Hall of Fame lowers players' time on ballot from 15 to 10 years.
Players used to be able to stay on the ballot for 15 years.
Now it's only 10.
I actually think that this is a good idea. Or half of one.
I don't really see the reason for such a long time on the ballot. Do players get better as they get farther from retirement? No. If they are a hall of famer they are a hall of famer on the day they retire and they are a hall of famer on the first day that they are eligible.
The problem with this new rule is it comes at the worst possible time. Writers can only put ten names on the ballot. There's already a glut of worthy players eligible for the hall. This just makes it harder for them to get in.
The new rule, coupled with an elimination of a maximum number of names on the ballot, would have been a sensible thing to do. But when has any business associated with the sport of baseball consistently done anything sensible?
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