The Hall of Fame announced the results of its Expansion Era Committee vote this morning, and the late Yankees owner didn’t receive the required twelve votes for induction. Only Pat Gillick earned election from the committee — he received thirteen of the sixteen votes — while Marvin Miller fell a vote short. Steinbrenner received fewer than eight votes.
The Expansion Era Committee will next consider candidates in 2013 for the Class of 2014, and obviously, support can build around certain candidates, for whatever reason, as the years go on. But if Steinbrenner didn’t even receive more than 50 percent of the vote this year — after a pretty thorough reflection of his career following his passing this summer — one can’t help but wonder if he’ll ever have the support to get in.
Pat Gillick Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by Expansion Era Committee [National Baseball Hall of Fame]