Oliver left off HOF balloting

November 5, 2013

Cody Leist

PDT Sports Writer

Despite a lengthy campaign for consideration in the next ballot into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, former major league outfielder/first baseman and Portsmouth native Al Oliver was left off Monday’s list.

Oliver, who played for the 1971 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates as well as six other major league teams, was one of three other former players — including Vida Blue, Ron Guidry and Rusty Staub — to have their names dropped from consideration for next month’s Hall of Fame expansion era ballot. The ballot for the committee to vote on added former World Series champion managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox.

The expansion era list also includes former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Ted Simmons, George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller.

The voting committee includes a list of Hall of Famers, baseball executives and members of the media. This ballot covers baseball’s expansion era and is chosen by Baseball Writers Association of America-appointed historical overview committee.

The expansion era is distinguished from 1973 on and covers players, managers, umpires and executives who made a significant impact during this time period. The next time Oliver will get a chance to be in consideration for the expansion era will take place in 2016 once the golden (1947-72) and pre-integration (1871-1946) eras are cycled.

The committee will meet in the December winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and the next round of votes will be announced Dec. 9. All those who advance beyond the next stage will be placed on the BBWAA ballot. Those receiving the minimum 75 percent when the final vote is announced Jan. 8 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Oliver was a seven-time All-Star selection and won the 1982 National League batting title. That year, he finished third in the vote for the NL’s Most Valuable Player.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to the report.

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