Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the election of longtime general manager Pat Gillick to the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
"Pat Gillick's contributions to baseball are stored in the memories of fans in Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia, where the clubs under his leadership won consistently and with professionalism. His skill for identifying talent and knowing how to build a successful roster is exceptional. Pat has always believed in scouting and player development, and I know that he will accept this extraordinary honor on behalf of all the scouts he has worked with throughout his career. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am thrilled to congratulate Pat and his family, and I look forward to seeing him join the other legendary executives of our game in the halls of Cooperstown next July."