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7/27/2014 1:06 PM
Now players can only appear on the BBWAA ballot for 10 years, instead of 15.  This means Bert Blyleven, Jim Rice, and Bruce Sutter should be out.

Further rule changes I'd like to see:

Players appear on BBWAA ballot after 2 years, not 5.  Let's get this process going already.
Remove 10 player vote limit to release the backlog of players.
Voters that do not return their ballot lose voting privileges forever.
Voters that send in a blank ballot are put on double secret probation by the BBWAA.  They kicked out Dan Le Betard this year after he sold his vote to Deadspin.

Discuss....

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7/27/2014 1:15 PM
I think this is big considering the way voters have treated steroid users. Bonds and Clemens, two of the greatest players ever, may never be elected to the hall of fame.
7/27/2014 1:20 PM
Peter H. Rose
7/27/2014 1:22 PM
I don't know why a player has to be taken off the ballot. 
7/27/2014 1:28 PM
Posted by bronxcheer on 7/27/2014 1:20:00 PM (view original):
Peter H. Rose
... is irrelevant to this rule change.
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7/27/2014 5:24 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 7/27/2014 1:22:00 PM (view original):
I don't know why a player has to be taken off the ballot. 
Because otherwise, you'd have hundreds of players on the ballot. 
7/27/2014 5:25 PM
This is a good change.  If somebody can't be elected in nine tries, that should mean something.

Bleleven, Rice, etc. in the HOF is a joke.
7/27/2014 5:34 PM
Posted by tecwrg on 7/27/2014 5:24:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 7/27/2014 1:22:00 PM (view original):
I don't know why a player has to be taken off the ballot. 
Because otherwise, you'd have hundreds of players on the ballot. 
So?   Do the BBWAA members not have time to evaluate players or just simply pass over the Willie McGee that they've seen for 20 years?
7/27/2014 6:29 PM
So if somebody isn't elected after 23 tries, is it reasonable to believe that the 24th time will be magic?

Or do you want more Blylevens and Rices in the HOF?
7/27/2014 6:40 PM
So, if someone stays on the ballot for 24 years, they'll get in?
7/27/2014 7:01 PM
Posted by tecwrg on 7/27/2014 6:29:00 PM (view original):
So if somebody isn't elected after 23 tries, is it reasonable to believe that the 24th time will be magic?

Or do you want more Blylevens and Rices in the HOF?
Agree on Rice but Blyleven is a good argument for letting players stay on for 15 years or longer. It took a long time for the writers to see that he deserved it.
7/27/2014 7:56 PM
Posted by MikeT23 on 7/27/2014 6:40:00 PM (view original):
So, if someone stays on the ballot for 24 years, they'll get in?
If you don't think they will, then why clutter up the ballot with a bunch of "no friggin' way" guys?
7/27/2014 7:59 PM
Posted by bad_luck on 7/27/2014 7:01:00 PM (view original):
Posted by tecwrg on 7/27/2014 6:29:00 PM (view original):
So if somebody isn't elected after 23 tries, is it reasonable to believe that the 24th time will be magic?

Or do you want more Blylevens and Rices in the HOF?
Agree on Rice but Blyleven is a good argument for letting players stay on for 15 years or longer. It took a long time for the writers to see that he deserved it.
If he was so deserving, why didn't they recognize it for the first 14 years?  Did he use Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machice to go back with Sherman and pad his stats?


7/27/2014 8:05 PM
Posted by tecwrg on 7/27/2014 7:56:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 7/27/2014 6:40:00 PM (view original):
So, if someone stays on the ballot for 24 years, they'll get in?
If you don't think they will, then why clutter up the ballot with a bunch of "no friggin' way" guys?
Isn't that already the case?

36 were on the ballot last year.  Even BL would have to agree that 2/3 of them are "no friggin way" guys.
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