CINCINNATI – Former Reds stars Dave Concepcion and Dave Parker are back on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot this year as the Veterans Committee considers candidates from the Expansion Era (1973 and later).
But the chances of either getting 12 votes from the 16 members on the committee are pretty slim – even with Joe Morgan on the committee.
Concepcion never got more than 16.9 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America, and Parker never got more than 24 percent. Candidates need 75 percent to be elected.
Other candidates are Bobby Cox, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons, George Steinbrenner and Joe Torre.
This year's committee also includes Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson, along with Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston; retired club executive Andy MacPhail; Philadelphia Phillies President Dave Montgomery; Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf; Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau; Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle; Baseball Writers Secretary-Treasurer Jack O'Connell; and retired Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jim Reeves.
The ballot was chosen by a BBWAA-appointed historical overview committee.
The vote takes place at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando next month. Results will be announced at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9.
The Golden Era (1947-72) will be voted on in 2014 and the Pre-Integration Era (1871-1946) will be judged in 2015.