We’re doing this election differently this year, and one change is that the vote is hosted in this post, so you can see the results here in real time, rather than having to vote in a remote location.
I will also give less information. In previous elections, whoo boy, I exaggerated the detail for each player. Let’s face it, especially with a ballot stacked up like this, you know these guys pretty well. And I’ve listed a few more key resources below, if you’d like to brush up on your vote a little.
Here’s the big change: no more voting limits. There are 30 candidates below, and you can click “yes” and vote for all 30 if you want. Or, like some BBWAA voters, you can return a blank ballot by clicking “no” for everyone.
Now a note: The language for each poll is specific for a reason. “Should [player] be in the Hall of Fame on this year’s vote” is meant to allow for some nuance, because while we can agree that 15 players from this list should eventually be in Cooperstown – maybe they shouldn’t all be elected at once , at this time:
- Maybe David Ortiz is a Hall-of-Famer in your eyes, but not the first voice.
- Mark Buerhle may feel like a man who… possibly comes in, just not on his second ballot.
- PDA users like Alex Rodriguez may have an undeniable case for the Hall, but they make them sweat for their sins.
- It’s the last dance for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling – perhaps their punishment for assorted jerks is not to be elected in the regular ballot, but by the Veterans Committee.
So, if the problem was just “Must [player] be in the Hall of Fame?” you may have a lot of “Yes” votes. But “…into the Hall of Fame on this one ballot paper” is another question, and should even be on the list of the biggest big Hall voters here.
Which brings me to one last point: each of these player polls is a yes/no. Unlike a normal mood, you don’t just check “yes” for your guys. If you don’t check “no” with guys you do not think it should be with this vote in the Chamber, the results will be biased.
We’ll see how this all plays out. On a BBWAA vote expected to yield just one Hall-of-Famer in the Cooperstown elections, now seems like a good time to experiment.
You can vote next Sunday evening, January 23. We will post a story about the results the next day.
If you’re reading South Side Sox on Google AMP and Apple News, you’ve no doubt noticed that our polls don’t show up there, so you’ll have to use a different location to go to SSS and vote.
Baseball Reference’s Hall of Fame Voting Schedule
Jay Jaffe’s extremely good candidate bios at FanGraphs.
Adam Darowski’s Hall of Stats, which records the 239 most worthy players in majors history.