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01-09

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Daisy Cutter: Candidate Obituaries for the Zero Percenters, Part 2
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Sahadev Sharma

01-07

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Ninety Percent Mental: Are Secret Ballots Ruining Cooperstown?
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Lewie Pollis

01-07

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Daisy Cutter: Candidate Obituaries For the Zero Percenters
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Sahadev Sharma

01-07

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Skewed Left: An Astro for the Ages
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Zachary Levine

01-06

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19

Moonshot: The Changing Hall of Fame Criteria
by
Robert Arthur

12-31

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BP Hall of Fame Voting
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Baseball Prospectus

12-30

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Baseball Therapy: How to Vote Strategically for the Hall of Fame
by
Russell A. Carleton

11-21

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Pebble Hunting: Hank Aaron's Hypothetical Fortune
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Sam Miller

09-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: So long Abreu; Farewell, Willingham
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Baseball Prospectus

07-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 501: News from the Hall of Fame Front
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-28

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The HOF Rule Change
by
Mike Gianella

07-28

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The Week in Quotes: July 21-27, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-25

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The View from the Loge Level: Ode to Joe
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Daron Sutton

01-24

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White
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Doug Thorburn

01-17

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees 1980-89
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Doug Thorburn

01-16

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 17: Offseason Chatter
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

01-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're Out
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Joe Sheehan

01-10

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9

Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94
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Doug Thorburn

01-09

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23

Baseball Therapy: The Hall of Fame Ballots By the Numbers
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Russell A. Carleton

01-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 361: Jay Jaffe on the Top Takeaways from the Hall of Fame Election Season
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-09

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22

A Vote for Transparency
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Lewie Pollis

01-08

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Overthinking It: What Scouts Said About 2014's Top Cooperstown Candidates
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Ben Lindbergh

01-08

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The Lineup Card: Seven Pioneers Worthy of Hall of Fame Induction
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Baseball Prospectus

01-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 360: Scouting 2013 Hall of Fame Candidates
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-07

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Skewed Left: What the 1936 Hall of Fame Ballot Tells Us About Today's
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Zachary Levine

01-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 358: Is Hall of Fame Balloting Really Broken?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-05

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46

BP Hall of Fame Voting
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Baseball Prospectus

01-28

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Rethinking Hall of Fame Standards in Expansion Eras
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Kevin Whitaker

01-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Nose Knows
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Steven Goldman

01-02

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Skewed Left: Better Versions of Bad Hall of Fame Arguments
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Zachary Levine

12-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The (Ad) Age of Heroes: Judging the 2014 Hall of Fame Candidates by Their Commercials
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Michael Clair

12-12

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Skewed Left: A Cooperstown Party Like it's 1999
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Zachary Levine

11-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 338: Giving Thanks for Your Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-19

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Pebble Hunting: The Hall of Fame 50 Percent Probability Test
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Sam Miller

11-15

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BP Unfiltered: Things the Hall of Fame is Not the Hall of, According to a Quick Search
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Ben Lindbergh

11-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 329: The Debate About Buying a Hall of Fame Vote
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 292: Scott Boras' World Series Plan/A-Rod, Manny, Pettitte and the Hall
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 287: Preparing for Postseason Narrative-Building/Guerrero, Helton, and the Hall of Fame
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 268: Clayton Kershaw and Cooperstown/Xander Bogaerts and Historic Years for Young Talent
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 261: Mike Trout and Becoming the Best Ever/Chase Utley's Aging Outlook
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 236: Analysts as General Managers/Hall of Fame Probabilities
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-23

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BP Announcements: Cooperstown, SABR Team Up to Create New Scouts Interactive Database
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Joe Hamrahi

03-06

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Freddie Lindstrom
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Jay Jaffe

01-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bagging on Bagwell
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Christina Kahrl

01-10

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Overthinking It: Has the Sabermetric Movement Been Bad for Jack Morris?
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Ben Lindbergh

01-10

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Pebble Hunting: When the Teams That Don't Have Hall of Famers Yet Will Have Hall of Famers
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Sam Miller

01-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 116: Has the Sabermetric Movement Helped or Hurt Jack Morris?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-10

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Skewed Left: Murphy, Morris, and Using the Full 15 Ballots
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Zachary Levine

01-10

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Baseball Therapy: Lessons from the Hall of Fame Vote
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Russell A. Carleton

01-10

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Manufactured Runs: What Hall of Fame Voters are Doing to the Hall of Fame
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Colin Wyers

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Saluting the even better players who didn't make it to next year's ballot.

I’ll never forget when I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a sports journalist. I was driving home from another boring day at my internship and talking on the phone with my brother. He asked me if I was excited to be graduating from college in a few months and I admitted that I wasn’t too thrilled about it. He pressed and I told him that I didn’t want to be an engineer, I wanted to work in sports. He then laughed at me when I pointed out that there was no point, because I was too old to try to switch careers—I was 24, my brother five years my senior. He simply said, “If that’s your dream and you think you’re good enough, just go and do it.” It was the push I needed, the support I was looking for to take a crazy leap. I can’t thank my brother enough for doing that for me. There have been numerous other people I’ve befriended along this journey, many of whom I looked up to either personally or professionally, who said or wrote me something that helped keep me going when I was ready to give up.

I tell this story because it was brought to my attention that veteran Reds reporter Hal McCoy gave Aaron Boone one of the two votes Boone received for the Hall of Fame. On its face, that seems a bit odd, but, according to this column, it turns out McCoy had a pretty nice reason to give Boone a vote.

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Ninety Percent Mental: Are Secret Ballots Ruining Cooperstown?

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Lewie Pollis

Identifying the discrepancies between public and private ballots from yesterday's vote.

There are a lot of things wrong with the Hall of Fame vote. There’s the fact that the recent bar for enshrinement is set far higher than it’s been in the past (especially for pitchers). There’s the 10-vote-per-ballot limit, even in a year when there are probably 18 candidates I’d vote for if I could. There’s the belated moral panic about PEDs that holds back anyone who is remotely suspected of having used them (no matter how baseless or arbitrary the rumors) even though there are plenty of both dopers and cheaters already in Cooperstown. And then there’s the fact that Kenny Lofton fell off on his first ballot.

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Candidate Obituaries For the Zero Percenters

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Sahadev Sharma

Saluting the players who didn't make it to next year's ballot.

It’s likely that much of the discussion currently going on in the baseball world is of who got in the Hall of Fame, if they were deserving, and the travesty of those who didn’t make it but should have. I enjoy that discussion to an extent, but I also don’t see much value in debating people who have a fundamentally different view on things, especially when it comes to PEDs. I, and I’m assuming many of you, have heard all the arguments for or against allowing players suspected of or who have admitted using PEDs into Cooperstown. Other than time, I don’t really see what’s going to change the mind of anyone who has done the proper amount of research* on the subject.

*Apparently to some, doing actual research instead of just trusting our eyes and often-flawed memories is something to be mocked.

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Skewed Left: An Astro for the Ages

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Zachary Levine

Craig Biggio is a well-deserving Hall of Famer and the first Astro to be enshrined, but it's odd that he may not even be the best player eligible for Cooperstown on his Astros teams.

Fifty-three years into a lifespan that’s included—to various degrees of infuriation—one decade of infantile ineptitude, two more of talent and teases, another of almost-excellence and a most recent of putridity, the Houston Astros have their first Hall-of-Famer.

Other Hall of Famers have played for the Astros – Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan, who had significant time in Houston, did, as did some forgotten Astros and Colt .45s like Robin Roberts, Nellie Fox and now Randy Johnson—he of two months service.

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January 6, 2015 6:00 am

Moonshot: The Changing Hall of Fame Criteria

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Robert Arthur

In what direction are voting totals trending for marginal candidates, and are steroids actually to blame?

Every year, the Hall of Fame vote brings a great deal of vitriol to baseball. With each year’s ballot, we are confronted by the specter of the steroid era, always a sore subject. But even neglecting the steroid era candidates, the BBWAA voters manage to produce a handful of idiotic ballots, defended with harebrained rationales, sometimes leading to obvious omissions.

It would be easy to pin the Hall’s recent mismanagement solely on the steroid issue, but the problems do not stop there. There’s a clear backlog of players that’s been developing for more than ten years, leaving deserving stars (with no steroid evidence against them) like Tim Raines and Curt Schilling on the outside. The situation is especially dire for pitchers, where the voters seem to rely upon outdated benchmarks like 300 wins, which even the best modern pitchers simply cannot hope to reach. This failure is through no fault of their own—pitcher usage patterns and injuries have changed the game. Clinging to the old milestones has the effect of artificially increasing the standards for induction, so that only the most inner-circle, obvious Hall players can make it.

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Forty staff members cast their ballots.

As the BBWAA prepares to announce its newest class of Hall of Fame inductees, we asked our staff to fill out their own ballots using the list of players eligible for enshrinement in Cooperstown. Forty ballots were submitted, so players needed to garner at least 30 votes to earn a Baseball Prospectus nod to the Hall, and to notch at least two votes to remain in consideration next year.

Under BBWAA rules—namely, the 10-player voting limit—our 2015 Hall of Fame class features eight players. (The number of ballots on which each player appeared and the percentage that number represents are in parentheses.)

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Or: How historians will explain it if Pedro Martinez fails to get 5 percent of the vote and falls off the HOF ballot in his first year of eligibility...

It’s Hall of Fame time again. And since there’s not a lot to do this week—it's something of a mutual agreement that teams give their employees the last week of the year off, so that everyone can get some vacation—it’s pretty much the only thing to write about. But of course, Hall of Fame voting has been anything but boring in the past few years. Enshrining someone in the ranks of the immortals for the rest of time is sure to start a few arguments on what merits inclusion in that very select group, but now the process itself has come under scrutiny. Voters for the Hall of Fame are restricted to only 10 checkmarks on their ballots, but many of them have said that they believe that more than 10 currently eligible bachelors are worth swiping right on (or is it swiping left… I’ve been married almost 10 years and have no idea how Tinder works).

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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Hank Aaron's Hypothetical Fortune

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Sam Miller

Hank Aaron would be worth a billion dollars if he were playing today. What would he actually get?

The other day, as in not today, but any other day from the storage of prior human existence, Jeff Sullivan did a simple thing that turned out interesting: He took a bunch of guys like Giancarlo Stanton to see how much they would have been worth in the 13 years following their age-24 season. This was interesting for reasons having to do with Giancarlo Stanton’s outlook, which is why Jeff wrote it that day, but it was also interesting for sweet, sweet Fun Fact reasons. At the very, very top of the list was this:

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A look at two long careers, through the words of BP authors.

To recognize the careers of two retiring veterans, we're publishing all the BP Annual comments for Bobby Abreu and Josh Willingham. They chart nearly two decades of Abreu's life, as he went from expansion draft pick to near Hall of Famer, as well as the decade that saw Josh Willingham bloom late but end up with a better career True Average than Paul Molitor.

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Ben and Sam talk to Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe about Hall of Fame induction weekend and the latest changes to the election process.

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

The HOF Rule Change

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Mike Gianella

How many players will be negatively affected by a change in voting rules?

On Saturday, the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame made its most significant rule change to Hall of Fame voting rules in nearly 30 years, reducing the amount of time a candidate can spend on the ballot from 15 years to 10.

How would this change have impacted earlier Hall of Fame candidates? Would reducing the eligibility requirement from 15 years to 10 years have eliminated worthy candidates for the Hall? Is this change relevant to the Hall of Fame landscape now?

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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

COOPERSTOWN BUZZES WITH HALL OF FAME FANFARE

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