These are the names of current Hall of Famers in the year of their major league debut. The names in bold are ones that I think should be given a one-time vote. Not all of them are players I would vote for...just players I would give one last shot to get in. Soak it in. More after the list...
I'm keeping this post-WWII:
1946- Yogi Berra, Ralph Kiner
1947- Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Nellie Fox, Gil Hodges
1948- Richie Ashburn, Roy Campanella, Robin Roberts
1949- Minnie Minoso, Don Newcombe
1950- Whitey Ford
1951- Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle
1952- Eddie Mathews, Hoyt Wilhelm
1953- Al Kaline, Ernie Banks
1954- Hank Aaron, Harmon Killebrew
1955- Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax, Ken Boyer, Rocky Colavito
1956- Frank Robinson, Luis Aparicio, Bill Mazeroski, Don Drysdale
1957- Roger Maris
1958- Orlando Cepeda
1959- Willie McCovey, Billy Williams, Bob Gibson, Jim Kaat
1960- Juan Marichal, Ron Santo, Joe Torre
1961- Carl Yastrzemski, Lou Brock
1962- Willie Stargell, Gaylord Perry, Tony Oliva
1963- Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Dick Allen, Tommy John
1964- Tony Perez, Phil Niekro, Luis Tiant
1965- Steve Carlton, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Palmer, Catfish Hunter
1966- Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Reggie Smith
1967- Rod Carew, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver
1968- Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons, Bobby Bonds, Al Oliver
1969- Carlton Fisk, Thurman Munson, Steve Garvey
1970- Bert Blyleven, Bobby Grich
1972- Mike Schmidt, Goose Gossage, Dwight Evans
1973- George Brett, Dave Winfield, Dave Parker
1974- Robin Yount, Gary Carter, Jim Rice, Keith Hernandez, Fred Lynn
1975- Dennis Eckersley, Ron Guidry
1976- Andre Dawson, Bruce Sutter, Dale Murphy
1977- Eddie Murray, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker
1978- Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor
1979- Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines, Kirk Gibson
1980- Lee Smith
1981- Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg
1982- Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Don Mattingly
1983- Orel Hershiser
1984- Kirby Puckett, Roger Clemens, Bret Saberhagen
1986- Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Fred McGriff, Greg Maddux, David Cone
1987- Edgar Martinez, Tom Glavine
1988- Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Gary Sheffield, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, John Smoltz
1989- Ken Griffey, Jr., Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel, John Olerud
1990- Frank Thomas
1991- Jeff Bagwell, Jim Thome, Ivan Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Bernie Williams, Kenny Lofton
1992- Mike Piazza, Jeff Kent, Pedro Martinez
1993- Chipper Jones, Manny Ramirez, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Edmonds, Carlos Delgado
My recommendations for the Hall:
1) Thank the BBWAA for their years of service and let them know the process is changing. And discontinue Veteran's Committee's. This new electorate would be enough.
2) Get a new electorate of 100 voters - broadcasters, columnists, stat heads--whomever---that will take the vote seriously, and under the following conditions:
a) Pete Rose can be elected based on his playing career alone. He'll still be banned by MLB.
b) The steroid era, while terrible, should be represented in the Hall. But with that understanding, if a player has had ties to PEDs, you are allowed to take that into consideration on whether the player was a creation of PEDs. Example--if you think Palmeiro, Sosa, and McGwire only have Hall-worthy numbers because of PEDs, that is a good enough reason not to vote for them.
c) For the debut years of 1986-1993, you must choose at least 12 additional players - Alomar and Larkin are already in, and let's assume Maddux and Glavine are getting in. So, at least 16 players must be voted in from that time frame.
3) Take a one-time vote for all of the players in bold. It's a Yes or No for everyone. This will be a private vote, and the results will be kept secret until the player's induction year is announced. Voters cannot discuss their individual votes until the player has been announced as in.
If the player gets 60 out of 100 votes, they're going in the Hall eventually.
If the player gets 50-59 votes, they will go back on the ballot in 5 years, when they do the next election.
If the player gets under 50 votes, they will no longer be considered for future elections.
Once again, the results would be kept secret to everyone but the Hall itself. The Hall would choose from the players elected who they want to go in that year, and would announce it every January as they do now.
The Hall can set up the schedule however they like. Example, if it would get a big Houston crowd for Bagwell and Biggio, maybe they would put them in the same year. If Minnie Minoso gets elected, they could put him in the first year since he won't be around a long time to enjoy it. It's at the Hall's discretion on when the player will be inducted.
So why am I doing this? Because I love the history of Baseball, but I'm sick of the Hall and how they do things. It's time to change and make it a more positive thing for the game. The annual PED talk and stupidity of the current electorate is an embarrassment. If they get it down to one vote of Yes or No, they can make the January announcement a positive, joyful thing for the players and their families. And the fans would be spared the negativity, which is the majority of what they have now. Hall of Fame stuff is 95% negativity, and 5% positivity for the players that get in. That has to change.