Gillick to Coopestown

Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the Expansion Era ballot, which includes executives from 1973 to present and players from 1973-1989.

Gillick, who was the GM for the Phillies 2008 World Series team along with the Toronto Blue Jays who won back-to-back championships from 1992-3, received 13 out of 16 votes. Like the regular Hall of Fame, nominees needed 75%, or 12 out of 16 votes, to be elected.

“It’s an honor; it’s over the hill,” Gillick said after the announcement.

Along with the three rings, Gillick turned the Mariners organization around from 2000-2003 when Seattle won at least 90 games in each season including a American League record 116 in 2001.

12 members were up for nomination, including the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Only Gilllick was elected.

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