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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hall of Fame voting structure that deals with the ignored 66% of the criteria about character.

I didn't make up the criteria but it's there and pretty much everybody ignores 66% of it.

Hall of Fame criteria: 66% about character, which is all but ignored.  Tuesday, January 6, 2015


5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon
- the player's record
- playing ability
- integrity
- sportsmanship
- character
- contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

So let's stop ignoring.  I'm suggesting a personal evaluation structure that forces a voter or fan to address the character criteria.  Now it's 100% about playing ability and stats.  I'd be fine if that's all that was used but that's not what the rules state.  Instead we have character ignored almost all the time except by some who, almost exclusively concerning performance enhancing drugs (PED), apply some vague sense of personal outrage about cheating: he cheated so I'm not going to vote for him.

Here's my idea, which is pretty simple and fits into the traditional baseball mind for putting things into neat little boxes.  Let's take the six criteria and assign a point value to each using the ever familiar 0 to 10 scale and then add them up: max score 60.  I'm guessing that a candidate would be eliminated from serious consideration if his score was less than 40.  Remember, this is not an absolute system but one that provides much needed structure to the thinking of those considering Hall of Fame candidates.  The Hall board members, who include the recently departed Major Baseball League (MBL) commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, should be embarrassed that no such structure has been suggested during all the decades that the mushy thinking voting has been meandering all over the place.

Here is a quick application, which I might well revise but which provides a starting point for consideration.

playerrecordabilityintegritysportsmanshipcharactercontributions to teamtotal
Ty Cobb1010324837
Babe Ruth1010785949
Lou Gehrig1079991054
Ted Williams1010988853
Joe DiMaggio910997852
Mickey Mantle910796748
Dale Murphy78999850
Bobby Brown11999130
Barry Bonds1010773845
Roger Clemens1010302833

I included Bobby Brown as an extreme example of how a really good person with very modest stats might be a legitimate candidate.  Dale Murphy is an in between candidate who won two MVP awards but who had too few big seasons to make it just on stats but whose character might properly augment his stats and constitute legitimate consideration.


Cliff Blau said...

Only 50% of the criteria (used by the BBWAA) are about character. The other half (or 90% by Yogi math) of them are about performance.

Kenneth Matinale said...

I'm guessing that you eliminated "contributions to the team(s) on which the player played".

Both my point and point system have value either way.