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Lee Smith, Lou Piniella on Hall of Fame ‘Today’s Game’ ballot

The former Cubs closer and former Cubs manager could be elected to Cooperstown next summer.

Every year, the Hall of Fame considers players from a past era for induction to Cooperstown via a Veterans Committee vote.

This year’s vote will be among players, managers and executives from “Today’s Game,” which covers the era from 1988 to the present day.

Former Cubs closer Lee Smith and former Cubs manager Lou Piniella are on the ballot for consideration this year. Here is the entire ballot:

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Charlie Manuel, Lou Piniella, Lee Smith and George Steinbrenner are the candidates the Today’s Game Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2019. Baines, Belle, Carter, Clark, Hershiser and Smith are included for their contributions as players. Johnson, Manuel and Piniella are included for their contributions as managers, and Steinbrenner is included for his work as owner of the New York Yankees. All candidates except for Steinbrenner are living.

Personally, I think Smith should have been inducted long ago by the BBWAA. He was one of the first pitchers used in the modern “closer” sense, and his 478 saves …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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