The TBC Newsletter
will keep you periodically up-to-date on what is happening at The Baseball Cube.
Hall of Fame
The National Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York and is operated by private interest, not Major League Baseball. Fans visiting the museum in the small upstate New York town will often refer to it is a pilgrimage. Each year, baseball writers across North America will vote in retired players who are deemed worthy of the honour of being enshrined into the baseball Hall of Fame. The criteria for inclusion is always a fun debate as fans and writers debate the statistical and intangible contribution of a player, with character always in mind.
There is a 5-year waiting period for players to be eligible and they may only stay on a ballot for 10 years provided they meet the minimum number of votes each year. (5% or more). It is normal for a player to have his share of inclusion on ballots rise throughout the years as many writers often will force lesser candidates to wait longer or will be coerced towards including him. It can often be a matter of who the competition on the ballot is a well. Over 400 ballots are cast each year by writers who will often publish their ballot on social media or through their articles.
Each year, there are various committees who vote in players outside of the normal ballotting process. This will include baseball personnel such as manager, owners, general managers or broadcasters or anyone who has contributed greatly to the game. It will also include committees that vote in players who did not make it in during the ballotting process or those of older generations who were skipped over for various reasons.
TBC has captured just about all voting for the regular induction plus a list of all players voted in for the various committees.