, a nine-time all-star shortstop, was third with eight votes from the 16-man committee that considered candidates from the expansion era, 1973 on.
George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner from 1973 until his death in July, was among the candidates who received fewer than eight votes.