Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick is among a dozen candidates who will be considered for Hall of Fame election by a 16-member committee next month at baseball's winter meetings in Orlando.
Gillick, who spent three seasons as the Phillies' GM and led the team to its second World Series title in franchise history in 2008, now serves as a special adviser to team president David Montgomery.
In 27 seasons as a GM, Gillick won 11 division titles, including two with the Phillies, and three World Series. He won five division titles and two World Series as the Toronto Blue Jays' general manager and two division titles each as the GM of the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners.
Eight players are on what is being called the expansion-era ballot: Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons, and Rusty Staub. The late Billy Martin is being considered for his managerial work. In addition to Gillick, former Major League Baseball union leader Marvin Miller and recently deceased Yankees owner George Steinbrenner are on the ballot as executives.
Candidates must appear on 12 of the 16 ballots to be voted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Phillies chairman Bill Giles is among the voters. The results will be announced Dec. 6.
Ticket prices at Citizens Bank Park will increase for most seats next season, according to John Weber, the Phillies' vice president of sales and ticket operations. Prices for seats in the pavilion deck, terrace deck, rooftop bleachers, and standing-room-only sections will remain the same. There will be increases between $2 and $5 in other sections of the ballpark.
The $5 increases will be for the infield section and the Hall of Fame Club.
Ticket prices range from $17 to $65. Weber said season-ticket holders receive a $4 discount.
The Phillies have sold out 123 straight regular-season games and set an attendance record last season when they drew 3,647,249.
Jamie Moyer has returned to his home in Florida after reinjuring his left elbow last week pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic. John Maroon, the pitcher's public relations representative, said the veteran lefthander is scheduled to undergo an MRI examination Tuesday in Florida.
Moyer, a free agent after spending parts of five seasons with the Phillies, injured his left elbow during a July 20 start in St. Louis and missed the remainder of the season. Moyer, who will turn 48 next week, had gone to pitch for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League to test his elbow and, hopefully, convince a major-league team to give him an invitation to spring training in February.
Phillies outfielder John Mayberry had only two at-bats in the Arizona Fall League because of a leg injury he suffered in his first game with the Mesa Solar Sox. Mayberry was examined by doctors in Clearwater, Fla., and did not return to Arizona. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. . . . Outfielder Domonic Brown and pitcher David Herndon are scheduled to report to Escogido next week to begin playing winter ball.