It is now even more difficult to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
No one bumped the usual standards of 3,000 hits or 300 wins which usually means induction, but the Hall board of directors has changed the election process, reducing the time a player can be on a ballot.
That number, however, has been reduced to 10 years by the Hall board, which includes Blue Jays jerseys president Paul Beeston.
A big deal?
Sure is, when you consider that 13 players have been elected in their 11th 15th years on the ballot, most recently Bert Blyleven, who was elected in his 14th three years ago. Same for Duke Snider, named in his 11th year in 1980, Bob Lemon (12th in 1976), Bruce Sutter in 2006 and Ralph Kiner in 1975, both in their 13th year, and Jim Rice in his 15th and final year in 2009.
Of the 211 players in the Hall of Fame, 115 have been elected by the BBWAA, 96 by Veterans Committees. Of the 115 BBWAA electees, 102 (89%) have been elected in years 1 10 of eligibility.
Board is committed to keeping the policies and voting procedures of the Hall of Fame relevant, said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the board. believe the BBWAA has done an excellent job of honoring the criteria advanced by the Hall of Fame player record, contributions to the teams on which the player played, character, sportsmanship and integrity to determine individuals who belong in the Hall of Fame by the highest threshold, a 75% majority. The Board believes these changes are necessary to ensure the integrity of the voting process moving forward. change narrows the window of opportunity for seven time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and seven time MVP Barry Bonds, both on the ballot for a second time this year. Clemens had 35.4%, down from 37.6% while Bonds received 34.7% down from 36.2%).
Some Hall of Famers have said that if any players who used performance enhancing drugs were elected they would not return to the ceremonies. The 15 person HOF board includes Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Tom Seaver.
The change will not affect three players currently on the ballot: Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th year) and Lee Smith (13th). That group elected former Blue Jays jerseys general manager Pat Gillick in 2011 and in its next sitting managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, who will be inducted Sunday.
It sits every three years, so Jack Morris next shot will be in 2017.
Another change will see voters filling out a registration form online and signing a code of conduct. Names of the voters will be released, but not their ballots. Many voters write columns, anyway, explaining which player they voted for and why. He played for manager Tony La Russa and alongside Frank Thomas with the White Sox jerseys. But he never was in the same dugout as Joe Torre.
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