Former Yankees Owner Not Elected To Hall Of Fame For 2019
Fans of the New York Yankees will have to continue to wait to see former longtime owner George Steinbrenner inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Steinbrenner appeared on the Game’s Era Committee panel but did not secure enough votes for election. The process required twelve votes for election by the 16-member panel. All-Star closer Lee Smith was a unanimous while former Chicago White Sox slugger Harold Baines acquired twelve votes. Both players will be a part of this year’s ceremony this summer. Former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell just vote shy of induction. “The Boss” along with Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel all received fewer than five votes
Although, Steinbrenner will not be a part of the class of 2019 in Cooperstown, it is likely some former New York Yankees will be inducted this year. Closer Mariano Rivera is likely to draw one of the highest vote totals in league history. Pitcher Mike Mussina may be able to garner enough support to get the 75% of votes necessary to be enshrined.
The official annoucment will come in early January. Do you believe George Steinbrenner should be an inductee in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Let us know below.