Piniella among Ted Williams Hall inductees; Sandberg, Alomars, Evans also to be honored
Tampa's Lou Piniella will be the most familiar face among the 2013 class of inductees into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame on Feb. 2 at Tropicana Field, along with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, the Alomar family and Darrell Evans.
Pitcher Jack Morris will be also be honored at the event, which is being held in partnership with Rays Cy Young Award winner David Price and called Dinner with David and Friends.
Tickets, which are $125, include dinner on the field, a silent auction of memorabilia, a speech by Price and a free hour-long autograph session featuring Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, retired players Tony Oliva, Cecil Fielder, Roy White, Ron LeFlore, Ron Bloomberg, and Cliff Floyd; Rays Jake McGee, Alex Cobb, Elliot Johnson; and others. Price's 2012 Cy Young is expected to be on display, and he also will sign autographs.
Piniella, 69, played 18 years in the majors and managed 23 seasons, including 2003-05 with the then Devil Rays. Sandberg, the 1984 NL MVP, was a 2005 inductee to the Hall of Fame (along with Boggs). The Alomar family includes father Sandy and sons Sandy Jr. and Roberto, a 2011 Hall of Fame inductee. Evans hit 414 home runs during a 21-year career. Morris will be honored on Hall's Pitching Wall of Great Achievement. All the inductees are confirmed to attend, expect Sandy Alomar Jr.
Tickets are available through raysbaseball.com (in the Fans section) or by calling 727-534-5343. Proceeds benefit Price's Project One Four and the Ted Williams Foundation.