Saturday, July 26, 2014
Should Jetes be nervous?
Big news coming out of Cooperstown this morning, as the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced their first changes to the voting process since 1991. The most significant change is that recently-retired players will only be able to stay on the ballot for 10 years as opposed to the current 15.
Three candidates in years 10-15 will be grandfathered into this system and remain eligible for the full 15 years. That group includes Don Mattingly (his 15th and final year on the ballot will be in 2015), Alan Trammel (14th year in 2015), and Lee Smith (13th year in 2015).
This change is clearly aimed at breaking up the current log jam on the ballot, but it indirectly gives players from the steroid era a much tougher time of making it into the Hall of Fame. Or at least kicks the can down the road for the veteran’s committee to figure out. One alternative to breaking up the log jam would be to allow more than 10 players to be named on a ballot, but that doesn’t appear to be a consideration at this time.
Other changes of note:
- Hall of Fame eligible voters will now be required to complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct. Consider this a response to Dan Le Batard, who turned his ballot over to Deadspin readers this year.
- The names of BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) voters will be made public with the election results, but individual ballot results will not be released by the Hall of Fame. Here’s hoping the BBWAA takes the next step.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Herm Card is retired from two careers: He taught English in Marcellus, and he suited up for decades as an accomplished Upstate baseball umpire. Card stays busy as a poet, author and photographer, and he served for years as a volunteer educator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
At the hall, Card never relinquished a sense of wonder. Whenever he had the chance, he’d walk the galleries and study the artifacts. This week, he is away from Syracuse, helping his 98-year-old father change apartments. Card won’t be in Cooperstown Thursday when Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit the Hall of Fame.
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM | 28 comment(s)
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