Welcome to the Yes/No/Maybe Ballot Hall of Fame! In this project, candidates are listed and you can vote for them for this Hall (yes), against allowing them in this Hall (no) or that maybe they belong and maybe they don't (maybe). For Japanese players and Negro Leaguers, you may also use maybe votes as a means of abstaining.
The rules are as follows:
1) Player eligibility is the earliest of three years:
a) Last year played plus five;
b) Year of death plus two; or
c) First full season of age 40 or later in which he did not play.
2) Contributor eligibility is the earliest of two years:
a) Age 65 year; or
b) Year of death plus two.
3) Any year in which there is no new eligible contributor will have no contributor election.
4) Any year without any new eligible contributors or players will be skipped. If there is a new contributor but no new players, both elections will be held.
5) Write in votes are not allowed. If there is someone you wish to vote for who is not listed, you may inquire when he becomes eligible and/or nominate him for consideration.
6) If there is a candidate you would vote to include in the Hall who is not on the list, you are free to nominate him. If I agree he should be added, he will be. If I do not, and at least one other voter is willing to vote for your nominee, he will be added. If not, he will not.
7) For Negro League and Japanese players, if you wish to abstain, vote maybe. If any player is eliminated by virtue of a voters refusal to do anything but vote no an all players from one or both of those groups, he will be reinstated if the voterís vote had been maybe instead. Any voter determined to have voted in that fashion will only have the maybe or yes options for candidates from that group. Abstentions will be treated as maybe votes.
8) I will list the players by the year they first appeared on the ballot to assist cut and paste votes. I must request you follow that format in your vote to make my tabulation of the votes easier. There are four possible votes: Yes, which may be signified by the word or just Y in upper or lower case; No, which may also be signified by the word or just N in upper or lower case; Maybe, which may be signified by the word or MM in upper or lower case to distinguish it from No votes; and Abstain, which may be signified by the word or A in upper or lower case.
9) Candidates will be inducted with the greater of six votes or at least 75% of the vote. The number of votes is determined by the number of yes votes plus one half the maybe votes for any candidate who has already been on at least two ballots. Candidates who receive at least 50% no votes will be removed from the ballot. The number of no votes is determined by the number of no votes plus one half the maybe votes for any candidate who has already been on at least two ballots. After the fifth year on the ballot, the percentage of yes votes needed to stay on the ballot will rise by 3% each election until the 13th year, on the ballot, when the required percentage of yes votes will be 74%. If a player continually remains between 74 and 75% yes votes, he will remain on the ballot.
10) When voting for a player, we're only considering his play. If he's a pioneer, he'll appear at age 65 or year of death +2 on the contributor list.
11) If a player is listed on both ballots, you may vote for him in one, both or neither. If a candidate is elected on both ballots, he will be listed as a player. Once a player is elected, he will no longer appear on any ballots.
12) One other thing to keep in mind: sometimes, contributors had major accomplishments after age 65. Please only credit such candidates with accomplishments as of the year youíre voting in. In 1945, for example, you should not credit Branch Rickey with his move to integrate the game when he hadnít even signed Jackie Robinson yet.
13) Votes may be changed up until the voting is closed. I do request that you PM me telling me about the change or make a new post in the thread to make sure I do not miss it. If this is not followed, I will attempt to take remedial action, but I will not revoke a declaration someone is elected because someone changed their vote to a less favorable position on a candidate without following this rule.
14) If a candidate is voted out, there will be a mechanism to renew his eligibility. The candidate needs to wait at least five elections before being reinstated the first time, ten the second, fifteen the third and so forth (the greater of how many years he was credited with being on the ballot the last time or five years plus five years per each previous reinstatements). When the waiting period is over, the greater of three voters in the previous election or one-third the voters in the previous election must indicate they are all willing to a) vote for him in the next election, and b) subject him to the risk of a longer mandatory wait if he gets eliminated from the ballot again. Any reinstated candidate will be treated as in his third year on the ballot since he's already had the opportunity to have his case discussed and considered by the voters.
15) Elections will typically remain open for a week, though I may extend that period at my discretion. I am inclined to extend the period to try and get a minimum of eight votes. This particular election will be open until five minutes before the posting of the official results after 7 am ET Saturday, March 25.