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Dave Concepción to the Hall of Fame? Veterans to Decide

Dave Concepción, the Cincinnati Reds shortstop during their 1970s championships, is on the Hall of Fame veterans committee ballot.

The Venezuelan-born Concepción played 19 years for the Reds and helped them win back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. The team, dubbed the Big Red Machine, is considered one of the best of all time.

Concepción, who won five gold gloves and was named to nine All-Star games, had more than 2,300 hits and stole more than 300 bases.

He is one of 12 candidates on the ballot next month. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and former manager Billy Martin will be considered for posthumous induction.

To be elected, a candidate must appear on at least 75 percent of the 16 ballots. The results will be announced next month.

This year's veterans committee ballot covers baseball's expansion era. Players, managers, umpires, executives whose most significant impact was from 1973 on were considered in the first of a three-year cycle. Under changes announced last summer, the golden era (1947-72) will be voted on in 2011 and the pre-integration era (1871-1946) will be judged in 2012.

Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Pérez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith are on the veterans committee with Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Baltimore Orioles President Andy MacPhail, former Phillies owner Bill Giles, Royals owner David Glass, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated and retired Los Angeles Times reporter Ross Newhan.
Miller, who helped players win multimillion-dollar salaries, fell two shorts vote last year, when Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey were elected.

Anyone elected will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies in Cooperstown on July 24 with any players chosen in January by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The BBWAA ballot includes holdovers Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, and newcomers Rafael Palmeiro and Juan González.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.