Has it only been 6 months since the last election? This season seems like an eternity, thanks to the "efforts" of the Philadelphia
Last time, outfielders Carl Yastrzemski and Al Kaline joined the other 19 members of the Hall. Candidates receiving less than 15% of the vote were dropped from the ballot. The following 12 players are the holdovers from the last ballot:
The "selection committee" could not decide on who to add to the ballot this time. Instead, there is going to be a new twist. This ballot will include two "write-in" slots, so that voters can have direct input on additional players.
Remember, this is a 1960s' Hall of Fame. Ted Williams? He played in 1960, but his career started in 1939, so I would say no. Tom Seaver? Johnny Bench? Did they make a significant impact in the 1960s? Stan Musial? Frank Howard? Bruce Brubaker? You tell me.
From among the 12 players and two write-in spots, vote for no more than 6. For each write-in selected (if any), follow it up with a comment that includes the name of the write-in candidate(s). Only comments from registered users will be accepted (no anonymous commenting). [This will prevent me (or others) from stuffing the comment box with Johnny Callison write-ins! :D ] If the number of write-in boxes checked does not equal the number of players in the comments, the HOF Director will make a ruling.
The ballot remains open through July 26th (the MLB Hall of Fame weekend), then candidates receiving 75% of the vote will be inducted.
I know the likelihood of a write-in candidate being elected is small, but those receiving a certain percentage will be added to the next ballot. Plus, feel free to use the comments to campaign for your write-in choices (or for the listed players). Hey, it worked for Rico Carty in the all-star game!