ORLANDO — The Hall of Fame announced the veteran's committee election of Pat Gillick at baseball's winter meetings on Monday.
His credentials for Cooperstown are plain to see.
• He turned the expansion Toronto Blue Jays into baseball's most dominant team of the early 1990s.
• With Gillick running the show, the Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs twice — and even won a division title in 1997 — when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were supposed to be ruling the AL East.
• For the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Gillick constructed the team with the most victories — 116 — in American League history.
• He transformed a franchise on the verge of greatness, the Philadelphia Phillies, and won a World Series in 2008.
Not many baseball executives can say they accomplished so much.
"I can't tell you what an honor this is," said Gillick, 73. "It's really on behalf of all the people I worked with over the years. That's who I feel this honor really is for."
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