The whole system stinks. At this point the writers are much better at this than the committees. What they need is a committee of all new and younger people.
A few tidbits from Stark:
But Bonds ran out of time. He polled at 66 percent when balloting results were announced on Tuesday — a solid two-thirds of the electorate and a major shift from the 36.2 percent he received in his first appearance on the ballot, yet short of the 75 percent required for induction.
And the Hall of Fame essentially starved all remaining oxygen out of Bonds’ candidacy. In 2014, its governing body acted without input from the BBWAA and changed its voting procedures, reducing the maximum number of years on the ballot from 15 to 10 in what was viewed as a response to the glut of steroid-era candidates.
As a result, this was Bonds’ final appearance on the BBWAA ballot. Would five more years of demographic change have been enough to get Bonds over the line? It’s worth noting that over the past four election cycles, 51 of 59 new voters (86 percent) voted for Bonds. Thanks to the Hall’s trimmed down eligibility, we’ll never know.
This might be a good time to remind you what happened the last time the Today’s Game Era Committee met in December 2018. A group heavily lobbied by committee members Tony La Russa and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf swayed the room toward their favored candidate. Harold Baines finished with 12 votes out of 16 — the exact number required for induction. **Baines, who never received more than 6.1 percent of the BBWAA vote, joined Lee Smith, who received support from all 16 members.**
Prior to the Baines/Smith vote, the Today’s Game Era Committee previously met in 2016. That was the vote that resulted in the induction of Bud Selig, the former MLB commissioner who oversaw record profits for the sport during the height of the unchecked steroid era. Selig garnered 15 of 16 votes. He was inducted along with John Schuerholz, the longtime Royals and Braves executive who was a unanimous selection.
Could the same group that voted in Selig be poised to keep Bonds out? Now that would be the height of irony.