Change the Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Process
  • Petitioned National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

Change the Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Process

    1. Dave Studenmund
    2. Petition by

      Dave Studenmund

      Evanston, United States

The Hall of Fame is experiencing a crisis. The current voting procedures are not adequate for the ethical challenges presented by the Steroids Era. Many of the best players in baseball history are receiving 50% of the vote because there is such a wide divergence in interpreting records from the 1990's and early 2000's. This has made a system that was already somewhat flawed a catastrophe for baseball and its fans.

This petition does not endorse a specific set of changes, but it asks that changes--significant changes--be made to the process. These could include changing the voting rules to mirror the MVP format or allow players to stay on the ballot a longer period of time; enlarging the voting body to include respected baseball observers, executives, broadcasters and general fans; or creating a smaller voting "Congress"--whose members are voted in by a wide range of interested parties--who deliberate the issues and then vote for players (with all proceedings recorded for the public).  Put your favorite ideas in the comments below.

All possible options should be put on the table and examined closely. And something should be done. The Hall of Fame and all baseball fans deserve better than the current situations.  Let's send a message that the status quo won't do.

For more information, please read my article at http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/time-to-push-the-reset-button/

To:
National Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors
Fundamentally change the process whereby players are elected to the Hall

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Candace Foster SPRINGWATER, NY
      • 8 months ago

      Don Mattingly deserves to be inducted. Not only his stats, but what he means for baseball, and the kind of player he was.

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    • brett dillon KITTS HILL, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      does this mean that "PETE ROSE" will finally get to go to the hall of fame???? he deserves it!!!! it is the high man doesnt like rose, that is the only reason why. i want rose in there for what he done between the lines!!!!!

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    • Nathan Sedghi CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      The period currently being voted on involves all of the players I grew up watching and loving. These players need to be compared to the others within their era, the Hall of Fame voters don't understand that.

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    • Michael Pratt WASHINGTON DC, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a die hard fan and I believe that the procedures are inadequate and also Marvin J. Miller should have been in the Hall of Fame

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    • Michael See LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      As a past and likely future member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, this is our most sacerate place, and it needs to be treated as such. I believe that the baseball writes weigh to heavily into this decision, and it needs to be a more diverse group of people who decide who is immortalized. It is time to consider change for the better. There is NO reason why players like Gil Hodges, and people like Buck O'Neil should not be enshrinsed. Changing the rules will help keep the Hall of Fame a vibrant and relevant organization....

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