Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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

HEADLESS BODY IN POST SPORTS SECTIONED!

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

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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)
CHASS-NUT: HALL OF FAME TRIAL BALLOON PUNCTURED BY YESTERDAY'S BBTF THREAD, MR. PRESIDENT!
   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 is a cornucopia of errors 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?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
A triple short of the cycle
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOrioles game postponed amid violence, series could be moved
(46 - 10:24am, Apr 28)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogOTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal
(4206 - 10:22am, Apr 28)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

Newsblog4-28-2015 OMNICHATTER
(4 - 10:14am, Apr 28)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogBill Plaschke: Angels drop the ball in dumping Josh Hamilton - LA Times
(1 - 10:12am, Apr 28)
Last: Dirty Tom Rackham

NewsblogMarlins designate Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment
(7 - 10:01am, Apr 28)
Last: dlf

NewsblogBrandon McCarthy out for the year with torn UCL
(3 - 9:56am, Apr 28)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogPitchers batting is dumb and the DH should be universal | HardballTalk
(381 - 9:56am, Apr 28)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogIs it too early to panic about Red Sox rotation? - Sports - The Boston Globe
(9 - 9:39am, Apr 28)
Last: Accent Shallow

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(85 - 9:27am, Apr 28)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-28-2015
(3 - 9:25am, Apr 28)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogMax Scherzer: No one wants to see pitchers bat
(76 - 9:18am, Apr 28)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(822 - 9:14am, Apr 28)
Last: Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - April 2015
(1764 - 9:10am, Apr 28)
Last: Rickey! is just here so he don't get fined

NewsblogBaseball Past and Present: Womack: MLB salaries stayed low longer than people may think
(5 - 8:30am, Apr 28)
Last: WKRP in Cincinnatus

NewsblogAll-around catchers among most valuable commodities in baseball - The Boston Globe
(61 - 8:29am, Apr 28)
Last: villageidiom

Page rendered in 0.2117 seconds
48 querie(s) executed