Dan Quisenberry’s latest chance at the Hall of Fame came up short Monday when he failed to gain sufficient support for induction by the Expansion Era committee.
The 16-member panel instead cast unanimous votes for three former managers: Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. All three will be inducted July 27 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Quisenberry, a submarining reliever who pitched for the Royals from 1979-88, and eight others on the ballot each received six or fewer votes. Election required 75-percent support — or 12 votes.
Others who advanced to the final ballot were Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and George Steinbrenner.
Those who failed to gain sufficient support will be eligible again for consideration in three years when the Expansion Era committee, which targets contributions from 1973 to the present, next convenes.
The three-year cycle shifts next year to the Golden Era (1947-72) before the Pre-Integration Era (prior to 1947) meets to consider candidates for induction in 2016.
Voting for the Hall’s regular 2014 ballot, by more than 600 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, runs through Dec. 31. Results will be announced on Jan. 8.
Quisenberry, who died in 1998, pitched for the Royals in 10 of his 12 big-league seasons before concluding his career with brief tours in St. Louis and San Francisco. He was 56-46 with a 2.76 ERA and 244 saves in 674 career games.
All but six of his saves came with the Royals.
Quisenberry lasted just one year on the regular Hall ballot. He received 18 of 470 possible votes in 1996 and, by failing to reach the 5-percent minimum, was dropped from future BBWAA consideration.
A big bang?
Did the Royals’ search for another run-production bat halt when free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran rejected a reunion opportunity by signing with the New York Yankees.
General manager Dayton Moore won’t go quite that far.
“We can only acquire what’s available,” he said. “We took a shot at (Beltran), but it didn’t work out. So, I think the way we’re set up right now with (newly acquired Norichika) Aoki and (Emilio) Bonifacio at the topboth of them have a chance to score a lot of runs.
“We’re certainly not where we want to be, but I like the current group that we have. If we started the season today, I’d feel like our team is better.”
Search at second
Moore also seemed to douse the Royals’ rumored interest in free-agent infielders Omar Infante and Mark Ellis as acquisition targets. Getting either one would, presumably, permit Bonifacio to shift to a utility role.
“I’d just say we’re very pleased with the way Emilio played for us last year,” Moore said. “He brought a lot of energy to out team. He brought a speed element that we like and fits in our ballpark.
“He can bunt. He’s got a unique skill set for that position. He’s very solid in our clubhouse.”
Deck the Hall
The three inductees were all present at the Hall of Fame’s announcement, and each adopted a humble and appreciative response.
Cox: “They say when you're voted to the Hall of Fame your life changes. And it has. I've got goose bumps, and it's the greatest honor that we could ever have.”
La Russa: “It's a stunner. “
Torre: “I was always trying to be like blasé about this, saying that it's something I never obsessed about, because I had no control over it it hits you like a sledgehammer.”
Right-hander Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, chose to retire rather than undergo back surgery.
“I looked forward to that fifth day more than anything,” said Halladay, who was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career games for Toronto and Philadelphia in a 16-year career.
“To go out there and know it's not going to feel good, and I wasn't going to do it the way I wanted, was frustrating. I tried to give everything I can, but something was holding me back.”
Halladay , 36, was a six-time All-Star but battled shoulder problems last year before undergoing shoulder surgery. He returned late in the season but finished 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts.