NEW YORK (WFAN) — Gil Hodges Jr. says his family is dealing with “another major disappointment” after his famous father was once again denied entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Gil Hodges, an eight-time All-Star who won two World Series titles as a player with the Dodgers and one managing the 1969 Miracle Mets, fell far short of the 12 votes needed for election by the Golden Era committee on Monday. All 10 candidates whose contributions were primarily from 1947-72 were shut out.
Hodges Jr. believes the support for his dad’s candidacy got “to a point of overkill,” taking the focus away from his stats and hurting his chances at Cooperstown.
“Unfortunately, I think too many people got behind it,” Hodges Jr. told WFAN’s Sweeny Murti on Monday. “Too many fans, there were so many petitions, there was a Facebook petition of over 3,000 signees across the country — a lot of notable people, columnists: George Vecsey and Dave Anderson and Tom Verducci and Peter Gammons. I mean, numerous people signed the petition. And I think, unfortunately, that downplays his raw credentials and just brings into the aspect of a fan-base scenario, and I don’t think that’s taken well.”
“I’ve always tried to stay away from that,” he added. “I know that’s something that he would never have wanted. I don’t sign (the petitions). I don’t join them, as much as I would love to — and don’t get me wrong — because statistically, I think, regardless of being my dad that he belongs in there.”