Here's the rundown for this project:
Basically, the idea is to simulate the BBWAA HoF elections since 1979 and see how we come out compared to them. Why 1979? Because that was the first year that featured the 5% rule to drop candidates. Over the years, that rule has seen a number of seemingly qualified or at least very debatable candidates dropped, so this will give us a chance to at least pretend to fix some of those oversights.
This will operate just like the BBWAA elections. Voters can vote from 0-10 candidates - I've even included a "None of the Above" option for voters who wish to pull a Paul Ladewski and submit a blank ballot (thereby counting against every other vote). 75% support will elect a candidate, less than 5% support will cause the candidate to be dropped and shift hope to the imaginary BBF Veteran's Committee. Candidates can only stay on the ballot for 15 years; thus for example, 1979 will be the only election that will feature Enos Slaughter because it was his 15th year on the ballot. New candidates will be added each year as they become eligible, but they will comport to the actual list that was supplied to the BBWAA in the given year (with one exception, being when the steering committee reintroduced some dropped players in various elections in the past 25 years).
Also, because I want this to start out mirroring the template that the BBWAA had to work with in 1979, only the players that were on the list for the BBWAA in 1979 will be on the list here. Thus I will not go back and add some overlooked names, such as Larry Doby, that would have been eligible in 1979 but who the steering committee did not include on the eligibility list. However, in subsequent years I expect divergence with the BBWAA's eligibility list as we'll have different players elected, different players getting more than 5% and remaining on the ballot, and different players dropped.
Also, please feel free when you submit your ballot to stump for and/or against players. This is meant to be a discussion thread as much as a voting thread.
IMPORTANT: There is some concern about voters defrauding this process by voting with multiple screen names. First, please don't as there is really no point and it takes the fun out of this which is to see how we come out, more than it being a heated competition to get your player elected. Nevertheless, to take precaution against the possibility of a voter abusing the process, votes will be made public, so if we see unfamiliar screen names casting similar ballots, we'll see cause for concern, and if the concern proves to be founded, some form of punitive action could follow. So basically, ONE PERSON = ONE BALLOT. Anything else is really just moronic and defeats the purpose.
Elections will last two weeks and at the first post of each election I will provide a little guide about the election. If you have any suggestions of information you would like to be included in this guide, please let me know and I will likely oblige provided it does not take too much time to do so. Future guides will show some voting history in addition to the information that the guide below shows.
So without further adieu...
1979 Election Guide
The 53 candidates features players who retired between 1959 and 1973 (future elections will likely have much fewer candidates). There are a lot of names here, so I encourage you to look closely before voting as you might overlook someone you intended to vote for.
Second Year on Ballot
Last Year of Eligibility
Penultimate Year of Eligibility
Real-Life Hall of Famers on Ballot
Luis Aparicio (1984, BBWAA)
Richie Ashburn (1995, VC)
Jim Bunning (1996, VC)
Don Drysdale (1984, BBWAA)
Nellie Fox (1997, VC)
Willie Mays (1979, BBWAA)
Bill Mazeroski (2001, VC)
Red Schoendienst (1989, VC)
Enos Slaughter (1985, VC)
Duke Snider (1980, BBWAA)
Hoyt Wilhelm (1985, BBWAA)