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  1. Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 4: Building Consensus

    Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 4: Building Consensus

    By Daniel Greenia

    Part 4a – Renewed Eligibility for 20-Year Retirees / A Ballot


    Continual research into history leads to an evolving understanding of past events. The same is certainly true for baseball history. The statistical and historical knowledge are ever expanding. Our understanding of players’ quality, and their standing among the greats, advances a great deal in twenty years. This being ...
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  2. Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 3: Continued

    Part 3c – Escalating Increments

    We have seen how the 5% rule tends to restrict voters from giving all the top candidates a thorough consideration over a period of years. Another factor contributing to this is a common attitude towards first-year candidates. To be a “First-Ballot hall of famer” is usually seen as a special honor. Due to this, many voters will only vote for a player in his first year if he is a no-brainer, an all-time great player. Combine this with a wait-and-see ...
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  3. Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 3: Plausible Fixes

    Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 3: Plausible Fixes

    By Daniel Greenia


    In a better world, fixing the Hall would be simple. Face it; you or I or anyone could come up with a better system for identifying and honoring baseball’s greatest players. Start from scratch: dump the BBWAA and develop an expert electorate; dump the simplistic up/down voting method with its 75% supermajority requirement; dump the VC and any other second chance reviews; dump the limits on candidates ...

    Updated 01-27-2010 at 10:27 PM by Freakshow

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  4. Fixing the Hall of Fame - Part 2: The Screeners and the 5% Rule

    Fixing the Hall of Fame

    By Daniel Greenia

    Part 2a – It’s Too Big: The Screeners and the 5% Rule


    The hall of fame ballot screening committee of the BBWAA was instituted for the 1968 election to cut the ballot down to a “reasonable” size. Due to expansion and the proliferation of role players, some recent ballots had included more than 60 candidates.

    Jump ahead to 1978. The screening committee was scrutinizing the list of 10-year players ...
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  5. Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 1: What is a Hall of Famer?

    Fixing the Hall of Fame

    By Daniel Greenia

    Introduction: What is a Hall of Famer?


    Jim Rice finally was voted into the Hall of fame last year. Should he be there? Were there better players on the ballot that should have been elected before him? Considering the process that got him there, should he feel honored?

    Before we can begin to assess whether a player should or should not be in the Hall, we need to have an answer to this basic ...
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