June 15, 2021

Posnanski: Ranking the players on the 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot (The Athletic)

Until a couple of years ago, these Veterans Committee Hall of Fame announcements were spectacularly uneventful and sometimes kind of awful. From 2002 — just after a conflicted committee voted in Bill Mazeroski and angered the Hall of Fame and many of its purists — until 2017, various veterans committees by different names voted in:

• 6 managers

• 2 owners

• 2 general managers

• 2 commissioners

• 2 umpires

• 3 deceased ballplayers

• 0 living ballplayers*

*This does not include the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues, which voted in 17 people but is remembered almost entirely for not voting in Buck O’Neil.

Yes, that’s zero living ballplayers. It was an annual bummer. I mean it’s all well and good to vote in old-timers like Hank O’Day or Barney Dreyfuss or Deacon White even though 99.95 percent of baseball fans have never heard of them. It’s all well and good to recognize the…

Read “Posnanski: Ranking the players on the 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot” at The Athletic