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Hall of Merit
— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best
Monday, November 25, 2002
Email Conversation with Rob Wood
My ‘conversation’ with Rob Wood will be posted in the discussion thread.
It’s basically a status of where we stand. Rob has volunteered to draft a rules document, based on everything that’s been discussed in the threads.
I think we’ll be ready to vote after New Year’s.
Hopefully this answers your questions.
If any of you have an idea for a thread, let me know and I’ll post it. This section is different than Clutch Hits, in that we don’t have “news” every day to link to. We try to keep the discussion going, but it’s easy to fall into lulls. Any suggestions would be appreciated . . . thanks!
WE DEFINITELY NEED ADJUSTED WS FOR NA.
I AGREE ON THE ONE-YEAR COMPROMISE FOR CHARACTER, BUT HERE’S MY PROBLEM. DOES TY COBB NOT GET IN ON THE FIRST BALLOT NOW? I THINK THAT’S LUDICROUS. ANSON FINE, HE WAS A RACIST, MAYBE HE’S THE REASON FOR THE COLOR LINE LASTING UNTIL 1947, MAYBE NOT. BUT THIS OPENS A BIG CAN OF WORMS. I THINK WE NEED TO PUT A QUALIFIER ON WHAT CHARACTER ISSUES CAN BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, I REALLY WANT TO PUT THIS BEHIND US. WAY TOO MUCH ENERGY HAS ALREADY BEEN EXPENDED ON IT.
I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU COULD DO THIS. I KEEP MEANING TO, BUT THERE ARE TOO FEW HOURS IN A DAY AND I KEEP FALLING BEHIND.
I AGREE WITH A TENATIVE SCHEDULE FOR THE FIRST VOTE, I’M THINKING MID-JANUARY, AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. DOES THAT SOUND REASONABLE?
I WAS THINKING I’D JUST PUT THEM IN A SPREADSHEET AND USE THAT TO TALLY THE VOTES. WE SHOULD DEFINITELY HAVE TWO TALLIERS, VERY GOOD SUGGESTION. I WAS THINKING A ROTATING GROUP OF 3 PEOPLE, BUT WE SHOULD MAYBE HAVE 4 AND GO WITH 2 PER WEEK. THE GROUP OF 4 WOULD CHECK THE BALLOTS AND RAISE THE ISSUE WITH THE VOTER IF 3 OF THE 4 AGREE TO. DOES THAT SOUND REASONABLE? THE REASON FOR 4 IS TO ALLOW FOR PEOPLE BEING BUSY, VACATIONS, ETC. IT’D BE COOL IF THE MACHINE COULD KEEP CHURNING WHEN I’M OUT OF TOWN, ETC.
I WAS THINKING I’D SET UP A THREAD FOR EACH ELECTION. OR MAYBE ONE THREAD FOR PITCHERS, ONE FOR 1B/LF/RF AND ONE FOR C/SS/3B/2B/CF? I’M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.
I WAS THINKING I’D PUT A LIST OF ADJUSTED STATS OUT FOR EVERYONE NEW TO THE BALLOT EACH YEAR AT THE TOP OF THE THREAD.
I WAS THINKING PEOPLE WOULD RANK THEIR CANDIDATES FROM 1-15 AND WE’D ASSIGN THE POINTS.
WE COULD PULL THE RUNOFF FROM THE ACTUAL BALLOTS. IF YOU VOTED Y HIGHER THAN X, THAT WOULD BE YOUR VOTE. A LITTLE EXTRA TALLYING, BUT NO EXTRA BALLOT NEEDED. I DOUBT THAT THE RUNOFF (AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS) WOULD INCLUDE PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T EVEN MAKE OTHER PEOPLE’S TOP 15. YOU’D THINK AT LEAST ONE OF THE TWO WOULD BE ON EVERY BALLOT. IF NOT, WE CAN CALCULATE ANYWAY. LET’S SAY WE HAVE 50 BALLOTS. 26 HAVE PLAYER Y AHEAD AND 22 HAVE PLAYER X. THE OTHER 2 BALLOTS (THE ONES THAT DIDN’T INLCUDE EITHER) DON’T MATTER BECAUSE PLAYER Y HAS THE MAJORITY. IN THE RARE CASE OF 24-23 OR SOMETHING, WE’D CONTACT THE OTHER 3 VOTERS FOR THEIR CHOICE. IF WE CAN’T GET A HOLD OF THEM, THE 24-23 WOULD HOLD UP. I THINK THAT WORKS.
I’LL SHOOT ERIC ENDERS AN EMAIL. I SAW A NEGRO LEAGUE BIOGRAPHICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA AT BORDERS THE OTHER DAY, MAYBE I’LL PICK THAT UP.
ALL THE BEST,
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