No HOF for Concepcion

Davey Concepcion did not get into the Hall of Fame during the latest opportunity. Longtime Blue Jays and Phillies executive Pat Gillick was the lone person elected by the Expansion Era Committee, it was announced on Monday.

Needing 75 percent of the 16 votes, Gillick received 13 (81.25%). Marvin Miller was next (11 votes, 68.75%) and Concepcion had eight votes (50%). He needed 12 votes.

“I was pulling for Davey, obviously. I knew it was a 50-50 chance,” said Reds great Johnny Bench, who was on the committee.

Bench said he joked with Ozzie Smith — also was on the committee — that it was “his fault” Concepcion won five Gold Gloves while while Smith won 13.

“When you think about it, Davey would have won 10 Gold Gloves or more (without Smith),” Bench said. “That was what I was trying to convey and I think I probably swayed some pepole. Had I not been there, I don’t think Davey would have gotten a quarter of the votes [he got], quite honestly. but I was passionate about it.” 

As far as other Winter Meetings stuff, Dusty Baker is holding a media session at 2 p.m. After that, there will be some time with GM Walt Jocketty. More later…

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