Oliver, Simmons snubbed by HOF


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Longtime front-office exec Pat Gillick, who pieced together three World Series champs, this morning was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Gillick was the lone candidate chosen by the 16-member Expansion Era Committee. He got 13 votes, one more than the necessary 75 percent.

Former Pirates GM Ted Simmons and outfielder Al Oliver each received fewer than eight votes.

Marvin Miller came up one vote shy of approval. The late George Steinbrenner also was listed in the “fewer than eight votes” category.

The Expansion Era Committee will not vote again until 2013. Next year, the Golden Era (1947-72) Committee will vote for the first time. In 2012, the Pre-Integration Era (1871-1946) Committee will vote.

»»» If I was in Pirates GM Neal Huntington’s shoes and the Rays offered shortstop Jason Bartlett straight-up for Joel Hanrahan, I’d smile and politely say, No thank you.

Bartlett is a bit better offensively (career .345 on-base percentage, .731 OPS) compared to Ronny Cedeno (.284 OBP, .640 OPS). But he is 31 years old and about to unseated by youngster Reid Brignac (whom the Pirates tried to get via trade a couple of years ago). Bartlett also has no arbitration eligibility left, meaning he could be only a one-year rental.

Bartlett could help the Pirates this season — it’d be good to get him in some sort of deal — but Hanrahan has more value short- and long-term.

»»» Speaking of Hanrahan, he and I have set a wager on the Outback Bowl clash of my Nits and his Gators. Not cash on the line — hey, I’m a minimum-wage writer, remember? — but the loser will have to wear the winning team’s T-shirt during spring training. I’m thinking Hanny will look good in blue and white.