• Big Stein To Be Fast-Tracked Into The Hall?

    Posted by on July 27th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Sure sounds like it. Via the AP -

    The baseball Hall of Fame has changed the way that managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players will be considered for election. The rule change means former Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, who died July 13, could be elected to the Hall of Fame as early as this December.

    Candidates will be reviewed in three eras: Pre-Integration (1871-1946), Golden (1947-1972) and Expansion (starting in 1973).

    One composite ballot will be considered in each era. The Expansion Era ballot will include 12 candidates, while the Golden and Pre-Integration era ballots each will have 10.

    The changes were announced Monday. The first election in the Expansion category will be held in December during the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. The Golden election will take place in 2011 and the Pre-Integration vote will be held in 2012.

    “The board feels this change will allow for an equal review of all eligible candidates,” Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement.

    Cool beans.

    Comments on Big Stein To Be Fast-Tracked Into The Hall?

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 27th, 2010 | 11:40 am

      It amuses me that, two columns below, John Feinstein takes a position that all drug cheats of the PED-era should be left out of Cooperstown but no one is penning articles talking about how Steinbrenner’s association with Howie Spira should disqualify him from HOF consideration.

      I have no problem with Steinbrenner making the HOF but it’s funny how what’s good for the goose isn’t working for the gander (or in this case, the vindictive megalomaniac).

    2. Evan3457
      July 27th, 2010 | 11:45 am

      I don’t believe Steinbrenner will be voted into the Hall anytime soon. As with Marvin Miller, too much animosity from the baseball officials who will be on the committee voting on his candidacy.

    3. MJ Recanati
      July 27th, 2010 | 11:52 am

      @ Evan3457:
      I hear what you’re saying and I understand your point but I think, by and large, voters think of labor leaders as working against the best interests of baseball whereas owners are just a cog in the machine.

      I’m not saying that’s the right viewpoint, I’m just saying that’s how I think they see it. There’s a double-standard in baseball that owners can be billionaires but everyone’s populist feathers get rankled if ballplayers become millionaires.

    4. Raf
      July 27th, 2010 | 12:15 pm

      I can see Steinbrenner getting in. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t voted in, actually.

    5. williamnyy
      July 27th, 2010 | 1:00 pm

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