Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

The Associated Press
Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years
.

View gallery

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.

The Hall of Fame's board cut a player's eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers' ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4 last year in his second ballot appearance, well short of the 75 percent needed for election. Bonds, a seven-time MVP and baseball's career home runs leader, fell from 36.2 percent to 34.7.

McGwire dropped from 16.9 percent to 11, down from a peak of 25.6 in 2008. Sosa, who hit 609 homers, dropped from 12.5 percent to 7.2 - close to falling below the 5 percent threshold for remaining on the ballot.

Three players with 11-15 years will remain eligible: Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th) and Lee Smith (13th).

This is just the second change in voting rules since 1985, when the 5 percent threshold for remaining on the ballot was instituted. In 1991, players on baseball's permanent ineligible list were barred from the ballot, a move that prevented career hits leader Pete Rose from being considered. Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an investigation by Major League Baseball concluded he bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win while managing the team.

Members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point are eligible to vote. Under another change announced Saturday, eligible voters will be required to complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct, and their names will be made public, but not their individual votes.

Dan Le Batard, an ESPN host and Miami Herald columnist, was kicked out of the BBWAA for one year and barred from future Hall votes in January after he turned over his 2014 ballot to a website that allowed readers to choose the selections.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Phils sign OF Saunders for 1 year, $9M

      Phils sign OF Saunders for 1 year, $9M

      PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Outfielder Michael Saunders and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a $9 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. … More »

      AP - Sports - 28 minutes ago
    • ChiSox fan Obama honors Cubs in visit

      ChiSox fan Obama honors Cubs in visit

      President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided nation. ''Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together … More »

      AP - Sports - 39 minutes ago
    • Cards emphasize speed in offseason moves

      Cards emphasize speed in offseason moves

      A year after St. Louis finished last in the National League in stolen bases, the Cardinals are putting an emphasis on becoming more athletic and aggressive on the base paths. The arrival of newly acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler is leading that … More »

      AP - Sports - 1 hour 1 minute ago
    • Obama Honors World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

      Obama Honors World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

      President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. Cubs players filed into the White House East Room Monday for Obama's final ceremony for a championship sports team. (Jan. 16) … More »

      AP Canada - 1 hour 25 minutes ago
    • Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

      Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

      President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office. On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for … More »

      The Canadian Press - 1 hour 31 minutes ago