|Frenchy Bordagaray with the Dodgers, wearing a mustache when few players did.|
|Darren Daulton was a good hitter when few catchers were.|
- The player must have competed in ten seasons. A single game counts as a "season" in the eyes of the Hall.
- The player has been retired for at least five seasons. If a player comes back and plays in the major leagues, the clock restarts. The easiest way to figure out the rule is to add six to the last season the player was active. Therefore, players eligible in 2007 played their last game in 2001.
- A screening committee must approve the player's worthiness. Most players are given a token appearance on the ballot if they meet the ten year rule and they were a regular player for most of that time.
- The player may not be on the ineligible list (banned from baseball).
- If a player dies within the five year span, he is eligible six months after his death provided he meets the above criteria. If an active player dies, he is eligible six months after his death.
- To remain on the ballot, the player must receive at least five percent of the votes for any given year. If a player fails to receive 5%. He falls off the ballot until 21 years after his retirement (see below).
- A player is considered elected if he receives at least 75% of all ballots cast in an election.
Here are some links to Hall of Fame ballots and discussion:
Larry Larue of the News Tribune shares his ballot.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times offers his choices here
Hall of Fame chatter galore at ESPN/mlb.com. The writers are sure to share their votes Tuesday or Wednesday
Rob Neyer linked to the writers at the Chicago Tribune and their ballots. How come they have like eight. Grumpy bunch of bastards.
Hardball Times has its analysis of Hall of Fame voting and their predictions for Wednesday's result. Really interesting stuff.