Legendary Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame

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It should have happened a long time ago, but the National Baseball Hall of Fame can right a wrong and induct Cito Gaston next summer.

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The legendary Blue Jays manager was announced Thursday as one of eight managers, executives or umpires on the contemporary baseball era ballot. At stake is admission to Cooperstown on July 19th.

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Gaston moved from hitting coach to manager with the Jays in 1989 and led the club to consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 and playoff berths in 1989 and 1991.

Gaston was the first African-American manager in MLB history to win a World Series.

He led the Jays from 1989 to 1997 and again from 2008 to 2010, compiling a coaching record of 894-837.

A voter committee made up of executives, Hall of Fame players and historians will vote. Fellow managers Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella and Davey Johnson are also on the ballot, along with umpires and former all-star Bill White, who was also president of the National League.


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Gaston also played 11 seasons in the MLB. He is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Level of Excellence and is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Gaston, 79, must receive 75% of the vote to be accepted.

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