Yankees’ Lou Piniella misses Hall of Fame by one vote again

Yankees’ Lou Piniella misses Hall of Fame by one vote again

Former Yankees player and manager Lou Piniella was again left out of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as he fell short Sunday by one vote from the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee.

Piniella, who was included on the committee’s ballot for managers, umpires and executives, also missed by a single vote in 2018.

“I would like to thank the Baseball Hall of Fame for considering me for this prestigious honor,” Piniella, 80, said in a statement Sunday. “Although I did not get inducted this year, I am very proud of my 40 plus years of MLB service and have accomplished more than I could ever have dreamed of.”

Piniella needed 12 votes out of a possible 16, but he received only 11. Jim Leyland, who won a World Series as the manager of the Florida Marlins in 1997, was chosen Sunday for the Hall, appearing on all but one ballot.

“For those whom did not know, I have been battling cancer for the past few years and recently received some positive news,” Piniella said. “Although I did not make the Hall of Fame, I am so grateful to God for everything he has blessed me with, and I will be celebrating with my family and friends.”

Nicknamed “Sweet Lou,” Piniella played 11 of his 18 seasons with the Yankees, with whom he won World Series titles in 1977 and 1978. The fan-favorite outfielder won AL Rookie of the Year with the Royals in 1969 and batted .291 with 102 home runs in his career.

Piniella went 224-193 as the Yankees manager from 1986-88 and later held the same role with the Reds, Mariners, Devil Rays and Cubs. His 1,835 wins in 23 seasons as a manager rank 14th in MLB history.

Bill White, an eight-time All-Star as an MLB player who later became a Yankees broadcaster, finished two votes shy of selection on Sunday.

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