Stark: HOF says it’s not ‘the right time’ to increase ballot limit

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on November 10, 2015:

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors has decided to retain the 10-player limit imposed on voters, despite a proposal from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America earlier this year to raise that maximum from 10 to 12.

The 2016 Hall of Fame ballots were mailed to 475 eligible members of the BBWAA this week, with instructions that voters could vote for no more than 10 players. The BBWAA had lobbied to increase that number following an examination by a study committee that found that, for the first time, more than half of all voters were using all 10 spots on their ballot.

Brad Horn, the Hall’s vice president of communications and education, told on Tuesday that the board “didn’t feel this was the right time to make a change.” Instead, the board made several other alterations to the balloting this year, including a change in eligibility that limited voters to BBWAA members who have actively covered baseball within the past 10 years.

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Originally published: November 10, 2015. Last Updated: November 10, 2015.