Veteran rules needed changing
July, 30, 2007
It was a small story this weekend: The Hall of Fame has radically changed the process whereby the Veterans Committee considers Hall of Fame candidates. Here's the press release, which appeared on Saturday when everybody was concerned with Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn. The new rules? They're complicated. When the Hall of Fame revamped the process some years ago, the new rules were relatively simple, which made it easy to predict the result: nothing. The math made it clear that nobody would be elected, and of course that's exactly what's happened. The new rules, though? I'm fairly sure that this process will result in new Hall of Famers. But how many, and how often? I don't know, and I suspect the Hall of Fame doesn't know, either. This would seem to mean a happy future for Ron Santo, and quite possibly for Jim Kaat, Gil Hodges and Tony Oliva, all of whom were named on less than 75 percent but more than 50 percent of the ballots in the most recent election.