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Congratulations Pat Gillick, Voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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It looks like Pat Gillick is the only person voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee. Gillick clearly is a deserving choice, having lead the Jays to two World Series wins. He also took the Orioles and the Mariners to the playoffs and was GM for the Phillies when they won the World Series in 2008. He was also scouting director for the Yankees in 1975 and 76 and before that worked for the Houston Colts and Astros.

Pat started with the Jays as assistant GM our very first year and then became GM the next season. It took a little while, but he built a terrific team in Toronto. It took 6 years for the Jays to get out of the basement of the AL East. We took a big step in 1983, finishing above .500 for the first time at 89-73. For the rest of his career in Toronto we were almost always in contention. We won the AL East in 1985 and then again in 1989, and then 3 years in a row from 1991-1993, winning our two World Series in there.

Pat was called Stand Pat for years with the Jays, he didn't make a lot of trades, preferring to grow his team through the draft. Then came the big trade for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter, and he wasn't Stand Pat any more.

As much as Gillick deserves his spot in the Hall, the Veterans once again passed over Marvin Miller yet again. Miller apparently missed by one vote. The Veteran's committee is so stupid.