Dave Parker among 10 candidates on Modern Baseball Era Hall of Fame ballot
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dave Parker is among the 10 candidates on the Modern Baseball Era ballot to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Any candidate who receives 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee will be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That ceremony will take place July 29, 2018.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Parker played for the Reds from 1984-87. He finished second in the NL MVP voting in 1985 and fifth in 1986 after winning an MVP Award with Pittsburgh in 1978. A member of seven NL All-Star teams, "The Cobra" also won three Gold Glove awards for his work in right field. He hit .290 with 2,712 hits over 19 Major League seasons, including 339 career home runs.
The other players on the ballot, , which recognizes those whose biggest contributions came from 1970-87, include: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammel. Marvin Miller, who headed the players' union from 1966-82, will be on the ballot for the seventh time. In 2008, four years before he died, he sent a letter to the Baseball Writers' Association of America saying he didn't want to be considered anymore.
Garvey was a 10-time All-Star first baseman and Morris won 254 times, plus pitched a 10-inning shutout in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series for Minnesota. Tommy John won 288 games over 26 seasons, a career extended by the pioneering elbow surgery that bears his name.
Results will be released on Dec. 10 at the baseball winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Some information from Associated Press