Baseball Hall of Fame announces several changes to era committee voting structure


The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced several changes to the era committee elections Friday morning that will impact future elections.

Era Committees, of course, provide an additional way for players, managers and other staff to access Cooperstown. The committees are separate entities from the more standard induction process, which involves a vote conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Era Committees will now be divided into two timelines: Contemporary Baseball Era (from 1980) and Classic Baseball Era (pre-1980). Additionally, the contemporary baseball era will have a separate ballot for non-player types, such as managers, executives, and umpires.

These three polls will follow one another, one per year being voted. The announced order will see contemporary-era players voted out this winter; executives and other non-players then; then the Classic Era pool players the following year. Each ballot will consist of eight people.

It should be noted that for a player to be eligible for the ballot, they will need to be retired for 16 years or more. This means that players who have exhausted their BBWAA ballot eligibility must wait an additional year before becoming eligible for the Contemporary Era ballot, and may have to wait even longer than that for induction depending on the cycling calendar.

It’s also worth noting that the Era Committees – particularly the Contemporary Era Ballot for Players – are now the only path to the Hall of Fame for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others who fell on the ballot.

“At a meeting in Orlando earlier this week, the Board of Directors had in-depth conversations on a number of topics critical to the Hall of Fame’s mission,” said National Baseball Hall President Jane Forbes Clark. of Fame and Museum, in a statement. about the changes. “With these updates to the Era Committee process, we maintain our commitment to the very high standard of excellence that has always been required for election to the Hall of Fame.”

Ida M. Morgan