Here are some comments from Pat Gillick about his selection to the Hall of Fame:
Could you have envisioned what happened after taking the job as Phillies GM?
“I don’t think so. I was asked about some decisions that I made and the first one was probably not firing Charlie. That was one of the better decisions I made, but probably the best one I made was coming to the Phillies and not going with the Dodgers. At least I made the right decision going with the Phillies. It was a good move – good, solid ownership, good, solid president.”
Question about even coming back to be a GM at that time?
“Not really. I thought I wanted to come back. The year before that, I interviewed with the Dodgers and I thought it would be kind of neat because I went to school in L.A. and I’ll finish up in L.A. It ended up that I didn’t get the job. Paul DePodesta got the job. Then after I didn’t get the job in L.A., I kind of felt like I wanted to come back and show the Dodgers that they made a mistake. Then the Dodgers offered me a position and I decided to go with the Phillies.”
What was attractive about the Phillies?
“I knew Charlie from the American League and I knew Charlie was a baseball guy and I knew what the nucleus of the team was, so I thought I’d have to do a little bit of jiggling and a little bit of juggling of the roster. As I told you guys, I didn’t think we’d do anything in ’07, but our guys got hot and the Metsies got a little cold and we got in there in ’07 when I thought it was probably going to be ’08 before we were competitive again.”
Do you think this happens if you don’t come to Philadelphia and win a world series?
“I don’t think it would have happened unless I come back to Philly and we win a division championship in ’07 and ’08.”
What do you want the text on your plaque to say?
“I’m thankful. I’m just really thankful for the people I’ve had a chance to work with. As I look back, I had a tremendous amount of people with whom I worked with and supported me. As I said (on the podium), you can’t do this job alone, so consequently a lot of people through the years have given me advice. Some advice I’ve taken and some I haven’t taken, but all in all it couldn’t have been done without them.”
Already thinking about your speech?
Seriously, I’m going to ask the Hall, but I want somebody else to give my speech. I don’t know if that’s permissible, but I’m going to ask. I would like somebody else.
Why is that important?
It’s just something I want to do. People that have passed away have others speak for them.”
Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick was elected to the Hall of Fame this morning. Here's the official announcement from Major League Baseball:
Pat Gillick, who built three World Series champions and has served baseball for nearly 50 years, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee, it was announced today.
Gillick was the lone candidate to garner the necessary 75% of votes cast by the 16-member Expansion Era Committee, which considered a ballot of eight former players, three executives and one manager whose contributions to the game were most significant from 1973 through the present. The Expansion Era Committee held meetings on Sunday in Orlando, site of the baseball winter meetings.
Gillick becomes the 32nd executive to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and just the fourth individual elected whose career has been defined nearly exclusively as a team architect, joining Ed Barrow, Branch Rickey and George Weiss in Cooperstown. Gillick will be joined by any electees who emerge from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting, which will be announced on January 5, 2011.
"We are thrilled to have Pat as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and we welcome him into the Hall of Fame family," said Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark. "Pat’s consistent excellence as a talent evaluator and team builder has been evident at every step throughout his brilliant career, constructing three World Series champions with his teams making 11 postseason appearances."
Gillick presently serves as senior adviser to the Philadelphia Phillies and has spent nearly 50 years in Major League Baseball, with 27 seasons as a major league general manager. Gillick, who built playoff teams with the Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners and Phillies, began his major league career with the Houston Colt .45s/Astros from 1963-73, before joining the New York Yankees as scouting director from 1974-76. Gillick joined the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977, building five division winners from 1985-93 and consecutive World Series championships in 1992-93. In three seasons with Baltimore from 1996-98, the Orioles made two postseason appearances. In four seasons shaping the Mariners from 2000-2003, the Mariners won 90 games each season, including an American League record 116 in 2001, with two postseason appearances. In building the Phillies from 2006-2008, Philadelphia won the AL East twice and the 2008 World Series. Beginning in 1983, teams under Gillick’s direction as general manager posted winning records in 20 of 22 seasons.
The 16-member Expansion Era Committee was comprised of Hall of Fame members Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith; major league executives Bill Giles (Phillies), David Glass (Royals), Andy MacPhail (Orioles) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox); and veteran media members Bob Elliott (Toronto Sun), Tim Kurkjian (ESPN), Ross Newhan (retired, Los Angeles Times) and Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated).
The Results of the Expansion Era Ballot (12 votes needed for election): Pat Gillick (13 votes, 81.25%); Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75%); Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50%); Ted Simmons, Vida Blue, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Al Oliver, Rusty Staub and George Steinbrenner each received less than eight votes.
The Expansion Era Committee will next consider candidates in 2013 for the 2014 Induction year, as the process to consider candidates by era repeats on a three-year cycle. In 2011, the Golden Era Committee will meet for the first time to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players whose most impactful contributions came between 1947 and 1972. In 2012, the Pre-Integration Era Committee will consider candidates whose main career contributions came from 1871-1946. Committees will continue to meet at the Winter Meetings.
Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 will be held July 22-25 in Cooperstown, NY, with Induction Ceremonies slated for Sunday, July 24, 2011. The BBWAA election results will be announced at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 5.