This year’s ballot is extremely crowded, due to a host of players who should have been elected previously combined with a strong freshman class. It’s only going to get worse next year and unless the BBWAA starts electing people who are clearly qualified or the Hall of Fame changes it’s rules on who is eligible and how many people voters can pick on a given ballot – it will continue to be a huge problem in the foreseeable future.
If I could, I would vote for 15 players on this ballot and there are a handful more who at the very least deserve consideration. Of course, everything is up in the air because of the steroids issue, as writers seem confused about how to handle known and suspected abusers of substances of undetermined benefits.
For what it’s worth, here’s how The Hall of Fame describes itself on its Web site:
“The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent, non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical developm...