Fans can vote for four of those eight living candidates who are listed alphabetically, plus there is space for one write-in. So the choice is quite limited.
- Fan voting on all ballots available from April 8, 2015 at 10:00am ET through May 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm ET.
- The players receiving the most votes on each ballot will be revealed on July 14 at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
I could not find who selected the candidates. On MLB Network "High Heat" historian John Thorn was interviewed about this promotion and gave some vague indication but it's unclear. It was embarrassing to hear Thorn trying to explain and defend the promotion. Why would he be involved in something so silly?
I've tried voting multiple times but it never seems to go through.
Pitchers are part time players and I would not vote for a pitcher as greatest player. But if I were picking the four greatest living pitchers, Sandy Koufax would not be among them. Koufax pitched only 2,324 innings. Plus, Koufax had big split advantages at home. My top four living pitchers would be among:
The top three living players are easy. In this order:
Then it gets tricky. Here are some candidates:
Alex Rodriguez (I tried to vote for Alex; don't know if it worked)
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Then there is a section for fans to vote by team for the four greatest players, dead or alive, for each of the 30 franchises. It's a bit silly for newer ones like Tampa but the real question is why they didn't do this in two stages: first pick the best per franchise and then have a run off? Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, is not that much more imaginative than Selig.
Here are some comments on the Yankees. In a future post I'll present all candidates for all franchises in a matrix so that you can see them without constantly switching back and forth. Plus, I'll pick the best player per franchise. Why didn't the league think of that? Be prepared for some players to be candidates on multiple teams and for obvious candidates to be missing. Oh, and for Keith Hernandez to be listed as a Met and not as a Cardinal, which he was.
TOP FOUR PLAYERS IN NEW YORK YANKEES FRANCHISE HISTORY
Mariano Rivera? 1,283 innings? Babe Ruth pitched 1,221.
I can only hope that Yankee fans are not moronic enough to pick the top four as other than the obvious: Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio. Watch for the next post on all this.