George Steinbrenner will be on the Hall of Fame veterans committee ballot next month, along with former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin, whom he fired four times and hired five times.
Steinbrenner was principal owner of the Yankees from 1973 until his death in July. The team won seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 AL East titles during his turbulent reign.
Former union head Marvin Miller, former Seattle Mariners general manager Pat Gillick and eight players will be on the ballot.
Results will be announced Dec. 6 at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hall induction ceremonies will be July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
LEE IN NO HURRY
Cliff Lee will take the slow approach to free agency.
“We’re just gathering information. That’s always the early stages of this process,” agent Darek Braunecker said Monday, a day after the former American League Cy Young Award winner became a free agent.
Lee is being pursued by the New York Yankees and also is wanted back by the Texas Rangers, who acquired him from Seattle in July.
The 32-year-old left-hander was 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight career postseason starts before losing to San Francisco in Games 1 and 5 of the World Series.
Don Wakamatsu, fired as Mariners manager on Aug. 9, will serve as bench coach to new Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell next season. The Oakland Athletics won the bid for negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. Oakland has 30 days to reach a contract agreement with the 29-year-old right-hander.
The Detroit Tigers and shortstop Jhonny Peralta agreed on terms of a two-year, $11.25 million contract with a club option for 2013.