From SABR member Graham Womack at The Sporting News on November 7, 2017:
In terms of name recognition, the Baseball Hall of Fame might have released its strongest veterans ballot in years on Monday.
It’s nice for MLB fans, some of whom took to social media after the ballot’s release, tweeting about candidates like Marvin Miller, Luis Tiant and Dale Murphy as if it was 1980 again. But the ballot could also be a source for looming conflict, given the charge of the Modern Baseball Era Committee.
The 16-member committee, which hasn’t been named publicly but will likely convene at the winter meetings in early December, has some constraints it works under. Aside from reviewing players, umpires, executives and managers judged to have made their greatest contribution between 1970 and 1987, members are typically allowed to vote for no more than four candidates.
Originally published: November 7, 2017. Last Updated: November 7, 2017.