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Monday, January 02, 2006

2006 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot

IMPORTANT: Please read:

This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots - if you don’t feel he really is a HOFer, then please refrain from posting that player’s name. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end next Monday (8 PM EST).

Here are some of the rules by the BBWAA that pertain to our electorate:

3. Eligible Candidates — Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:

  A. A baseball player must have been active as a player in the Major Leagues at some time during a period beginning twenty (20) years before and ending five (5) years prior to election.
  B. Player must have played in each of ten (10) Major League championship seasons, some part of which must have been within the period described in 3 (A).
  C. Player shall have ceased to be an active player in the Major Leagues at least five (5) calendar years preceding the election but may be otherwise connected with baseball.
  D. In case of the death of an active player or a player who has been retired for less than five (5) full years, a candidate who is otherwise eligible shall be eligible in the next regular election held at least six (6) months after the date of death or after the end of the five (5) year period, whichever occurs first.
  E. Any player on Baseball’s ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate.

4. Method of Election

  A. BBWAA Screening Committee — A Screening Committee consisting of baseball writers will be appointed by the BBWAA. This Screening Committee shall consist of six members, with two members to be elected at each Annual Meeting for a three-year term. The duty of the Screening Committee shall be to prepare a ballot listing in alphabetical order eligible candidates who (1) received a vote on a minimum of five percent (5%) of the ballots cast in the preceding election or (2) are eligible for the first time and are nominated by any two of the six members of the BBWAA Screening Committee.
  B. Electors may vote for as few as zero (0) and as many as ten (10) eligible candidates deemed worthy of election. Write-in votes are not permitted.+
  C. Any candidate receiving votes on seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast shall be elected to membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


5. Voting — Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

The eligible candiates are: Rick Aguilera*, Albert Belle*, Bert Blyleven, Will Clark*, Dave Concepcion, Andre Dawson, Gary DiSarcina*, Alex Fernandez*, Gary Gaetti*, Steve Garvey, Dwight Gooden*, Rich Gossage, Ozzie Guillen*, Orel Hershiser*, Gregg Jeffries*, Tommy John, Doug Jones*, Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Hal Morris*, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Jim Rice, Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Alan Trammell, Walt Weiss*, and John Wetteland*.

+Write-ins are allowed, but wont be included with the official tally.

*1st-year candidates.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 02, 2006 at 03:16 PM | 207 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   201. Paul Wendt Posted: January 11, 2006 at 08:47 PM (#1816521)
Personally, I like the idea of selecting the top 1% of all major league players who have ever played the game (being fair to all eras).

From the major leagues 1871 to date, that is about 160 players, including about 90 born before 1930, 110 before 1950, 140 before 1970.
   202. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 11, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#1816555)
From the major leagues 1871 to date, that is about 160 players, including about 90 born before 1930, 110 before 1950, 140 before 1970.

Don't know if that makes me a small-HOF guy, but it certainly makes me a smaller-than-how-it-is-now-HOF guy. :-)
   203. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: January 11, 2006 at 09:04 PM (#1816562)
Personally, I like the idea of selecting the top 1% of all major league players who have ever played the game (being fair to all eras).

But is this really representational of anything? Around 1/3 of all players in MLB history earned zero win shares. Another third earned 50 or less. Obviously we aren't interested in honoring that level of achievement.

Getting down to brass tacks, the total number of MLB players to earn 200 or more WS is around 600. 200 is where HOF-type careers start to gel. With a little over 200 members, the HOF has honored around 30% of all those guys have been elected. (A few who didn't earn that many are in too, offset, probably, by the two or three dozen guys who come on board when you adjust for schedule length.)

Forget the dinky careers, the important question about Hall size is how many of the real candidates you want to enshrine. If you want the best ten at each position, then you're talking 15%. You want the best 20? That's the Hall's 30%.
   204. DanG Posted: January 11, 2006 at 09:14 PM (#1816587)
Regarding the number of HoMers versus the number in the Coop.

When the election schedule was created in 2001, it was targeted to have 213 HoMers by that year. However, my count of hall of famers at that point comes to 211. This number was figured by adding 188 classified as MLB players + 18 from the Negro leagues + 3 classified as Pioneers (G.Wright, Spalding, Cummings) + 2 classified as Managers who were seen as HoMer candidates (Griffith, McGraw). I'm not sure how Joe figured 213. Maybe he included Lopez or Huggins or H.Wright or...Comiskey? ;-)

Now, through the 2006 BBWAA election, the HoM has (or will have) added 3 every year while the HOM has added only 8 more (Smith, Murray, Carter, Molitor, Eckersley, Boggs, Sandberg, Sutter). This puts the HoM now at 228 players versus 219 for the HOF. It means that we need the Black baseball committee to elect at least nine players to get us back on target. Which is very possible.
   205. DavidFoss Posted: January 11, 2006 at 09:50 PM (#1816691)
Now, through the 2006 BBWAA election, the HoM has (or will have) added 3 every year while the HOM has added only 8 more (Smith, Murray, Carter, Molitor, Eckersley, Boggs, Sandberg, Sutter). This puts the HoM now at 228 players versus 219 for the HOF. It means that we need the Black baseball committee to elect at least nine players to get us back on target. Which is very possible.

Part of this is also due to the new stinginess of the Veteran's Committee. The VC has not inducted anyone since Mazeroski in 2001. Usually no harm in being conservative, but lengthy induction droughts of this kind have been known to lead to some sort of 'correction' at some point down the line.

Unfortunately, its been during those corrections that the VC is especially prone to making mistakes.
   206. DanG Posted: February 01, 2006 at 09:19 PM (#1846841)
Just want to mention that the complete list of new BBWAA candidates for 2007 is posted at the Yahoo site. The information is extracted from Baseball-Reference.com and includes all ten-year players last active in 2001, a total of 60 guys. The BBWAA will screen out most of these for the actual hall of fame ballot.
   207. DanG Posted: February 01, 2006 at 09:21 PM (#1846845)
<a> href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HallofMerit/files/2007 newbies.xls ">2007 BBWAA candidates</a>
Is that link better?
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