Veteran’s Committee Picks Two

The current iteration of the Veteran’s Committee just completed its vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Of 10 people on the ballot, two were elected. Neither of them was a player.

Chosen for the Hall were former Commissioner Bud Selig and General Manager John Schuerholz were elected. Selig garnered 16 of 16 votes while Schuerholz received 15 of 16 votes. Selig was appointed temporary Commissioner after Fay Vincent was ousted and later became permanent Commissioner. He served longer than anyone other than Judge Landis and was responsible for expansion, inter-league play, putting a lot of money in the coffers, making the All Star game matter for World Series purposes, helping to bring labor peace after the disastrous 1994 strike (which he helped bring on). Some of those are good, some bad, and I didn’t mention them all.

Schuerholz became the first GM to win the World Series in both leagues, leading Kansas City and Atlanta to victories ten years apart in the 1980s and 1990s. He is President of the Braves and has had a number of assistants move to GM duties with other teams.

Of the other people on the ballot, Lou Piniella received seven votes (12 needed for election) while no one else received more than five. So congratulations to Selig and Schuerholz on joining the Hall of Fame. Next up is the BBWAA vote in January.

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2 Responses to “Veteran’s Committee Picks Two”

  1. Jackie, The Baseball Bloggess Says:

    The Selig thing kind of bothers me. I’ve read a lot about his tenure and it seems to me even the committee sort of said, “Well, he did it a LONG time,” which seems like a pretty thin criteria. Many critics argue (well, I think) that the things that Selig accomplished came with an eye to what would benefit Selig (and the Brewers). That those things had a wider benefit in baseball seemed secondary.

    And, no fair taking credit for interleague play. That plan was well underway and It would have happened with or without him.

    Plus, steroids. He knew. He ignored. He pocketed the benefits of a lot of dirty home runs.

    Meh. (Look at me, all angried up this morning!)

  2. wkkortas Says:

    I am also far from convinced of Selig’s worthiness. He presided over a cancelled World Series, various degrees of All-Star game pointlessness, did whatever he could to ensure small-market teams second-class citizenship, and various other symptoms of his incompetence. The fact that he will get a plaque while Marvin Miller and Bill James will not is borderline criminal.

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