The first chance for a Mariners’ follow-up celebration next year in Cooperstown slipped away Sunday night on the eve of the annual Winter Meetings at this resort in suburban Washington, D.C.
Former Mariners manager Lou Piniella failed to gain election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in balloting by the Today’s Game Era Committee. Piniella got seven votes from the 16-member committee. Election required 12 votes.
The 16-member committee elected just two of the 10 candidates: former Atlanta and Kansas City general manager John Schuerholz; and former commissioner Bud Selig, who previously owned the Milwaukee Brewers.
Schuerholz was a unanimous selection. Selig received 15 votes. The results were announced Sunday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
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Other candidates: Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Mark McGwire, and former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
The induction ceremony is July 30, which will be Selig’s 83rd birthday. He and Schuerholz will join any players elected in the annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America balloting.
Current Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez is one of 34 candidates on the BBWAA ballot. Voting runs through the end of the year, and results will be announced Jan. 18.
Former Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., who played seven seasons under Piniella, was inducted earlier this year after receiving the highest percentage in the history of the BBWAA balloting.
Martinez played 18 seasons for the Mariners, including Piniella’s entire managerial run from 1993-2002.
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