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Dan Quisenberry on HOF Veteran's Committee Ballot

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Twelve Expansion Era candidates make it, but the ballot is stacked against Quiz with Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa headlining the ballot

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Long-time Royals closer Dan Quisenberry has made the Veteran's Committee ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Veteran's Committee takes candidates overlooked by the BBWAA and gives them a second shot at enshrinement. Quisenberry joins eleven other candidates from the Expansion Era:

  • Manager Tony LaRussa
  • Manager/player Joe Torre
  • Manager Bobby Cox
  • Manager Billy Martin
  • Catcher Ted Simmons
  • First Baseman Steve Garvey
  • Shortstop Dave Concepcion
  • Outfielder Dave Parker
  • Pitcher Tommy John
  • Labor leader Marvin Miller
  • Owner George Steinbrenner

Quisenberry was a three-time All-Star and finished in the top five in Cy Young balloting five times. He spent twelve years in the big leagues, ten in Kansas City, despite not making his debut til age 26. He is a five-time Rolaids Relief Man Award-winner, leading the league in saves five times. He finished his career with 244 saves, which at the time he retired, was sixth all time (its now 33rd).

His numbers are comparable to that of Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter, but Quiz did not throw hard or have a famous splitter like Sutter, instead relying on a dizzying submarine pitch thrown underhand. Quisenberry died in 1998 after a bout with brain cancer.

The Veteran's Committee will vote next month with the winners announced December 9. A candidate must be on 75% of the ballots of the 16-member committee.