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January 5, 2004

2004 Internet Hall of Fame: The Results Are In

by Neal Traven

In this, our 13th year, the STATLG-L Internet Hall of Fame balloting demonstrates anew the uncertainties involved in trying to decide whether Player X or Player Y has the credentials to merit your vote for induction into the Hall. There were a number of intriguing questions to be answered this time around, dealing with both first-year eligibles and holdovers from last year. We recorded a total of 2363 ballots in this year's edition of the STATLG-L IHOF, appreciably less than last year's record total and even a bit lower than the number of ballots cast two years ago. I don't think we can blame this drop on the absence of a Veterans Committee ballot this year, and I won't speculate about other possible reasons for the decline. I must report, however, that I personally did less shilling for the event than I've done in previous seasons, so maybe some of the decrease can be laid at my own feet. The average number of names on a ballot was 5.83, very similar to last year's 5.96 and well above the 5.18 names per ballot a year earlier. Given the total number of ballots recorded this time, the 75% threshold was set at 1773 votes while the 5% gateway for retention on the ballot (if we, rather than the BBWAA, made that decision) came to 119 votes.

December 2, 2003

2004 Internet Hall of Fame: You Make the Call

by Neal Traven

To the best of my knowledge, the STATLG-L vote is still the only public-access Hall of Fame balloting found anywhere. While those aging members of the Baseball Writers Association of America seemingly make their decisions based on little more than their memories of the heroes of their youth (and perhaps a few baseball card stats), we readers and surfers of BP can make use of the sophisticated analytic tools found here to compare and contrast the candidates. With this added information at our disposal, surely we can do a better and more accurate job of assessing the merits of the candidates than those besotted BBWAA members. Or can we? Throughout our dozen years of existence, the STATLG-L participants have voted very much as the writers did. For example, Ron Santo had no better luck with us than he did with the BBWAA. We were ahead of the writers on Niekro, Fisk, and Carter, and never chose Sutton, Perez, or Puckett, but those are minor inconsistencies.

February 26, 2003

Prospectus Feature: 2003 IHOF Veterans Committee Results

by Neal Traven

While we wait breathlessly for word from Cooperstown about the results of the new Veterans Committee balloting, the STATLG-L Internet Hall of Fame voters have spoken their collective mind here on BP.

2003 IHOF Veterans Committee Results: Your picks for the STATLG-L Hall of Fame

by Neal Traven

While we wait breathlessly for word from Cooperstown about the results of the new Veterans Committee balloting, the STATLG-L Internet Hall of Fame voters have spoken their collective mind here on BP.

February 25, 2003

STATLG-L Hall of Fame Results: Sorting the Ballots

by Neal Traven

January 14, 2003

Prospectus Feature: A Brief History of the Veterans Committee

by Neal Traven

Almost from the day it opened, the Baseball Hall of Fame has had some form of a Veterans Committee to supplement the player selections voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In fact, Cy Young, who finished sixth behind the first five inductees, also received the fourth-highest 1936 vote total from the Old-Timers Committee.

January 6, 2003

2003 Internet Hall Of Fame Results: Presented by STATLG-L and Baseball Prospectus

by Neal Traven

A total of 3558 voters cast ballots this season.

December 9, 2002

Prospectus Feature: 2002 STATLG-L Internet Hall of Fame

by Neal Traven

Cast your vote for this year's Hall of Fame class.

January 8, 2002

2002 Internet Hall Of Fame Results: Your picks for the STATLG-L Hall of Fame

by Neal Traven

December 4, 2001

2001 STATLG-L Internet Hall of Fame: Cast your vote for this year's Hall of Fame class

by Neal Traven

January 15, 2001

2001 Hall of Fame Results: Your picks for the STATLG-L Hall of Fame

by Neal Traven

January 11, 2000

STATLG-L Hall of Fame Results: Even Better than the Real Thing

by Neal Traven


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