Jaffe: JAWS and the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot

From SABR member Jay Jaffe at Sports Illustrated on November 22, 2016:

The Baseball Writers Association of America released the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot on Monday, with 15 holdovers joined by 19 newcomers. Unlike the past two years—in 2015 all but three grandfathered candidates had their eligibility unilaterally truncated from 15 years to 10; in 2016 inactive voters were purged from the rolls—there’s no new wrinkle this time. The Hall’s big rule change in 2016 concerns the Era Committees, a separate voting process I covered in July.

Over the next six weeks, I’ll profile all 34 BBWAA ballot candidates—either at length or in brief—with my JAWS system, which I have used to break down ballots since the 2004 cycle. That series will kick off next week. In this column I’ll examine the five biggest questions attached to this ballot, but first, let’s review the basics for eligibility and election to the Hall of Fame on the BBWAA ballot.

Read the full article here: http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/11/22/2017-hall-fame-ballot-jaws-javier-vazquez

Originally published: November 22, 2016. Last Updated: November 22, 2016.