From SABR member Graham Womack at The Sporting News on June 27, 2017:
In July 2016, the board of directors for the Baseball Hall of Fame announced changes that all but shut the door on players who made their greatest mark before 1970.
In splitting nominees into one of four eras depending on when their best seasons occurred, the Hall of Fame opted to have veteran candidates from the 1970-1987 and 1988-present eras considered at least twice every five years. But the Hall opted to have players who made their greatest contribution between 1950 and 1969 considered just once every five years.
For 83-year-old Rocky Colavito, it could very well end any hope of him being enshrined in his lifetime.
The former Indians great, one of the top sluggers of the 1950s and ’60s, might rank among the most popular aging candidates online, with an active contingent of supporters. But Colavito knows better than to get his hopes up.
Originally published: June 27, 2017. Last Updated: June 27, 2017.