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Cardinals Hall of Fame induction

Former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons delivers his speech during the Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at Ballpark Village in St. Louis. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • Ted Simmons' wait continues.

The former switch-hitting catcher and Cardinals Hall of Famer was not selected by the Modern Era Committee for the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Needing 12 votes for election, Simmons fell one vote short.

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris (14 votes) and former Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell (13 votes) were the only two candidates to make the cut this year. A duo that helped lead Detroit to the 1984 World Series will be inducted together.

The results of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Modern Baseball Era ballot were revealed Sunday night from the location of this year's MLB Winter Meetings.

There are 16 voting members on electorate appointed by the Hall of Fame board for the Modern Baseball Era ballot. Each of the 16 voters could choose up to four nominees. A finalist had to receive at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected. Those selected will be inducted into the Hall on July 29 in Cooperstown.

This year's finalists included nine former players and one former executive. In addition to Simmons, the committee passed on Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Luis Tiant.

The 16-member committee was comprised of George Brett, Rod Carew, Bobby Cox, Dennis Eckersley, John Schuerholz, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount, Sandy Alderson, Paul Beeston, Bob Castellini, Bill DeWitt, David Glass, Bob Elliott, Steve Hirdt and Jayson Stark. Hall of Fame chairman of the board Jane Forbes Clark served as the non-voting chairman of the committee.

The Modern Baseball Era Committee's next consideration of candidates will occur in 2019, for the 2020 induction year.

Ben Frederickson is a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. You can follow him on Twitter (Ben_Fred), Instagram (benfredpd) and Facebook (BenFredPD).