The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced the eight-person ballot made up of managers, executives and umpires that will be considered by its Contemporary Baseball Era Committee for Hall of Fame election as part of the Class of 2024.
Players were previously considered by the committee with only Fred McGriff being elected.
The eight names on the ballot are comprised of four managers, two executives and two umpires and features candidates whose primary contribution to the game came since 1980. The names up for induction into the Hall of Fame includes Cito Gaston, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Ed Montague, Hank Peters, Lou Piniella, Joe West and Bill White — all of whom besides Peters are living.
The results of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 3.
The Contemporary Era Committee will meet on Sunday, December 3 at MLB’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss the ballot and vote. The results will then be announced live on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” at 4:30 p.m. PT later that day.
Any candidate who receives votes on 75% of the ballots cast by the committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 21, 2024, along with any electees who emerge from the 2024 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 23, 2024.
The Contemporary Baseball Era managers/executives/umpires ballot was determined this fall by the Historical Overview Committee, comprised of 11 veteran historians: Adrian Burgos (University of Illinois); Bob Elliott (Canadian Baseball Network); Jim Henneman (formerly Baltimore Sun); Steve Hirdt (Stats Perform); David O’Brien (The Athletic); Jack O’Connell (BBWAA); Jim Reeves (formerly Fort Worth Star-Telegram); Tracy Ringolsby (InsideTheSeams.com); Glenn Schwarz (formerly San Francisco Chronicle); Susan Slusser (San Francisco Chronicle); and Mark Whicker (Los Angeles News Group).
The 16-member Hall of Fame Board are in charge of reviewing the Contemporary Baseball Era managers/executives/umpires ballot which will be announced later this fall.
The Committee will meet to discuss and review the candidacies of the eight finalists as part of baseball’s Winter Meetings on Dec. 3 in Nashville, Tenn.
The restructured process allows for players to remain eligible for Cooperstown beyond the 15 year rule which applies to the regular ballot process.
Contemporary Era Baseball Hall of Fame candidates
Cito Gaston managed 12 seasons, all with the Toronto Blue Jays, leading the club to back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. Taking over the team midway through the 1989 season, Gaston also piloted the Blue Jays to American League East titles in 1989 and 1991 while compiling 894 wins. The first Black manager to win a World Series title, Gaston also enjoyed an 11-year playing career with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Davey Johnson managed 17 seasons for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, posting 1,372 wins. His .562 winning percentage ranks 13th all-time among managers with at least 10 years of service. A 13-year veteran player who set a standard for second basemen with 43 home runs in 1973, Johnson led the 1986 Mets to the World Series title and piloted his teams to the playoffs in five other seasons. He was named his league’s Manager of the Year in both 1997 and 2012.
Jim Leyland managed the Pirates, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers for 22 seasons, amassing 1,769 wins, six first-place finishes and the 1997 World Series title. His teams qualified for the postseason eight times and skippered his teams to three league pennants. In addition to Manager of the Year Awards in 1990, 1992 and 2006, he finished second in the voting for that award three times and also managed Team USA to the 2017 World Baseball Classic title.
Ed Montague debuted as a National League umpire in 1974 and became a full-time crew member in 1976. Drawing his first postseason assignment in 1979 in the NLCS, Montague went on to work seven League Championship Series, seven Division Series and six World Series, including serving as crew chief in the Fall Classic in 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2007. Montague also called four All-Star Games.
Hank Peters spent 42 years in baseball front offices, starting with the St. Louis Browns and Reds before becoming the Oakland Athletics’ general manager in 1965 and helping that franchise build its 1970s dynasty. After a stint in Cleveland, Peters became the general manager of the Orioles, reworking Baltimore’s roster via trades and the new free agency system and helping Baltimore win the AL pennant in 1979 and the World Series in 1983. Following the 1987 season, Peters took over as president of the Cleveland Indians, laying the foundation for the team’s 1990s powerhouse squads.
Lou Piniella managed 23 seasons for the New York Yankees, Reds, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs, winning 1,835 games – good for 17th on the all-time list. Piniella skippered the Reds to the 1990 World Series title and led the 2001 Mariners to an American League record 116 victories.
In 1995, he led the Mariners to their first postseason appearance after earning battling back from a 13-game deficit in the AL West on Aug. 3. He would go on to lead his team to a win over the Angels in a 1-game tiebreaker.
Piniella guided his clubs to seven Postseason appearances and was named Manager of the Year in his league three times (1995, 2001, 2008) following an 18-year playing career that saw him hit .291 and take home World Series rings with the 1977-78 Yankees.
Joe West became one of the most recognizable officials in North American sports history while umpiring the most MLB games – 5,460 – of any arbiter. West made his National League debut on Sept. 14, 1976. He joined a regular crew in 1977 and earned his first postseason assignment in 1981 when he worked the Dodgers vs. Montreal Expos NLCS.
In total, West worked five Wild Card games, eight DS, 10 LCS, six World Series and three All-Star Games.
Bill White served as the president of the National League from 1989-94 following a successful career as a player and broadcaster. An eight-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award-winning first baseman, White presided over the addition of the Marlins and the Rockies to the NL and helped consolidate both the American and National leagues under one administrative umbrella.
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