Baseball Hall of Fame board cuts down on ballot time

Bert Blyleven (Reuters)

Bert Blyleven (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

It is now even more difficult to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

No one bumped the usual standards of 3,000 hits or 300 wins which usually means induction, but the Hall’s board of directors has changed the election process, reducing the time a player can be on a ballot.

In the past, if a player had 5% of the ballots cast by voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and maintained that total, he had 15 years of eligibility.

That number, however, has been reduced to 10 years by the Hall’s board, which includes Blue Jays president Paul Beeston.

A big deal?

Sure is, when you consider that 13 players have been elected in their 11th-15th years on the ballot, most recently Bert Blyleven, who was elected in his 14th three years ago. Same for Duke Snider, named in his 11th year in 1980, Bob Lemon (12th in 1976), Bruce Sutter in 2006 and Ralph Kiner in 1975, both in their 13th year, and Jim Rice in his 15th and final year in 2009.


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