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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson: ‘We’re very comfortable with the process of election’

Graham Womack interviews Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.

SN: A couple years ago, the window of eligibility for the BBWAA to consider Hall of Fame candidates was shortened from 15 years to 10 years. Was this an effort at all to speed up the process of getting guys from the Steroid Era off the writers ballot and maybe considered by one of the committees?

JI: No. First of all, the rules for election for the writers and our various committee elections are constantly being reviewed. It’s something that’s front and center and a topic of mine among our staff here at the Hall of Fame and our board because it is so important. In reviewing our rules for election, we made tweaks in back-to-back years with the electorate itself and the 15 to 10.

Fifteen to 10 was put in place because if you look historically over the last 30, 35 years, only three players had earned election after the tenth ballot. To us, it just seemed to be not fair to have so many players sort of twisting in the wind another five years if they weren’t going to earn election. It does get those players to the Expansion Era Committee a little bit sooner but it was more of a reaction of helping to thin the ballots… Some of the writers concern was about not having enough slots to pick players. But more so again (we changed the rule) because it just doesn’t make sense to have players — who 99 percent of the time aren’t going to earn election — simply sitting on the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 68 comment(s)
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