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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hall of Fame sticking with five-year waiting period for potential inductees


Contrary to a report in Monday’s New York Post, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not considering dropping the waiting period for players to be eligible for induction from five to three years.

Post columnist Kevin Kernan didn’t quote anyone from Hall but wrote: “One reason Hall officials would want to shorten the waiting period is to make it a more ‘immediate’ event. There is a lot to be said for that because, why should sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famers have to wait five years?

“We’re much more of a quick-response world, and a three-year waiting period would fit the bill. This five-year waiting period was first enacted in the 1950s. Times have changed.”

Brad Horn, the Hall’s senior director of communications and education, sent an email to several media outlets Monday.

It read in part: “I’m writing to point out an erroneous report in the New York Post today regarding the Hall of Fame’s voting procedures and the five-year waiting period. This account of a proposed reduction in the five-year waiting period is entirely untrue.”

Repoz Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:47 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hall of fame, history, media

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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM (#3885551)
But the pink, red and blue "cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater" plaques are still a go, right?
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM (#3885552)
Contrary to a report in Monday’s New York Post, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not considering dropping the waiting period for players to be eligible for induction from five to three years.

In other news, The Hall of Fame also denied the Post's report that Rupert Murdoch was slated to be its next President.
   3. Koot Posted: July 26, 2011 at 11:43 AM (#3885563)
I like when people go out of their way to call out writers who make up stories. It reminds of when Sidney Ponson claimed that the Red Sox were trying to sign him before he landed with the Yankees. Most of the time this kind of BS is just left out there with no response. But, Theo came out and said that the story was untrue and they had no interest in Ponson, and that you could quote him on that.

I guess it's nice that it's kind of rare, because it makes it that much more embarrassing for the liar involved.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM (#3885581)
   5. Steve Treder Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:43 PM (#3885744)
Hopefully this stupefyingly dumb idea will be put out of its misery for good.
   6. Dag Nabbit at Posted: July 26, 2011 at 07:38 PM (#3885855)
Good to hear.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3885870)
And they're not even going to move it to un-godforsaken New York City. Who wudda guessed it?
   8. spike Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM (#3885914)
What, move to the hometown of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon? Highly dubious, I must say.
   9. DanG Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM (#3887008)
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

To gain "proper historical perspective" on candidates, if five years is good, wouldn't a ten-year wait be even better? Or 20-years?

Having got all that out of the way, I will only say that I favor shortening the wait to three years, or even two, IF they also set a minimum age for eligibility. Has any player ever had a HOF or near-HOF career in MLB, then been out of MLB for 2+ years, and then returned to add significantly to his resume after turning age 40?

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