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  1. Fixing the Hall of Fame - Part 5a: Towards Constructing a Useful Hall of Fame Ballot

    Part of the educational program to develop the electorate will be to give them a ballot with more information about the players than just names. We want to try to include useful information in a concise format. Voters will also be directed to sources for more information.

    The aim is two fold: 1) to give the voters a statistical portrait, an image of every candidate, side-by-side with the other candidates; 2) to encourage the voters to perform further exploration of the candidates. ...
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  2. Spectator "Spring Training."

    It occurs to me that the meaning of Spring Training has changed somewhat for me over the years. As a child and into my early teens, ST was the time to get outside and get my arm in shape to play any sandlot game I could find. Get out early, get in some pickup games, go home for lunch, get back out for some practice, get in the house for dinner and the game on t.v. Basically: play, watch, baseball. That was life. In my teens and up to mid twenties, ST was the time to obsess over my fantasy teams, ...
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  3. Fixing the Hall of Fame – Part 4: Continued

    Part 4c – Removing Barriers to Consensus

    The Hall of Fame should communicate to the BBWAA voters that they must stop denying election to so many deserving players; that the voters have a mandate to comprehend and acquiesce to the standards established over 75 years of electing players to the Hall. So the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA should be looking for ways to promote consensus. This is not to say they should strong-arm the voters and coerce them to fall in line with how everyone ...

    Updated 11-01-2010 at 12:00 PM by Freakshow

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  4. 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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  5. 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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