There are two ways for major league players to enter the Hall of Fame, the highest honor, after retiring from active duty.
Players are voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) and the Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Era Committee. The name of the Myeongjeon Modern Committee has changed from the old ‘Veterans Committee.’
On the 20th (Korean time), the Hall of Fame announced the eight candidates selected by the Hyundai Committee in 2024. He is the head coach and referee frontman. These people are not eligible to be voted on by the American Baseball Reporters. A 16-member committee is elected. Like the baseball reporters’ vote, it must receive 75% support. We need the support of 12 people.
Candidates for this prestigious event include four managers: Jim Leland (78), Lou Pinella (80), Cito Gaston (79), and Davey Johnson (80), as well as two former National League players: Joe West (70) and Ed Montagu (74). These include Chairman Bill White and former Kansas City Ace GM Peter Hanks (deceased).
Leland served as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Detroit Tigers, winning 1,769 games over 22 years. He led the Marlins to their first World Series. Detroit succeeded in advancing to the World Series. He won the Coach of the Year award three times and led the U.S. national team to the WBC championship in 2017.
Coach Pinella recorded a total of 1,835 wins. He played in MLB as an outfielder and served as manager of the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and Chicago Cubs. He led Cincinnati to a wire-to-wire win in 1990. In Seattle, he recorded 116 wins, the most in an MLB season.
Coach Gaston has only 894 wins, but he was the leading player in leading the Toronto Blue Jays to two consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 while leading them for 12 years. He left behind a career batting average of 0.256-91 with 387 home runs and 387 RBIs during his 11 years as a player.
Coach Johnson achieved 1,372 wins with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Bottimore Orioles, LA Dodgers, and Washington Nationals. He led the New York Mets to the top of the WS in 1986. He won the Coach of the Year award twice. Until Marcus Simien of the Toronto Blue Jays hit 45 home runs in 2021, Johnson’s 43 in 1973 were the most home runs by a second baseman.스포츠토토
Referee Joe West was famous for his nickname ‘Cowboy Joe’. From 1976 to 2021, he played in 5460 matches, his most ever. He surpassed Bill Clem’s 5,375 games, which was the symbol of MLB refereeing. He also had a reputation for being outspoken in ordering a player to leave when he challenged the referee’s authority. Referee Ed Montagu appeared in 4,369 games from 1974 to 2009.
There are only 10 MLB umpires who have become members of the prestigious league. The first famous referees were Bill Clem and Tom Connolly, selected by a committee of seniors in 1953.
Clem is a symbolic figure as a referee who left behind many famous quotes. “Baseball is like a religion to me, more important than the game.” He is a legend who takes pride in his authority as an umpire, saying, “It’s nothing until I call.”
The 2024 Hyundai Committee selected members will be announced at the Winter Meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee on December 4.