Garvey's latest Hall of Fame bid falls short

Dodgers, Padres great will likely get another shot in 2019

December 11th, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Steve Garvey's Hall of Fame bid has fallen short once again, this time at the hands of the 16-member Modern Era Committee.

Garvey, being judged for a third time by the Veterans Committee process, needed 12 votes to be elected, but of the 10 candidates, only Jack Morris and Alan Trammell reached the threshold and will be enshrined in Cooperstown next summer.

The Modern Era ballot features players whose contributions came primarily from 1970-87. The committee -- one of four tasked with choosing Hall of Famers from bygone eras -- will meet again at the 2019 Winter Meetings.

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Garvey spent 19 seasons in the big leagues -- the first 14 of which came with the Dodgers, before he signed with the Padres ahead of the 1983 season.

Garvey posted a career slash line of .294/.329/.446 with 221 homers, four Gold Glove Awards and 10 All-Star berths. He took home the National League MVP Award in 1974 and won World Series with the Dodgers in '78 and '81.

In 1984, Garvey helped lead the Padres to their first NL pennant, authoring the most famous home run in franchise history -- a walk-off shot to force a decisive Game 5 against the Cubs in the NL Championship Series.

Garvey retired in 1987, and his name first appeared on the Hall ballot from the Baseball Writers' Association of America for the '93 class. He garnered 42.6 percent of the vote in 1995, his highest total during the process but well short of the 75 percent required for enshrinement. After 15 seasons on the BBWAA ballot, Garvey's final chance came in 2007, when he finished with 21.1 percent.

Since his name first appeared on the ballot, it's been an uphill climb for Garvey. He'll likely get another shot in 2019.