Gillick elected to Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick has been elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee this morning.

The 16-member "Expansion Era" committee elected only Gillick of a ballot of 12 candidates.

"I can't tell you what an honor this is," Gillick said.

Gillick is just the sixth Hall of Fame member considered a "club architect." The others are Ed Barrow, Larry MacPhail, Lee MacPhail, Branch Rickey and George Weiss.

Gillick, of course, was the GM of the Phillies' World Series team in 2008. He still serves as a senior advisor to Ruben Amaro Jr., his successor.

Gillick has been general manager of four teams -- Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia. He won titles with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993. The Orioles and Mariners reached the American League Championship Series twice under Gillick's watch.

"I never felt I had a job. I loved going to work every day."

Former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and union chief Marvin Miller were not elected.

More to come...

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